Robert H. Mandle resides in the Petworth neighborhood of Ward 4 with his wife and two young sons.
Rob serves as Chief Operating Officer for the Crystal City Business Improvement District, where he has worked together with the President/CEO to build an organization from the ground up, craft a cohesive vision, and create innovative programming and marketing strategies that have made Crystal City a model for downtown urban management.
Outside of Crystal City, Rob has repeatedly demonstrated a knack for quickly learning what makes neighborhoods tick and developing a vision for civic action that embraces creativity, efficiency, and partnership building in order to proactively make change, not just advocate for it. In his two years in Norfolk, Virginia, Rob founded a Civic Association, regularly tutored homeless children, and led the reengagement of a key downtown professional group’s membership. After moving to the Petworth neighborhood of the District of Columbia, Rob launched and led the creation of the Petworth Farmers Market, led numerous community enhancement efforts, helped organize and launch the Celebrate Petworth community celebration, launched the Grant Circle Social series, and was elected to the Advisory Neighborhood Commission. As an engaged citizen and ANC Commissioner, Rob laid the groundwork for a new community partnership with an adjacent federally-owned property, moved forward a long languishing traffic calming project, and earned nominations from the Ward 4 Council Member, Muriel Bowser, to several public charges. Rob has been serving as the chair of the Membership and Hospitality Committee of the Ward 4 Democrats since the fall of 2013.
Rob earned a graduate degree in Urban and Regional Planning at Virginia Tech’s regional campus in Old Town Alexandria. Specializing in Physical Planning and Community Design, Rob focused on how the relationship between the built environment and public space defined the public realm and an area’s sense of place and identity. Rob is also a graduate of Bowdoin College of Brunswick, Maine having earned a degree in Economics and Environmental Studies.