councilmember • Ward 6

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.

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

Charles Allen, his wife, Jordi Hutchinson, and 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, thriving local businesses that know us by name, parks and playgrounds for our families, and safe streets for all. 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 began his career in the District as a graduate fellow with the federal Department of Health 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 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, elected President of the Ward 6 Democrats, and serve as Chief of Staff to then-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 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.

Compress biography

  • Term

  • Political Affiliation

    Democratic Party

  • Time on Council

    January 2015 - Present

  • Office

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

Key Staff

Laura Marks

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Nichole Opkins

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(202)724-8072

Naomi Mitchell

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(202)724-8072

Myisha Atchison

matchison@dccouncil.us
(202)724-8072

Chris Laskowski

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(202)724-8072

Erik Salmi

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(202)724-8072

Jeanne Mattison

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(202) 724-8073

Kimberly Kennedy

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202-724-8072

Jennifer DeMayo

jdemayo@dccouncil.us
202-724-8072