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.
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. 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.
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.
Meet your newly elected representatives below. Learn more about ANCs by visiting anc.dc.gov.
Kelvin Brown (7B06) has lived in the Hillcrest community for nearly a decade. He was raised with seven brothers in a poor, working class Alabama family where he realized early on that education was his pathway out of poverty. He won a presidential scholarship at Alabama State, where he earned degrees in criminal law and business administration.
Brown is a 10-year US Army veteran who was deployed on three different missions as a Sergeant, receiving the US Army Achievement Medal and the National Defense Service Medal. He currently manages an affordable housing portfolio for federal affordable housing financing enterprise Fannie Mae.
After his run for the Democratic nomination to represent Ward 7 on DC Council ended in June, Brown decided to enter the three-way race to represent 7B06. “What I truly do believe is that when you see an opportunity to lead and you believe you have the necessary skill and background to help communities and help people, I felt it was incumbent upon me to jump in and see where I could do the greatest good.”
For Brown, all politics are hyperlocal. He said that improving living conditions, quality of life and factors contributing to the health of the District starts with the communities where we live and is particularly important during the COVID crisis. That, he said, lays the groundwork for equity on which the whole community can build another layer of success.
The new commissioner wants to address neighbor concerns about traffic and public safety, particularly traffic accidents that have resulted in bodily injury and death.
Brown says he will emphasize representation, and ensure that neighbor’s ideas, thoughts and opinions are valued as part of the decision-making process.
You can reach Commissioner Brown via email at 7B06@anc.dc.gov