Committees, DC Agency Working Groups, and Community Services Corporation

DCBIA committees and agency work groups are where DCBIA thought-leaders are built and industry information is shared. These groups advance solutions-based proposals and ensure DCBIA's agile and responsive approach to market conditions and member needs. Included in all DCBIA groups is a sharp focus on development East of the River, on young and emerging real estate development leaders, and on issues impacting the environment, energy and sustainability.


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2020 COMMITTEES, AGENCY WORK GROUPS (AWG), and COMMUNITY SERVICES CORPORATION

Committees:
1. Capital Markets - The Capital Markets Committee develops roundtable discussions on the current and future capital markets. The Committee also evaluates financial trends and project financing and organizes and hosts a CEO forum yearly. Co-chaired by Alissa Curry-Briggs, Executive Director of Commercial Real Estate FVC Bank and Shawn Weingast, Director of Capital Markets, Acumen Cos

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2. Commercial/Office/Retail Leasing  - The COR Committee studies local, national, and international retail trends and monitors and promotes commercial, office and retail leasing in the DC area (formerly Retail Business Development). The Committee also organizes presentations by real estate leaders and hosts walking tours of new spaces. - Co-chaired by Derek Ford, Senior Vice President of Emerging and Underserved Neighborhoods, Washington DC Economic Partnership and Curvin Leatham of Area Probe

 

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3. Construction & Development - The C&D Committee (formerly Commercial Construction) holds roundtable discussions on commercial construction and development and evaluates trends and federal/local legislative regulatory proposals. Co-Chaired by Howard Chapman of Coakley & Williams and Chizoba Nwobodo of Arup.   

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4. Housing - The Housing Committee focuses on creating solutions-based proposals to improve housing in the District of Columbia, including housing production, management, financing, and regulation. Co-Chaired by: Clint Mann, President, Urban Pace & Charles Warren, Principal Teass-Warren. Ad-Hoc Housing Subcommittees: Affordable Housing Policy and Initiatives; Inclusionary Zoning (IZ), Tenant Opportunity to Purchase Act (TOPA), and Rent Control.

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5. Public Policy & Regulation  - The Committee monitors legislation that impacts DC real estate development and provides written and oral testimony to the Council of the District of Columbia on behalf of DCBIA.  The Committee also develops strategies on industry issues, including regulations, taxes, and impositions. Co-Chaired by Janene Jackson, Partner, Holland & Knight and Jeff Utz, Director, Goulston & Storrs. (*Participation in this Committee requires approval from DCBIA President).  

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6. Young Leaders   - The Young Leaders Committee focuses on professional development for leaders in real estate development, including networking, educational programs, development tours and community service opportunities. Young Leaders under 35 who work for member companies are automatically eligible to join the committee with no additional cost. Co-chaired by Rebecca Soja, Architectural Designer and Researcher, HKS and Russell Cox of WC Smith  

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7. DC Agency Working Groups - The DCBIA Agency Working Groups work closely with DC Government Agency Leadership to develop solutions to concerns of the development industry, including educational sessions and input into regulations. Chaired by Lisa Mallory, CEO, DCBIA. If you would like to know more about topics covered in these groups, contact Liz DeBarros
  • Department of Consumer & Regulatory Affairs
  • Department of Energy & Environment
  • Department of Small, Local Business Development
  • Department of General Services
  • DC Water
  • District Department of Transportation
  • Department of Housing & Community Development
  • Office of Planning
  • Office of the Chief Financial Officer

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For more information about DCBIA Committees, & DC Agency Working Groups

Contact DCBIA at (202) 966-8665 or email us at info@dcbia.org.


DCBIA Community Services Corporation (CSC). The DCBIA CSC, formed in 1997, is a separate 501(c)(3) organization that serves as an educational and charitable organization that fosters a commitment to community service and volunteerism among members of the Washington, D.C. real estate development business community.  The Corporation's President is Steve Hawryluk of James G Davis Construction. View the Board members here.
Also, in its 28th year, DCBIA hosts a "Community Improvement Day" to renovate a community site each fall. Preceded by months of design and community engagement meetings, teams of DCBIA members gather on different zones across the site to finalize design plans and significantly improve a deserving DC community asset. Due to the public health emergency, DCBIA is not able to return to Oxon Run Park this year. However, we are planning for both big and small ways to give back to the community during this difficult time.
DCBIA / OP Comprehensive Plan Amendment Working Group - This ad-hoc committee formed in response to the opportunity to provide public comment to the District's Comprehensive Plan process.  This group has prepared and submitted proposed amendments to DC's Office of Planning Comprehensive Plan amendment process on June 23, 2017. The Comp Plan Framework legislation, the critical introductory chapter of the District's Comp Plan, was sent to Council for action twice, the latest was in January 2019. DCBIA supported the Framework Element.  In May 2019, OP released the city's Comp Plan Values after hearing from DC residents and launched a webpage - DC2Me. The DC Council held its first vote on the Framework legislation on July 9, 2019. A second vote is expected on September 17. Many amendments were accepted and DCBIA will continue to work with the Council and OP to ensure the Framework is equitable, predictable, flexible where needed to achieve city wide and neighborhood goals. OP published the subsequent chapters in October 2019.  DCBIA continues to participate in the city's process led by Jeff Utz, Director, Goulston & Storrs and has organized an executive committee to review the Chapters: Shane Dettman, Director of Planning Services at Holland & Knight; Stephanie Liotta-Atkinson, Executive Vice President of Mid City; Feras Qumseya, Director of Development, Foulger-Pratt, and Stephan Rodiger, Senior Vice President of Redbrick LMD. A team of developers, attorneys, engineers and other real estate professionals have joined the team. DCBIA submitted comments in January 2020. On April 23, 2020, the Mayor transmitted the Chapters of the Comprehensive Plan to the Council on April 24. The 1,500-page legislative package is available in three parts (123). Council Chairman Phil Mendelson’s staff has said that the Council will likely hold hearings and votes on the Comprehensive Plan in the fall and winter of 2020, after working with Councilmembers and stakeholders over the summer. DCBIA played an influential role in the Framework element that was passed in 2019. We have reengaged the Comprehensive Plan Working Group to review and shape the remainder of this document that will guide future development in the District. Send an email to info@dcbia.org if you would like to join this group (DCBIA members only. Not a member? Join here.
NEW! DCBIA IZ Plus Working Group - Co-chaired by Jeff Utz, Goulston & Storrs and Shane Dettman of Holland & Knight. In January 2020, the Office of Zoning introduced "Expanded Inclusionary Zoning" (aka "IZ Plus") in ZC Case No. 20-02 - an effort to increase the inclusionary zoning set-aside requirement to up to 20% for zoning map amendments (without PUDs) that provide greater density. The Office of Planning is scheduled to hold a virtual public roundtable on June 24. Read the Office of Planning's set down report. DCBIA's IZ Plus Working Group will meet to provide testimony for this important change in Inclusionary Zoning. page updated June 10, 2020