Allyson Carpenter, a sophomore, political science major at Howard University has become the youngest elected official in the history of the District of Columbia. Carpenter was elected to the Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) for Ward 1.
Although only being 18-years-old, Carpenter has already gained plenty of political experience. She currently serves as the deputy chief of staff of the Howard University Student Association (HUSA). In addition, she is the District Leadership Intern for the Office of the City Administrator. The Cleveland native has also served in the offices of U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, both in Ohio and on Capitol Hill.
As an ANC Commissioner, Carpenter said that she is looking forward to bridge the gap between Howard University students and the community. She has already started to accomplish this goal by supporting HUSA’s 2014 Summer Canvassing Project. The project is meant to improve communication between Howard students and residents who live near campus. More than 40 Howard students have participated in June and the project has worked in neighborhood which includes Pleasant Plains, LeDroit Park, Shaw and the U Street Corridor.