Penn Branch CCA

Let’s Stay Informed! Join Penn Branch Neighbors on #GroupMe


PBCA established a Penn Branch Community on GROUPME so neighbors can share and receive text messages with other neighbors about crime, emergencies, community notices, and pass along other critical information about what is going on in our neighborhood.

The GroupME app will send a text message to your cellphone. Please DO NOT use this platform for: Self-Promotion, Political / Policy Debates, and/or Advertising merchandise sales or paid community events.

Only critical notices only. Also, remember to never share information related to suspected crime in the neighborhood. ALWAYS report suspicious activities to the police first, dialing either 911, at 31, or 50411, to place an anonymous first.

Stay safe. Stay informed. And when you see something, say something.


Penn Branch Expands Spring Community Clean Up Efforts to Include Penn Ave, Ft. Davis Drive


Penn Branch neighbors came together on Saturday, April 8th, 2023 to help clean 9/11 Memorial Gateway Park and along the Pennsylvania Avenue corridor to Ft. Davis Drive before the entrance to Ft. Dupont Park. Several neighbors expressed concern to PBCA executive board members about the amount of trash that was visible from the street and from along the Circle-Park Hiking and Biking Trail that borders our neighborhood.

And they wanted to do something about it.

The DC Department of Public Works and the National Park Service (NPS) donated cleaning cleaning supplies, trash bags, bug spray, and grabbers. Then, our roughly 30 neighbors went to work on brisk spring morning. They were picking up trash and removing weeds. Others cut grass and help trim roses in our park.

Thanks to all who pitched-in. A few hours work did really made a difference!

#Springcleanup #SEDC #community #WearePennBranch #DC #Ftcircleparks

Penn Branch Neighbors ‘Meet Up’ for Group Tour at Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum (ACM)


Big museums tell the national story and our community museums tell our local stories…

On Saturday, February 25th about 25 Penn Branch neighbors met at the Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum (ACM) on Saturday, February 25th for a special group tour of their exhibition., “The Utopia Project” The exhibition explored how communities around the world effectively found creative ways to improve their environment and affect power.

The tour was led by ACM Executive Director, Dr. Melanie Adams. At the end of the tour she invited each our our neighbors to use a printed “DreamBook” to add ideas and collect inspiration to design own ideas for positive change.

We look forward to visiting our community museum again next year!

#ACM #poweredbythepeople #SEDC

Penn Branch Community Association Receives $25,000 ‘Sustainable Communities’ Award from PEPCO and Sustainable Maryland


From Left: Donna Cooper (PEPCO Regional President) and PBCA Public Works Chair Alberta Paul and President Stan Benton Receive 25K Award-
From the left: PEPCO Regional President Donna Cooper presents Sustainable Communities award to Penn Branch Public Works Chair Alberta Paul and former President Stan Benton.

DECEMBER 9, 2022

Penn Branch Community Association was awarded $25,000 to make improvements to 9/11 Memorial Park by Pepco and Sustainable Maryland. This funding is made available through Pepco’s Sustainable Communities Grant program, which provides funding to support open space preservation, improvements to parks and recreation resources, environmental conservation, and innovative community resiliency projects.

Our community association was one of 11 local municipalities, recreational authorities, and nonprofits that were chosen to receive $125,000 in funds from Pepco and Sustainable Maryland to support open space and resiliency projects across the District of Columbia and Maryland.

“These are important and impactful projects that will have sustainable impacts on our communities.  We are so fortunate to have the opportunity to support such projects,” said Donna Cooper, Pepco region president. “We are committed to helping our customers and communities achieve our collective climate goals, equitably and inclusively. These grants are one of the many ways we are working to foster a cleaner and safer environment for all.”

Pepco launched the Sustainable Communities Grant program in 2020.

Meet Our New Executive Board Members!

New Officer Bios

Paul Grant  |   President

Paul Grant was the most recent Communications Director for the Penn Branch Community Association (2020-2022)  and he has previously served as Parliamentarian (2014-2015).  He is Chief Creative Officer and Senior Producer at Ascender Communications, Inc. (dba Ascender Films), a full-service, digital advertising and media production company, based in Washington, DC. He established the firm in 2005 and has over 20 years of professional experience with corporate branding and producing award-winning creative content for public awareness campaigns, non-profit advocacy groups, businesses, and federal agencies. He also produces interactive content, oral histories, and factual/interpretative documentaries and short films for museum exhibitions and digital and broadcast media. Paul is a member of the American Advertising Federation (AAF-DC), American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA DC), Women in Film and Video (WIFV-DC) and the Association of African American Museums (AAM). He studied filmmaking and graphic design at Virginia Commonwealth University, School of Visual Arts.  He and his wife Tracey have lived in Penn Branch for 10 years.

Carmen Coles Tull |   2nd Vice President

Carmen is a public policy strategist, coalition builder, and advocate who is committed to addressing the world’s greatest global health challenges.  Carmen Coles Tull has over 20 years of experience managing and implementing global health programs worldwide. Ms. Tull currently serves as the Deputy Director of the Office of Maternal and Child Health and Nutrition (MCHN) at USAID.  She has a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Yale University. She also served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Benin, West Africa.   She is married with two children living in the Penn Branch Neighborhood. She is on the Local School Advisory Team of the Capitol Hill Cluster School Community.

Kerry Neal  |  Treasurer

Kerryis a career member of the Senior Executive Service (SES) and serves as Managing Director for Financial Policy, Reporting, and Analysis in the Bureau of the Comptroller and Global Financial Services, U.S. Department of State.  Kerry has been a member of various non-profit executive boards, including the African American Federal Executive Association (AAFEA) and the National Grants Management Association (NGMA). He is also a 2021 Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration.  Kerry holds a B.S. in business from Long Island University, Southampton College; M.A. in business/legal administration from Marymount University; J.D. from University of Baltimore School of Law; and an LL.M. in environmental and energy law and policy from Georgetown University Law Center; he is admitted to practice law in Maryland, District of Columbia, and the U.S. Supreme Court

Lori C. Palmer  |   Communications Director

Hello, I am a fellow Penn Branch homeowner seeking the Director of Communications position for the next two-year term. I have resided in the community for about a year with my dog, Jackson. Within this year, I have quickly come to appreciate my neighborly bonds and the beauty of the surrounding wooded areas with the conveniences of in town living.

Professionally, I work as the Director of Finance and Operations at Washington School for Girls in SE DC. My experience as a CPA and former business owner have developed my determination, mindset, and skills to take on a multifaceted leadership role at a small non-profit organization. As Director of Communications for the community association, I will rely on my attention to detail, time management skills, and business acumen to ensure that communications within the community and beyond are accurate, prompt, precise, and appropriate. I will always keep impartially top of mind and respect the judgement and guidance of the residents of our community.   Outside of work, homeownership and lawncare surely keep me busy!  I am also an avid runner so you may have seen me and Jackson (my dog) running through the neighborhood. I currently volunteer with Ward 8 Woods working to clean up wooded areas in SE and Metro Washington Association of Blind Athletes serving as a sighted guide.