Townhomes on Capitol Hill – Board President
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.
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