D.C. Councilmembers

Ward Members

Councilmember Charles Allen

Charles Allen is focused on building a Ward 6 with great schools at every level and a neighborhood you can always call home.

Term: Jan. 2, 2015 - Jan. 2, 2019

Time on Council: 1/2015 - present

Political Affiliation: Democratic Party

Office: 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue,NW Suite 110 , Washington, DC 20004

Tel: (202)-724-8072 | Fax: (202)-724-8054

Chair of: Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety

Represents: Ward 6

Key Staff

Jeanne Mattison

Constituent Services Coordinator



Laura Marks

Chief of Staff



Nichole Opkins

Senior Counsel



Naomi Mitchell

Community Liaison

(202) 724-8072


Myisha Atchison

Scheduler and Administrative Assistant



Chris Laskowski

Legislative Policy Advisor

(202) 724-8072


Erik Salmi

Communications Director

(202) 724-8072



Charles Allen, his wife Jordi Hutchinson, their children, Cora Neal and Everett, live at 15th and D Streets, NE.

For over a decade, Charles has worked in Ward 6 neighborhoods -- helping bring about school reforms, working with small businesses, and improving our community. His years of public service to Ward 6 mean he knows and understands our neighborhood issues like no one else.

What makes our neighborhoods so special is that people choose to make Ward 6 home – whether for five generations or just in the last five years – because our neighborhoods are an extension of our front steps. Ward 6 shares a vision of great schools we can walk to, local businesses that know us by name, parks and playgrounds for our families. But we must ensure all our neighborhoods have these amenities, while protecting everyone's ability to live, work, and raise a family in our community.

Charles believes Ward 6 can be a model for the District. We are the largest ward in the city and one that celebrates a great diversity of people and neighborhoods, unified by a shared vision of our future.  Charles will prioritize building upon the success of our neighborhood elementary schools and also tackle middle and high school reforms; fighting for new ideas that keep residents in their homes as they age in their neighborhoods; ensuring affordable housing isn’t an afterthought, but is a starting point in the conversation; and continuing the growth of our small businesses and entrepreneurs that become the backbone and job creators in our communities.

Charles began his career in the District as a graduate fellow with the federal Department of Heath and Human Services, working on expanding community-based health options across the nation.  Charles quickly understood that to make true change he needed to return to his roots working at the local and community level, so he began his service to the District as policy director for the DC Primary Care Association, where he helped bring about legislative, budget, and policy changes that expanded health care options for almost every DC resident. Two of his signature efforts – bringing physicians, dentists, nurses and other healthcare providers to medically underserved communities and creating a District-owned captive insurance company to provide free and low-cost medical malpractice insurance to non-profit providers – remain a vital part of the city’s health care safety net nearly a decade after he helped create them.

At the same time, Charles helped found DC for Democracy and served as Chair of the organization to bring a needed voice for progressive priorities and social justice issues facing the city.  These experiences led Charles to become an elected delegate for the District at the 2004 Democratic National Convention in Boston, serve as President of the Ward 6 Democrats, and serve as Chief of Staff to Ward 6 Councilmember Tommy Wells.

Charles is Chair of the Council’s Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety, and is a member of the Council's Committees on Education, Transportation and the Environment, and Business and Economic Development.  He serves as First Vice Chair of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments' Transportation Planning Board and was named an Early Learning Fellow by the National Conference of State Legislatures.  He also serves on the NCSL's standing committees on Education, Natural Resources & Infrastructure, and Law, Criminal Justice, & Public Safety.    

Charles graduated from Washington and Lee University and he holds a Master of Public Health from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.