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Meet Our 2023 Board

Eckington Parks & Arts' Board Members are neighbors who volunteer their time. They are elected by Friends of Eckington Parks & Arts each winter and serve calendar year terms. Efforts are assisted by the neighborhood-driven Greenways Committee and Children & Families Committee, which are led by Chairs appointed by the Board. Please contact us if you would like to help out or get involved in specific committee efforts!

Shoshana Sommer

President


Shoshana grew up visiting family in D.C. and has been in the area full-time since 2013. She lives in Eckington with her fiance (Mark), their Aussie puppy (Zahvi), and her red-eared slider turtle (Gilly). As a veterinarian, she previously practiced on birds and exotic animals and now advises on infectious diseases and global health. Shoshana's passion for green spaces, urban wildlife, and community engagement led her to Eckington Parks & Arts, where she served as the first Greenways Committee Chair in 2020. Shoshana additionally serves on the DC Urban Forestry Advisory Council and as a board member for Greenspaces for DC. In her free moments, Shoshana enjoys exploring DC by foot, admiring the city’s architecture and parks, urban bird-watching, gardening, and visiting with friends and neighbors.

Joel Scott

Vice President


Joel has called DC his home since 2016, moving here from the Bay Area in Northern California. Joel’s work as a scientist for NASA is what brought him to DC; however, he quickly fell in love with the town’s many charming and unique neighborhoods and with its dynamic food and rich culture. He has lived in and around Eckington, having called the Brookland, Columbia Heights, and Eckington neighborhoods home. Joel put down permanent roots in Eckington in 2021 when he bought a 1912 Federal row house, rich in historic charm. Joel is passionate about sustainability as a way of life, leaving the planet and our neighborhood better than he found them. Expanding and caring for our community’s green spaces, cleaning up and reducing litter, and preventing plastics from entering our environment and waterways are all causes that Joel is deeply committed to. You can find him practicing yoga in Alethia Tanner Park, cycling along the Metropolitan Branch Trail, or exploring local garden centers to find a rare gem to plant in his front yard.

Molly Moran

Communication & Public Relations Director


Molly is originally from the DC area and has lived in the city for 13 years. After bopping around the city in various rentals, she and her husband, along with their young son, bought their first home here in Eckington in 2021. She loves the houses, the community, the location of the neighborhood and its proximity to everything. While she’s always had an appreciation for parks and public spaces, that passion has grown since becoming a parent in the city. Molly has worked in marketing and communications her entire career and is excited to help get the word out on all the amazing things EP&A is working on. When not working, you can find her exploring the city with her family.

McKinsey Bond

Treasurer


McKinsey has lived in the DC area since 2010 and has been a proud Eckington resident since 2018. She loves the neighborhood for its colorful homes, inviting front porches, and diversity; but most of all, she has enjoyed meeting and building relationships with her neighbors through summer block parties, weekend walks, porch drinks, bonfires, and community yoga sessions around the neighborhood. McKinsey is a technology consultant by day and UVA grad (go Hoos!). When not working, McKinsey enjoys traveling, being on the water, and laughing with friends at happy hour or brunch (classic DC, right?). 

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Hanna Rosin

Secretary

 

Ileah Welch

Fundraising Director


Ileah is a Buffalo, NY, native turned Washingtonian in 2016. Eckinton has been her home since 2018. Ileah enjoys being part of Eckington's long history, witnessing the blending of the lifelong and new residents and building relationships with her neighbors. She loves building community and increasing engagement. She served on several boards in Buffalo that focused on early childhood education, women's reproductive health, and women in the legal community. Ileah is an attorney currently working at the DC Court of Appeals. After work, you can find Ileah at the Eckington dog park with her dog, Dottie. Ileah loves to be active and is currently (re)learning to roller skate.  Ileah is passionate about body positivity, women/BIPOC owned small business, Girl Scouts, crocheting, and anything involving Jeff Goldblum.

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