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Bryan Weaver is a long-time community activist, a former Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner (ANC) and a communications professional with over 15 years of experience in progressive causes. He has worked on coalition building in local and national politics, promoting liveable and affordable urban neighborhoods, crime prevention, education, community and economic empowerment, affordable housing issues and nonprofit work geared toward youth leadership development.  He is a true believer in the economic and cultural diversity of Washington D.C., and uses his elected office as a platform to give a voice to those who have been forgotten by the city government.

Bryan served four terms (eight years) on the Adams Morgan Advisory Neighborhood Commission. He served as Chair for three years. An extremely active and engaged commission, it routinely deals with complex issues such as public safety; liquor licensing; building liveable, urban communities; strengthening multi-cultural neighborhoods and encouraging business development. As such, Bryan has years of leadership experience in one of the busiest, diverse and dynamic communities of Washington, D.C.

His ability to build consensus has allowed him to bring together different perspectives on key issues, enabling all  parties involved to embrace mutually beneficial solutions. In 2007, Bryan was named the city’s best ANC Commissioner by Washington City Paper. Bryan also served as the president of the Adams Morgan Community Association–a civic association open to all residents of Adams Morgan.

Bryan founded the nonprofit organization, Hoops Sagrado, here in Washington D.C. in 1996. He continues to serve as its president today. Hoops Sagrado takes at-risk youth from Washington D.C. to the highlands of Guatemala every summer for a 5-week program of basketball (training, clinics and tournaments), cultural exchange, leadership development and mentoring, Spanish immersion, English tutoring and community-building activities.  Hoops Sagrado, a 501(c)(3), also gives scholarships to Mayan teens interested in finishing high school and going on to college. Through Hoops Sagrado, Bryan is committed to developing leadership skills, self-confidence, and a sense of community service in at-risk youth using the game of basketball as a tool to experience a different country and culture.

On his own time, Bryan has taken on several mentoring roles for youth in Washington D.C. from serving as a tutor at Good Shepherd’s Teen Learning Center, to coaching high school basketball for Hyde Leadership Academy and The Adams Morgan Knights, to volunteering to help other D.C. nonprofit organizations help young people stay off the streets and in school.

Prior to founding Hoops Sagrado, Bryan served as a Field Representative and Organizer for the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), Local 500. He has served as Press Secretary for The Body Shop, USA and Assistant Press Secretary for the Democratic National Committee.  He has worked as a communications consultant and contractor for progressive campaigns and causes such as the Education Trust – a national think tank dedicated to education policy, the Stand Up for Steel Campaign and the 2004 Athens Olympic Committee Bid. Bryan began in in politics as an aide to the late Senator Paul Wellstone and as an aide to Reverend Jesse Jackson.

Bryan received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with an emphasis on race and public policy from Howard University. He is a 20-year resident of Washington, D.C. He has lived in Pleasant Plains, Columbia Heights and currently resides in Adams Morgan with his wife Maria Cardona and their two children — 6-year old Sebastian and 4-year old MayaLuna.

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