Celebrating its 19th anniversary in 2023, 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 September 2023 Meeting of the MVT CID Board of Directors

Officers & Executive Committee

  • Chairman: Berk Shervin
  • Vice Chairman: Tessa Hall
  • Treasurer: Aubrey Stephenson
  • Secretary: Rahul Vinod
  • At-Large: Anthony Brown, Samantha Margolis, Rev. Dr. James E. Terrell, Dr. Ivory Toldson & Drew Turner

Board of Directors

Anthony Brown, Safety & Community Engagement Coordinator
Bible Way Church
term expires 2025

Matthew Butler, Chief Operating Officer
D.C. Bar
term expires 2026

Jimmy DodsonPartner
Paradigm Companies
term expires 2026

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

Barbara Finan, Associate Director, Asset Services
Cushman & Wakefield
term expires 2026

Clarence Fluker, Director of Community Engagement
Association of American Medical Colleges
term expires 2025

David Germakian, Senior Vice President – Regional Lead, Mid-Atlantic Region
term expires 2026

Tessa Hall, Director of Construction
Dantes Partners
term expires 2024

Samantha Margolis, Chief Administrative Officer & Chief of Staff
term expires 2025

Tom McDowell, Director of Operations
K Street Development Company, LLC
term expires 2026

Vera McPherson, Vice President
W.H.H. Trice & Co.
term expires 2026

Berkeley Shervin, President, Co-Owner & Chief Operating Officer
The Wilkes Company
term expires 2025

Aubrey Stephenson, President
Federal Management Systems
term expires 2026

Elizabeth “Anne” Smoot, Member Representative
Mount Carmel Baptist Church
term expires 2024

Sean Sullivan, Vice President of Development
Boston Properties
term expires 2026

Rev. Dr. James E. Terrell, Reverend
Second Baptist Church
term expires 2026

Dr. Ivory Toldson, Long-Time Property Owner, Professor at Howard University & Founding Director
Center for Research, Evaluation, Assessment, and Training in Education (CREATE, LLC)
term expires 2025

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

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 advocacy, fundraising, public speaking and reporting; vendor management; working with District of Columbia and Federal government, Advisory Neighborhood Commission and National Park Service partners; managing all staff including a seven-person crew of Clean Team Ambassadors; and managing a 19-member Board of Directors. With 20+ 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 where he was a Roy H. Park Leadership and Robert Toigo Foundation fellow. 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 (where she also serves as firm-wide Chair of the Board), previous Chair of DC’s Board of Zoning Adjustment, and current Chair of DC’s Historic Preservation Review Board. He is a proud Eagle Scout.

Grace Aucella

Marketing & Events Manager
Mount Vernon Triangle Community Improvement District

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 tent pole 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.

Clean Team Ambassadors

Clean team, from left to right: Charles, Dewey, William, “Mr. Brown,” Parnell, Jimmie (Supervisor) & Sam

The MVT CID Clean Team Ambassadors consist of six 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 Ready, Willing & Working, which empowers individuals to break the cycles of homelessness, welfare dependency and criminal recidivism through a paid-work rehabilitation program. The MVT CID supports the enhancement of government services, working closely with our team and partners to ensure a clean and safe neighborhood.