Duties: Serves as a member of
the Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC). Commissioners represent the
views of residents of their
Single Member District (SMD). After deliberation and votes, the ANC
Commission advises the Mayor, Council and executive agencies in local
matters such as parking, zoning, traffic, liquor licenses, permits,
Through my role on the ANC 5D Transit Committee, I have learned about forthcoming DDOT projects that will improve the accessibility and livability of our neighborhood and gained experience connecting with passionate neighbors and dedicated public servants. In my professional life, I have worked on projects related to safe, accessible mobility and urban planning and development. As a communications professional, I strive to inform audiences about important issues and actions that must be taken to address the issue. Additionally, I have a degree in Public Administration and know that the process for getting something done can be as important as the end result. I understand the technical and bureaucratic challenges of making improvements in DC and will use that knowledge to effectively advocate for my neighbors. As a commissioner, I will continue to build relationships with my neighbors, the commissioners and District agency staff and develop the social capital needed to bring projects and services to my community.
I feel the biggest issue in my neighborhood is traffic and safe, accessible mobility options. My SMD is interrupted by high-speed, high-traffic roads (Bladensburg Rd NE and 17th St NE) that serve vehicles passing through our neighborhood more so than residents who are trying to safely access schools, rec centers, the National Arboretum, local businesses and other destinations. It’s important that my neighborhood, and all of ANC 5D, be designed to serve its residents first and foremost and foster community connectivity.
If elected, I will work with the other ANC 5D commissioners and committees (transit, zoning) to advise District agencies on priority traffic and safety issues in my neighborhood. I will work to reduce high-speed traffic, improve and increase walking and cycling infrastructure, and advocate to accelerate the timelines of projects already planned by DDOT.
To reach people, it’s important to engage folks with their preferred mode of communication. Listening to my neighbors is one of the most important ways I will engage residents, so that I can understand their needs and work to help them. I will engage my neighbors going door-to-door in the campaign and offering office hours if elected. I will connect with neighbors through my website (www.anc5d06.com), Twitter (twitter.com/DelleskyANC5D06) and Nextdoor to transparently communicate priority issues in our neighborhood and be accessible to dialogue about their concerns. I aim to engage residents in neighborhood projects so we can work together to create the positive change we want to see.
The question I would ask myself is, “how can ANC Commissioners be most effective?”. My answer is that an effective ANC Commissioner builds connectivity among neighbors and identifies and empowers neighbors to be leaders in the positive change they want to see. A single ANC Commissioner working alone can do very little. Neighborhood improvements come from strengthening relationships—between residents, with commissioners, and with city officials—and a big part of that starts with my neighbors that call 5D06 their home because we are stronger together.
Kathy Henderson is a “powerful voice for the community”, with a strong record of getting things done. Kathy served as an AMERICORPS *VISTA member, helping children improve their reading skills in 16 D.C. needy schools, including in WARD 5. That success followed with her election as a 20-year, effective, award-winning advisory neighborhood commissioner in WARD 5; she delivered new sidewalks, speed humps, streetlights, trees, recreation programming and works closely with law enforcement to reduce crime and strengthen resident-police relationships in the community. Kathy Henderson stood up against drug dealers and led the fight to reclaim her community from constant gun violence and disorder and she created the Landlord Roundtable and 5D Court Watch initiatives, which are proven to reduce crime. As a result of her efforts, long-term residents applauded and new residents moved into the community to enjoy opportunity and proximity to a cleaner Anacostia River. Kathy is a strong champion for the environment, underscoring her training as a biologist and is a preservationist and former C100 trustee; she also serves as a member of the Pepco Citizen Advisory Group (CAG), which was created to help clean up the Anacostia River. Kathy also advocated for development projects such as Atlas Flats (Union Heights), Starburst Plaza, Denny’s, Union Market, Hecht’s Ivy City, Rhode Island Row, Dakota Crossing, and other key projects in our city, including Nationals Stadium. Kathy was elected city-wide as a Member of the DC Democratic State Committee, appointed to the D.C. Historic Preservation Review Board, and as a Trustee for the Committee of 100 on the Federal City. Kathy also worked for the Federal Government and District Government where she helped put our residents back to work and was featured in Government News for her excellent work. Kathy Henderson cut through Government bureaucracy to install a dental suite at the Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services, in accordance with a Court-ordered consent decree; Kathy knows how to get things done and she is ready to make Government work for every WARD 5 resident. Kathy Henderson is a real people’s champion and will fight for ALL of WARD 5; no one works harder! Kathy was recognized by People and Essence magazines, the Chief of Police, U.S. Attorney’s Office, CSOSA, WARD 5 Democrats, ANC 5B, the Fifth District CAC, and others. Kathy is a strong advocate for D.C. residents and will promote OUR interests and protect against public giveaways and backroom deals. Kathy was previously endorsed by: the Washington Post (twice), the Afro American Newspaper, Doctor's Political Action Committee (DOCPAC) and Smoke-Free D.C
Maintaining public safety continues to be the most pressing issue facing the community and the city as a whole. I continue to work with 5D Commander Ralph McLean and his team to keep our community safe. While officially serving in the position, I ensured our community received the attention it deserves, keeping it clean, orderly and achieving an overall 64% reduction in crime, while effectively engaging the community.
I look forward to getting our development focus back on-track. We have random "pop-ups" that are out of scale with our community. I advocated for and galvanized the community to obtain the development design for the Atlas Flats/Union Heights, which I am proud of. I ensured our voices were heard, the developer listened and we have a project that is an asset to our community. I want to build on that success to make our community even more livable, desirable and safer.
I was successful in getting two street traffic signals installed in my community, which improved safety.
I enjoy engaging residents and keeping us informed about what initiatives in our city have an impact on our lives. I have held many meetings over the years to engage residents and connect our agencies with our priorities. I look forward to holding in-person meetings, distributing a community newsletter again, distributing flyers, sending emails and calling residents and texting residents. Community participation is important and I have a strong record of engaging the community to accomplish what we want.
I care deeply about where I live and I care about my neighbors. I firmly believe that you should make where you live as orderly and desirable as possible instead of simply moving to "better" neighborhoods. We matter as a community and we have a right to enjoy the same good quality of life that our neighbors in Georgetown, Unicorn Lane, Kalmia Rd and other desirable communities enjoy.
I understand our value as neighbors and I have an exceptional record of uplifting our community for all. I look forward to building on the success that has made our community more livable and sought-after.