MVT CID Announces 2017 Board of Directors

Wednesday November 2, 2016

Washington, DC – November 2, 2016 –  The Mount Vernon Triangle Community Improvement District (MVT CID) announces its FY 2017 Board of Directors and recognizes the contributions of departing Chairman, Reverend Dr. Joseph Evans of Mount Carmel Baptist Church, as well as Board Members Steve Boyle, May Chan and Gerry Widdicombe.

Incoming MVT CID Chairman, Berk Shervin, President of The Wilkes Company, noted that Dr. Evans was a treasured contributor to the Mount Vernon Triangle Community in every way, saying, “Dr. Evans led the MVT CID during periods of monumental change, always with a steady, calm hand. He was instrumental in helping to define what the Mount Vernon Triangle neighborhood has become today – a vibrant, welcoming community with an authentic sense of place. We will miss him tremendously and wish him great success in his new position as Dean of the Morehouse School of Religion at Morehouse College in Atlanta.” Mr. Shervin continued, “We also want to especially thank Steve Boyle of EDENS; resident Board Member May Chan of the K at City Vista Condominium; and Gerry Widdicombe of DowntownDC BID, each of whom have made countless, meaningful investments of time, energy and wisdom over many years on the Board.”

MVT CID President & CEO, Kenyattah Robinson, said, “The MVT CID is an extraordinary neighborhood due to the contributions of our exceptional Board leaders. Beginning in 2004, Dr. Evans, Steve, May and Gerry contributed thousands of hours to the stewardship of the MVT CID as the Triangle neighborhood sustained significant growth. More than 4,000 households, 60 restaurants and retailers, and 6 corporate, legal and association organizations have chosen Mount Vernon Triangle for their headquarters and as their place to live, conduct business and entertain. Our Board has always remained acutely mindful of the historical importance and authentic neighborhood atmosphere that has defined the Triangle community for more than 100 years while it has been continuously engaged in community programming, helping to attract small, locally-owned businesses and keeping our streets clean and safe.”

The FY 2017 Officers1, Executive Committee Members2 and Board Members3 are:

Chairman: Berk Shervin, The Wilkes Company(1,2,3)

Vice Chairman: Ivory Toldson, 555 Massachusetts Avenue(1,2,3)

Treasurer: Jimmy Dodson, Paradigm Companies(1,2,3)

Secretary: Tarra Kohli, Madrigal Lofts Condominium Assn.(1,2,3)

Executive Committee: Yvonne Williams, Bible Way Church of Washington, DC, Inc.(2,3)

Executive Committee: Greg Carbone*, EDENS(2,3)

Executive Committee: Mark Wood, Association of American Medical Colleges(2,3)

Executive Committee: Todd Dengel, Impark(2,3)

Board Member: Abby Elbaum, Ogden CAP Properties, LLC(3)

Board Member: Nicolas Franzetti, ASB Real Estate Investments(3)

Board Member: Hakan Ilhan, Restaurateur(3)

Board Member: Michelle Martin, Kids in the Triangle (KITT)(3)

Board Member: Pete Otteni, Boston Properties(3)

Board Member: Stephan Rodiger, Redbrick LMD(3)

Board Member: Matthew Shannon, Champion Awards(3)

Board Member: Dr. James Terrell, Second Baptist Church(3)          

About The Mount Vernon Triangle Community Improvement District

The Mount Vernon Triangle Community Improvement District is a private, nonprofit organization established to enhance the overall quality of life for all members of the community including residents, visitors, business owners, and property owners in the Mount Vernon Triangle neighborhood in Downtown DC. The Mount Vernon Triangle is considered to be one of Washington DC’s best examples of a mixed-use community, a vibrant neighborhood in the heart of the City—both geographically and culturally. Its boundaries include 17 blocks within the East End of downtown Washington, D.C., bordered by Seventh Street to the west, Massachusetts Avenue to the south, New York Avenue to the north and New Jersey Avenue to the east. The 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 urban experiences. For more information, we invite you to explore our website at or follow us on Facebook at, Twitter @MVTCID, Instagram and Flickr

*Affirmed by the MVT CID Board in September 2016 to serve the remaining year of Steve Boyle’s three-year term.