The Near SE/SW Community Benefits Coordinating Council (CBCC) is pleased to announce the hiring of Felicia Couts as Coordinator.

Felicia is an 18-year resident of Southwest and has been working with the CBCC as Project Manager for the Southwest Playground Project, a playground that is in development for the 3rd and I St SW park adjacent to the Southwest branch library. She has been able to raise more than $300,000 of public and private funds to help build the playground, which is currently scheduled to be completed in Spring 2014. Felicia also serves as President of the Capitol Park IV Condominium Association Board.

Felicia was a Paralegal Coordinator with Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr, LLP in Washington, DC, where she managed assignments and coordinating staffing for a 500+ lawyer firm. In addition, she implemented “Best Practices” to promote paralegal efficiency and teamwork.

Prior to Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Door, LLP, Felicia was a Paralegal Coordinator at Powell, Goldstein, Frazier & Murphy, LLP, a 100+ lawyer firm in Washington, DC. She assisted with hiring recommendations and training programs for the staff, as well as researched legislative and charitable tax issues.

Felicia’s experience will be useful in her role as Coordinator, which will enhance the CBCC Board of Directors’ effectiveness by conducting research and analysis, as well as keeping abreast of issues pertaining to housing development, job and training opportunities, and education reform affecting the Near SE/SW community.

By: Will Rich

About the CBCC: The Near SE/SW Community Benefits Coordinating Council is a neighborhood-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization working to sustain neighborhood and housing diversity, improve the quality of life of residents, engage the community and represent it in negotiating community benefits agreements with developers in the rapidly developing Near Southeast and Southwest area of Washington, DC.

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