For the last four 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.
Irfana Jetha Noorani
Irfana Jetha Noorani is the Deputy Director at the 11th Street Bridge Park, a project of Building Bridges Across the River at THEARC in Washington D.C. Along with fundraising for Bridge Park, Irfana works closely with many local stakeholders to plan community-driven programs like the annual Anacostia River Festival and other placekeeping initiatives at the site of the future park. She also promotes the project’s work around equity by providing planning and implementation support on Bridge Park’s Equitable Development Plan.
Previously, Irfana worked with The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in the Performing Arts Program, and for New York Live Arts, where she served as the Manager for Institutional Giving and provided instrumental support during the merger between the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company and Dance Theater Workshop. Irfana was an Arts Management Fellow at The Kennedy Center. She holds a BA in Dance & Movement Studies and International Relations from Emory University in her hometown of Atlanta, GA.
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Equitable Development Manager
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.
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Jessica G. Smith
Communications and Community Engagment 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.
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