Dennis Chestnut – Executive Director

Dennis is a lifelong Ward 7 resident and grew up a short walk from the Watts Branch tributary, the longest tributary off the Anacostia River.  He was even at the visit of First Lady Claudia “Lady Bird” Johnson to the Hillbrook and Deanwood neighborhoods when she rededicated eight acres of Watts Branch Park as part of her Committee for a More Beautiful Capital initiative in 1966.

Dennis has been at the forefront of environmental stewardship and sustainability in East of the River communities and the District.  His forward-thinking has positioned Groundwork Anacostia River DC to take advantage of local and federal efforts to support green jobs, smart growth, and energy efficiency.

Vaughn Perry-Program Manager

Vaughn Perry has lived in Washington, DC since his childhood and has resided east of the river for over 10 years.  Vaughn is an avid community activist, working primarily with youth in churches, schools and recreation centers.

Vaughn brings over 5 years of program management experience to Groundwork Anacostia. He currently oversees GWARDC’s Green Team program, as well as the Watts Branch Bandalong project.  He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Internetworking and has recently received a Master’s degree in Project Management from George Washington University.