CLEVELAND PARK CITIZENS ASSOCIATION
CANDIDATES FOR AT-LARGE DIRECTORS, MAY 22, 2018

Phil Eagleburger. I have lived on lower Macomb Street east of Connecticut Avenue in Cleveland Park since 1993.  My wife, Jane Treacy, and I are both architects and we have a small architectural firm with our offices located above Spices Restaurant.  We do primarily single-family residential design.  I have served on the Architectural Review Committee of the Cleveland Park Historical Society for about fifteen years.  As a member of the ARC and also as a practicing architect based in the neighborhood, I believe I bring a valuable point of view to the diverse cross-section that makes up the CPCA. I have had a particular interest and outside role in monitoring the continued reconstruction progress of the new CP Branch Library, now slated to open on June 16, and I look forward to actively contributing to the discourse on other building and construction proposals as they arise in and around the neighborhood. I look forward to continuing to serve as an at-large Board Member of the CPCA and being involved in its discussions and deliberations for the issues that will arise in the future.

Elizabeth Ferenczi. I have lived on lower Macomb Street for the past six years and served for three on the CPCA Board. Originally from New York City, our family moved permanently to Washington in 2007. We did a great deal of research before choosing to live in Cleveland Park, prioritizing a strong, walkable community where we would know our neighbors.  My special interests are schools and education, and I look forward to the upcoming renovation of John Eaton. I have a Masters Degree in Curriculum and Teaching from Columbia Teachers College.  I worked for over 15 years as an elementary school teacher and an admissions director. I currently direct the sponsorship of and scholarship programs for The Hope for Children Fund which serves vulnerable children in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.  In Washington I volunteer as a Reading Boosters tutor at John Eaton and as an adult ESL teacher at The Washington English Center. On the CPCA board, I have learned a great deal about city-wide and local issues. I support sensible growth in our neighborhood and believe I am well positioned to act as a bridge between those who would preserve Cleveland Park as it is, and those who envision a more lively and densely populated neighborhood that is attractive to singles, young families and sustainable businesses.

Ellen Herr, I’ve lived with my husband at 3000 Connecticut Ave, since 2012. I grew up in northern Virginia and have fond memories of coming to the Zoo as a kid, to Uptown movies, and with friends on college breaks at Nanny O’Brien’s.  I love that Cleveland Park is a real and complete neighborhood – with a grocery, movie theatre, post office, library, restaurants, coffee shops, dry cleaners, gift shops, and a place to get my nails done.  I’m impressed with the sense of community and loyalty of people who live here. I have worked for the Federal Government as an attorney for over 10 years, currently at USDOT. I want to join the CPCA Board to be a voice for residents in my neighborhood by the Zoo and also on behalf of renters.  I’ve been concerned about businesses leaving the neighborhood and want to advocate for the continued vibrancy of this community. I want to help Cleveland Park adapt and grow in a way that maintains the neighborhood character, but also allows the community to draw in more residents and businesses in a way that creates a stable economic base.

John Korbel. I have lived in Cleveland Park for 36 years, most in our current home on Newark Street. I retired from a career at Price Waterhouse. Both of my sons attended nursery school at NCRC, where I served on the Board. They subsequently went on to other local schools. They both participated in sports for the Police Boys Club, baseball for Northwest Little League, and Stoddert Soccer where I also coached. My wife, Pamela, taught at Beauvoir School, and at John Eaton where she spent most of her career. Both Pam and I feel particularly connected to Cleveland Park and have a great appreciation for our wonderful and friendly neighbors. I was CPCA’s treasurer for several years and have been an at-large member for the past two years. As Treasurer, I led our successful process to secure CPCA as a 501(C) 3 organization and the implementation of automated financial management and monthly reporting on year to date budget/actuals. I have enjoyed working with the Board on the many different and sometimes challenging issues. I look forward especially to continuing to improve CPCA’s outreach and facilitating the connection with its membership.

Hans Miller. My wife, Shari, and I moved to our home on Quebec Street six years ago from Woodley Park. We love Cleveland Park and feel fortunate to be here with our many interesting and welcoming neighbors. I am an attorney in the Organized Crime Section of the Department of Justice.  Last month, we hosted a well-attended CPCA community meeting in our garden to help promote DC’s RiverSmart Homes program that assists residents with landscaping to reduce storm water runoff.  I have also worked with neighbors to try to ensure that the much-needed renovation of Hearst Park is done in a thoughtful way that preserves the natural beauty and multi-use functionality of our community’s largest publicly-owned open space.  I would like to serve on the Board because I believe a strong neighborhood association that represents all facets of Cleveland Park will strengthen our neighborhood. I want to work collaboratively with others to positively influence the many issues facing our community, particularly how to best support the renewal of the Connecticut Avenue commercial district.

Susan Ratigan, petition candidate. I have lived on Rodman St with my family for 14 years.  I grew up in Arlington, Virginia but have had family in DC going back at least 4 generations. My husband and I own a local company and I retired early from my own career managing International Exchange Programs about 10 years ago.  When my first daughter was born I started the Cleveland Park Moms Group which met twice weekly for about two years and was a great support to me and I think to others.  I have helped to organize the Rodman Street Block Party each year, a fun community event complete with bouncy castle and water fights.  I enjoy living in Cleveland Park because it offers the benefits of being in the city (good transportation options, close to downtown, the hustle and bustle of a city, and close to schools and amenities), as well as the perks of a more rural experience in several wonderful green spaces.  You don’t have to go very far to get what you need nor to get away from it all. I want to join the CPCA board because I value what Cleveland Park has to offer. I would like to be a part of the conversation as the neighborhood continues to change and grow, and I hope to offer the perspective of those in the neighborhood with young children.

Mark Rosenman. I’ve lived on Newark Street, just off the Connecticut Avenue corridor, since 1998 and been a member of CPCA since then.  As an at-large board member since 2010, I’ve been very active on a variety of issues, including work with the Cleveland Park Business Association to maintain a good neighborhood-serving mix of businesses on the avenue.  I was CPCA’s principal organizer of the 100th anniversary celebration of our Engine 28 firehouse, and I have worked with local merchants to preserve and plan improvements in the service lane for their benefit and that of local residents.  I have testified on behalf of CPCA before various DC legislative and regulatory bodies, have often moderated CPCA’s candidates’ and other forums, and have helped organize Cleveland Park Day. I’m a nonprofit sector “scholar-activist,” and still publish opinion pieces regularly in The Chronicle of Philanthropy, PhilanTopic and the Huffington Post.  With my wife, Mary Lee Stein, a retired clinical social worker, I enjoy living in Cleveland Park with neighbors who have become great friends.

Nina Shiffrin, petition candidate. I live at 3883 Connecticut Ave—one of the only new additions to Cleveland Park in the past 15 years. I work in Maryland but chose to live in Cleveland Park because of the charming neighborhood vibe and convenience. I love being able to walk to great restaurants, hang out in the back patio of Firehook, view movies at the Uptown and easily access the post office.  As development in the city expands east and south I hope to find ways to keep our neighborhood an attractive place to live and visit.  I’ve been involved with the Cleveland Park Smart Economic Vitality committee.  I hope to join the CPCA board to help work together to both preserve the character of our neighborhood and advance it into a modern era. I hope to join the CPCA board to help make it more representative of its entire service area. The board currently is made up largely of single-family homeowners, most of whom live west of 34th Street, whereas nearly 80% of residents in the CPCA service area lives east of 34th and more than 60% live in multi-family apartment buildings.  I would like to help make CPCA a more inclusive organization for all of Cleveland Park including the many young people who live in the apartment buildings lining Connecticut Avenue.