Townhomes on Capitol Hill – Board President

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I still can’t believe no one has replicated Townhomes on Capitol Hill. Their mixed-income housing model is the foundation of a self-sustaining community which — I believe — proves affordability is completely possible.

My mission was to ensure Townhomes remained resilient on a path toward longterm sustainability. I started by refocusing the board, improving communication, and providing more structure for our staff. From there, I created a capital reinvestment plan, launched our first interior redesign, reduced operating costs, dramatically increased reserve funds, modernized policies, and generally tried to make Townhomes an even better place to live.

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Board President, 2016.09–2017.11
Board Vice President, 2016.01–2016.09
Board Member, 2015.06–12

  • Revitalized board by recruiting more diverse community members; created more resonant community goals

  • Created longterm capital investment plan for 134 units (250+ people) and community center: revenue and budget scenarios; reinvestment/renovation strategies; financial analysis, reserve projections, and investment forecasting

  • Acquired remaining emergency funds from DC Housing Authority, requiring collaboration and negotiation across legal and policy stakeholders; remittance ensured existing reserves could be redirected to capital needs

  • Initiated scoping and initial contract for a 425 kWh solar array

  • Initiated scoping and contracting of first interior redesign in organizational history

  • Modernized policies to reduce tenant turnover, eliminate unnecessary procedures, and increase transparency; led community and board policy meetings

  • Led monthly board meetings and weekly working groups; first Board President to regularly provide leadership; collaborated to solve recurrent operational, legal, financial challenges; created tools to increase institutional knowledge retention during high-turnover periods

  • Published an article in Greater Greater Washington to raise awareness of the viability and sustainability of mixed-income communities in the DC-area