D.C. Councilmembers

Ward Members

Councilmember LaRuby May

Councilmember LaRuby May is committed to promoting the prosperity and growth of Ward 8 and its residents so Ward 8 may rise.

Term: May. 14, 2015 - Jan. 2, 2017

Time on Council: 5/2015 - present

Political Affiliation: Democratic Party

Office: 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, Suite 400, NW Washington, DC 20004

Tel: (202)724-8045 | Fax: (202)724-8055

Represents: Ward 8

Key Staff

Alfreda V. Davis

Chief of Staff

(202) 724-8045


Art Brown

Deputy Chief of Staff



Michael Austin

Legislative Analyst

(202) 724-8039


Donise Jackson

Communications Specialist



LaRuby May is a lawyer and experienced community leader that is committed to serving the residents of Ward 8. LaRuby began her career in the District of Columbia by developing afterschool and summer enrichment programs for children of Ward 8 at the Gift Family Resource Center. While completing her law degree at the University of the District of Columbia, Councilmember LaRuby May served as the Director of Constituent Services for the late Ward 8 Councilmember Marion Barry. In 2008, she was appointed to head the District of Columbia Housing Authority Board of Commissioners, becoming one of the youngest African American women in the country to lead a large housing authority.  Councilmember May developed a 91-unit affordable senior housing complex named in honor of legendary District of Columbia lawyer Dovey J. Roundtree.

Today, Councilmember LaRuby May serves as the chairman of the Council Women’s Group (CWG). The Council Women’s Group is to organize the Women of the DC Council, leverage their influence with their public, foster awareness, and share resources and events. These women focus on the needs of the residents of the District and provide the economic opportunities and the support it takes to build success.

Councilmember has supported countless returning citizens and incarcerated men. She makes visits to DC Jail through the Allen Chapel Missing Link Ministry. These visits are to help those who may be unable to help themselves. Lastly, LaRuby May serves as the Co-Vice Chair of the Allen Chapel A.M.E. Church Board of Trustees.

The daughter of a pastor, Councilmember La Ruby May’s faith is a guiding light in her passionate and dedicated service to her constituents and many others.

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