Centennial Conversations


Conversations on Planning and Citizen Engagement


The Committee of 100 on the Federal City is marking our 100th anniversary by hosting seven public conversations on topics of interest to DC residents, neighborhood commissioners, elected officials, students, academics, neighborhood association members ­– all who care about our nation’s capital and call it home.


To view recordings of these Conversations, click here to go to our YouTube channel.


Civic Aspirations for the Next Decade

Mayor Bowser and Council Chairman Mendelson Discuss Their Visions

January 25, 2023


An Equitable City – Realities, Opportunities and Choices

Looking at the inequities and disparities in our city and finding ways to make meaningful change.

Peter Tatian, Senior Fellow, Urban Institute

Rev. William H. Lamar IV  Pastor, Metropolitan AME Church

Saturday, February 11

Click here to see Mr. Tatian’s PowerPoint slide that accompanied his prepared remarks.


Rising Water, Extreme Weather – Is DC Prepared?

Andrew Pershing, Director of Climate Science, Climate Central

Chris Williams, President and CEO, Anacostia Watershed Society

Dennis Chestnut, Community Resilience Hubs (Ward 7 pilot)

Erin Garnaas-Holmes, DC Department of Energy and Environment

Saturday, March 11

Click here to see Mr. Williams’ PowerPoint presentation that accompanied his prepared remarks.

Click here to see Ms. Garnaas-Holmes’ PowerPoint presentation that accompanied her prepared remarks.


Planning for Industrial Neighbors

Trash Transfer Stations, Utilities and Bus Garages

How to best live with stuff you’ve got to have?

Uwe Brandes, Georgetown University Urban & Regional Planning Program

Taalib-Din Uqdah, Northern Bus Barn Neighbors

Apera Nwora, DC Water

Thursday, April 13

Click here to see Ms. Nwora’s PowerPoint presentation that accompanied her prepared remarks.


Reclaiming the Commons – The Value of Public Space

Susan Piedmont-Palladino, Director, Washington Alexandria Architecture Center, Virginia Tech

Scott Kratz, Senior VP, Building Bridges Across the River 

Coy McKinney, Teacher; community gardener; advocate for public space

Wednesday, May 24


Before Development is a Done Deal…

Empowering Residents with ArcGIS Visualization

Keith Cooke, ESRI Industry Manager, Planning and Community Development

Anita Cozart, Director, DC Office of Planning

Wednesday, June 7


Does DC’s Planning and Zoning Need an Overhaul?

What can be done to make planning and zoning

more accessible and responsive to community interests including equity?

Nancy MacWood, Vice-Chair, Committee of 100

Parisa Norouzi, Executive Director, Empower DC

Laura Richards, Co-Chair, C100 Zoning Subcommittee

Max Tondro, Office of the Attorney General for DC (invited)

Wednesday, September 20

A beautiful and livable Washington, DC for all.