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Leadership & Vision

Leadership

To lead the St Elizabeths East innovation-driven development and its complementary goals to generate jobs, provide education and training for expanded employment opportunities, and diversify the City’s financial base, Mayor Vincent C. Gray named Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development Jeffrey Miller to head the development effort.  The project is executed by the staff within the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED).

 

St. Elizabeths East Team

St Elizabeths East Executive Director, Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development, Government of the District of Columbia

Catherine Buell serves as the Executive Director of St. Elizabeths East, the future home of the District of Columbia’s first Innovation Hub – a 183-acre historic campus where community, universities, federal partners and technology enterprises will co-locate to support the District’s growing innovation economy.  Prior to her current role, Ms. Buell worked in both the Washington D.C., USA, and Abu Dhabi, U.A.E offices of Patton Boggs LLP.  There she counseled institutional investors seeking to make investments in real estate assets and private equity funds in the United States, Asia and Europe.  Ms. Buell also served as the Chair of the District of Columbia’s Historic Preservation Review Board (HPRB), which is responsible for preserving Washington D.C.’s historic and cultural resources.
Special Assistant, St. Elizabeths East, Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development, Government of the District of Columbia

Ms. Darnetta K. Tyus is a Special Assistant for St. Elizabeths East in the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development in the Executive Office of the Mayor of the District of Columbia.  As Special Assistant, Ms. Tyus leads the community engagement, stakeholder and project support efforts for the St. Elizabeths East redevelopment.   Prior to working with the Deputy Mayor’s Office  Ms. Tyus briefly served as the Deputy Chief Operations Officer for the District of Columbia Office of the State Superintendent of Education, Chief of Staff to the Board of Commissioners of the Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) (IL), City of Chicago’s Department of Planning and Development as the Deputy Commissioner, Assistant Commissioner and Finance Director. Ms. Tyus holds a Master of Business Administration degree, with a focus of finance from Keller Graduate School of Management and a Bachelor of Science in Commerce degree with a major of accounting from DePaul University.

Project Manager, St. Elizabeths East, Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development, Government of the District of Columbia

James Parks IV is a Project Manager at St. Elizabeths East. He is responsible for maintaining interagency relations, public relations, and vendor programs support. James grew up in Washington, D.C. He graduated from Sidwell Friends School and completed a B.A. at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey in New Brunswick. James has a passion for connecting with people and impacting them positively in order to change the world for the better. Through his experiences as a servant leader (including work as a Resident Assistant for freshmen and upperclassmen, a varsity coxswain for the Rowing Team, and the president of his college chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.) James has earned the respect of peers, coaches, and teachers at all the institutions with which affiliated.

Project Manager, St. Elizabeths East, Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development, Government of the District of Columbia

Andre Byers serves as a Project Manager at St. Elizabeths East.

 

Special Assistant, St. Elizabeths East, Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development, Government of the District of Columbia

Gary Ellis is a Special Assistant for St. Elizabeths East in the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development in the Executive Office of the Mayor of the District of Columbia.  Mr. Ellis is responsible for DDOT and infrastructure coordination, corporate partnerships, anchor tenant negotiations, interagency relations (HHS, DHS, FEMA) as well as administrative and budget oversight.  Mr. Ellis has previously been in the private sector in finance and administration in media (National Geographic Ventures and A&E Television), consulting (Bachelder Group and Andersen Consulting) and banking (United Bank of Switzerland) with responsibilities including annual budgeting and forecasting, contract maintenance, production reporting, revenue tracking and payroll.  Mr. Ellis holds a Master of Business Administration from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and a Bachelor of Arts in Politics from Princeton University.

