By Donna Purchase

Avery Graham; 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!

Avery Graham joined SWBID one year ago as Ambassador. He’s part of the team that beautifies the neighborhood around the Spy Museum and Banneker Park, and he also serves residents and visitors. In his SWBID uniform, flag him down for assistance – like helping disabled citizens cross the street. They often tell him how appreciative they are of his knowledge of the neighborhood. 

Avery grew up in Dumfries, VA – a very diverse community where he played basketball, football, lacrosse, and other sports. A co-worker confirmed that he is an outstanding athlete.  

He says the SWBID offers lots of opportunities for growth and change. He likes that everyday at work is different – he’s even changed flat tires. Avery says the SWBID staff is a tight knit family that cares about each other – he’s never had a job that was so supportive!

Avery’s Favorites 

Movie: “Training Day”

Music:  R&B, Soul, Hip Hop 

Favorite Artist: Leon Bridges

Favorite Song: “Georgia to Texas” 

Favorite DC Museum: National Museum of African American History and Culture

Favorite SW spot: Banneker Park – not many people are aware of how special it is.

Best thing about his job: Interactions with people – advancement opportunities for him and his team mates. 

Motto: Know yourself and you’ll win all battles. 

So when you’re out and about – be sure to say hello to Avery!


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