Celebrating its 18th anniversary in 2022, Mount Vernon Triangle is considered to be one of Washington DC’s best examples of a mixed-use community.

Established to enhance the overall quality of life for residents, employees, visitors, and property owners in the Mount Vernon Triangle neighborhood of Downtown DC.

Under District law, the MVT CID is legally defined as a Business Improvement District (BID). The concept of a Community Improvement District is based on that of a Business Improvement District, but emphasizes the inclusion of commercial and residential properties. BIDs have proven to be successful in hundreds of cities throughout the United States and 11 BIDs have now been established in the District of Columbia: Adams Morgan Partnership, Anacostia BID, Capitol Hill BID, Capitol Riverfront BID, DowntownDC BID, Dupont Circle BID, Georgetown BID, Golden Triangle BID, Mount Vernon Triangle CID, NoMa BID, and Southwest BID.

Our Mission – The ingredients for achieving the vision for Mount Vernon Triangle are:

  • PEOPLE: A diverse and energetic group, eager to be part of the community
  • DESIGN: A lively mix of uses with residential, retail and office projects. Outstanding architecture, historic places, public art, parks and plazas that engage people and are enjoyed by the community
  • RETAIL: A wide variety of restaurants, shops, services, and amenities that provide for needs of the neighborhood and create great experiences
  • TRANSPORTATION: Walkable neighborhood, proximity to Metrorail at Gallery Place/Chinatown, Mt. Vernon Square/Convention Center, Judiciary Square, and Union Station. Circulator and Metro bus access, Bikeshare, Amtrak & MARC Train and access to I-395. Plans for streetcar on K Street connecting Union Station and Georgetown.
  • PARTNERSHIPS: An innovative, public-private collaboration


Mount Vernon Triangle is at the heart of the city—both geographically and culturally. Its boundaries include 17 blocks within the east end of downtown, bordered by 7th Street to the west, Massachusetts Avenue to the south, New York Avenue to the north and New Jersey Avenue to the east. Mount Vernon Triangle is a welcoming, authentic, and centered neighborhood that mirrors the City’s unique mix of historic and modern buildings, longtime and new residents, and diverse cultures, restaurants, and experiences.


As Ratified during the December 2021 Meeting of the MVT CID Board of Directors

Officers & Executive Committee

  • Chairman: Berk Shervin
  • Vice Chairman: Dr. Ivory Toldson
  • Treasurer: Aubrey Stephenson
  • Secretary: Rahul Vinod
  • At-Large: Elena Anderson de Lay, Jimmy Dodson & Samantha Margolis

Board of Directors

Stacey Aguiar, Assistant Vice President, Property Management
Equity Residential
term expires 2022

Elena Anderson, Member, Board of Trustees
Mount Carmel Baptist Church
term expires 2023

Matthew Butler, Chief Operating Officer
D.C. Bar
term expires 2023

Jimmy DodsonPartner
Paradigm Companies
term expires 2023

Abby Elbaum, Principal
Ogden CAP Properties, LLC
term expires 2024

David Germakian, Senior Vice President – Regional Lead, Mid-Atlantic Region
term expires 2023

Tessa Hall, Director of Construction
Dantes Partners
term expires 2024

Samantha Margolis, Chief Administrative Officer & Chief of Staff
term expires 2022

Nate Mason, Resident
President – Madrigal Lofts Condominium Owners Association
term expires 2023

Pete Otteni, Executive Vice President & Co-Head of the Washington Region
Boston Properties
term expires 2023

Stephan Rodiger, Past MVT Property Developer & Current Managing Partner
MXTR Real Estate
term expires 2023

Berkeley Shervin, President, Co-Owner & Chief Operating Officer
The Wilkes Company
term expires 2022

Aubrey Stephenson, President
Federal Management Systems
term expires 2023

Rev. Dr. James E. Terrell, Reverend
Second Baptist Church
term expires 2023

Dr. Ivory Toldson, Long-Time Property Owner & Director of Education Innovation & Research
term expires 2022

