Kristen Barden became the Executive Director of the Adams Morgan Partnership Business Improvement District (AMPBID) in November of 2008 after serving as Councilmember Muriel Bowser’s Communications Director. Prior to that she worked with Mayor Adrian M. Fenty in the Mayor’s Office of Community Relations and Services and was the Associate Director of Development at the Alliance for Justice in Dupont Circle.
Ms. Barden brought to the Adams Morgan Partnership many years of excellent service delivery and 14 years of non-profit management for a variety of international, domestic and local non-profits. She also has a broad understanding of DC Government and non-profit fundraising. She received a BA from Allegheny College in Meadville, PA in 1992 and an MPIA from the University of Pittsburgh in 1994. Ms. Barden is originally from Syracuse, NY and lives in the Brightwood neighborhood of Ward 4 in Washington, DC. Ms. Barden is fluent in Spanish and is a member of the Board of Directors of the DC Arts Center in Adams Morgan and the Friends of Petworth Library. When not at a community meeting, she enjoys swimming at the YMCA.
Brian Barrie is a veteran digital media and public relations specialist with decades of experience in politics, publishing, graphic design, event coordination, and all manner of social media management. Brian worked in the U.S. Senate for nine years where he served as the Webmaster and Art Director for the Democratic Leadership Committees. Additionally, Brian worked as a webmaster in the press office of both the 2000 DNC convention in Los Angeles and the 2004 DNC convention in Boston. Brian returned to his native South Carolina after his son was born in 2005, working as the communications director for an environmental nonprofit before leaving in 2009 to focus on his own consulting and design firm where he worked on dozens of political campaigns both in South Carolina and around the country. A former resident of Adams Morgan, Brian has recently moved back to the area with his now-11-year-old son who is excited about living in the nation’s capital.
Nathan Ackerman has worked in strategic communication and media for nearly 25 years. He began as a campaign organizer in California before joining ABC NEWS where he contributed to the coverage of the OJ Simpson trial, produced film reviews for the late Joel Siegel, and co-produced a weekly trend-spotting series for Good Morning America. He moved to Washington, DC in the late 90’s and spent most of the next decade working for the US Senate Democratic Leadership under Senator Tom Daschle and Senator Harry Reid. Since leaving the Hill, Ackerman has served as Creative Director of two public affairs firms, crafting award winning advocacy and advertising campaigns on behalf of clients ranging from Fortune 50 companies to national associations and local non-profits. His firm, Eighteenth Street Media, has produced media for a range of education, environmental and political clients, including the Democratic National Committee, Members of Congress and Presidential candidates. Ackerman lives on the edge of Adams Morgan and launched his firm there, so he sees working with the Adams Morgan Partnership BID to strengthen and promote the community as a way of working to improve his own community too.
Gregory is our liaison with MPD and coordinates AMPBID’s Reimbursable Detail Officer (RDO) program. Gregory joined the AMPBID as a consultant in September 2007. He brought with him over 12 years of experience as a member of the Washington DC Metropolitan Police Department (MPD). Gregory was assigned to the MPD Second District and worked with the business communities in Friendship Heights and Georgetown, as well as in specialized units including the Recruiting Branch and the Family Support Unit. He has received numerous awards and commendations, including MPD’s Meritorious Service Medal in 2003, the “Second District Officer of the Year” in 2007, and the Medal of Achievement in 2010. Gregory grew up in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, and lives with his wife and two children in Montgomery County, MD.