By C.N. Staff Writer
During the primary Mayor Bowser announced that if elected she would appoint a new cabinet level position that would focus on growing underdeveloped areas across the District. She made good on that promise in early April when she appointed Courtney Snowden as the new Deputy Mayor for Greater Economic Opportunity. Snowden made an unsuccessful bid for an At-Large D.C. City Council seat this past election cycle.
During Bowser’s State of the District speech she said, “The deputy mayor will be charged with creating solutions to improve outcomes for residents who face challenges to enter the workforce and start their way on the path to the middle class.” In the role, Snowden will oversee the Department of Employment Services, Department of Small and Local Business Development, Office of African American Affairs, and the Commission on Fatherhood, Men, and Boys. She will be tasked with tackling issues related to home ownership, the District’s development investment strategy, and the city’s struggling New Communities initiative.
During the announcement where Snowden was named, Bowser said this role will “address the day-to-day needs of neighborhoods that have been overlooked.” Snowden, a Ward 7 resident also made comments during the announcement and conferred with Mayor Bowser’s remarks. She said, “I applaud Mayor Bowser for recognizing the need to create this position. For so many of us from these underserved communities, we can see the forest of cranes and hear the construction across the river, and we want that, too, right here.”
Part of Bowser’s campaign was focused on bringing development to the city’s economically disadvantaged neighborhood, particularly those in Wards 7 and 8 that are separated geographically from the rest of the District by the Anacostia River.
Over the last 10 years Snowden has worked as a lobbyist and public policy strategist for both corporate and non-profit clients for the Raben Group, a D.C.-based public relations and communications firm founded by gay attorney Robert Raben. Snowden has also worked in several policy positions for the Human Rights Campaign, the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network and then-Wisconsin Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin. Snowden also served on Bowser’s mayoral transition team prior to Bowser taking office.
As a sixth-generation Washingtonian, I understand the beauty and flaws associated with job creation, housing, transportation, and public safety concerns throughout the city,” Snowden said in a statement. “I am looking forward to working with this administration to enhance our neighborhoods in all corners of this world-class city.”
By C.N. Staff Writer