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I am truly honored each and every day to serve as your Ward 5 Councilmember, but I couldn’t do this work without the assistance of a strong team behind me. You have probably met at least one of these folks at a community meeting or just in the neighborhood, however in the event you have not, I’d like to introduce (or re-introduce) you to my staff and let them share a little about themselves.
In Service,
Demetris Cheatham serves as the Chief of Staff. She is the former President of Fort Lincoln Civic Association and Executive Director of North Capitol Main Street. She and her husband, Cornelius, lived in Fort Lincoln for over a decade and now reside in Ivy City.  Demetris received her Bachelor of Science in Computer Science with honors from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. She also received her Juris Doctorate and Masters in Business Administration (JD/MBA) from the University of Maryland School of Law and its Robert H. Smith School of Business.  In her spare time, you can find Demetris spending time with Cornelius and their six year old daughter, Zahra.
Barbara Mitchell is honing her political acumen in Washington, D.C. as the legislative director to Councilmember McDuffie. She has a drive and steadfast commitment to public service. Barbara received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Howard University in 2006. While there, she pledged Alpha Chapter, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated in spring of that year.  She is also a proud graduate of the David A. Clarke School of Law, where she served two terms as the president of the Black Law Students Association. In her current position, Barbara directs and carries out the legislative vision of the Councilmember including initiatives effecting affordable housing, workforce development, elections reform and environmental justice.
Chanell Autrey is a native of Washington, D.C. and Ward 5. She graduated from Pennsylvania State University and received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, French, and International Studies. In 2012, she graduated from George Washington University Law School.  For two years, Chanell worked as Legislative Counsel in the Office of Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie, Councilmember. In that capacity, Ms. Autrey worked collaboratively with community partners and government stakeholders to implement criminal justice reforms. Ms. Autrey currently serves as the Committee Director for the Committee on Business and Economic Development. In this role, Ms. Autrey oversees and ensures passage of legislation related to business and economic development.
Kelley Cislo joined the McDuffie office as Constituent Services Director in August 2017. She brings 30 years of project management and consulting experience from the private sector and is really enjoying getting to know residents from throughout Ward 5 and helping with their concerns. Kelley lives in Brookland and also volunteers with Humane Rescue Alliance (HRA) helping to do Trap Neuter Return (TNR) in the Ward 5 community to manage the community cat population. Many of you might know Kelley through her work in the community with HRA.
Brian McClure serves as Councilmember McDuffie’s Policy Director. Brian attended Hampton University as an undergraduate, North Carolina Central University, where he earned a Master’s degree in History and received his PhD in History from the University of Memphis. In his free time Brian enjoys reading, spending time with his family and exploring the historic sites of the District. He lives with his wife and daughter in Congress Heights.
Nolan Treadway serves as Councilmember McDuffie’s Communications Director. He is a former ANC Commissioner in Woodridge, where he still lives with his wife and two young daughters. Nolan holds an undergraduate degree from Michigan State University, and a Master’s degree in Public Policy from American University. In his free time enjoys exploring all things there are to do with little kids in Ward 5 and D.C.
Marita Crawford Riddick is a native Washingtonian who grew up and lived much of her life in Ward 5. She is very passionate about Chocolate City and extremely honored to have the opportunity to serve our community. Before joining the McDuffie team as staff assistant, she taught at Archbishop Carroll for 10 years, and studied mass media at the University of the District of Columbia, and Theology at Trinity University, earning degrees in both areas. She adds "My daughter is my love for life and I have many friends and associates who were raised in this fantastic city!"
Ogochukwu Agwai, fondly referred to as Ogo is a native of New York but relocated to Washington, D.C. for law school. She completed her undergraduate and Master's degree with honors from St. John's University in New York and earned her Juris Doctorate degree from The George Washington University Law School. She currently serves The Committee on Business and Economic Development as The William Cranch Fellow. In her spare time, Ogo enjoys reading, traveling, and taking professional photos. She currently has two professional cameras.
Jonathan McNair serves as Councilmember McDuffie’s Community & Communication Manager. Jonathan is a native of Washington D.C. and Ward 5. He attended St Thomas Aquinas College as an undergraduate, where he studied Pre - Law and Ulster University (Northern Ireland), where he earned his Master’s degree in Communication & Public Relations.  He is very passionate about Washington D.C. and honored to serve the residents of Ward 5. Jonathan enjoys being a volunteer high school basketball coach, reading, and spending time with his daughter Jamie.
In this issue of the Ward 5 Report:

Legislative Update: D.C. Council Passes Councilmember McDuffie’s Legislation to Make it Easier for Vendors to Work with District Government

The Legislation Will Create a Single Web Page to Link All D.C. Government Contracting Opportunities; Bring Vendor Invoicing and Payments Online; and Ease Dispute Resolution between Prime and Subcontractors

After the legislation passed, Councilmember McDuffie said:

“The District of Columbia should be intentional in how it spends taxpayer money. These bills will help smaller businesses in the District compete for contracts by making it easier for firms to find business opportunities; taking invoicing and payments online and into the 21st century; and by providing dispute resolution options for smaller businesses who often participate as subcontractors.”

Read more on Councilmember McDuffie's website

Kenyan in the Community

Councilmember McDuffie has been out engaging with the Ward 5 community at Civic Association meetings, in the last two weeks he has visited with the Bates Area Civic Association, Michigan Park Citizens Association, North Michigan Park Civic Associaiton, Queens Chapel Civic Association, and TTOP.

More Kenyan in the Community:

March with Councilmember McDuffie in the D.C. Emancipation Day Parade - Saturday, April 14

This Saturday, April 14, walk with Councilmember McDuffie & your Ward 5 neighbors as we celebrate D.C. Emancipation Day 2018. We will meet at 1:00 PM at 10th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. Parade will start at 2:00 PM and proceed along Pennsylvania Ave from 10th Street NW to 14th Street NW.

Join Your Neighbors at Ward 5 Day at Nationals Park

Image credit: Rudi Riet, some rights reserved
Each year, the Washington Nationals offer the Ward 5 community complimentary tickets to attend a baseball game. On Friday, April 27, you are invited to join Councilmember McDuffie for ‘Ward 5 Night’ at Nationals Park as the Nats host the Arizona Diamondbacks. The game begins at 7:05 PM. Ward 5 residents can reserve their tickets by calling (202) 724-8028 or visiting Tickets will be reserved on a first come, first served basis and will be distributed the week of the game.

D.C. Water Ward 5 Town Hall - Thursday, April 19

The primary purpose for the Town Halls is to share with residents important information on the proposed rate increase for the upcoming fiscal year. Resident feedback from the meetings is shared with our Board of Directors prior to our annual Public Rates Hearing, which takes place in early-mid May. Resident feedback during the Town Halls and Rates Hearing is very important, as their comments are heavily considered by our Board while voting on the proposed rate increase in July. In fact, interested residents are encouraged to sign up and testify at the Hearing; our Board Secretary and/or her team will attend each Town Hall Meeting with a sign-up sheet for residents who wish to testify at the Hearing.
In addition to rates, DC Water personnel will be available at the Town Halls to address resident questions and concerns on other topics such as water quality, water conservation, wastewater treatment, construction projects, infrastructure maintenance and emergency repairs, community outreach, DC Clean Rivers Project, employment opportunities, and billing.

DATE: Thursday, April 19
TIME: 6:30 - 8:30 pm
LOCATION: Trinity University Main Hall, O'Connor Auditorium
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