Jimmie Williams

Penn Branch Officer Swearing In

Join us Tuesday, June 12th 7:00 pm, as we welcome and swear-in the new Penn Branch Citizens Civic Association (PBCCA) officers.   You will have the opportunity to hear from the outgoing officers, recognize those who have contributed to the community, and most importantly, meet the new officers.  The special guest speaker will be Councilmember Vincent Gray, who will also swear in the new officers.

PBCCA President Jimmie Williams with Incoming Presdient, Shannon Thomas

A special thank you to Jimmie Williams, President; Roy Ward, Vice President; Towana Banks Vice President; Matt Pinardi, Treasurer; Laverne Thomas, Parliamentarian, and Jacquelyn Cannon, Corresponding Secretary.    Also, thank you to everyone who took the time to head a committee.  

Welcome incoming officers:  Shannon Thomas, President; Jacquelyn Cannon, Vice President; Kyle Murphy, Secretary, Towana Banks, Treasurer; Laverne Thomas, Parliamentary, Elson Nash Correspondence Secretary.


Tuesday, Feb. 13, Guest Speaker – DC Chief of Police, Peter Newsham

Join us as we welcome DC Chief of Police Peter Newsham to discuss issues impacting Penn Branch and the immediate nearby communities.  We welcome members to email questions in advance to: [email protected]

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Peter Newsham, Chief of Police

Peter Newsham

Chief Peter Newsham joined the MPD in 1989 and rose quickly through the ranks, serving in a number of district operational assignments. Chief Charles H. Ramsey promoted him to Commander of the Second District in January 2000.

In June 2002, Newsham was promoted to Assistant Chief in charge of the Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR), which included the Internal Affairs Division, Civil Rights and Force Investigation Division and Compliance Monitoring Team, responsible for overseeing the MPD’s Memorandum of Agreement with the US Department of Justice. Newsham took the position of Assistant Chief in Charge of ROC-North in July 2004.

On September 23, 2007, Chief Lanier announced a reorganization to the Metropolitan Police Department and put Assistant Chief Newsham in charge of the Internal Affairs Bureau. In 2009, Assistant Chief Newsham was named the Assistant Chief of the Investigative Services Bureau. Mayor Muriel Bowser appointed Newsham Interim Chief of Police on September 15, 2016; he was named Chief of the Metropolitan Police Department on February 23, 2017 and sworn in on May 2, 2017.

Newsham holds a bachelor’s degree from the College of the Holy Cross and a law degree at the University of Maryland School of Law. He is a member of the Maryland Bar.

Tuesday, January 9 Guest Speaker – DC Fiscal Policy Insitute

PBCCA Meeting, Tuesday, January 9, 2017 6:30 pm

Guest Speaker, Ed Lazere, Executive Director, DC Fiscal Policy Insitute

Learn about issues impacting Penn Branch and neighboring communities.

Bio of Ed Lazere, Executive Director

Ed has led the work of the DC Fiscal Policy Institute since its inception in 2001. Under his leadership, DCFPI has become the primary source of independent information on the DC budget and one of the most influential policy organizations focused on the District. Lazere is recognized as a leading expert on the District’s budget and tax system, and he is looked to as a resource on a number of policy issues such as affordable housing and welfare-to-work programs.

Lazere’s work at DCFPI has contributed to numerous budget and policy outcomes, including creation of the largest state-level Earned Income Tax Credit for the working poor, expansions of funding for affordable housing, and establishment of a requirement for all proposed business tax breaks to undergo an independent financial analysis be analyzed before they are considered by the DC Council.

Ed’s work at the DC Fiscal Policy Institute has received numerous honors, including awards from Bread for the City, the Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia Employment Justice Center, the DC Primary Care Association, The Center for Nonprofit Advancement, DC Jobs With Justice, and the Healthy Families/Thriving Communities Collaborative Council. He is cited frequently in the media, including The Washington Post, the Washington Business Journal, WAMU, WTOP and numerous blogs.

Ed served as the Chair of the Public Education Finance Reform Commission in 2011-2012 and as a member of the DC Tax Revision Commission in 2012-13. Lazere also serves on the board of directors of a number of local non-profits, including the Consumer Health Foundation, the DC Primary Care Association, and Temple Micah.

Lazere has an undergraduate degree from Harvard College and a Masters in Public Policy from the University of Maryland.

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