NoMa’s Favorite Speaker Series is Back!

Join your friends in NoMa for the 4th Annual Nerds In NoMa speaker series.

Mark your calendars for every 3rd Tuesday of the month from 6 to 8PM, January

through April.

Tuesday, January 24
DC Politics
How will the Trump presidency affect DC and the region?

Moderator: Beverley Swaim-Stanley, Union Station Redevelopment Corporation — As the President and CEO, Beverley’s primary task is to uphold the USRC mission statement, including management of the leased operations of the multimodal transportation and retail center, and oversight of the redevelopment of the station complex alongside planning partners Amtrak and Akridge.


Dan Tangherlini, recently joined the Government-facing technology firm, Seamless Docs, as President of its Federal business unit. Additionally, he serves in a variety of advisory and support capacities with a number of technology firms including Notarize, Blue Planet and Coretex. He is also the founder of City’s Garage, an advisory firm that focuses on infrastructure, land use, technology and public finance. His interest is in bringing increased efficiency to public systems through the thoughtful application of technology and process reform. His public service included work as the Administrator of the US General Services Administration (GSA); Assistant Secretary of Management and CFO of the US Treasury Department; Deputy Mayor and City Administrator of Washington, DC; Interim General Manager of Metro; and Director of DC DOT. He lives on Capitol Hill with his family and fixes broken things in his spare time.

Chuck Bean, is an executive and civic leader with more than 25 years of leadership experience in nonprofits, philanthropy, and government. Bean is Executive Director of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, where he is responsible for its overall administration. He became Executive Director in December 2012.

Dan Mindus, Founder and Managing Partner at NextGen Venture Partners. Before NextGen, Dan was a Vice President at the New Vantage Group, an early-stage investing firm in Washington, DC. Dan has been included twice on Washingtonian magazine’s list of 100 DC Tech Titans. He started his career at the Gerson Lehrman Group, an investment research firm in New York City. He holds a BA from Yale and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Emeka Moneme, serves as Deputy Executive Director of the Federal City Council (FC2) and Managing Director of Infrastructure DC (IDC), a FC2 subsidiary. Established in 1954, FC2 is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to the improvement of the District of Columbia.  Comprised of the area’s top business, professional, education and civic leaders, the FC2 works with the District and federal governments to develop and implement solutions to important community problems. FC2 has a rich history of achievement, having played a critical role in the creation of DC’s Metro system, the renovation of Union Station, and the redevelopment of Pennsylvania Avenue.

Tuesday, February 21
DC Visual Arts
Why is it important for DC to have an arts identity and how do you keep artists in the city?

MODERATOR: Morgan Hungerford West,[email protected] is an artist and creative resource in Washington, DC, specializing in curating environments, experiences, and special moments (online and IRL) that make you feel like you’re in the right place. With a background in display and design, she’s worked in partnership with brands including Anthropologie’s BHLDN, the Embassy of France, and REI to create art installations and art products; in the digital realm, she’s worked to promote DC’s diverse creative economy + art community across new media since 2006.

As founder/director of @aCreativeDC + #aCreativeDC, she is a recognized expert in building online community in Washington, DC, and has partnered with organizations and institutions including the DC Public Library Foundation, the DC Department of Small and Local Business Development, Mayor Muriel Bowser’s 202 Creates Initiative, and Destination DC to promote all the things that make DC an incredible place to live, work, and visit.


Linnea Hegarty – DC Public Library is the Executive Director of the DC Public Library Foundation, Linnea Hegarty helps to enrich the Library’s capabilities, resources and services by forging community partnerships. She is a passionate supporter of D.C.’s creative community and believes that the Library is one of the most powerful catalysts to make art accessible to all D.C. residents. She’s a long-time career fundraiser, and is thrilled to have found her dream job at the Library Foundation, where she’s been for five years.

