Tania Jackson was raised in Ward 1 and has more than 20 years of experience in neighborhood-level community outreach, communications and project-related activism. Working variously with local government, non-profits and socially responsible for-profit entities, she has been able to help bring projects to fruition all over the District of Columbia.
In 2009 she started her own consulting organization, Create Communitas, specializing in public-private development, tenant purchase, and compliance with District and federal hiring standards. She currently serves on the Board of Humanities D.C., the Mary Church Terrell House, is the Vice Chair of the Ward One Democrats and a member of the Potomac Chapter of the Links, Inc. Tania’s first job after finishing college was working for then-Ward One Councilmember Frank Smith. She is a seventh generation Washingtonian and speaks French.
A U Street resident, Tom brings a decade of experience serving in political and non-profit communications roles in the government, campaigns, and as an advisor to non-profit and progressive organizations. Previously, he was a Senior Director at West End Strategy Team, and Senior Associate at Rabinowitz/Dorf Communications. Tom served as a communications official in the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and as press secretary for U.S. Senator Ben Nelson and deputy press secretary for U.S. Senator Ron Wyden. During the 2008 campaign season, Tom served as the deputy communications director for the Obama campaign in Indiana. He also served as a senior communications official at a start-up nonprofit focused on ending the corrupting influence of money in politics. Tom is a graduate of Oberlin College.
Tai has dedicated her legal career to the public sector by way of local legislatures. Prior to joining the D.C. Council, she worked at the New York City Council at the pleasure of the Speaker. While there, Tai focused on cultural affairs and women’s issues. Upon joining the D.C. Council, her portfolio expanded to include subject matter areas such as corrections, reentry, housing, transportation and economic development. Tai holds a J.D. from The George Washington University Law School where she was a student attorney at the school's Small Business and Community Economic Development Clinic, and she holds a B.A. from the University of Maryland, College Park where she majored in Criminology and Criminal Justice while earning a citation in Spanish.
Claudia Barahona was born and raised in Washington. Her parents emigrated from El Salvador to Washington D.C. in 1978 and they have lived in Ward One since 1985. Claudia graduated from Wilson Senior High School and she attended the University of Wisconsin - Madison. In 2008, her love and passion for community empowerment brought her back to Washington D.C., where she has been committed to working with youth in Ward 1 as an Inner City Outing Leader at the Parkview Recreation Center and a Project Director at the Latin American Youth Center. Having grown up Columbia Heights, Claudia looks forward to continuing her work with community members. Claudia is a fluent Spanish speaker.
A Columbia Heights resident, Elizabeth brings many years of experience serving DC's most vulnerable residents. After college, she joined AVODAH: The Jewish Service Corps and served at Food & Friends helping seniors and others with medical challenges gain access to nutritious meals. After AVODAH, Elizabeth joined the Pathways to Housing DC Golden Triangle Homeless Outreach Team, building relationships with homeless individuals living downtown and connecting people to services ranging from a fresh set of clothes to permanent housing. She also helped launch the Coordinated Entry system here in DC. Elizabeth has been an involved Ward 1 resident, frequenting community meetings and working on several ANC 1A task forces. She is a graduate of Beloit College.
Maricela Nava has a strong interest and passion in helping the Ward 1 community where she was born and raised. As a child she attended Harriet Tubman Elementary School, Lincoln Middle School, and Bell Multicultural High School where she graduated in 2008. Maricela also attended Trinity Washington University where she obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. After obtaining her Bachelor’s Degree she decided to pursue her life-long dream to become a Cosmetologist, and she attended Flair Beauty Institute and obtained her Washington, D.C. Cosmetology license. Maricela is a fluent Spanish speaker.
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