Brenda was born and raised in Washington, DC. She grew up in Hillcrest Heights, SE WDC, Ward 8 and has been a Ward 7 resident for the last 16 years. As a contractor with a Ward 7 non-profit organization, Brenda was able to give back to the communities in regards to the Affordable Care Act. Due to her extensive experience as a Patient Advocate with a local hospital, she has decided to start her own business, Extended Hands Advocacy, LLC to further help people navigate the healthcare system. Brenda is also a Parent Educator in which she has been able to educate families with effective parenting from the model “Black Effective Parenting”, in Wards 7 & 8.
Deborah D. Nix
Deborah D. Nix lives, works and worships in Ward 7. She has performed outreach ministry in Southeast Washington for close to 25 years. She is the founder and executive director of The Keys to Canaan, a nonprofit organization, which focuses on the health of families. She is also an associate minister at First Rock Baptist Church, which is located in Ward 7; a certified health minister through the Wesley Theological Seminary Heal the Sick program; and a Leadership Council for Healthy Communities health coordinator. She received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh, and Master’s degree from American University. Nix is a wife, mother, grandmother, and the daughter of her 96 year old mother.
Jason Anderson was born and raised in Anacostia, in Ward 8. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Media/Television Production from the University of the District of Columbia. He has worked with high school students professionally for 17 years and counting. He also has experience in coaching high schoolers in sports; serving as a football coach at Anacostia High School in 2010 and 2011, as well as a basketball coach earlier this year. Anderson makes his living as a professional artist and educator. He is proud to be the music curator for the Lumen8Anacostia Festival in 2012 & 2013; the DC Hip Hop Theater Festival in 2015 & 2016 and the Black Love Experience in 2016 & 2017.
Tamika Love Jones
Washington, DC native and current ward 8 resident, Tamika Love Jones, is a singer, songwriter, and community activist who passionately shares her Melodic Thesis on life, love and triumph with heartfelt lyrics and enchanting melodies, that cross such genres as Jazz, Soul, Hip-Hop and Funk. Growing up in poverty, Tamika turned to music as an escape from the harsh realities of drugs and violence which overcame those in her surroundings. At the age of 11, a timid Tamika was discovered by her teacher and classmates, who let her know that she could no longer keep her voice hidden. From then on, Miss Love Jones began singing everywhere she went. In addition to releasing three EPs which are widely available and critically acclaimed, she has put in years of work performing around the country at such venues as The Kennedy Center, Carter Baron, Constitution Hall and The Blue Note among some of her favorite musical talents such as Zap Mama, Gordon Chambers, Maimouna Youssef, Marsha Ambrosius, Kindred Family Soul, Jaguar Wright and Amel Larrieux. Currently she is working with Bassist/Producer Tarus Mateen on a full album which will release in 2018. In addition to her work as a solo artist, her work in the community consists of running after school program, Global Kids, at Ballou High School in which she teaches youth how to use their voices and talents to organize around social Issues. She is also a resident artist at Columbia Height's community arts incubator, Bloombars, where she works on developing and facilitating interactive arts programming for youth and young children. With one look into the eyes of Tamika Love Jones, you can see the love and passion she has for music and her people, and in her songs you can hear the pain, struggles and triumph that makes Tamika stand out like a rose emerging from the concrete. Her only goal is to continue shining the unique light that God has given her so that she may continue playing her role in the strengthening and healing of her community and the world.
Diane Brent-Farmer is an Integrative Health Coach and Occupational Therapist. She has over 30 years experience working with people of all ages with variety of medical health conditions. She regularly volunteers within Ward 7 providing one on one coaching sessions to people with chronic health conditions. Diane is passionate about helping people learn how to shop and prepare healthy foods on a budget, how to improve sleep, how to reduce stress and how improve their lives through physical activities.
Diane received a B.S. degree from Howard University in Occupational Therapy and certification as Integrative Health Coach from Institute of Integrative Nutrition School.
Mary Blackford is a manager at financial services firm in Washington, DC.
Originally from Southeast Washington, DC, Mary began her business studies as a student at the Business & Finance Academy at HD Woodson Senior High. During her time at the Academy she studied entrepreneurship and started her first business. Upon graduation Mary attended Babson College in Wellesley, Massachusetts. During her collegiate experience she studied business management and entrepreneurship, and taught entrepreneurship courses in high schools in Ghana and South Africa.
Mary graduated from Babson College with a BS in Business Management, and began her career in the socially responsible finance industry as an Analyst at Calvert Foundation; an impact investing organization committed to utilizing fixed income products to create social and economic progress by investing in mediums that include micro-lending, small business development, agriculture, women-led businesses, and environmental innovations. In 2013, Mary became one of the founding chapter leaders of the DC Chapter of Women Investing for a Sustainable Economy (WISE), a women-led professional group committed to providing educational and professional resources to women professionals working within the socially responsible investing industry in Washington, DC. In the summer of 2017 she launched her most recent venture Market 7. Market 7 worked with 25 black-owned businesses in the Washington, DC area to create a community market that included fresh food, lifestyle products, and home items in Ward 7.
Mary is currently a resident of Ward 7 in Washington, DC, and enjoys starting new ventures, community development work, and traveling.
Hortense Brent has been a resident of ward 7 for over 30 years. She has been an active volunteer with organizations such DC Rape Crisis, Boys and Girls Club, and Kiwanis(East of the River) Hortense is a freelance artist with a B.A. in Art from the University of the District of Columbia. She uses her artistic expression while preparing colorful and healthy plant based meals to improve her health and the health of her family and her community.
John Johnson is a native Washingtonian and graduate of the University of the District of Columbia.
He is a three time Artist fellow with District of Columbia Commission of the Arts.
He has recently been engaged in oral history project that highlights the lives of residence in Anacostia called "Anacostia Unmapped"
John is currently exploring a unique improvisational form of story telling called Playback Theatre where personal stories come to life on stage.