Meet your new elected officials! On January 2, 2021, 19 newly-elected representatives were sworn in for the five Ward 7 Advisory Neighborhood Commissions (ANCs). The ceremony, like much of the campaign, took place virtually, with Ward 7 Councilmember Vincent Gray (D) administering the oath of office.
Everyday, we’ll introduce you to one of them.
Commissioners serve two-year terms without pay. Each commissioner represents a Single Member District (SMD) of approximately 2,000 residents. The ANCs’ main role in the District is to be their neighborhood’s official voice in advising the District government (and Federal agencies) on things that affect their neighborhoods.
They come to a difficult job in a difficult time, meeting virtually to help residents confront the all-too-real issues raised and, in many cases, exacerbated by the pandemic, including issues of health, public safety, education and housing.
The large incoming class means that many Ward 7 ANCs will meet in January with a majority of their seven seats filled by new commissioners. ANC 7B, serving Southeast Pennsylvania Heights (anc7b.com) will welcome five new elected members to their 7-seat commission.
Donna Robinson (7B05) has been a Hillcrest resident for more than fifty years. A mother of two and a grandmother of three, she retired after 22 years with MPD and is currently the Chair of the Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Committee of the Hillcrest Community Civic Association (HCCA).
Robinson has a history of working on behalf of the community. As part of HCCA, she cites a record where she confronted builders and developers on illegitimate projects in Hillcrest and exposed zoning violations and illegal curb-cut applications for proposed projects within the community.
Similarly, in response to concerns of neighbors, Robinson formed and led a task force which successfully halted improper development at Branch Avenue and Gainesville Street. She also cites a collaboration with neighbors in requesting a traffic calming study which resulted in the installation of speed humps within the Hillcrest community.
Robinson said she has no aspirations for political office, just a desire to answer to the needs of 7B05 residents and a proven track record for working tirelessly on behalf of the citizens of Hillcrest.
You can reach Commissioner Robinson via email at 7B05@anc.dc.gov