Washington, DC Economic Partnership Expands Board of Directors


Tiffany R. Thacker
Manager, Development & Communications

Washington, DC Economic Partnership Expands Board of Directors
The WDCEP Announces the Addition of Eight New Members to its Board of Directors

Washington, DC – The Washington, DC  Economic Partnership (WDCEP) is pleased to announce the addition of 8 new members to its Board of Directors – Neil O. Albert, Michael S. Barnett, Grant Ehat, Darrin L. Glymph, Brett O. Greene, Kimberly T. Henderson, Scott Nordheimer, and Marc Ratner.

“Our new directors each bring a wealth of experience and expertise  that will be instrumental in the future growth and direction of the WDCEP and its business attraction and retention programs for the District of Columbia,” says Keith Sellars, President & CEO of the WDCEP. “Their appointment to the Board exemplifies the WDCEP’s commitment to increasing private sector participation in facilitating economic development throughout the city.”

Neil O. Albert, Senior Policy Advisor in Holland & Knight’s Public Policy & Regulation Practice Group, has more than 20 years of public and private sector executive management experience.  Immediately prior to joining Holland & Knight, Mr. Albert served for the administration of former D.C. Mayor Fenty, initially as the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development and subsequently as City Administrator.

Michael S. Barnett, Senior Vice President for JPMorgan Chase Bank, provides comprehensive financial solutions to mid-sized companies in Northern Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, DC.  Prior to his position at JPMorgan Chase Bank, Mr. Barnett held leadership, credit approval and client management roles at Wells Fargo in addition to building and managing Citigroup’s mid-corporate commercial banking enterprise in the Midwest.

Grant Ehat, Principal at JBG Rosenfeld Retail, has co-directed the acquisition of retail assets, assisted in the oversight of development efforts, and influenced all new business development activities at JBGR since 2003. His develop­ment history includes more than one million square feet of ground-up retail development and over 1,000 residential units at some of the Washington area’s most notable projects, such as North Bethes­da Market and Market Square at Frederick in Maryland; 77 H Street in Washington, DC; and Wood­land Park Crossing, Kings Crossing, and 1700 Duke Street in Virginia.

Darrin L. Glymph, Partner at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, has over 18 years of municipal/public finance experience.  He has worked extensively with the District of Columbia on its general obligation and conduit revenue bond financings and has been counsel on the issuance of almost $4 billion of District revenue and general obligation bonds.

Brett O. Greene founded the American Management Corporation, a company that provides strategic advisory services, government relations, public relations and outreach support to major enterprises and institutions operating in metropolitan Washington.  He has managed large-scale programs in the DC area, including: Union Station, U.S. Agency for International Development, U.S. Trade and Development Agency, Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, and many others.

Kimberly T. Henderson, Director of Commercial and Institutional Programs at the DC Sustainable Energy Utility, implements programming to provide financial incentives for energy efficiency projects.  She previously served as Director of Housing and Community Development for the Greater Washington Urban League where she oversaw nearly $30 million in affordable housing program dollars.

Scott Nordheimer, Senior Advisor for Urban Atlantic, has been involved in the field of public-private finance for over 40 years. He was a pioneer in the first generations of community economic development mixed-finance through the U.S. Dept. of Housing & Urban Development and was involved in the formation of the first CMBS loans for condominium end loans prior to the creation of Fannie Mae CMBS. As a Senior Advisor to Urban At­lantic over the past 15 years, Mr. Nordheimer has been instrumental in the creation and implementa­tion of successful new business ventures and activities including HOPE VI projects, tax credit transac­tions, and new service activities.

Marc Ratner, CEO of Streetsense, founded the brokerage, design, and development company in 2001 and currently oversees the company’s strategic vision and development plans. Mr. Ratner has nearly 30 years of experience in commercial real estate and is regarded as one of the region’s leading consultants for developers and property owners seeking innovative development and leasing strategies for retail and mixed-use real estate projects.

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It is the mission of the Washington, DC Economic Partnership, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, to promote business opportunities throughout the District of Columbia and to contribute to business retention and attraction activities.

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