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Where Are They Now? Capital City Fellows

Christina Harper – 2012 Capital City Fellow

Posted in April 2014

1. What years did you participate in the Capital City Fellowship?
November 2012 – February 2014

2. Which agencies did you rotate in during your Fellowship?
Deputy Mayor for Education (DME)
Office of the Chief Technology Officer (OCTO)

3. Briefly describe your responsibilities/day-to-day activities in your fellowship placements.
My fellowship included a five-month rotation in the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Education (DME). As a fellow with the DME, my responsibilities included managing external affairs and communications for the District’s Raise DC initiative. I also handled various social media functions on behalf of the Office. During my tenure, we established a solid, consistent social media and communications presence and doubled online followers. In addition, I have made recommendations for an internal technology and civic engagement plan to further boost the Office’s digital presence and sharing of information. I also drafted a proposed plan to attend to the needs of disconnected youth on behalf of the Deputy Mayor, for submission for Mayor Gray’s consideration.

My fellowship included a six-month rotation with the Connect.DC – Digital Inclusion team, in the Office of the Chief Technology Officer. In this role, I managed special projects relating to Internet affordability and Internet accessibility. I also managed the department’s social media and marketing for events and external affairs.  

4. Where are you working now? Briefly describe your responsibilities/day-to-day activities in your current place of employment.
I am now a Project Analyst for the Office of the Chief Technology Officer on the Digital Inclusion team, Connect.DC at the Government of the District of Columbia. In this role, I am responsible for the creation of tools and programs that make technology easier to use, more accessible, more affordable, and more relevant to the everyday lives of District residents and community institutions. I also serve in a validation role for the Agency’s Federal Grants.  In this role, I help confirm the accuracy of all reports before submission.

5. What did you learn from participating in the Capital City Fellowship program that you have been able to carry over to your new position?
My time as a fellow was influential in preparing me for a position with the Office of the Chief Technology Officer. My familiarity with DC Government gave me the insight and skills needed to land this role. Furthermore, the knowledge learned through CCF professional development sessions and presentations amongst other fellows allowed me to connect my work with other happenings in the District.
 


Jonathan Rogers – 2012 Capital City Fellow

Posted in April 2014

1. What years did you participate in the Capital City Fellowship?
April 2012 through October 2012

2. Which agencies did you rotate in during your Fellowship?
Mayor’s Office of Budget and Finance

3. Briefly describe your responsibilities/day-to-day activities in your fellowship placements.
My fellowship included a six-month rotation in the Mayor's Office of Budget and Finance, in the Executive Office of the Mayor. In this role, I assisted the Director of the Capital Improvements Program. Broadly, I contributed to the office's activity in advising the Mayor on financial and budgetary operations of the District government, assisted the Mayor in the formulation of the annual operating and capital budgets for the District government, and monitored agency budget performance during the fiscal year.

4. Where are you working now? Briefly describe your responsibilities/day-to-day activities in your current place of employment.
I am now a Budget Analyst for the Public Works cluster and the Capital Improvements Program in the Executive Office of the Mayor, Mayor's Office of Budget and Finance at the Government of the District of Columbia. In this role, I assist in advising the Mayor on financial and budgetary operations of the Departments of Transportation, Environment, Public Works, Motor Vehicles, and others. I contribute to the formulation of annual agency operating and capital budgets, and monitor agency budget performance during the fiscal year. I have also participated in several mayoral special initiatives:
Service on the finance committees of the following task forces:
        - Mayor's Task Force on Streetcar Financing & Governance
        - Mayor's Task Force on The Prevention of Flooding in Bloomingdale/LeDroit Park
        - Mayor's Power Line Undergrounding Task Force
I have also been a two time Reviewer for the Sustainable DC Innovation Challenge and a Scorer for Play DC: The Playground Improvement Project.