 

Technology Sector Manager, Business Development Department, Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development, Government of the District of Columbia

Erin Horne McKinney — Passionate about entrepreneurship and emerging technology, Erin Horne McKinney currently serves as a the Mayor’s Tech Sector Manager representing technology firms, entrepreneurs, and organizations that want to locate or grow in the District of Columbia. Prior to joining DMPED, Erin served in leadership roles with the National Association of Multicultural Digital Entrepreneurs (NAMDE), the National Diversity Council, and the Maynard Institute. Her tech policy work includes research positions with TechNet, the National Telecommunication and Information Administration within the U.S. Department of Commerce, and the National Black Caucus of State Legislators. She completed her undergraduate and graduate studies in journalism and tech policy at Howard University in Washington, D.C. Erin.HorneMcKinney@DC.Gov

 

Hospitality Sector Manager, Business Development Department, Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development, Government of the District of Columbia

Pia Brown serves as Hospitality Sector Manager supporting hotels, restaurants, events and travel and leisure growth in the District. Pia’s past experience in the hospitality sector includes event operations and facilities management where she was responsible for managing over 200 events per year that included major medical tradeshows, conferences 5 presidential inaugural events, the Nuclear Security Summit and sales with Events DC and Centerplate.  Pia has also served as the Executive Director of the Sirleaf Market Women’s Fund in Liberia where she was responsible for building markets and managing social services programs that included microfinance, adult literacy, and pre-school education. Pia holds a B.A. from Brown University and an MBA from the American University.

 

St Elizabeths East Advisory Board

The St Elizabeths East Advisory Board, appointed by the Mayor, is responsible for providing guidance and professional expertise to the development.  Together, the Board is leveraging its combined expertise and experience to help fulfill the Mayor’s vision for transforming the 183-acre St Elizabeths East campus into a major economic and community-building opportunity.  Leading the Advisory Board is a distinguished resident of the District of Columbia, who acts as Vice Chair:

 

Telaekah Brooks   The Dean of the School of Professional Studies at Trinity Washington University and a small business advocate, she received a B.A. in sociology from the University of Michigan and a J.D. from Howard University Law School.  She chairs the Education Committee.

Members of the St Elizabeths East Advisory Group include:

  • Brig Owens, Bennett Group
  • Charlene Drew Jarvis, Federal City Council
  • Irasema Salcido, Cesar Chavez Public Charter High School for Public Policy
  • Thurgood Marshall Jr., Bingham McCutchen LLP | Bingham Consulting Group LLC
  • Robert Leslie Deak, Bittachon Holdings, Inc, National Defense University Foundation, Center for a New American Security.
  • Rose Ann Cleveland, Cafritz Foundation
  • Jacque D. Patterson, Sr., Martha’s Table
  • Lars Etzkorn, Lars Etzkorn Law PLLC

The advisory group is also served by four non-voting ex officio members:

  • Julia E. Hudson, Regional Administrator, National Capital Region, General Services Administration
  • Adrianne Todman, Executive Director, District of Columbia Housing Authority

Vision

St Elizabeths East will be a unique place to cultivate globally-significant economic opportunities in security, including critical infrastructure, energy, and sustainable technologies and practices – a place where our nation’s brightest minds can think, create, innovate, educate, and live. 

Find details about this unparalleled vision, offering, place, project, and strategy in the publication St Elizabeths East: Envisioning the Future.

To maximize the growth of innovation-based small businesses and jobs, St Elizabeths East will become:

  • A revitalized historic campus with new mixed-use neighborhoods of retail, office, housing, open space, and cultural amenities.
  • A center for innovation and excellence that leverages the substantial investment of DC government in infrastructure and other neighborhood amenities and improvements, including approximately $2.7 million in site planning and entitlements, and $4.5 million in historic building stabilization. Additionally, Mayor Vincent C. Gray’s budget, approved by the DC Council in June, 2012, includes $113.5 million for infrastructure improvements to be delivered between 2013 through 2016.
  • An economic development project that stimulates revitalization and regeneration in South East Washington.

Development on the East Campus is guided by the St Elizabeths East Redevelopment Framework Plan, approved by the DC Council in December 2008 and the 2012 Master Plan and an Economic Development Strategy funded by the U.S. Economic Development Administration, with multiple objectives that provide for:

  • Direct employment opportunities in both the short- and long-term for District residents;
  • Services and amenities that improve choices for both local residents and an new workforce;
  • Revitalization of the historic campus by adaptively reusing buildings within a mixed use environment
  • Expansion of retail and housing choices for residents east of the river, and others

Enhancement of mobility, replacement of obsolete infrastructure, and an example of best practices in sustainability.