Commissioners

Chair: Paige Ela

Vice Chair: Jeremy Del Moral

Treasurer: Ben Bergmann

Secretary: Christian Damiana

Parliamentarian: Michael Sriqui

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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 33 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.

 

Elizabeth Pemmerl- 3D02

Elizabeth and husband Drew have lived on Upton Street in Spring Valley for nearly ten years. Daughter Margaret, age 5, attends Horace Mann Elementary, and the family enjoys playing tennis, biking and daily walks with their dogs Teddy and Ellie.

As a commissioner, Elizabeth seeks to balance growth and change in her neighborhood with preservation of what makes Spring Valley special - like green spaces and walkability. Issues of importance to Elizabeth include support for Spring Valley businesses, investments in DC schools and common-sense pedestrian safety improvements across 3D. Elizabeth values collaborative engagement with American University and Wesley Seminary, which is particularly important as the institutions navigate their future enrollment and development plans. She encourages her neighbors to join the Commission's monthly meetings to express their opinions on issues of importance to them.

Professionally, Elizabeth is a global revenue VP at software company GitHub, where she has worked for six years. GitHub was acquired by Microsoft in late 2018, and in her role, Elizabeth manages the post-acquisition joint sales strategy, as well as the company's public sector and partner businesses.

 
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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.

 
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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.   

 

Kate B. Nanavatty - 3D05

Kate Nanavatty seeks to engage and enhance the Palisades community in this volunteer, nonpartisan ANC Commissioner position.  Kate will focus on the sound use of public funds to benefit beloved aspects of the neighborhood, from the Palisades Recreation Center to the Key School community to the Sunday farmers market.  Additionally, Kate will seek to support local businesses along MacArthur Boulevard, facing the Safeway closure and ongoing pandemic.  Kate would like to encourage and solicit a broad range of stakeholder views and aims to provide fact-based information and advice to her community and fellow commissioners. 

 

Kate graduated from Johns Hopkins SAIS in Washington D.C., and has over 15 years of experience with the U.S. State Department.  Kate lives on Fulton Street with her husband, two sons and dog and enjoys tennis and playing soccer with her family.

 
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Jason Rao - 3D06

Jason Rao is a public health professional with decades of experience in preventing and responding to pandemic threats. He is a former Fellow of the National Institutes of Health, and served as a Senior Policy Advisor to President Obama in the Office of Science and Technology Policy. Jason has been a DC resident for 20 years, now living with his family in Ward 3 for the last decade, with two kids at Key Elementary.  As a newly elected Commissioner of the Advisory Neighborhood Commission (3D-06), Jason is passionate about getting DC schools and businesses back open as quickly and safely as possible.  Jason also supports both local and DC-wide environmental and transportation efforts to keep DC a thriving, equitable place for all. 

 

Dr. Rao is an educator with positions held at Georgetown, GW and currently with Cornell University.  He is the Founder of Health Security Partners, a D.C. based non-profit focused on social development, international diplomacy and pandemic threat reduction. He has served at the State Department, as a Fellow of the Senate Homeland Security Committee 111th Congress, and is a permanent Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). He holds a PhD in Biochemistry, Cellular and Molecular Biology from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. 

 
 
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Christian Damiana - 3D07

Christian Damiana is serving in his first term as the Commissioner for ANC 3D07, which is comprised of American University’s main campus. He is the youngest elected official in the District of Columbia and the youngest ANC officer in DC history.

 

Christian is a Junior in the School of Public Affairs at American University. He is active in campus life and serves as the president of the University’s chapter of Students for DC Statehood. Christian first became involved with DC affairs and local government through an internship in the Executive Office of the Mayor. During his time at the Mayor’s office, he saw first-hand how the District government functions and gained essential insight as to how to improve it. 

 

As a Commissioner, Christian is focused engaging students with ANC 3D business through hyperlocal activism. American University students largely want access to affordable housing, eco-friendly transportation options, and an equitable education and Christian is ready to deliver real results through public advocacy and ANC 3D action.

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Ben Bergmann - 3D08

Ben lives in The Towers with his wife, Karuna, and two children, Sameer and Ramona. Sameer is in Pre-K4 at Mann Elementary, while Ramona just arrived in March 2020.  

Ben currently works as an attorney at a large law firm, where he maintains an active pro bono practice, representing clients in matters relating to ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment, housing conditions, and voting rights. He was recognized with High Honors by the DC Bar in the Capital Pro Bono Honor Roll for 2017, 2018, and 2019.

Before moving to DC, Ben worked as an attorney in New York City and as a teacher at a public school in Texas, where he taught social studies and language arts. He is a graduate of Yale Law School and Duke University, where he studied theater, political science, and history.  Ben is a proud progressive, a Trekkie, and a fan of the Nationals and Duke Basketball.

Ben is active on Twitter (@bzbergmann) and frequently posts about ANC business and local politics.

 
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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.