Brittney L. Madison, Esq.
Chief of Staff and Legislative Counsel
Anita Bonds has spent her adult life as an activist, civic organizer, and trusted political ally for causes and campaigns across the spectrum of civil rights, social justice, women’s and LGBT equality, and worker’s rights movements. Selfless, dedicated, and an experienced coalition-builder, Anita is recognized by many community leaders as an exemplary community organizer and consensus-builder. Her passion for people and community is unparalleled.
From D.C. Public Schools to Civic Activist
Anita grew up in Ward 7, where her mother still resides. While a student at John Philip Sousa Junior High School, she was nationally recognized in the Westinghouse Science Fair competition, then attended McKinley technically High School, and then University of California, Berkeley, during the nation’s free speech movement. It was at Berkeley that Anita developed a passion for progressive politics and advancing social justice and equality. Following college, Anita returned to the District, married, and raised her three children in neighborhoods in Wards 2, 5, and 8. As a young mother, Anita became a politically active leader in the city’s struggle for equality and justice with the Young Democrats of America, Women’s Strike for Peace, National Women’s Political Caucus, and as a DC Statehood Commissioner.
Dedicated Civil Servant, Trusted Mayoral Advisor, and Progressive Advocate
Anita’s detail to organizing and reputation as an effective facilitator led her to become a trusted advisor and cabinet member in the administrations of Mayors Marion Barry, Sharon Pratt, and Anthony Williams. Her stellar leadership as Director of the Office of Constituent Services is remembered by many throughout the District. She retains in-depth legislative experience from serving as a Chief of Staff to a councilmember and as the ranking staffer of the Committee on Economic Development. While in government service, her thorough attention and response to constituent concerns, and her innovative problem solving helped to lift residents out of poverty, improved public safety, increased opportunities for small businesses, and put good government policies into action.
Anita served several terms as President of the Perry School Community Services Center, a non-profit that helps members of disadvantaged communities eradicate poverty, and served as an officer of the Bates Civic Association and the DC Federation of Civic Associations. During her four-term chairmanship of the 5C Advisory Neighborhood Commission, which at the time included the Bloomingdale, Eckington, Stronghold, Pleasant Hill, and Truxton Circle-East Shaw communities, she spearheaded neighborhood beautification projects including the renovation of the Florida Avenue Park. She developed coalitions between the faith community, neighborhood businesses, residents, and service providers. She deliberated on complex zoning issues and Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) permits, and supported the awarding of numerous community-based grants devoted to various community improvements. Anita also served several terms as president of the Ward 5 Democratic Committee.
Anita believes in the promise of residents and especially our students to learn, grow, and succeed in the competitive job market, and supports policies that give District youth and others greater educational opportunities and improved outcomes. Anita is a recognized mentor to many youth who have become District and national leaders. She founded a neighborhood teen mentoring program benefiting the Truxton Circle and the Sursum Corda communities that tutored youth in life skills through tutoring in academic studies and computer literacy. This successful program led Georgetown University to employ Anita to duplicate the program. At Georgetown, Anita became a leader in the neighborhood participatory research project that led to the creation of the Center for Social Justice, Research, Teaching, and Service, where she served as a program director.
Anita has been recognized by the Metropolitan Police Department for her outstanding community service, and believes that public safety is a right of neighborhoods throughout the District. She supports maintaining a fully-staffed police force and fire and emergency medical service department, and the training and hiring of District residents in public safety jobs.
Anita is a longstanding supporter of social justice initiatives, including the WIN campaign of the DC area faith community. Anita supports an overall District housing policy to reduce homelessness, finding permanent solutions to the shared housing needs of low income families and children, and increasing the number of affordable housing units across the District. She supports the training and hiring of District residents for medical technology and the District’s expansive hospitality industries, and supports the hiring of more District residents for District government jobs.
Anita listens to the concerns and opinions of community when voting on issues. As a councilmember, Anita supports policies that expand on her experiences to bring changes for greater government efficiency, giving attention to the needs of residents and businesses while cutting waste and duplication.
Proud Progressive Democrat
In 2006, with the encouragement and support of Mayor Adrian Fenty, Anita was elected Chair of the DC Democratic Party. In this capacity, she erased deficits and secured funding to hire staff, and to operate continuous party outreach activities, voter registration drives, 2008 DC delegates selection elections, and national convention activities. In 2010, with the support of Mayor Vincent C. Gray, Anita was re-elected chair. She was also elected to the Executive Board of the Democratic National Committee in 2010 by members of the Democratic National Committee and was re-elected to the Executive Board in 2013. Anita served as a delegate to the 2008 and 2012 Democratic National Conventions. As DC chair, she organized the DC delegations to these conventions. In 2012, she led the way for the Democratic National Committee’s passage of a resolution in support of DC statehood. A loyal supporter of the Democratic Party, President Obama, and Democrats of the District of Columbia, Anita is proud to advance support for equality of all regardless of gender, race, or sexual orientation, and supports the Democratic principles and policies for retaining a strong middle class, healthcare for all, immigration reform, and green initiatives.
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