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The Humanitini program series is our signature, after-work, think and drink program that attracts and engages citizens to examine various social and contemporary issues that impact the lives of D.C. residents. This series of Humanitini programs will focus on the complex topic of gentrification. The council has assembled some of the city’s thought leaders and newsmakers to address many of the issues related to gentrification.
Mike Madden is editor of Washington City Paper. Before joining City Paper in 2010, he covered politics and government for a decade, at Salon.com and Gannett's Washington bureau, and wrote about the South Jersey suburbs for the Philadelphia Inquirer. A third-generation District native, Madden was raised in Rockville, Md., and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1998. He lives in Petworth with his wife and 1-year-old daughter.
Rauzia Ally received a Masters of Architecture from the Catholic University of America in 1991, and Bachelors of Arts in Studio Arts from the University of Maryland in 1986. Prior to co-founding Scout Motor Company with Partner Gregory Emelio Rubbo in 2000, Rauzia Ally was an Associate and Project Architect for the SmithGroup in Washington, DC, leading large project design teams for university campus buildings including the Law School at Baylor University and the Elliot School of International Affairs at George Washington University. Over the years she has honed her design skills at firms like Lehman-Smith-McLeish doing large law offices, and at Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill in Washington, DC, designing office buildings and embassies. Rauzia is a respected figure in the Washington DC architectural community as a member of the Historic Preservation Review Board. She has taught at the Catholic University of America from 2001 to 2012. Most recently, Rauzia Ally was the Project Director of Team Capitol DC (Catholic, George Washington, and American Universities). Rauzia Ally put together the winning team and proposal that will be the first to compete from Washington, DC in the Solar Decathlon, a competition which challenges twenty collegiate teams from across the world to design, construct, and operate a solar-powered house that is net-zero energy.
Maria Casarella, AIA is a Senior Associate with Cunningham | Quill Architects and has award-winning residential, institutional and historic preservation experience as an Architect practicing in Washington, DC. Ms. Casarella was appointed by Mayor Adrian Fenty to the District of Columbia Historic Preservation Review Board in 2008, and continues to serve as an architect member. She received a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from Catholic University and a Master of Architecture from Columbia University. She currently is serving on the Sustainability Committee of the HPRB and is leading the effort to revise the DC Historic Preservation Guidelines to address sustainable building practices.
Jonathan O'Connell covers commercial real estate and economic development in the Washington region for The Washington Post and its weekly business publication, Capital Business. He has covered all the city's major recent mixed-use real estate developments including City Center DC, the Southwest Waterfront and St. Elizabeths Hospital. Prior to joining Capital Business, O'Connell held reporting jobs at the Washington Business Journal, the Hartford Business Journal in Connecticut and at the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, in its Washington, D.C. bureau. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and lives in the District's Petworth neighborhood with his wife and two children.
Tony Williams, the former Mayor of Washington, D.C. (1999 – 2007), is the current Chief Executive Officer of the Federal City Council, an organization which serves as a catalyst for progress in the Nation’s Capital by focusing the creative and administrative talents of Washington’s business and professional leaders on major problems and opportunities that are facing the City. Prior to this he served as the Executive Director of the Global Government Practice at the Corporate Executive Board in Arlington, Virginia. He also serves as the William H. Bloomberg Lecturer in Public Management at the Harvard Kennedy School. In addition, he is a Senior Consultant to the firm McKenna Long and Aldridge, with particular emphasis on its municipal restructuring practice. During his two terms as Mayor, he is widely credited with leading the comeback of Washington D.C., restoring the finances of our nation’s capital, and improving the performance of government agencies, all while lowering taxes and investing in infrastructure and human services. Before his election as Mayor, he was the independent Chief Financial Officer of the District from 1995 to 1998, working with and on behalf of local officials, the D.C. Financial Control Board, and the U.S. Congress. Before his service in local Washington, Tony worked in a variety of positions in federal, state, and local government, including as the first CFO for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, appointed by President Bill Clinton and confirmed by the U.S. Senate. In addition to his work on company boards, Tony devotes his attention to issues of education and the environment, serving on the board of Fight for Children and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. He holds a BA from Yale and an MPP from the Kennedy School and a J.D. from the Harvard Law School, as well as a number of awards and honorary degrees, including Governing Magazine Public Official of the Year in 1997. He is a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration and former President of the National League of Cities.
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Humanities Council of Washington, DC
The Humanities Council of Washington, DC (HCWDC) is a non-profit organization that provides grant support for community projects that enrich the lives of DC residents through the humanities disciplines. Additionally, HCWDC produces humanities programs, such as Soul of the City andLive to Read, with support from area non-profits, the NEH, and the DC government. The organization was founded in1980 as a private affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), and is one of 56 similar institutionslocated in each U.S. state and territory.
HCWDC is governed by a 25 person board of directors, 5 of whom are appointed by the mayor. Working in conjunction with the Council’s small staff, these community leaders are dedicated to creating an environment, in all DC wards and neighborhoods, where residents can participate in open conversations about the humanities and how they reflect contemporary issues and challenges.
Though the HCWDC receives funding from the NEH, it relies heavily on generous support from donorspassionate about promoting the instructive and enriching influence of the humanities in the District of Columbia.