Anita Bonds has spent her entire adult life as a grassroots organizer, activist, and trusted political ally for campaigns and causes across the spectrum of the civil rights, social justice, worker’s, LGBT, and women’s equality movements.
Since December 2012, Anita Bonds has served as an At-Large Member of the Council of the District of Columbia and she is the current Chairperson of the Committee on Housing and Community Development. The Committee has oversight over the DC Department of Housing and Community Development, the District of Columbia Housing Authority, Housing Finance Agency, Housing Production Trust Fund, and the Rental Housing Commission.
Along with Advisory Neighborhood Commissions, she also has oversight over the diverse constituent commissions, including the Advisory Commission on Caribbean Community Affairs, Advisory Committee to the Office of LGBTQ Affairs, Commission for Women, Commission on African Affairs, Commission on African American Affairs, Commission on Aging, Commission on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs, Commission on Latino Community Development, Interfaith Council, Office of Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs, Office of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Affairs, Office of Latino Affairs, Office of Veteran Affairs, Office on African Affairs, and Office on Aging.
Anita attended college at the University of California at Berkeley where she was active in the Free Speech movement. Upon returning home to the District of Columbia, she became a politically active leader in the District’s struggle for civil rights and equal justice with the Young Democrats of America, as Chair of the D.C. Women’s Political Caucus, Vice-Chair of the National Women’s Political Caucus, and as a Statehood Compact Commissioner.
Anita served several terms as President of the Perry School Community Services Center, as an officer of the D.C. Federation of Civic Associations, and a four-term Chair of Advisory Neighborhood Commission 5C. While employed at Georgetown University, she was instrumental in the creation of the Center for Social Justice, Research, Teaching and Service through her community work. Additionally, she served as Director of Development for Africare, the largest American not for profit organization assisting twenty-eight countries on the continent of Africa. Most recently, she held the position of Director of Corporate Relations for Fort Myer Construction, Inc., one of the largest commercial enterprises and union-based employers located in the District.
Anita served as a cabinet member in the administrations of Mayors Anthony Williams, Sharon Pratt and Marion Barry and retains in-depth legislative experience from working at the D.C. Council.
Anita has worked on numerous national campaigns to elect Democrats at the national, state and municipal levels. Including; Sen. Carol Mosley Braun, Sen. Edward Kennedy, and Sen. Paul Sarbanes, and served as National Field Director for the Jesse Jackson for President Campaign.
Anita is the current Chairman of the DC Democratic Party and serves on the Executive Board of the Democratic National Committee. Anita is a former Chairperson of the Ward 5 Democrats.
Anita is a resident of Ward 5, an active member of Foundry United Methodist Church, a mother to three, and a grandmother.