About DCAP

Anchor Members currently involved include Georgetown University, University of the District of Columbia, Children’s National Health System, Kaiser Permanente Mid-Atlantic, Sibley Memorial Hospital (Johns Hopkins Medicine), and BridgePoint Healthcare, with more institutions to join in the future. The effort is a high-impact initiative in Mayor Bowser’s DC Economic Strategy to ensure growth benefits all Washingtonians.



Connect institutions to advance a common agenda on equitable economic development, support institutional alignment, and facilitate cross-institution peer learning on best practices.


Support anchor members in creation of action plans that expand improve local supplier diversity, as well as coordinate supportive execution infrastructure with partners for MBE identification, screening, and matching.


Collect and promote aggregate results to recognize anchor member successes and to inform continuous improvement that strengthens the small business development ecosystem.

Increased procurement with DC-based minority-owned businesses, through DCAP, will create jobs, boost incomes, and generate wealth for residents of color, supporting institutional corporate objectives and advancing inclusive prosperity in the District of Columbia


Across the country, anchor institutions are beginning to understand and leverage the power of their economic assets to address social, racial and economic disparities and revitalize local communities. Because of their commitment to place and their economic power, anchor institutions are uniquely positioned to stabilize local economies and begin to reverse the devastating effects of urban disinvestment.

That’s why, in 2017 CNHED launched the DC Community Anchor Partnership (DCAP) to develop, implement, and support shared goals and initiatives that advance equitable and inclusive economic development strategies. DCAP helps these anchor institutions to see themselves as threads of the social fabric of DC and begin to view their role as a part of the solution in bolder and broader ways.

Health systems and universities together have expenditures of more than $1 trillion annually, have at least $750 billion in investment assets, and employ more than 9 million people. These community institutions are often the largest employers and purchasers in many under-resourced communities where they are situated. They are also potential investors in these communities where their patients and students live, supporting with affordable housing, promoting home ownership, creating employee-owned businesses and more.

Community Advisory Board

Established in 2017, DCAP’s Community Advisory Board is a group of respected business, government, and community leaders who provide high-level advisory support on the design and implementation of DCAP. The Board helps ensure community representation in the collaborative, while connecting DCAP’s cross-sector members to resources and networks to help achieve our mission towards inclusive economic development.

Adam Kent

Deputy Director, LISC DC
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Affan Sheikh

Senior Associate, Alvarez & Marsal
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Andrew Flagel

President and CEO, Consortium of the Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area
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Angela Franco

President & CEO, DC Chamber of Commerce
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John McGinley

Managing Director of Global Real Estate, JPMorgan Chase
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Justin Palmer

Vice President Public Policy & External Affairs, District of Columbia Hospital Association
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Hon. Marie C. Johns

CEO, PPC-Leftwich, and Former Deputy Administrator, U.S. Small Business Administration
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Kristi Whitfield

Director, DC Department of Small and Local Business Development (DSLBD)
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Marissa Flowers

Chief of Staff, Office of Council Member Kenyan McDuffie (Ward 5)
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Melissa Bradley

Managing Partner, 1863 Ventures
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Milton Goodman

Program Director, DC Procurement Technical Assistance Center, DC Department of Small and Local Business Development (DSLBD)
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Monica Mitchell

Vice President of Community Relations and Corporate Responsibility, Wells Fargo
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Ramon Jacobson

Executive Director, LISC DC
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Sharon Pinder

President/CEO, Capital Region Minority Supplier Development Council
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Sybongile Cook

Director of Business Development & Strategy, Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED)
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