11th Street Bridge Park Team

SCOTT KRATZ
Director

For the last five years, Scott  has been working with the Ward 8 based non-profit Building Bridges Across the River and the Washington D.C. city government to transform an old freeway bridge into a park above the Anacostia River. The old 11th Street Bridges that connect Capitol Hill with communities east of the river have reached the end of their lifespan,  Scott is working with the community to use the base of one of the bridges to create a one of a kind civic space supporting active recreation, environmental education and the arts.

Scott is a resident of Barrack’s Row and has lived in Washington D.C. for the last 11+ years. He has worked in the education field for twenty+ years and began his career teaching at Kidspace, a children’s museum in Pasadena, California and later as the Associate Director of the Institute for the Study of the American West at the Autry National Center in Los Angeles, CA. While at the Autry, he supervised a staff that planned and implemented programs including theater, film, music, festivals, family programs, lecture series, and academic symposia. Most recently, he was the Vice President for Education at the National Building Museum in Washington D.C. Scott is honored to serve on the board of the Anacostia Coordinating Council and the United Planning Organization.



VAUGHN PERRY
Director of Equity

Vaughn Perry is the Equitable Development Manager. His role is to oversee and implement the deliverables for the Equitable Development Plan.  A D.C. native, Vaughn has been a resident and homeowner in Ward 8 for over 16 years. Vaughn’s research interests focus on ecojustice pedagogies, community engagement and green job/skill development.

Previously, Vaughn worked for the Anacostia Watershed Society, where he led the National Capital Region – Watershed Stewards Academy providing community leaders with the resources to serve as a point in their community on storm water issues. Vaughn holds a Bachelor’s degree in IT from Strayer University and a Master’s Degree in Project Management from George Washington University.

 vaughn@bridgepark.org | 202.889.5901 x208


JESSICA G. SMITH
Communications & Community Engagement Senior Manager

Jessica G. Smith is the Communications and Community Engagement Manager at the 11th Street Bridge Park, a project of Building Bridges Across the River at THEARC. Her role is to set the communication strategy for the Bridge Park, including coordinating external relations with residents in the project’s impact area, funders, and press.  

As a third generation Washingtonian, she is passionate about creating greater economic opportunity through inclusive development and having resources that allow current residents east of the river to live in healthy and vibrant communities. She believes it is important for residents to be aware and engaged in community affairs. As a Ward 7 resident, she serves on the National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board Citizen Advisory Committee of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments.

Prior to joining the Bridge Park, Jessica worked with the Golden Triangle Business Improvement District. As the Placemaking and Events Manager, she promoted economic growth and sustainability initiatives through programming and advocated for the needs of the community and local businesses. Jessica holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from The Pennsylvania State University and a Master’s Degree in Legislative Affairs from George Washington University.

 Jessica@bridgepark.org | 202.889.5901 x207

 
DESTINEE JOHNSON
Program Coordinator

Destinee Johnson is the Program Associate with the 11th Street Bridge Park, a project of Building Bridges Across the River at THE ARC. Her role consists of organizing community programming, reaching out to community partners for public events, and acting as volunteer coordinator for the 11th Street Bridge Park and Building Bridges Across the River.

Originally from the South Side of Chicago, Destinee has a passion for programming that amplifies a community’s cultural authenticity and empowers its members to explore, express, and create boundlessly. She has experienced the transformative power of accessible arts and cultural programming in her own community and believes every person should have the opportunity to empower themselves by trying something new.

Prior to joining the Bridge Park Team, Destinee earned her Masters of Arts in Teaching in Museum Education from George Washington University, and a Bachelors of Science in Education from The University of Illinois Champaign Urbana.

 

EVELYN MITCHELL
Equitable Development Manager

Evelyn Mitchell is the Equitable Development Manager with the 11th Street Bridge Park project. Her role is to help implement the Equitable Development Plan and manage the new partnership implementing workforce development strategies in collaboration with Skyland Workforce Center and workforce training in four similar parks across the country.

In her previous position as a Land Use Planner and an Equity Lead, she conducted research on how to apply an equity lens to land use and development projects. She is very passionate about ensuring communities have a role in decision-making processes that directly impact the spaces in which they live. Evelyn strongly believes that there should be equitable access to resources and opportunities for communities to thrive and to stay in the neighborhoods in which they live and work.

Evelyn holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Austin College and a Master’s in Community and Regional Planning from the University of Texas, Austin.  

 

ANNA-JANE
Grant & Project Manager

AnnaJane is the 11th Street Bridge Park’s Grant & Project Manager. In her role, she is in charge of funding opportunities for the 11th Street Bridge Park’s general operating, programming and equitable development efforts. In addition, AnnaJane supports the implementation, measurement and evaluation of the Bridge Park’s Equitable Development Plan in collaboration with community partners and the Urban Institute.

AnnaJane has a passion for people, which has guided her through her university, across the globe, and into a role in the nonprofit sector. After graduating from Appalachian State with a degree in Public Relations, AnnaJane earned a Development role with the Cancer Support Community (CSC). In her role as a Development Manager, AnnaJane focused on fostering trusted relationships with donors in order to expand and elevate CSC’s mission across the globe. She was also appointed to the organization’s first diversity, equity, and inclusion task force where she conducted a rigorous introductory audit on the employee experience at CSC.

Outside of her workday, AnnaJane spends her time advocating for local police reform in her city, cycling, and learning about the complexities of public transportation systems.

A North Carolina native, AnnaJane now proudly calls Washington, DC home with her numerous jade plants and dog, Tobias.

MEHVISH JAMAL
Project Consultant

Mehvish is the 11th Street Bridge Park’s Grant & Project Manager. In her role, Mehvish leads small-to-medium sized fundraising efforts.  In addition, Mehvish supports the implementation, measurement and evaluation of the Bridge Park’s Equitable Development Plan in collaboration with community partners and the Urban Institute.  Key equity initiatives she manages include:  a multi-year cross-sector partnership to stand up a community land trust, and provide small business assistance and workforce training as part of a J.P. Morgan Chase PRO Neighborhoods grant; and a small business web capacity building program. 

As a creative placemaker, design thinker and social entrepreneur, Mehvish is passionate about community-driven initiatives that seek to dismantle segregation and structural inequity, while building collective power and fostering vibrant places. She has called D.C. home for the past six years and loves exploring parks in the region through Wild Wilderness Women, a local outdoors group whose board she serves on as the Equity & Inclusion Chair.

Prior to joining the Bridge Park, Mehvish worked with the Local Initiatives Support Corporation’s (LISC) national rural program. Mehvish earned a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and a minor in International Studies from American University as part of the Frederick Douglass Distinguished Scholars program.

bridge park logo

COVID-19

Campus Update & Community Resource

Learn More