By Donna Purchase

Verna Lyles; 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!

Verna Lyles joined SWBID 6 months ago as ambassador. She’s part of the team that beautifies the neighborhood and serving residents and visitors. Verna’s welcoming attitude has resulted in many residents recognizing and greeting her every morning. She loves hearing, “Hi, Ms. Lyles!” 

Verna grew up in Boston and moved to DC when she was 18 years old. She’s the mom of a 17-year-old, a senior at Bell Multicultural School. Although she has family here in DC, she says the SWBID has become her 2nd family! 

SWBID COO Andre Witt says: Verna has quickly shown the ability to adapt to the BID’s environment and has become one of our stellar employees.

She takes great pride in her work and is a stickler for the little details that ensure SW DC is as presentable a location as any in the District of Columbia.

Verna’s Favorites 

Movie: Loves the Tyler Perry movies

Music: Gospel and Tupac 

Favorite Song: Yolanda Adams'”The Battle is Not Yours” and Anthony Brown’s “Worth”

Favorite SW spot: Loves the whole neighborhood

Best thing about her job: Opportunity to help others  

Proudest moment: When residents started recognizing her and thanking her for her service

Favorite Quote: “Through your trials and tribulations – try to smile and keep your head up.”

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


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