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About Us

We are a 501(c)3 non-profit organization with a lens for community building in Northeast. We manage two Main Street programs; the Rhode Island Avenue Main Street (since 2014) and Bladensburg Road Main Street (established in the Fall of 2019). The DC Main Street Program, run out of the Department of Small and Local Business Development (DSLBD), and are one of DC's 26 commercial corridor Main Streets. See our amazing work from 2022 in our FY22 DC Squared Annual Report!

Small Business Assistance Grant Application 

The FY24 DC Squared Small Business Grant Application

is being revamped and will launch by the spring!

Be a Volunteer.

We are always in need of support for business outreach on our Main Streets, event coordination, and countless other skill sets related to our ever expanding programs.

 

If you think you can help us, please fill out this form to indicate your interest in learning about DC Squared committees and volunteer opportunities. We will be scheduling a volunteer kickoff meeting soon, where we will briefly cover the organization's current initiatives and the goal of our committees. 

Please send any questions to our Volunteer Coordinator at info@dcsquared.org.  

DC Squared Staff

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Michaela Blanchard
Executive Director, DC Squared

Please officially meet Michaela! After serving on the Executive Board of FoRIA for six years, she has now been in place as the Executive Director for the last year getting the lay of the land and pushing the organization into uncharted territory. You may have had the opportunity to meet her as she traverses both corridors identifying opportunities for community growth, while disbursing sub-grants to some of our favorite small businesses or during one of our action-packed events on the Main Streets in this last year.

 

Michaela has been focused on our Neighborhoods for some time, having spent years working with Brookland based Developer, Menkiti Group. With a background in marketing, Michaela has held roles from Brand Manager for the Washington Post to Vice President of Marketing for a local communications firm. Throughout the years, she has built stakeholder relationships and a skillset that has already been pivotal in her brief time as ED. Michaela is a resident of the Fort Lincoln community! She is a believer of retail therapy, a foodie, movie buff, dog lover and happens to be a Professional Kickball player, coach and league owner. Be sure to say "Hi" or send her a nice welcome note!

Contact Michaela: michaela@dcsquared.org

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Devonte' Dinkins

Program Manager, DC Squared

We are incredibly fortunate to have Devonte Dinkins join DC Squared as our new Program Manager. His commitment to community development and his impressive background in real estate will undoubtedly drive our organization forward and help us create more opportunities for local entrepreneurs and underserved communities.

Devonte Dinkins, a true social entrepreneur, brings a fresh perspective and a proven track record of success to our organization. Previously, he served as a Portfolio/Asset Manager for a renowned real estate development firm in Washington D.C. This experience has laid the foundation for his next grand venture, the groundbreaking "Greenwood District Entrepreneur Campus."

This transformative project aims to reimagine the area, converting it into 500,000 square feet of mixed-use retail, office spaces, outdoor event venues, and housing specifically designed for entrepreneurs, artists, athletes, and the growing workforce in Downtown Hagerstown. Devonte's expertise in small business development will ensure that the business owners and communities along the Bladensburg and Rhode Island Main Street Corridors feel supported every step of the way.

 

Contact Devonte: Devonte@dcsquared.org
 

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Wuiping Yap 

Special Events Coordinator

Wuiping is a seasoned professional with over ten years of experience working with Main Street organizations & other companies on special events, promotion, internal & external communications, technical assistance, and business outreach projects. Wuiping has spearheaded and coordinated a wide range of successful events and initiatives, including major outdoor street festivals, summer concert and film series, holiday markets, farmers markets, Art All Night activations, educational & creative conferences, art exhibits, dance showcases, fundraising receptions & galas, thematic food events and more. From conceptualization to planning to execution, 

 

Wuiping is highly skilled in promotion, communications, and outreach to neighborhood corridor businesses and plans our major events throughout the year. Her ability to build strong relationships and collaborate effectively with stakeholders is critical in ensuring the success of every initiative she undertakes. Wuiping's extensive experience, creativity, attention to detail, and commitment to the community make her an invaluable asset to DC Squared.

Contact Wuiping: events@dcsquared.org

Now Hiring.

LOOKING FOR A PROGRAM SPECIALIST!

 

The Program Specialist is a part-time position, responsible for supporting the staff in for the successful development of the businesses along the designated geographic jurisdiction. This position is responsible for the programmatic activities required by the designated Main Street grant awarded by the Department of Small and Local Business Development (DSLBD); and other duties as assigned by the Executive Director (ED) and Program Manager to support DC Squared and additional grantor requirements.

 

Please send your resume, cover letter, and references to info@dcsquared.org with the subject line: "Program Specialist Applicant | (your name)".

Please no phone calls.

Board of Directors

Executive Committee

Carlos Davis, Chair

Jack Sterne, Vice Chair

Monica Leibovitz, Treasurer

DC Squared Board of Directors

Carlos Davis, Chair

President of the Woodridge South Civic Association

Mr. Davis is Executive Vice President of MJ Synergy Group, LLC, providing architectural design; planning; programming; project management, construction management; inspection and facilities management services. A retired federal executive and life-long resident of Washington, DC, Mr. Davis, currently serves as President, Woodridge South Community Association Ward 5, board member Rhode Island Avenue Main Street; Deputy Board Chair of a non-profit organization She Still Smiles, LLC; and, President of SOLRAC Enterprises, LLC.

Mr. Davis served as Chairman, CIA Fine Arts Commission, expanding the Agency’s historical intelligence permanent exhibits, art and sculpture collections.  He conceived and directed the development of the book, Inside the CIA, The Architecture, Art and Atmosphere of America’s Premiere Intelligence Agency. Mr. Davis served two terms as Chairman of the CIA Black Executive Board and is Member Emeritus to the Advisory Board of Directors, International Spy Museum.  Mr. Davis achieved the ranks of the prestigious CIA Senior Intelligence Service.

Mr. Davis received a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Howard University and a Master of Science in Engineering Management from the Catholic University of America. He completed graduate studies in Intelligence Assessment & Policy Forums from the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University; and holds Federal Executive Certification from the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University.  Mr. Davis has completed post graduate doctoral studies in Leadership and Organizational Development with the University of Phoenix.

 

Jack Sterne, Vice Chair

Jack Sterne is the Co-Founder and President of Lumenant, an energy efficiency company which transforms buildings in the senior living industry.  He is an environmental lawyer and entrepreneur with 30 years of leadership experience in the energy and environment arena.  He has a J.D. from Lewis & Clark Law School and a B.A. from the University of Virginia.  His wife Sunyatta Amen is the owner of award-winning teahouse Calabash Tea & Tonic, with locations in Brookland and Shaw.  Jack is an active outdoor nut, spending whatever free time he has fishing, snowboarding, surfing, biking, or hiking. 

Monica Leibovitz, Treasurer

Monica Leibovitz is a Brookland resident with a 20 year career in advocacy, community development, and government.

She was the founding Director of Community Development for Cooper University Hospital in Camden, NJ, where she worked to develop three community parks, create a neighborhood special services district, and secure state and philanthropic funding for housing rehabilitation and community programs. Monica also served in various policy, research, and communications leadership roles for presidential, U.S. Senate and gubernatorial campaigns.   She is a graduate of Yale University.

In recent years, Monica has worked for the Downtown DC Business Improvement District, the Union Station Redevelopment Corporation, and The Pew Charitable Trusts.

Monica, her husband, and their two children live on Kearny Street NE.

Chloe Fedyna (bio coming soon)

Malik Edwards (bio coming soon)

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