I have been fortunate to be married for 35 years to Lena Frumin. Together we raised three children, all graduates of DC public schools.
I have worked as an attorney on matters ranging from estate planning and family mediation to international trade and antitrust, was a political appointee at the U.S. State Department during the Clinton Administration where I focused on issues of democracy, human rights, labor, women’s rights and opportunity and the rule of law, served in numerous capacities in national and local political campaigns and have worked on democracy and elections projects in Latin America, Asia, Europe, Africa and the Middle East.
In addition to my professional work, I have been very active in our community, including:
- Six years serving as a Commissioner on ANC 3E, half of those as Chair.
- Longtime education advocate, serving on the committee overseeing the planning and execution of the renovation of Wilson High School, taking a lead role in creating a citywide organization of education advocates – the Coalition for DC Public Schools and Communities – and the local organization the Wilson Ward Three Education Network as well serving on the Student Assignment Committee.
- Chair of the Board of the Lisner Louise Dickson Hurt Home – a five star assisted living/nursing facility serving low income DC seniors on Western Avenue. (Lisner recently secured the first ever Housing Production Trust Fund award for a senior affordable housing project in Ward 3 and hopes construction will commence in 2023).
- Six years on the Board of Tenleytown Main Street, half as President, supporting local businesses and community events such as Art All Night.
- Active with the Washington Interfaith Network (WIN) through Temple Sinai, on issues relating to affordable housing, the environment and jobs.
- Organized community events such as the Turtle Park Jazz Project and the live broadcast of the Women’s World Cup Final in the Wilson Stadium.
- Member of the Iona Senior Citizen Advisory Council and of the citywide Senior Advisory Council.
- Organized stakeholders to connect with and provide input to the National Park Service on issues to address and planning for Fort Reno.
- Early Board member of Teens Run DC, an organization providing mentoring services to DC teens through a running program.
- Chair of a Task Force created by Councilmember Cheh to develop proposals to improve the Department of Parks and Recreation permitting processes.
- Member of a Mayoral Task Force to develop proposals to underground power lines.
- Member of the Task Force for the Rock Creek West II Livability Study to consider traffic calming measures.
- Member of a DC Department of Transportation Task Force on the Circulator Bus.
I have spent decades committed to public service. That work provides the experience and background to serve as an effective Councilmember and advocate of the residents of Ward 3.
Many photos taken by Judy Licht, judylict.com