Last semester, Vox ran a handful of interviews with members of Georgetown’s local government, the Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner. We’re breathing new life into “Better Know an ANC Commissioner” this Fall, and we’re expanding it to include other local politicos, too.
For this edition, Vox spoke with Jennifer Altemus (COL `88), the East Georgetown resident who succeeded Denise Cunningham as the President of the Citizens’ Association of Georgetown in May. CAG, along with the ANC, is going to try to exercise a strong hand in the formation of the University’s Ten Year Plan in the coming months, and can usually be found backing new noise and trash policies in Georgetown.
Below, Altemus tells us what CAG members want from University administrators and how her time at Georgetown as a student influences her understanding of town-gown issues.
As a private community group, what ability does CAG have to affect issues pertaining to the University and surrounding neighborhood?
I guess it really depends on what the issue is. We write letters, and we can protest liquor licenses. As far as Georgetown goes, and its upcoming Ten Year Plan, I think we do influence the Zoning Board. If we approve something, it makes it that much easier to pass. We will also be working very closely with the [Advisory Neighborhood Commission] on that, and they take our advice pretty seriously. We’ve already had a number of meetings on the [Ten Year Plan].