Rebecca Strauss

Advisory Neighborhood Commission, 2C02

Winner!

Rebecca will be an important voice for equality on the ANC!

Biography

I have the experience, commitment and values to make my ANC a better place for residents, commuters and visitors.

I’ve lived in my ANC for over 10 years and have served as my building’s co-op president for over 2 years. Everyday I hear everyone’s concerns about public safety in our neighborhood, how expensive it is to live in our building and how important it is to patronize local businesses.

Local DC public policy is my profession. I work for former Mayor Tony Williams at the Federal City Council as the Director for Economic Initiatives. I spend every day thinking about how to revitalize downtown, how to make housing more affordable and how to make transit more convenient and fiscally sustainable. I already have excellent working relationships at the Wilson Building and the Downtown DC BID.

I’m a devoted DC statehood activist. I’m currently the Executive Director for the nonprofit Statehood Research DC. We publish reports proving that DC is ready to be a state and anything less is an injustice.

My experience in public policy is broader than local. Previously, I worked at the Council on Foreign Relations on US economic policy, coauthoring the book How America Stacks Up: US Competitiveness and Economic Policy (2016). I have a Masters in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government (2011).

I’m also a professor of public policy and personally very politically active. I teach at the University of South Carolina. It’s given me a healthy sense of empathy for those who are not like me, as well as an opportunity to communicate complex policy issues to a lay audience. Every election, I’m out canvassing for Democrats in competitive districts in Virginia or Pennsylvania. As a proud member of the LGBTQ+ community, I take a stand when I can to advocate for our rights.

If elected, I will enter the position with the contacts, local contextual understanding and policy expertise to do the hard work to steer my ANC’s economy in the right direction.

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