Doug Siglin is the Executive Director of the Anacostia Waterfront Trust, a nonprofit organization working to create a world-class waterfront on the Anacostia River in the Nation’s Capital.
Since 1978, Doug has focused on clean water and social progress internationally, nationally, and in the Washington DC region. He has worked for the US Peace Corps, USAID, the US House of Representatives, the Nature Conservancy, and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. He has also served on or chaired several national and regional nonprofit boards involved with environmental and social progress. His strong interest in the extraordinary economic, educational, recreational, and social justice value of public urban waterfronts motivates his work at the Anacostia Waterfront Trust.
Chris Karakul began working for the Trust in 2014 through his role at the Federal City Council. He has a master’s degree in Sustainable Urban Planning from George Washington University and studied Economics and Environmental Studies at Kenyon College. Chris also serves as one of the DC representatives for the Chesapeake Bay Citizens Advisory Committee.
Erin Garnaas-Holmes directs projects with the Anacostia Waterfront Trust. Erin is an urban designer, planner and project manager who has worked in government agencies, nonprofit organizations, academic institutions and private companies on efforts to enhance the public realm. He holds master’s degrees in both Urban and Regional Planning and Landscape Architecture from the University of Minnesota. Before his career in planning and design, Erin worked at Bread for the City in DC’s Shaw and Anacostia neighborhoods.
A recent graduate of American University, Arabelle’s research has focused on sustainable urban development, emerging technologies and the environment, and water policy. She grew up in Chautauqua, New York, and now calls Capitol Hill home.
Communications and Outreach Intern
A recent graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP), Malusi received his degree in Communications and Journalism. He has expertise in using a plethora of media platforms and particularly skilled in verbal communication. He started work with the Anacostia Waterfront Trust (AWT) in 2017, and is eager to increase the social awareness of AWT through a multitude of different media platforms. For the past ten years he has been active in the Ward 7 community through one of the leading religious institutions for social change for over 10 years: Zion Baptist Church of Eastland Gardens. His participation has come through his desire to volunteer in community activities including community health fairs as well as mentoring high school students. During this time he has serviced the community through the following ways: Community Health Fair, and Anacostia Park Day.
Ronald Thompson, Jr.
Ronald Thompson, Jr. is a lifelong member of the Ward 8 community, with a vested interest in seeing sustainable development and growth along the Anacostia River. He has worked with the Anacostia Watershed Society’s Saturday Environmental Academy as both a participant and student leader, taking part in river cleanups, tree planting, and connecting young people who live in the Anacostia Watershed to the River. As a former high school debater, he has also done extensive work with the DC Urban Debate League working to expand enthusiasm for competitive speech and debate throughout the District. Ronald is graduate of Paul Laurence Dunbar High School currently pursuing his BA in Political Science.
Director of Finance and Administration
Steve Russo has over 20 years of government and nonprofit financial management experience. In addition to having directed the financial operations of the Chesapeake Bay Trust and the Anacostia Waterfront Corporation, he has held positions with the Government of the District of Columbia, the City of Pittsburgh and the Federal Reserve Board of Governors. He holds a Bachelor’s (BA) degree and a Master’s of Public Administration (MPA) degree from the University of Pittsburgh.
Krista Schlyer is an award-winning photographer and writer focusing on conservation, biodiversity and public lands. She has worked throughout North America, from the arid lands of the American West to the urban rivers of Washington DC, and is drawn to the cause of underdogs, prairie dogs, and all things wild. Schlyer is a Senior Fellow in the International League of Conservation Photographers and winner of the Ansel Adams Award for Conservation Photography, National Outdoor Book Award, and Vision Award from the North American Nature Photographers Association.