Staff & Clean Team Ambassadors

Kenyattah Robinson
President & CEO
Mount Vernon Triangle Community Improvement District

kr@mvtcid.org

Kenyattah Robinson is President and Chief Executive Officer for the Mount Vernon Triangle CID, responsible for the enhancement and economic development of the vibrant community in downtown Washington, DC. With more than 17 combined years of real estate finance, policy and public affairs experience, Robinson most recently served as a Senior Vice President and National Director on the DC-based Public Institutions team at Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL), a financial and professional services firm specializing in real estate services and investment management. Prior to joining JLL as an Associate in 2006, Robinson held positions in commercial asset acquisitions at AEW Capital Management, the Law & Policy group at Fannie Mae, the staff office of retired U.S. Sen. John Breaux (LA), and as a student aide to the Program Director at the Louisiana Housing Finance Agency.

Robinson has spoken at regional and national forums on topics related to the increased use of public-private partnerships and other alternate financing strategies to acquire or reposition Federal real property, and to leverage private capital to procure renewable energy assets and enhance building energy efficiency. He earned an MBA from the Johnson School at Cornell University, where he studied as a Roy H. Park Leadership Fellow and a Robert Toigo Foundation Fellow. He was awarded the Robert J. Swieringa Young Alumni Service Award in January 2014 and currently serves as a member of the Cornell University Council. A New Orleans native of the Upper Ninth Ward and graduate of the prestigious Benjamin Franklin Senior High School, Robinson earned his BA in liberal arts with a minor in business administration from Louisiana State University (LSU), where he was awarded the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Humanitarian Award, was 1 of 25 members of the senior class chosen as a member of Leadership LSU, and supplemented his education with White House and Capitol Hill internships.

Robinson has served on the executive board of the African American Real Estate Professionals (AAREP) of DC; the Planning Committee for GovEnergy, a tradeshow and workshop designed to help Federal agencies meet energy management goals and mandates; and on the executive board for the Children of Kibera Foundation—an international charitable and educational non-profit working to create opportunities for orphans and vulnerable children living in the Kibera slums of Nairobi, Kenya. Robinson was recognized as a “40 Under 40” finance professional by the Robert Toigo Foundation in 2014, a “40 Under 40” real estate professional by Real Estate Forum in 2011 and received JLL’s prestigious “Catalyst Award” in 2013. He proudly maintains his status as an Eagle Scout and lives in the Mount Vernon Triangle neighborhood of Washington, DC with his wife, Marnique Heath Robinson, who is a Principal in the Washington, DC office of STUDIOS Architecture and serves as Chair of DC’s Board of Zoning Adjustment.

 

Leon JLeon Johnsonohnson
Director of Operations
Mount Verno
n Triangle Community Improvement District
leon@mvtcid.org

Leon Johnson is Director of Operations for the Mount Vernon Triangle Community Improvement District. Mr. Johnson’s responsibilities include managing the Clean Team Ambassadors, leading public space maintenance & safety efforts, interfacing with property managers and retailers, and building relationships and working in a concerted manner with City agencies, MPD, and Mount Vernon Triangle stakeholders. Leon plays an active role in achieving the MVT CID’s goals and objectives.

Prior to joining the MVT CID in February of 2014, Johnson directed the operations and safety of the Capitol Riverfront Business Improvement District. He was initially the manager of the Clean and Safe team crew through a contract with Service Group, Inc., and then was promoted to Director of Parks and Public Realm, with responsibility for the overall maintenance and security of Yards Park. Prior to his work at Capitol Riverfront, Johnson served as Regional Operations Manager for Metropolitan Health Services and with Verizon Wireless as Manager of Operations for their Clinton, MD retail store and as a Verizon Wireless Customer Service supervisor. Johnson also holds his residential real estate license with Coldwell Banker House Hold Realty.

 

Jerome Raymond
Real Estate and Planning Manager
Mount Vernon Triangle Community Improvement District
jerome@mvtcid.org

Jerome Raymond is the Real Estate and Planning Manager for the MVT CID. Jerome works with the MVT CID team, tracking and analyzing development projects and retail opportunities, planning for transportation improvements and public realm activation, preparing and monitoring the collection of CID taxes, conducting research, writing grant applications, and other tasks. Jerome is currently working towards his Master of Real Estate degree at Georgetown University and has been interning with the MVT CID this past winter and spring. 

Jerome has a background in urban planning and economic development, interning in prior years for local real estate developer, Akridge, where he conducted acquisitions and market research for employment, demographic and development trends, and consulting to the City of Montreal, Canada on urban planning and development for a 2 km commercial avenue. Jerome is a member of NAIOP MD/DC’s Developing Leaders and Mentorship Program, ULI’s Young Leaders and Mentorship Program and is an active member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC).

 

Karen WidmayerKaren Widmayer
PR/Communications
Mount Vernon Triangle Community Improvement District
karenwidmayerpr@gmail.com

Karen Widmayer is a marketing communications professional with three decades of experience in the Washington, DC area. Karen supports the MVT CID in public relations, marketing and branding, social media, and event planning. Karen is highly collaborative, working with MVT's many retailers, property owners and residents to understand and reinforce their communications efforts and connect individual efforts. With her assistance, we continually promote the MVT CID as one of DC's most dynamic, authentic and appealing communities in which to live, work and play.

 

Clean Team Ambassadors

The MVT CID Clean Team Ambassadors consist of one supervisor and seven crew members working daily from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. The team is funded in part by a grant from DC Department of Small and Local Business and is affiliated with Ready to Work job training program at Central Union Mission (previously Gospel Rescue Ministry). The MVT CID supports DC City services, working closely with our team to ensure a clean and safe neighborhood.