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Dorothy Douglas is a native Washingtonian who has been a resident of the District of Columbia all of her life, living in Wards 5, 6, 7, and 8. She is the first Black African American woman elected to the DC State Board of Education in Ward 7.
Douglas is a former employee of the District of Columbia Public Schools System, a former employee of the District of Columbia Department of Corrections, and proud graduate of Spingarn Senior High School and the University of the District of Columbia.
Since living in Ward 7 for more than 30 years, Douglas has voluntarily been an active advocate. She has served as a member of, and has held leadership positions, in several community and social organizations.
Ms. Douglas has served as the Chairperson for ANC 7C and 7D. Her advocacy efforts includes work with the Summer Youth Employment Program, Benning Library, the Deanwood Citizens Association, Deanwood Youth Services, and Marshall Heights Community Development Organization among others.
Ms. Douglas currently is a member of the Georgetown University Commission on Health and Nutrition and has been selected to work on the National association of State Boards of Education working group.
Ms. Douglas is the mother of three, a grandmother of five children, and a former foster parent of four of her very own nieces and nephews.