Julianne Brienza, Capital Fringe has been with Capital Fringe since its inception in 2005. In her current role, she leads and guides Capital Fringe’s vision, organizational growth and community relations and development. During her tenure, Julianne has grown Capital Fringe’s operating budget from $300,000 to over $1 million. In addition, she has raised over $3 million dollars in project specific capital funds. Over the last twelve years, Julianne has developed and shaped programs to engage adventurous audiences and exploratory local, national and international artists and distributed over 2 million dollars to participating artists. In 2016, Julianne was awarded the Mayor’s Arts Award for Visionary Leadership. nPrior to founding Capital Fringe, Julianne moved to Washington, DC in December 2003 to manage Cultural DC’s Flashpoint project. She programmed Flashpoint venues, managed their arts incubator program, recruited participants and managed the facility. While at CulturalDC, Julianne started the Mead Theatre Lab Program – an intensive mentorship program for the performing arts that is still in existence. Julianne came to Washington, DC from Philadelphia where she created and ran the Greenfield Elementary School artist-in-residency program for Mum Puppettheatre that is still in existence. She also served as Managing Director of 1812 Productions – a non-profit theatre company that focuses on comedy. Also, she worked with FringeArts for three years in various capacities from venue manager, box office, to performing in festival productions. Previously, she was a Professional Apprentice with the Arden Theatre Company. Born and raised in Dillon, Montana, Julianne is a graduate Viterbo University in La Crosse, Wisconsin with a Bachelor of Fine Arts-Theatre, Minors, Philosophy and Visual Arts, Magna Cum Laude and The Sandglass Theatre’s Puppet Residency at Marlboro College.

Brandon Hill, No Kings Collective is an installation artist, sculptor and muralist based out of Washington, DC. Originally from Baltimore, Hill creates large-scale works across multiple forms of media to construct ideas that touch on culture, class and identity. Hill is also the co-founder of No Kings Collective (NKC) an agency based out of Washington D.C. composed of and run by local artists. No Kings Collective serves a community of area artists, businesses and city organizations through social networking events, exhibits and special projects. Over the last five years, No Kings Collective has gainedlocal and national recognition for flash art exhibitions and temporary gallery spaces, providing new and exciting social events to promote a thriving artcommunity in the nation’s capital. For more information, visit Follow No Kings Collectiveon Instagram and Twitter.

Sakina Khan – Deputy Director for Citywide Strategy and Analysis at the DC Office of Planning oversees the State Data Center, Geographic Information Systems as well as systems planning related to housing, transportation, sustainability, economic development and capital facilities. She is currently managing the District’s first ever comprehensive Cultural Plan, which will lay out recommendations on how the government and its partners can invest in the people, places, communities and ideas that define culture within the nation’s capital. She is also leading the Crossing the Street creative placemaking initiative, working with curators on creating inclusive experiences in neighborhoods undergoing change.  Ms. Khan was previously OP’s Senior Economic Planner, specializing in economic development analysis with a focus on emerging sectors and neighborhoods. In this role, she led numerous strategic planning, policy and implementation efforts, including the Creative DC Action Agenda, the DC Vibrant Retail Toolkit and the St. Elizabeths Innovation Strategy. She was also the lead author of the District’s Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy.

Ms. Khan has more than fifteen years of planning experience in the public and private sectors. Prior to joining the Office of Planning, she was a senior associate at a consulting firm, specializing in socioeconomic impact assessment of large-scale infrastructure projects in economically disadvantaged locations. Ms. Khan is a graduate of MIT, where she earned her master’s degree in city planning.


Tuesday, March 28

City. Smarter. & Neighborhood Spotlight
NoMa-based think tanks. Non-profits making NoMa a better place.

Moderator: Petra Mayer is an editor (and the resident nerd) at NPR Books, focusing on genre fiction. She brings to the job passion, speed-reading skills, and a truly impressive collection of Doctor Who doodads. You can also hear her on the air, and on the occasional episode of Pop Culture Happy Hour.

Previously, she was an associate producer and director for All Things Considered on the weekends. She handled all of the show’s books coverage, and she was also the person to ask if you wanted to know how much snow falls outside NPR’s Washington headquarters on a Saturday, how to belly dance, or what pro wrestling looks like up close and personal.

