Commissioners

Chair: Chuck Elkins

Vice Chair: Paige Ela

Treasurer: Michael Sriqui

Secretary: Alan Karnofsky

Chuck Elkins - 3D01

Chuck worked for the Federal Environmental Protection Agency for 25 years where at various times he directed each of the nationwide programs on air pollution, pesticides, toxic chemicals, radiation,  noise, and stratospheric ozone. Chuck then worked for 20 years as an environmental consultant focused on trying to persuade agencies to make sound policy decisions. He has lived in Wesley Heights for over 32 years with his wife, Betsy White. Together they have three grown children. 

Chuck is focused on preserving the wonderful residential character of Wesley Heights, developing a constructive and effective relationship between the neighborhood and American University, and reducing crime and unsafe driving throughout Wesley Heights and the surrounding neighborhoods.

 

Troy Kravitz - 3D02

Troy Kravitz lives in Spring Valley with his wife, two children (ages 6 and 3) and the world's greatest dog. His overarching goal on the commission is to make the ANC a representative body in which neighborhood interests drive the positions and actions of their elected representatives. He views his role as commissioner as two-fold: soliciting and faithfully representing community views when considering an issue and being a truthful provider of relevant, factual information to the community. Some issues of particular importance to him include bringing valued amenities to the neighborhood while preserving its character; building a functional, productive relationship with American University; and helping address traffic issues on neighborhood streets and throughout the greater community. He currently serves as Treasurer for the commission where he has greatly increased transparency regarding the commission's finances and past spending behaviors. 

 

He has a PhD in economics, specializing in game theory, and works in a research capacity studying the financial system. 

 

Paige Ela - 3D03

Paige lives on 52nd Street in Spring Valley with her husband and two sons (ages 8 and 5). Paige is a first-time ANC commissioner and is excited for the opportunity to serve the community in this volunteer position. Paige brings a special focus on fostering collaborative and productive partnerships. She is keenly aware of the need to preserve the character and legacy of Spring Valley while also thoughtfully recognizing the need for constant improvement and innovation.

Professionally, Paige has served or held board observation rights on over a dozen for-profit middle-market companies. Her leadership revolves around understanding the careful balance between stakeholder and shareholder interests. She hopes to bring these skills to play while representing her neighbors’ interest as it relates to the ANC’s interactions with the business community and local municipal authorities.

Paige heads the Specialty Lending Healthcare Portfolio Management group at Congressional Bank. When not working or enjoying time with her family, Paige can be found gardening in her yard or jogging the peaceful streets of Spring Valley and its surrounding green spaces.

 

Michael Sriqui - 3D04

Palisades and Kent residents elected Michael Sriqui to represent ANC District 3D04 when veteran Commissioner Stu Ross retired in 2016.  The district covers the two neighborhoods from Arizona Avenue to the Maryland border and includes sections of the Potomac River Gorge and C&O Canal, Chain Bridge, the Dalecarlia Reservoir and Water Treatment Plant, and Sibley Hospital.

 

Sriqui has been a longtime activist on issues of campaign finance and electoral reform, having previously served as the Board Chairman of Common Cause’s Maryland chapter where he advocated for fairer redistricting rules, verifiable vote records, and a public finance system for local elections in Montgomery County.

 

An advocate for the ANC becoming more welcoming and engaged with all neighbors, he favors warmer relations with our community’s large institutions and assesses development projects beyond a zero-sum contest between the tenets of “smart growth” and preserving the fabric of neighborhoods.  A ninth-generation native Washingtonian, he supports historic preservation that conveys a sense of place to our beautiful community.

 

Sriqui graduated from Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda, Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service, and the London School of Economics and Political Science.  He lives on Sherier Place in the Palisades with his wife, Margie, an education policy professional, and three sons ages 4, 3, and 6 months.   

 

Alan Karnofsky - 3D05

Alan Karnofsky is a first-term Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner representing the Palisades and Kent. Alan is a Master of Public Administration graduate from American University, with a concentration in State and Local Government. In 2013, Alan graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. In his day job, Alan works as an Deputy Chief of Staff for the Department of Employment Services.

 

Alan enjoys using the Palisades Recreation Center fitness room and tennis courts. He is also a frequent shopper at the Palisades Safeway, Mac Market, and Prime Cleaners on MacArthur Blvd.

 

As an Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner, Alan wants to be as accessible as possible. Alan will frequently hold meetings to engage with residents, have an email listserv, and provide newsletters to the community. Alan would also like to improve infrastructure in our community to reduce speeders and traffic and provide safe passages for our children. He is excited to engage with the Key Elementary staff, families, and surrounding neighbors on any issues.

 

Please email him at any time to voice any concerns and to stay connected.

