Clarissa M. Rucker, (202) 727-1558; clarissa.rucke[email protected]
Washington, D.C.: The George Washington University Center for Excellence in Public Service in partnership with D.C. Department of Human Resources announces the 17th Annual Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Awards recipients. The award program recognizes and rewards District government employees for outstanding performance and exemplary service. This year’s ceremony will highlight five individual winners who will receive $7,500 courtesy of the Cafritz Foundation, and an innovative team will receive $15,000 for their hard work and dedication to providing exceptional service to District residents.
This year’s Cafritz Award Recipients include:
• Chanel Dickerson, Commander, Metropolitan Police Department
For her dedication to ensuring all Youth and Family Services Division missing person cases receive the same level of attention. Chanel has developed innovative programs, like social media outreach campaigns, to help meet the needs of the District’s missing children.
• Abimbola George, Behavior Technician, DC Public Schools
Amibola has spearheaded meaningful initiatives that helped improve the culture and climate of Malcolm X Elementary School, ensuring an exemplary culture of civility, justice, and compassion while fostering a positive learning environment for students.
• Kimberly Lucas, Bicycle & Pedestrian Program Specialist, District Department of Transportation
Kim’s leadership and dedication to providing the community with convenient and safe access to an affordable and healthy form of transportation, and her contribution to the continued growth and accessibility of Capital Bikeshare, has helped secure DC’s spot in the nation’s spotlight as a leader in public transportation.
• Jason Medina, Police Officer, Metropolitan Police Department
Jason’s dedication to public service is demonstrated by his highly successful community outreach programs, such as the Ward 7 baseball league, which is geared at preventing youth violence and juvenile delinquency, while restoring public trust in the law enforcement.
• Josh Singer, Community Garden Specialist, DC Parks and Recreation
Josh’s passion for, and commitment to the environment and local community has inspired his tireless campaigns to develop citywide sustainable policies, create a fellowship of community partners, and build urban community gardens throughout the District.
• The Restorative Justice Program of the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) for the District of Columbia Team (Ameen Beale, Seema Gajwani, Robert "Roman" Haferd, Alex Lambert, Lashonia Thompson)
The Restorative Justice Program Team has positively impacted the lives of District juveniles by taking an innovative, and socially inclusive approach to reforming a culture of prosecution in favor of a path that promotes problem solving and healing.
Recipients of the Cafritz Awards are nominated by colleagues, residents, stakeholders, businesses, or members of the public who recognize their exceptional services. Nominations are accepted, reviewed, and awarded annually by the Cafritz Foundation. More information about the Cafritz Awards and this year’s recipients, and finalists is available here.