Celebrating its 15th Anniversary in 2019, 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.


Revised July 2020

Officers & Executive Committee

  • Chairman: Berk Shervin
  • Vice Chairman: Dr. Ivory Toldson
  • Treasurer: Nate Mason
  • Secretary: Elena Anderson de Lay
  • At-Large: Todd Dengel & Samantha Margolis

Board of Directors

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

Elena Anderson de Lay, Member Representative
Mount Carmel Baptist Church
term expires 2020

Matthew Butler, Chief Operating Officer
D.C. Bar
term expires 2020

Todd Dengel, Senior Account Manager
term expires 2020

Jimmy DodsonPartner
Paradigm Companies
term expires 2020

Abby Elbaum, Principal
Ogden CAP Properties, LLC
term expires 2021

David Germakian, Senior Vice President – Regional Lead, Mid-Atlantic Region
term expires 2020

Ronald D. Lipford, AIA, NOMA, Board Chair
Bible Way Church
term expires 2022

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

Nate Mason, Resident
President – Madrigal Lofts Condominium Owners Association
term expires 2020

Pete Otteni, Senior Vice President
Boston Properties
term expires 2020

Kyle Robisch, Associate – Environmental Group
Venable LLP
term expires 2021

Stephan Rodiger, Senior Vice President of Development
Redbrick LMD
term expires 2020

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

Aubrey Stephenson, President
Federal Management Systems
term expires 2020

Rev. Dr. James E. Terrell, Reverend
Second Baptist Church
term expires 2020

Dr. Ivory Toldson
Long-Time Condominium Owner; also President & CEO – Quality Education for Minorities (QEM) Network
term expires 2022

Tessa Velasquez, Co-Owner
A Baked Joint & la Betty
term expires 2021


Kenyattah Robinson

President & CEO
Mount Vernon Triangle Community Improvement District
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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, Mr. Robinson 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. He lives in the Mount Vernon Triangle neighborhood of Washington, DC with his wife, Marnique Heath Robinson, who is a Principal in the Washington, DC office of STUDIOS Architecture, served as previous Chair of DC’s Board of Zoning Adjustment, and serves as current Chair of DC’s Historic Preservation Review Board.

Leon Johnson

Director of Public Space Operations
Mount Vernon Triangle Community Improvement District
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Leon Johnson is Director of Operations for the Mount Vernon Triangle Community Improvement District. Mr. Johnson’s responsibilities include managing the Clean Team Ambassadors, leading public space maintenance & safety efforts, interfacing with property managers and retailers, and building relationships and working in a concerted manner with City agencies, MPD, and Mount Vernon Triangle stakeholders. Leon plays an active role in achieving the MVT CID’s goals and objectives.

Prior to joining the MVT CID in February of 2014, Johnson directed the operations and safety of the Capitol Riverfront Business Improvement District. He was initially the manager of the Clean and Safe team crew through a contract with Service Group, Inc., and then was promoted to Director of Parks and Public Realm, with responsibility for the overall maintenance and security of Yards Park. Prior to his work at Capitol Riverfront, Johnson served as Regional Operations Manager for Metropolitan Health Services and with Verizon Wireless as Manager of Operations for their Clinton, MD retail store and as a Verizon Wireless Customer Service supervisor. Johnson also holds his residential real estate license with Coldwell Banker House Hold Realty.

Heather Rosson

Marketing Consultant
Mount Vernon Triangle Community Improvement District
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Heather has been engaged to lead marketing and communications efforts on behalf of the MVT CID. She will also manage events and stakeholder relationships that pertain to marketing, communications and community building. Heather has previous experience at notable DC-area advertising agencies with specific focus on the commercial and residential real estate industry. No stranger to Mount Vernon Triangle, Heather was previously an account manager at multiple local agencies and was active in the branding and marketing strategy for Lydian + Lyric Apartments as well as the retail signage for Quadrangle Development Corporation. Heather’s experience includes marketing strategy, media planning, social media, branding, event planning, digital marketing and placemaking.

Clean Team Ambassadors

Clean team, from left to right: Jimmy, Elusma, Steve, Bobbie Jo, Parnell, Sam, and “Mr. Brown”. 

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.