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.
Alicia Lewis – Director, Program Administration
Alicia is a Ward 7 resident and parent of a college-aged student. She is passionate about economic/community development issues and has lent her time mentoring young adults and coaching adult civic leaders.
Professionally, Ms. Lewis has extensive relationship/project management and research experience. She presently oversees and coordinates Groundwork’s external resources, communications, budget and program evaluation.
Dominique Skinner – Program Coordinator
Dominique Skinner has lived in DC for her entire life, excluding her time spent at Winston Salem State University in North Carolina. She completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology at Bowie State University in Maryland. She then went on to earn her Masters of Art in Clinical Psychology from The American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University in Arlington, VA. She started work with Groundwork Anacostia in 2011 as a volunteer, and later joined their staff as a Green Team leader working with high school students within DC. Since then, she has become their Program Coordinator. Dominique enjoys interacting with young people to expose them to their local environment and encouraging youth development through outdoor recreation.