John George, President
Debbie Baker, At Large Member
Sadie Cornelius, Communications
Zach Cohen, Treasurer
The property and affairs of the Foggy Bottom Association (FBA) are managed by a volunteer Board of Directors elected by the members.
Terms of office are staggered. Terms of office are for three (3) years, with approximately one-third (⅓) of the directors elected annually. Terms will begin at the close of the annual election meeting. The FBA By Laws provide additional details on FBA Board of Director duties.
Current Board Members
President: John George
John has been a Foggy Bottom home-owner on 26th Street NW for nearly 25 years, along with his husband, Peter Maye. Together with their son, Isaac, and dog, Titan, the family enjoys proximity to restaurants, culture, the arts, and lots of green space. “By day”, John is a healthcare IT executive and “by night” leads the Foggy Bottom Association as President. Together with the entire FBA Board, John is working to improve the FBA infrastructure and tackle community priorities to make sure our part of DC remains a great place to live, work, and play.
At Large Member: Debbie Baker
Debbie Baker most recently moved to Foggy Bottom from her home in Brooklyn, New York. Having spent brief sojourns during her college and law school years south of Dupont Circle at the Cornell in Washington Residences and the Carriage House on New Hampshire Ave, respectively, she finally settled in at the Bader Condominium on K Street when she returned to DC. She first joined the George Washington University community as an undergraduate pre-law advisor, but now advises public interest law students at GW Law. Debbie is excited to join the Foggy Bottom Association Board to continue fostering positive relationships among the Foggy Bottom community, GW University, and the DC community at large.
Communications: Sadie Cornelius
Sadie has been a resident of DC since 2013. She has past-board experience, including serving on the board of The University of Texas at Austin alumni group in DC for 5 years (and past-president), a volunteer with the Junior League of Washington (2021-2022 Co-Chair of the Women's Leadership Breakfast), was past-president of her former Home Owner's Association and has a Non-Profit Board Certification from Boardsource. She and her husband purchased an 1880’s row home in Historic Foggy Bottom, and she is a small business owner helping clients with graphic and web design as well as other marketing needs since 2012. She loves everything about the Foggy Bottom community and is assisting with FBA's communications and preferred merchant program.
Treasurer: Zach Cohen
Zach Cohen is an attorney with the law firm Jenner & Block LLP who has lived in Foggy Bottom since 2017. He initially rented a home on Snows Court and now is a homeowner on 26th and I Streets NW. Zach is an active FBA Board contributing to the Association’s efforts to improve and beautify the neighborhood and to facilitate efforts to bring the community together. The neighborhood has a tremendous amount of opportunity right now and he is eager to be active member.
At Large Member: Will Crane
Will has shared that his home in Snows Court was also also his college rental, and through DC Tenant Rights programs, I purchased this home in February 2000 while completing his American Studies and Geography undergraduate degrees at GWU Columbian School. Will wrote numerous papers and a thesis covering the historic alley dwelling communities of DC, focusing on urban planning, using Snows Court and Foggy Bottom as many case in points. Will is also a real estate agent. Will is easily recognized when he is with his faithful companion - Kai - a large, friendly German Sheppard.
At Large Member: Amy Lewis
Amy Lewis is an associate professor of humanities for George Mason University. Her focus on cultural studies and international education includes living abroad for eight years and travel to more than 30 countries.
Amy’s active leadership in education professional associations includes serving on national and local board of directors which is a reason for her initial interest in the FBA board. She has lived in DC since 2015 and in an inter alley rowhome of Foggy Bottom for the past four years. She appreciates the sense of community among neighbors and community engagement that she also embraces as an educator. She is specifically interested in FBA continuing to lead and build on public humanities projects.
At Large Member: Maria Velleca
Maria has lived in Washington DC for almost twenty years. She and her husband lived in Ward 4 where she raised her children and participated in the local community. In 2018, they moved to the West End. Maria is a scientist and was on the faculty and then was a senior administrator at Georgetown University, where she is an emeritus professor. While at Georgetown University, she represented the university on a committee with neighbors, supported the university’s campus plan with the city, and directed a pre-college program for DC public high school students and a residential research program for local community college students. She was also a trustee and, eventually, board chair of an independent school in DC and a board member of the Protestant Episcopal Cathedral Foundation. Maria is interested in joining the Foggy Bottom Association and to become part of the Aston’s Community Advisory Team (CAT) in order to contribute to the neighborhood. Maria hopes to help Foggy Bottom and the West End remain vibrant parts of DC.
History Committee Co-Chairs: Denise Vogt & Frank Leon
Denise Vogt is the Co-Founder and Co-Chair the Association's History Project (including the area's historic preservation) which was established in January 2021. She is a member of the FBWE Village, Friends of the West End Library and one of two Foggy Bottom representatives (with Frank Leone) on DC History Center's DC Community Task Force. Denise has been deeply committed to the neighborhood over the years, including involvement in historic preservation issues, FBA Green Spaces and tree box landscaping, contributor to the D.C. Office of Planning, D.C. Department of Public Works initiatives and GWU student/faculty projects. Other Board activities include park clean-ups, GWU Hospital Helipad discussions, and FBA special events. She is a regular contributor to the FBNews and updates the association's website History Project section. Denise first lived on I Street NW over 35 years ago, renting the rowhouse for a few years. Her parents, FB community activists Bob and Norrene Vogt lived in the rowhouse for 32 years. In September 2020, Denise moved back into the family rowhouse to join the FB Historic District community once again.
Garden/Art/FBA News Committee Chair: Peter Maye
Peter Maye grew up in Washington DC. He has lived in the Foggy Bottom Historic District for over 25 years. As part of the FBA Board, he co-chairs the Foggy Bottom Garden Committee. Peter is also the co-chair of Arts in Foggy Bottom, a biennial outdoor sculpture exhibit showing curated works throughout Foggy Bottom. Peter spent more than 30 years in advertising production and operations. He worked at Discovery Communications where he supported the Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, and TLC Networks. Prior to that, he worked at AOL in advertising production. Peter also worked in retail advertising for Woodward & Lothrop/John Wanamaker's department stores and has many fond memories of these iconic department store brands.
GWU Spring 2024 Interns
Daniel Sandoval, Advocacy
Addison Malady, Membership Director