Kimberly Perry - Executive Director
202.462.6000 x11 - phone number
Kimberly Perry was named Executive Director of DC Vote in April 2013. She leads a dedicated staff working toward achieving equal voting representation in the U.S. Congress for the residents of the District of Columbia through national education and advocacy efforts.
Kimberly came to DC Vote with more than 20 years of experience working on domestic and international campaigns that leverage integrated media, constituency building and advocacy to advance policy goals. She is well-known and respected for her advocacy work on issues impacting children’s lives such as health, education and empowerment.
Prior to joining DC Vote, Kimberly spent years in senior leadership at the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, a joint venture of the Clinton Foundation and the American Heart Association, working to empower young people and improve the conditions and systems that lead to better children’s health. And before that, she was Founding Director of D.C. Hunger Solutions, based at the Food Research and Action Center, an anti-hunger advocacy organization working to improve the nutrition, health, economic security and well-being of residents of the District of Columbia. She’s also been a part of other great leadership teams to develop innovative, start-up initiatives such the UN Foundation’s global Girl Up campaign; the Clinton Global Initiative’s CGI America; and the Washington DC Regional Convergence Partnership.
Kimberly is a member of the Board of Directors for the Congressional Hunger Center, The Corps Network; and a member of Leadership Greater Washington’s Class of 2004.
Kimberly is a proud mom and member of the Mount Vernon Square community in the District of Columbia.
James Jones - Communications Director
202.462.6000 x12 - phone number
202.557.4864 - mobile
James Jones has more than 20 years of experience in communications, journalism and government service.
As Communications Director, James is responsible for all aspects of DC Vote's public message and press relations.
Previously, James worked as a communications consultant, and spent three years with DC Appleseed, a non-profit advocacy group focused on addressing
a broad range of public policy challenges facing the District of Columbia.
James was a reporter for 15 years, including stints as the Loose Lips political columnist for the Washington City Paper, and City Hall correspondent for WAMU radio.
He also worked as a freelance print and radio reporter in Southeast Asia, and covered Congress and the federal regulatory process for Inside EPA, a well-respected environmental policy newsletter.
Earlier in his career, James worked for six years as a field representative and legislative assistant to U.S. Senator Donald. W. Riegle, Jr. of Michigan.
James lives in Mount Pleasant with his wife and two sons. He has been a proud District of Columbia resident for 22 years.
Michael Bolton - Communications Associate
202.462.6000 x21 - phone number
As Communications Associate, Michael Bolton engages, educates, and activates supporters through the creative use of social media, and by maintaining DC Vote’s online presence. He supports all aspects of DC Vote’s communication activities including strategic media outreach, education campaign development, and product design. Michael first came to DC Vote in 2012 as a Communications and Social Media Fellow before joining DC Vote full time as a Communications Associate in 2013.
He is a graduate of New York University with a degree in Political Science with a focus on Public Policy. Originally from Pennsylvania, Michael moved to DC in 2011.
Catherine Cavander - Development Associate
202.462.6000 x19 - phone number
As Development Associate, Catherine provides support to DC Vote's comprehensive fundraising and development program.
Prior to this position, Catherine was the development and administrative assistant at DC Vote; and also gained valuable experience in youth development and public policy during her internships in Kenya working with local youth in a village south of Mombasa; the office of Congressman George Miller; as well as KSCW Inc., a public policy firm that focused on agriculture and healthcare. She also worked on a variety campaigns while attending college.
Catherine is a graduate of San Francisco State University with a degree in International Relations. She relocated to Washington, DC in 2011. Originally from California, Catherine is now a proud resident of Adam’s Morgan and is excited to work towards full democracy for DC citizens.
Tavia Benjamin - Executive Assistant
202.462.6000x13 - phone number
As Executive Assistant, Tavia is responsible for the organization and coordination of office operations including a wide range of administrative support activities and day-to-day assistance to the Executive Director. Tavia brings a wealth of knowledge to her position, having served as a campus activist, community organizer, facilitator and trainer and a young nonprofit professional. Before coming to DC Vote, Tavia gained valuable experience working on anti-hunger and anti-poverty issues as an Emerson National Hunger Fellow in Detroit, MI and DC, as well as working on food systems and food access issues as an intern with the Wallace Center at Winrock International.
Tavia is a graduate of the University of North Carolina, where she studied Anthropology and Global Studies. Originally from North Carolina, Tavia relocated to DC in 2012 and currently resides in Columbia Heights.
Rafael Ramos-Meyer - Outreach Assistant
202.462.6000x14 - phone number
As Outreach Assistant, Rafael works towards achieving the organization’s marketing and community engagement objectives. He provides support by communicating DC Vote’s messages, activities and advocacy efforts through reaching out to members of the community, non-profit organizations and social clubs to establish and maintain partnerships and compelling opportunities that further the mission of DC Vote. Before coming to DC Vote in 2013, Rafael gained valuable experience and knowledge working with International Energy Partnership, a small renewable-energy consulting company based out of D.C., and helping to found the Global Solar Initiative, a non-profit organization looking to assist developing countries to use more renewable and clean energies.
Rafael is a proud graduate of Tufts University where he majored in Italian Studies. He has had the privilege of being a lifelong D.C. resident and is excited to give back to the city that raised him.
Alayna Buckner - Grant Writer
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Alayna Buckner is an experienced grant writer with a deep knowledge of the region’s private funding community, as well as a proven record in securing national and federal funding. She is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and American Grant Writers Association and affiliates with the Washington Writing Group to write and review federal grants. Alayna has also served as a grant reviewer for the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. Alayna graduated from Stanford University with a BA in Philosophy and Public Policy and Honors in Ethics in Society. She was sworn in as a Commissioner for Serve DC, the Mayor's Office on Service and Volunteerism, in 2013.