 

Virginia Gorsevski - 3D06

A native of Colorado, Virginia Gorsevski has lived in Washington, DC since 1993 and in the Palisades neighborhood for nearly 15 years.  She and her husband Ned have three sons (ages 16, 14 and 9) and she can often be found walking the family dog (and cat!) in the W Street Park. Virginia has been active at Key Elementary School, where she served a term as PTA president, as well as Chair of several committees.  Virginia has a PhD in Geographical Sciences from the University of Maryland and currently works on a Science Panel for the Global Environment Facility. Her background is in international development and conservation and she hopes to apply some of the lessons learned at the global scale to local issues affecting residents of the Palisades and surrounding areas.

 

Taylor Berlin - 3D07

 

Taylor Berlin serving in her second term as the ANC 3D07 commissioner. She is a Junior in the School of International Service at American University. Taylor is studying International Affairs with a concentration in US Foreign Policy and National Security and a minor in Public Administration and Policy. She has prior experience working for all levels of government.

 

Outside of her ANC duties, Taylor is active in the DC Statehood movement and has spoken on this pressing issue at events such as the Congressional Black Caucus Legislative Conference. Furthermore, Taylor fights for voter enfranchisement in its many other forms in DC and has worked to bring the right to vote to marginalized communities. She closely supported the work of Vote16 DC to lower the voting age to 16 in the District. Taylor believes the best path forward for ANC 3D is for our community to embrace new developments and the exciting changes coming to all of DC.

 

Taylor is most interested in strengthening and enriching American University’s relationship with the surrounding community. She focuses on improving aspects of student life on and off campus through actions like increasing pedestrian safety and providing support with housing problems. Please feel free to reach out to her with any concerns related to AU or the student experience.

Photo by Neshan H. Naltchayan 

Christine Warnke - 3D08

Dr. Christine Warnke has long-time ties as a civic leader on women’s issues, human rights, economic development, domestic violence, veterans and most recently real estate and property rights. She currently serves at the pleasure of our DC Mayor, Muriel Bowser as the Consumer Commissioner on the DC Real Estate Commission and the DC Humanities Council but also has extensive experience during her six year tenure to the Board of the National Institutes of Building Sciences. In 1993 she was nominated by President William Jefferson Clinton to the Board and confirmed to the United States Senate. Besides her experience in the building sciences and real estate development arenas both nationally and in Washingtton, DC , she also is passionate about highlighting our city’s rich cultural history through its diverse communities. Dr. Warnke co-authored a Smithsonian publication (The Urban Odyssey) on Washington, DC’s ethnic rich history at the turn of the 20th century. Christine has brought enormous energy and focus to work on behalf of the citizens from all eight wards in our nation’s capital with instituting a program to transition women on welfare into self sufficiency status; greater advocacy for protecting our citizens against domestic violence and abuse; and seeing that our underserved youth are given “safe havens” in order to expand their opportunities for excelling in safer environments after school and providing scholarships to homeless veterans.

 

J.P. Szymkowicz - 3D09

J.P. is a Fifth Generation Resident of the District of Columbia who lives in Foxhall Village with his wife, Lauren. J.P.’s parents also live in Foxhall Village and Lauren grew up on Sherier Place in the Palisades. J.P. graduated from Georgetown University with a degree in Finance and is a lawyer who practices law with his father in Szymkowicz & Szymkowicz, LLP. J.P. is admitted to practice law in the District of Columbia, the State of Maryland, the State of New York and the Commonwealth of Virginia. Lauren is a graphic designer who owns Abstract Orange Design. J.P. is a member of the Board of Directors of the Foxhall Community Citizens Association and is the FCCA’s representative to the Georgetown Community Partners’ Environment and Landlord Initiatives Working Group. In their spare time, J.P. and Lauren enjoy going to movies and are currently on a tour of the Fifty State Capitol buildings and have visited 34 capitols in their quest to learn more about our great country and the people who live there.

 

Jeremy Del Moral - 3D10

Originally from California, Jeremy moved to Washington, DC in 2003 and settled down at the Greenbriar Condominium in 2010.  Jeremy now considers DC home and actively participates in the community. Jeremy holds a master’s degree in business administration from Georgetown University.  In his professional career Jeremy is a senior risk officer with a background in investment analysis, management and trading, and more recently, bank risk management, portfolio management, and policy development. He focuses on the safety and soundness of the banks he oversees. As commissioner of 3D10 he represents the residents within the neighborhood boundary of Macomb St., Massachusetts Ave, Nebraska Ave and Van Ness St., including American University’s Katzen Art Center and the National Presbyterian Church.

 

Jeremy’s issues of importance include enhancing the community relationship with American University, including maintaining open dialog about students living in the neighborhood. Jeremy seeks to bring awareness to existing safety issues as it relates to transportation, specifically those linked to last mile transportation (e.g. bicycle, scooter and skateboards), and explore ways increase safety for all commuters. In addition to serving as the Commissioner of 3D10, Jeremy is the treasurer of the Greenbriar Condominium board.

 

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