By Donna Purchase

Adrian Owens; Courtesy of SWBID

Southwest DC is“the place to be.” We continue to spotlight the dedicated staff of the SWBID who are focused on making Southwest a clean, safe, vibrant community in which to live, work, visit and play!

Adrian Owens joined SWBID two months ago as an ambassador. He’s part of the team that beautifies the neighborhood and serves residents and visitors. Adrian works in the area around Hancock Park, and the Department of Agriculture, close to the museums. People flag him down for directions and are appreciative of his knowledge of the neighborhood. 

Adrian grew up in Prince George’s County where he graduated from Surrattsville High School (and in the small world department, he graduated with my granddaughter Alexis!).  

When asked what he likes about his job he says he likes to grow and achieve, and SWBID allows him to do that. He also likes having the freedom to move around the neighborhood. At first, he was surprised at how supportive his co-workers have been, helping him learn his new responsibilities. He says his co-workers are pretty cool; it’s like having a lot of big brothers and sisters.

SWBID COO Andre Witt says: “Adrian has been a wonderful find for SWBID. He has been with us a few months and consistently interacts with the supervisors to ensure he is performing at a high level. The supervisors have been truly impressed with his work ethic and expect great things from Adrian as he becomes a more seasoned BID employee.”

Adrian’s Favorites 

Movie: “I Robot” 

Music:  Hip Hop & Rap 

Favorite Artist: Swipey

Favorite Museum: National Museum of African American History and Culture 

Favorite SW spot: Loves all the museums

Best thing about his job: The opportunity to grow and expand his responsibilities.

Proudest moment: First day he completed his route on his own  

Motto:  If you stay ready, then you don’t have to get ready.  

So when you’re out and about – be sure to say hello to Adrian.


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