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Leadership & Vision



To lead the St Elizabeths East development and its complementary goals to generate jobs, provide education and training for expanded employment opportunities, and diversify the City’s financial base, Mayor Muriel Bowser named Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development Brian Kenner 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

Ed Fisher is an experienced government and community affairs professional in both the public and private sectors. He most recently served as the Director of Community Affairs for CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, where he developed and implemented strategies for community investments and corporate philanthropy. Prior to his tenure there, he served in various leadership roles with the Council of the District of Columbia including Chief of Staff, Committee Director and Legislative Counsel. In these roles, he advised on policies, directed legislative strategies, initiated community engagement, and managed the day to day operations of a Council office. Ed also worked in the financial services sector at SunTrust Bank before working in litigation at various agencies in the Federal government. Ed has used his experience as a small business owner to promote entrepreneurship and encourage economic growth in underserved communities. He is board member of the D.C. Promise Neighborhood Initiative, Advisory Board Member for Girls on the Run-DC, and received the 2012 Community Leadership Award from Uptown Magazine. A graduate of DCPS’s Eastern High School, Ed is also an alum of Hampton University and The Catholic University of America Columbus Law School. He is a native Washingtonian who was raised in the Deanwood community in Ward 7.

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.

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.

Members of the St Elizabeths East Advisory Board include:

  • Brian Kenner, Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (Chairperson)
  • Baron Harvey (Co-Chair), Dean of the Howard School of Business (appointed)
  • Dean Telaekah Brooks (Co-Chair), Dean of the School of Professional Studies at Trinity Washington University
  • Mary Cuthbert, Ward 8 Resident
  • Shelia Bunn, Ward 8 Resident
  • Christopher Earley, Real Estate Finance Manager at Capital One
  • Brenda Jones, Ward 8 Resident
  • Johnathan Schafler,  Community Liaison at U.S. Coast Guard
  • Dayvie Paschall, Infrastructure Developer
  • Denise Robinson, Real Estate Development
  • Christopher Stuart, Faith Community Leader
  • Lafayette Barnes, Transportation and Land Use Expert

The new Advisory Board will meet quarterly. The dates of those meetings are below. Minutes/transcripts from the meeting will be posted here as well.

  • Wednesday, March 14, 2018
  • Wednesday, June 13, 2018
  • Wednesday, September 12, 2018
  • Wednesday, December 12, 2018

The St. Elizabeths East Advisory Board meets at the R.I.S.E. Demonstration Center (2730 Martin Luther King Jr., Ave., SE).  Meetings were open to the public. The dates of the 2016-2018 Advisory Board meetings were as follows.  Agenda’s and Minutes are posted below:



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, 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 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 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.