Sandy Shapiro – Candidate for ANC 3E-04

Sandy Shapiro pictureSandy Shapiro
3901 Harrison Street, NW

Before living in DC, Sandy Shapiro was a magazine editor in New York City where she also worked for a New York State Assemblyman. When she and her husband moved to Friendship Heights in 1999, she was pursuing a master’s degree in public administration from NYU’s Graduate School of Public Service. Despite her plans to continue her studies at Georgetown University, she decided to stay at home when her daughter was born. She now has two teenage children.

When Shapiro first arrived in DC, she volunteered frequently in the office of the now defunct HandsOn Greater DC Cares, an organization that connected some 40,000 Washington area volunteers with more than 700 nonprofits. That experience provided her with an immediate overview of the many needs and resources of this city. Over the years, Shapiro and her family have enjoyed connecting with the broader DC community through participation in various service projects throughout the region, ranging from school beautifications to work in soup kitchens. She has spent considerable time tutoring at the Ross Elementary School in Dupont Circle and at the Washington English Center. More locally, she has been a Friend of the Chevy Chase Park, where she helped with the planning of the park renovation and participated in various park clean-ups and improvements. She is also a Friend of the Chevy Chase Library and of the Avalon.

Shapiro holds a degree from Princeton University.

Tenleytown, D.C.: Why are you running for office?

Sandy Shapiro: I feel strongly about civic involvement and have always been very interested in local policy issues.

I will add value to the ANC because I am a 15-year resident who will bring a practical and open-minded approach, not a strictly ideological one, to the issues facing our community. I think it is vital for the ANC to be receptive to diverse concerns and perspectives, even when those views conflict with the commissioners’ preconceived ideas. Without an overriding agenda or a big ego, I will bring a measured and thoughtful approach to the position that I think has often been lacking with our current ANC.

Tenleytown, D.C.: What changes would you like to see during the next ANC 3E term?

Sandy Shapiro: I would like to see the ANC be more receptive to input from the community, so that it can be a better advocate and conduit for its constituents’ concerns.  As a commissioner, I hope to make the ANC meetings more accessible by keeping the meetings to a reasonable length and by having the pre-circulated agendas contain more detail so people can tell in advance whether an issue that is important to them will be covered.

Furthermore, development politics have become needlessly divisive. Instead of arguing between growth versus no growth, I would like future development discussions to focus on understanding the balance and trade-offs associated with issues: How much impact? What kind? Where?

Tenleytown, D.C.: What is your vision for this community over the next 5 years?

Sandy Shapiro: The same – just better!  We are a diverse and engaged community that is open to all ages and that values both the small town and big city aspects of life in DC.

I would like to see our community’s public assets (schools, parks, libraries, aquatic center, etc.) properly maintained and strengthened. I would also like to see our community build upon and expand its options for aging in place. Finally, I would like to see residences, local businesses and private institutions thrive and grow in a welcoming and hospitable climate. For this to happen, it is critical to build a strong infrastructure, which emphasizes things like accessibility, timing of lights, parking and public safety, and to have zoning decisions that keep in mind the larger impacts and implications that the construction/development will have on our community. Multi-modal transportation changes that ease traffic congestion and increase pedestrian safety need to be thoughtfully made to improve energy efficiency and modern mobility.

Over the next five years, our community will be faced with ample opportunities and challenges to keep what is good and to also improve upon itself, such as with the redevelopment of the Steak ‘n Egg Kitchen, the expansion plans of Georgetown Day School (Safeway/Martens), the Tenleytown-AU Metrorail Station Access Improvement Study and the DC Office of Planning’s Zoning Rewrite proposal. If elected, I will work hard in trying to ensure that our community will maintain its character while becoming an even more vibrant and attractive place to live.

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