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The Mayor’s Office on African American Affairs (OAAA) seeks to engage the extraordinarily diverse culture of the African American community in the District of Columbia. OAAA works to empower these residents through equipping them with the government resources and services that they need while also providing programmatic support to each facet of the community.


Core Values:

  • To uplift, to support, to enhance, the positive development, growth, productivity, education, and success of the African American community in our words, actions, and behavior.
  • To remember our rich history and sacrifice as an ignitive force to motivate, to inspire, and to empower  the African American community to new levels of success and positive growth.
  • To positively influence all ages and economic groups of the African American community to new heights and levels of achievement.


Goals and Objectives:

  • Increase Engagement:  Engage African-American constituents through events, initiatives and programs. 

  • Outreach to residents in the community to introduce the office and briefly survey needs of the community (Neighborhood Civic Associations, non-profits, ANCs).

  • Build Capacity of the Office: Solidify relationships with key agencies as determined by key issues (education, housing, economic opportunity) and align the Commission of African-Americans work to the goals. 
  • Meet with leadership of key agencies and departments to outline priorities and establish partnership opportunities.
  • Through working with the Commission, establish approaches in key agencies that further support the development and success of the African American constituency in the city. 
  • Grow the African-American Middle Class: Offer capacity building training for small business owners and residents looking to start/transfer their businesses to the District.
  • Develop a series of training dates in partnership with other agencies.
    • Starting a Business
    • Incubation funds, opportunities and spaces
    • Establishing strong credit scores and financial education
  • Develop programming with DSLBD, DMPED, DHCD and DDOT to better serve African American business owners and create new African American business owners.