Muriel Bowser
**FILE** D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser proclaims July 28 as “Ethiopia Day in DC” during the recent visit of Ethiopian Prime Minister Dr. Abiy Ahmed, who spoke before a crowd of over 20,000 Diasporas at the Washington Convention Center. (Photo by Khalid Naji-Allah)

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser launched Wednesday a campaign to solicit input from residents on what they envision for the future of the city, encouraging social media posts using the hashtag #dc2me and through a new website,

“As we think ahead and make plans for the next four years, we want to hear from Washingtonians across all eight wards,” Bowser said. “I have challenged my team and the residents of D.C. to go into these next four years guided by the question: What would you do if you were not afraid to fail? By sharing their experiences and fresh ideas with us, Washingtonians can be part of planning and executing a second term that continues to expand opportunity and prosperity for more residents.”

Bowser announced Nov. 7 that she has impaneled a Second Term Working Group, co-chaired by Lindsey Parker, the mayor’s deputy chief of staff, Jenny Reed, director of the Office of Budget and Performance Management, and Wayne Turnage, director of the District of Columbia Department of Health Care Finance and interim deputy mayor for Health and Human Services.

The Second Term Working Group will recommend people, policies, and processes that can help the Bowser administration achieve a shared vision for D.C. The group will also work with a consultant to review the organizational structure of D.C. government for efficiencies.

Other members of the Second Term Working Group:

• Ernest Chrappah, director of the DC Department of For-Hire Vehicles

• Brenda Donald, director of the DC Child and Family Services Agency and interim Deputy Mayor for Greater Economic Opportunity

• Ventris Gibson, director of the DC Department of Human Resources

• Forest Hayes, senior adviser for the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Greater Economic Opportunity

• Alana Intrieri, director of the Office of Policy and Legislative Affairs

• Amy Maisterra, interim deputy chancellor of Innovation and Systems Improvements

• Amy Mauro, chief of staff for the Chief of Fire and EMS

• Laura Newland, director of the DC Office on Aging

• Jed Ross, Chief Risk Officer

• Karuna Seshasai, deputy general counsel

• Tomás Talamante, deputy director of the Office of Federal and Regional Affairs

• Andrew Trueblood, interim director of the Office of Planning

• LeAnn Turner, chief operating officer of the Metropolitan Police Department

Bowser will share the findings and recommendations of the Second Term Working Group with District residents in early January.

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