Rachel Locke. Courtesy of Rachel Locke.

By the SWDCCC Community Engagement and Communications Committee

The Southwest DC Community Center (SWDCCC) that is planned to open in our neighborhood in the next few years will serve as a vibrant, central hub for the Southwest and Capitol Riverfront communities that provides an inclusive space for a wide range of services and activities that foster personal and collective growth. As a way to get to know your neighbors who are volunteering their time to bring the SWDCCC to life, we present the Meet the Team series. These profiles will highlight each member of the SWDCCC Board of Directors and Community Engagement and Communications Committee. Don’t be shy, when you see us around the neighborhood, say hi!

Name: Rachel Locke

Please tell us about your background: I was born not far from DC in Arlington, Virginia, and went to college at the University of Virginia for public policy and attended graduate school for public health at Columbia University. I’ve worked in both the nonprofit and private sectors, and now work in the federal government at the Federal Emergency Management Agency. I am a big fan of the Washington Capitals, strolling on the mall, and trying new DC restaurants and bars.

How are you involved with the SWDCCC?: I am a member of the Community Engagement and Communications Committee. I work with my fellow committee members and the board members on community outreach strategies, communications, and on organizing events to help gather feedback about what the community wants to see in the SWDCCC.

Why did you become involved with the SWDCCC?: I wanted to find a way to give back to my neighborhood! The chance to be part of the committee that would be working on community engagement felt like a great way to do that.

What do you hope the SWDCCC will offer to the community?: I hope it offers an inclusive place where the whole community feels welcome, as well as diverse programming and gathering spaces that provide added value to the neighborhood.

What’s your favorite part of our neighborhood?: I like being near the water and the walkability of the neighborhood!

To learn more about the SWDCCC please see our website at https://www.swdccc.org/ and if you’re interested in getting involved, please submit your information at https://www.swdccc.org/volunteer-form.

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