5. What did you learn from participating in the Capital City Fellowship program that you have been able to carry over to your new position?
My time as a fellow was critical in preparing me for a permanent position with the Mayor’s Office of Budget and Finance. Exposure to numerous agencies and initiatives throughout the District Government, and participation in the budget formulation and execution processes, are experiences I gained as a fellow that I could not have enjoyed elsewhere.  Without gaining the tangible skills the fellowship provided, I would not have been qualified for my current position.
 


Mamadou Samba – 2011 Capital City Fellow

Posted in March 2014

1. What years did you participate in the Capital City Fellowship?
2011 - 2013

2. Which agencies did you rotate in during your Fellowship?
Executive Office of the Mayor- Office on African Affairs
Office of the Chief Financial Officer – Office of Budget and Planning
Department of General Services – Energy & Sustainability
Office of the Chief Financial Officer – Office of Budget and Planning

3. Briefly describe your responsibilities/day-to-day activities in your fellowship placements.
Overall, my responsibilities in my placements involved serving as a communication specialist in the Office on African Affairs, where I worked on several projects and produced a report; serving in the project management team at the Department of General Services on projects to reduce energy consumption by 20 percent over 20 months in the District, and acting as a Capital Budget Analyst in the Office of the Chief Financial Officer, where I was retained as a permanent staff member.

4. Where are you working now? Briefly describe your responsibilities/day-to-day activities in your current place of employment.
I am currently serving as a Capital Budget Administration Analyst for the Office of the Chief Financial Officer – Office of Budget and Planning, where I am responsible for the formulation and execution of a specific area of the District’s Capital Improvements Plan budget.   I also serve on the Commission on African Affairs as a public voting member for a term expiring in 2016, following a nomination from Mayor Vincent C. Gray in 2014. 

5. What did you learn from participating in the Capital City Fellowship program that you have been able to carry over to your new position?
Leadership skills and the importance of collaboration are the two main things I have learned from participating in the Capital City Fellowship.  These skills have been instrumental in my existing position, particularly since the job involves working in close collaboration with other agencies, programs, the Council of the District and the Mayor’s budget staff.


Stacie West – 2012 Capital City Fellow

Posted in March 2014

1. What years did you participate in the Capital City Fellowship?
2012-2013

2. Which agencies did you rotate in during your Fellowship?
District Department of the Environment – Office of Policy and Sustainability
Department of Parks and Recreation – Office of Planning and Capital Projects

3. Briefly describe your responsibilities/day-to-day activities in your fellowship placements.
At the District Department of the Environment (DDOE), I worked on a small team (from both DDOE and the Office of Planning) responsible for developing the Mayor's Sustainable DC Plan. The plan sets ambitious goals across the city and among many subject matters that touch everyone in an effort to make DC the healthiest, greenest, and most livable city in the US.

At the Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR), I joined the Capital Projects and Planning team and immediately jumped into Play DC, a mayoral initiative to renovate all of the District's playgrounds. DPR also launched a Master Plan process during my time as a fellow and I provided support to the team working on developing the plan, which will guide capital and operational investment and decision making over the next 15 years.

4. Where are you working now? Briefly describe your responsibilities/day-to-day activities in your current place of employment.
I am now employed with DPR as a Community Planner. I was hired out of my time as a fellow at DPR and continue to work on the same projects that I started on but with a little more longevity and responsibility. I now help lead the Master Plan effort and rather than assisting with developing capital projects, I lead in their development by overseeing design and construction on several playgrounds and a recreation center. I also serve as a DPR point of contact for Sustainable DC; it's rewarding to continue to work on this project from another angle.

5. What did you learn from participating in the Capital City Fellowship program that you have been able to carry over to your new position?
Many things! Most importantly, I think I learned to be an advocate for myself and to not be afraid to ask to be involved where I thought I could contribute. There are many exciting, innovative things going on in the District right now, and the Fellows program helped me build up both my technical skill set and my leadership skill set so that I feel prepared to get involved in the great work being done.