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.

I started by revitalizing an unfocused 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 younger and more diverse community members to hold positions; created goals and agendas which resonated with community needs

  • Created long term capital investment plan for 134 units (250+ people) and community center: revenue and budget scenarios; reinvestment/renovation strategies; financial analysis, capital 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 and guidance to staff; collaborated with board members to solve recurrent operational, legal, financial, and other community business; created tools to increase institutional knowledge retention during periods of board turnover

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