Mikayla, India, and Bria

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Muriel Bowser Ward 4

John A. Wilson Building

1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20004

Phone: (202) 727-2643
Email: muriel.bowser@dc.gov

Chief of Staff:
John Falcicchio

City Administrator:
Rashad Young

Director of the Mayor's Office of Legal Counsel:
Ronald R. Ross

Senior Advisor:
Beverly Perry
Director of Mayor's Office of Community Affairs:
Charon Hines

Director of Mayor's Office of Community Relations and Services:
Tommie Jones
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May 3, 2018 | Vol. 4, Issue 18

Letter from the Mayor

Dear Washingtonians,

In Washington, DC, the month of May is about celebrating inclusive innovation. We celebrate the creatives who think outside the box, the changemakers who use technology to help us solve civic challenges, and all Washingtonians who are committed to using innovation to break down barriers.

It is the perfect time to celebrate students like Mikayla Sharrieff, India Skinner, and Bria Snell, the juniors at Banneker High School who are finalists in NASA’s Optimus Prime Spinoff Promotion and Research Challenge. These three young women are making history as the only all-black, female team to make it to the final stage. Racist internet trolls tried to sabotage their success, but they have refused to lose sight of what they’re working hard to accomplish. 

Mikayla, India, and Bria are reminding us that the good in our world is stronger than the hate, and we want them to know that the District has their back.

We are proud to present these young women with a $4,000 grant toward their future innovations. We will partner with DC’s community entrepreneurial space, the Inclusive Innovation Incubator or In3, which my Administration founded on the campus of Howard University. Mikayla, India, and Bria are just the type of people and scientists our world needs more of and we are proud to support their dreams.

Congratulations, young women. You have made your city incredibly proud.


Muriel Bowser

In This Week's Newsletter:

Upcoming innoMAYtion Events


Throughout May, the Bowser Administration is putting the spotlight on the movement makers, barrier breakers, and knowledge seekers that make Washington, DC the capital of inclusive innovation.

Upcoming innoMAYtion events:

Learn more and find a full list of events at innomaytion.org.

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This Saturday: Marvin Gaye Day

Marvin Gaye Day

This Saturday, May 5, join Mayor Bowser at the ribbon cutting for the brand new Marvin Gaye Recreation Center. The new recreation center will open with a block party style festival with members of Gaye’s family, live music, food trucks, giveaways, and more.

Learn more HERE.

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#DCValues: Mayor Bowser Commits to Building a Cleaner, Greener, More Sustainable Planet


This week, Mayor Bowser signed a mayoral order to implement the Clean Cars Act of 2008, furthering the District’s leadership in the global fight against climate change. The announcement comes as the Trump Administration prepares draft regulations to roll back Obama-era vehicle emissions and fuel economy standards for a cleaner, more sustainable environment for future generations. 

The Mayor’s Order enables the District to commit to the same standards adopted by California, enabling Washington, DC to maintain responsible vehicle emissions standards despite the Trump Administration’s steps backward. 

Learn more HERE.

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A District Minute

district minute video

This week’s District Minute features stories about the unveiling of ESSENCE magazine's "Woke 100 Women" issue, the graduation of DC FEMS Recruit Class 382, and the annual Salute to DC Centenarians

Pathways to the Middle Class: DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, Grants Management Specialist

Pathways to the Middle Class

The mission of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (CAH) is to provide grant funds, programs, and educational activities that encourage diverse artistic expressions and learning opportunities so that all District residents and visitors can experience the rich culture of our city.

CAH has an opening for a Grants Management Specialist. This position is responsible for performing a wide variety of duties related to the development and implementation of grants procedures, grant application review and evaluation, and community engagement. All details regarding this vacancy, including qualifications, can be found by visiting the job announcement.

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