Drew Turner, Senior Development Manager
Douglas Development
term expires 2024

Rahul Vinod, Co-Owner
term expires 2024

Kenyattah Robinson

President & CEO
Mount Vernon Triangle Community Improvement District
[email protected]

As President & CEO of the MVT CID, Kenyattah Robinson is responsible for overall management of the organization, including leading operations, planning, program development, financial management, communications, marketing and branding, special events, community organizing, fundraising, public speaking and reporting; working with the District of Columbia and Federal government, Advisory Neighborhood Commissioners and National Park Service; and managing all staff including a seven-person crew of Clean Team Ambassadors. With more than 18 combined years of combined public- and private-sector management, real estate finance and advisory, policy, public affairs, and urban placemaking experience, Kenyattah previously served as a Senior Vice President | National Director on the Public Institutions team at Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL) where his primary responsibilities included developing strategies to help public-sector organizations achieve their mission objectives through public-private partnerships and other venture opportunities to maximize the value of their real property assets. A New Orleans native of the Upper Ninth Ward and graduate of the “blue ribbon” Benjamin Franklin Senior High School, he earned his B.A. in liberal arts and business from Louisiana State University (LSU) and an M.B.A. from the Johnson School at Cornell University. A former Mount Vernon Triangle resident property owner, Kenyattah lives in northwest Washington with his son Markus and wife Marnique Heath Robinson, a Principal in the Washington, DC office of STUDIOS Architecture, previous Chair of DC’s Board of Zoning Adjustment, and current Chair of DC’s Historic Preservation Review Board.

Talib Shakir

Public Space Manager
Mount Vernon Triangle Community Improvement District
[email protected]

As Public Space Manager, Talib Shakir is responsible for ensuring Mount Vernon Triangle remains clean, safe, and welcoming by: managing the ongoing upkeep and appearance of the neighborhood’s public realm; overseeing daily litter pick-up, neighborhood beautification, public space maintenance, community safety, and homeless outreach and support efforts; collaborating with property and business owners and managers, multiple local and federal agencies and policing jurisdictions, and other key stakeholders on matters important to the day-to-day quality of life of those who live, work, do business, and entertain in Mount Vernon Triangle; and supervising MVT CID’s seven-person contract crew of on-site Clean Team ambassadors.

Talib most recently served as the Ward 6 Community Relations Specialist in the Mayor’s Office of Community Relations and Services where he resolved a multitude of public space issues and other civic engagement matters in and around Mount Vernon Triangle.

A native Washingtonian and current District resident, Talib is fluent in three languages (English, Spanish, and Arabic) and enjoys attending cultural events, exploring different cities, meeting new people, and spending time outdoors as well as on the ski slopes with family and friends. He earned a certificate in business and entrepreneurship from Georgetown University and is a certified life coach.

Grace Aucella

Marketing & Events Manager
Mount Vernon Triangle Community Improvement District
[email protected]

As Marketing & Events Manager, Grace is focused on the branding and marketing efforts of the neighborhood, engaging with MVT CID businesses to promote their specials and events, and creating dynamic community activations. Grace previously worked as the Events and Programming Manager at the Capitol Riverfront BID in Southeast DC where she was responsible for creating monthly programming that fit the branding and marketing needs of the neighborhood, as well as overseeing annual tentpole events, and coordinating external rentals of the two neighborhood parks. Grace earned her BA in International Affairs from The George Washington University and is proud to call DC home. She is passionate about exploring and promoting all the wonderful neighborhoods, restaurants, and sites that make DC a unique place to live, work, and visit and spends some of her free time working with the National Parks Service as a Visitor Services Volunteer on the National Mall.

Clean Team Ambassadors

Clean team, from left to right: Sam, William, Steve, “Mr. Brown”, Parnell, Dewey, and Jimmie (supervisor)

The MVT CID Clean Team Ambassadors consist of seven crew members working daily from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. The team is funded in part by a grant from the DC Department of Small and Local Business Development. The team is contracted through STREETPLUS, which is a national service provider exclusively serving the place management industry. The MVT CID supports the enhancement of government services, working closely with our team and partners to ensure a clean and safe neighborhood.