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The Office of the Secretary Presents: DC Statehood Now with Former Mayor Sharon Pratt Kelley, Shadow Senator Paul Strauss, Charles J. Moreland, DC Vote’s Bo Shuff & Jamal Holtz of 51 for 51

Next Date: 
Wednesday, April 14, 2021 -
6:30pm to 7:30pm


Shadow Senator Paul Strauss, Former Shadow US Representative Charles J. Moreland, DC Vote’s Bo Shuff & Jamal Holtz of 51 for 51


About this Event


Join past and present leaders from the Washington, DC community for a rich discussion on DC Statehood, why it is necessary, how it is relevant, and how both individuals and organizations are working to level the playing field for DC’s 712,000 residents.


Former Mayor Sharon Pratt is an American attorney and politician and served as the third Mayor of the District of Columbia from 1991 to 1995, the first African American woman in that position. Pratt attended D.C. Public Schools Gage ES, Rudolph ES, MacFarland Junior High School, and Roosevelt HS (1961, with honors). At Howard University she joined the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority (1964) and earned a B.A. in political science (1965). She received a J.D. degree from the Howard University School of Law in 1968. She was a member of the Democratic National Committee from the District of Columbia (1977–1990), the first woman to hold that position. She was DNC Treasurer from 1985 to 1989. Currently, Pratt’s consulting firm, established in 2002, does management consulting and works with federal, state, and local agencies and non-profit groups.


Shadow Senator Paul Strauss was born in Brooklyn, New York. He obtained an undergraduate degree from the American University School of Public Affairs in May 1986 and a J.D. from the American University Washington College of Law in May 1993. He served as ANC commissioner from 1986 to 1996. Strauss' professional experience includes working as an attorney in private practice. He is a member of the District of Columbia Bar and the U.S. Supreme Court Bar. He is an honorary member of the Bar Association of the District of Columbia's Global Committee for the Rule of Law and a presidency member of the Unrepresented Nations and People's Organization.


Charles J. Moreland is a skilled and experienced Government Affairs Counselor who has worked on Capitol Hill as a political professional since 1978. He served as the Chief National Lobbyist for The D.C. Voting Rights Amendment and traveled to 15 states to testify on the amendment. He served as DC’s Shadow Representative from 1990-1994. From 1991 to 1994, Rep. Moreland taught Business Law at Southeastern University. He is currently President of the Governmental Affairs Division at the Pena Law Firm.


Bo Shuff serves as the Executive Director for DC Vote, having been promoted from Director of Advocacy in June of 2017. Bo has spent the last twenty years on the front lines of both electoral and advocacy politics. From being a member of the Gore election team in Florida in 2000; to being on the staff of HRC; from the Lawrence decision through the 2006 Marriage Amendments, Bo somehow finds himself engaged in some of the hottest political moments. In addition to organizational advocacy work, his electoral efforts led to a progressive majority in the Washington State Senate and, as a Campaign Manager, the election of Mayor Muriel Bowser. He joined DC Vote in 2016 with an eye to achieving full equality of the 51st State, Washington, DC.


Jamal Holtz is a champion for D.C. Statehood, a seasoned community engagement strategist and community advisor who currently serves as a local engagement expert. He is a Lead Organizer with the 51 for 51 statehood campaign, focused on making DC the 51st state with 51 votes in the senate. Jamal has extensive local government, public affairs, and community relations experience, drawn from roles at numerous state-wide and local government agencies. Jamal currently serves on many organizational and corporate boards, advising executives and officials on issues related to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.


Register for the event at dcstatehoodnow.eventbrite.com.


For reasonable accommodations or additional information please contact (202) 727-6306 or email [email protected].