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Our mission is to preserve and restore the diverse, historic environment of Shaw's 7th and 9th Street commercial corridors, offering residents and visitors a better place to live, work, shop, play, and pray.

Comprised of 11 leaders with diverse interests in the Shaw community, the Board of Directors has final accountability for the success of Shaw Main Streets. Board service entails a range of activities and duties, including establishing policies and goals, overseeing operations and finances, leading committees and projects, and raising funds for the organization.

Board Members are elected at the Annual Meeting. The term of each board position is 2 years.

2018-2019 Board Roster

Antwain Coward District Cryo, Representing Shaw Businesses

Bernard Demczuk Retired Representing Shaw Residents

Graham King Urban Athletic Club, Representing Shaw Businesses

William Lansing Valor Development, Representing Developers and Shaw Commercial Property Owners

Cheryl A. Lofton Cheryl A. Lofton & Associates, Representing Shaw Businesses

Alexander M. Padro—EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR -Ex Officio

Ben Tesfaye—VICE CHAIR/VICE PRESIDENT Etete Ethiopian Cuisine/U Street Parking/DC General Construction, Representing Shaw Businesses and Shaw Commercial Property Owners

Theresa E. Watts Lettie Gooch Boutique, Representing Shaw Businesses and Residents

Warren Weixler Swatchroom, Representing Shaw Businesses and Residents

Gretchen B. Wharton—CHAIR/PRESIDENT Retired, Representing Shaw Residents

Robert Yule—SECRETARY Long Story Short Media, Representing Shaw Residents