Sterling Stone, Gearin’ Up Bicycles: Sterling joined Gearin’ Up in 2014 and became its first, full-time Executive Director in 2015. He has spent nearly two decades working with undeserved youth in Washington, DC and Pittsburgh, PA in both school and out-of-school time positions. In DC, Sterling previously managed programs at Higher Achievement, Center City Public Charter Schools, and Boys and Girls Club of Greater Washington, where he first met Gearin’ Up founder Katie Lupo and saw the impact of bicycles on youth.

In addition to being passionate about youth development, Sterling believes in creating equal access to cycling opportunities for all DC-area residents. He collaborates with Washington Area Bicyclist Association, The District of Columbia Department of Transportation, and other organizations and local leaders in this work.

Craig Thornton, Mathematica, is an expert in health services research, disability policy, evaluation design, employment and training programs, and benefit-cost analysis.

During his more than 35 years at Mathematica, Thornton has directed and advised on studies of programs and policies that seek to improve people’s lives. Much of this work has focused on initiatives to help people with disabilities participate fully in economic and community life. He has also studied how well managed care and care-management serve people with chronic illnesses and functional impairments as well as how modifications to the Medicare and Medicaid programs could support better integration and health for people with such conditions. He has extensive experience designing and implementing large multisite demonstration evaluations and conducting process, impact, and benefit-cost analyses, as well as leading teams of experts conducting research in health and disability policy.

For ten years, he directed Mathematica’s Health Research Division. During that time the division tripled in size and continued to enhance its reputation for excellence in the study of health care delivery and finance. He is particularly proud of all the wonderful colleagues who came to Mathematica to work on those issue and all the outstanding policy research they produced.

Christy Respress, Pathways To Housing DC, has more than 17 years of experience working with individuals who are experiencing homelessness and living with complex behavioral health challenges. She has worked with Pathways to Housing for 14 years, and has been in the role of Executive Director of Pathways to Housing DC since January 2011. She has extensive knowledge of Housing First and has provided technical assistance to agencies and communities around the country to implement this innovative model. She is also on the Board of Directors of the DC Behavioral Health Association. Christy received her Bachelor of Arts in Social Work from The Catholic University of America and her Masters in Social Work from Howard University.

Michael Oko, Communications Director at the World Resources Institute, oversees media engagement and communications in the United States and globally to advance the organization’s goals of protecting the earth and improving people’s lives.

Michael has an extensive background in strategic communications, media relations, and film/video production in both the non-profit and for-profit sectors.

Prior to joining WRI, Michael was the federal media director at the Natural Resources Defense Council, where he led media efforts to advance the organization’s top policy priorities, including climate change, energy, public health, lands, air, water, and other issues. Previously, Michael was a senior communication officer for the international division of the American Red Cross, focusing on humanitarian disasters, public health, and related issues. At the Red Cross, he managed outreach for the Tsunami Recovery Program and for the highly successful Measles Initiative.

Earlier in his career, Michael worked in advertising and film/video production in New York City, overseeing national television commercials for top U.S. businesses, along with documentaries, music videos, and many other film projects.


Tuesday, April 18

Greening the City
Why having green space is important in the urban landscape.


*All events are 6-8PM and are free and open to the public. Doors open at 6PM and the speaking program begins at 6:30PM.

About The Lobby Project

The Lobby Project is an initiative of the NoMa Business Improvement District in partnership with the DC Office of Planning’s Temporary Urbanism program. Together, we created a vibrant destination where people socialize and work. For two years now, the NoMa BID has hosted art openings through a partnership with Washington Project for the Arts, as well as the Nerds in NoMa lectures. We also want to thank Polinger Company and Principal Financial Group for their generous support.

Follow @NoMaBID on Twitter for updates about the upcoming Nerds in NoMa events!

Location Details

1200 First Street, NE (Corner of First and M Streets, NE)
Closest Metro: NoMa/Gallaudet U (Red Line)

All lobby project events are free and open to the public.