Event Details

DC Main Streets will host its second annual summit to provide advanced training for Main Street executive directors, board members, staff, and volunteers. The Summit will provide interactive workshops to foster new skills and ideas that can be effectively applied to strengthen your Main Street. Keynote speakers include Dionne Baux, Director of Urban Programs at the National Main Street Center, Alex Padro (Shaw Main Streets), Theresa Cameron (Van Ness Main Street), Anwar Saleem (H Street Main Street), Wendell Quann (Destination Congress Heights), and Kyle Todd (Rhode Island Avenue Main Street) .


8:30 am- 9:00 am Networking and Check-In

9:00 am - 9:10 am Welcome and Introduction: Director Kristi Whitfield (DSLBD) and Cristina Amoruso (DCMS)

9:10 am - 9:30 am Introduction to the Main Streets 4 Points: Dionne Baux (National Main Street Center)

9:30 am – 10:30 am Organization: Dionne Baux, Alex Padro (Shaw Main Streets)

10:30 am - 10:40 am Break

10:40 am – 11:40 pm Design: Dionne Baux, Theresa Cameron (Van Ness Main Street),

11:40 pm - 1:00 pm Lunch and facilitated discussion –Riding the Revitalization Wave on Main Street (Bill McLeod, Historic Dupont Circle Main Street)

Breakout session: DC Main Streets application questions

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Promotions: Dionne Baux, Anwar Saleem (H Street Main Street),

2:00 pm -3:00 pm Economic Revitalization, Dionne Baux, Wendell Quann (Destination Congress Heights), Kyle Todd (Rhode Island Avenue Main Street)


Dionne Baux is the Director of Urban Programs at the National Main Street Center, where she leads the initiative to broaden the Center’s offerings and engagement in urban neighborhood commercial districts. Dionne has over a decade of experience in project coordination in the fields of urban economic development and commercial district revitalization. She has extensive expertise engaging community stakeholders, identifying and implementing projects in conjunction with community based organizations, government institutions, and real estate development, as well as supporting capacity building opportunities.

Alexander M, Padro Alex Padro is passionate about the community in which he works and lives. He has led the revitalization of the Shaw neighborhood for 17 years, as an ANC Commissioner since 2001, as Executive Director of Shaw Main Streets since 2004, and other neighborhood and citywide nonprofits. During his tenure at SMS and with the ANC Alex has helped make SMS cleaner, safer, more attractive –and more expensive. He helped attract nearly $3 billion in public and private investment to the neighborhood, supported the construction of new market rate, workforce and affordable housing units, helped preserve the district’s diverse businesses and earned the Great American Main Street Award (GAMSA) for Shaw in 2016.

Theresa Cameron was hired by Van Ness Main Street in early 2016, she worked previously to help develop and implement programs and services that strengthen the field of 5,000 local arts agencies throughout the U.S., as well as launch the National Cultural District Exchange. Before joining Americans for the Arts, she was CEO of the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County (AHCMC) in Maryland for ten years. There, she oversaw the day-to-day operations of the county’s nonprofit local arts and humanities agency that included a staff of nine and a budget of more than $4 million.

Anwar Saleem is the Executive Director of H Street Main Street, Inc., a position he has held since 2007. Mr. Saleem founded this non-profit organization in 2002 to guide the revitalization of an important, and long-neglected, neighborhood commercial corridor in Washington D.C. He served as chairman of the Board of Directors until taking the direct responsibility for the delivery of commercial revitalization and business retention services as executive director. Mr. Saleem’s interest in H Street NE began long before 2002. He has owned a hair salon on the street since 1989 and has purchased several buildings over the years. A native Washingtonian, Mr. Saleem grew up in the surrounding neighborhoods and remembers the street in its heyday..

Wendell Quann has been the Executive Director of Destination Congress Heights since 2016. Prior to joining Destination Congress Heights, Quann worked with Drake Construction and Temple Law Offices here in DC. He has also worked in Sacramento, California, as the Executive Director of the California State Conference of the NAACP, Housing Consultant for the Greater Sacramento Urban League, Staff Director for Assembly Member Melvyn M. Dymally, and Managing Director for Capitol Vision Equities. He has a law degree from the Hastings College of the Law (University of California) and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California (Berkeley) with a major in Economics and Urban Planning.

Kyle Todd is a founding board member of RIAMS. He served as volunteer Executive Director of the organization prior to its designation as a DC Main Streets program. Prior to his involvement with RIAMS, Kyle worked at the University of Maryland at its Energy Research Center where he promoted sustainable energy technology and the Texas Department of Health where he focused on public health education.

  • When: Sat Jul. 28
    8:30 am - 3:00 pm

  • Address: 815 Florida Avenue Northwest
    Washington DC,US 20001

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