By Donna Purchase

Roland Bunch; 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!

Roland Bunch is originally from Brooklyn NY, but when his mother passed in 2007, he decided to move to DC where he has family. He was introduced to the SWBID by a friend who works on the team. He was very excited about the opportunity and overjoyed when he was hired. Roland started out as one of the SW Ambassadors, then was eventually promoted to the landscaping team where he is the second lead. He is part of the team that is putting up the new planters around the neighborhood; as a matter of fact, he worked on the new plantings at the Duck Pond. I remember the first day I saw them and posted a thank you on Instagram!

Roland says he loves coming to work and likes all the support and camaraderie in the office. It is like being part of a family. (Note: this is a constant comment from SWBID employees.)

He currently lives in West Hyattsville but he aspires to live in SW.  

SWBID COO Andre Witt says, “Roland has been a great find for SWBID, he brings a wealth of landscaping knowledge to the team and has played a tremendous role in helping the BID advance the landscaping operations. Roland is a hard worker who you can really count on to get the job done.”

Roland’s Favorites 

Movie: “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”

Music: Jazz–”These are a few of my Favorite Things” by John Coltrane

Sports: Football–Pittsburgh Steelers

SW Spot: The Wharf–being around people from all walks of life 

Best thing about his job: Meeting new people and being part of a supportive team

Proudest moment: When his grandson was born–he’s five now.

Favorite quote: “You think I won’t when I will.” 

So when you’re out and about, be sure to say hello to Roland. He’s there for you!

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