About Us

Ward 6 Democrats

Our Mission

Foster and encourage political activity among Ward 6 residents;
Work to constructively improve the quality of life of the District of Columbia residents and improve the communities in which they live;
Contribute to the growth and influence of the Democratic Party, to develop leadership, to increase Party responsibility.

Our Purpose

Promote Democratic Party Principles
Advocate & Work with our Elected Officials
Outreach, Educate and Enroll Democratic Voters
Promote Membership Interaction w/DC Government and Officials Identify Membership Neighborhood Issues
Elect/Support Reps to DCSDC DC National Conventions
Organize and Maximize Ward 6 Dems Potential

Ward 6 Dems Constitution and By-Laws


Identify/vet current and potential candidates for elected and appointed city positions
To elect and support Democratic candidates for local and national office
Determine those issues impacting Ware 6 residents and those individuals who are willing to act as spokespersons.
Identify local and regional organizations that can assist in achieving the Wards and Cities objectives.
Actively participate initiatives such as “Hands Off DC” and “Be Loud DC.”


2019-2021 Officers

Chuck Burger, President

Ward 6 Community Activist for over 25 Years;
Board Member (Eastern Market, Barracks Row Main Street, CHRS, DC Association of Realtors, Celebrate Capitol Hill);
Ward 6 Coordinator and Staff for several successful Ward and Mayoral Campaigns;
Former Chair, District of Columbia ABC Board;
Realtor, Coldwell Banker, married to Nancy Broers and live with our dog Greta

Dorinda White, 1st Vice President

At-Large Committeewoman, DC Democratic Party
First Vice President, DC Federation of Democratic Women
Currently, Public Affairs Officer, D.C. Department of Health Care Finance (District's State Medicaid Agency);
Resident of the Southwest Waterfront;
Member, SW Waterfront Park Design Charrette Group and former President, The View at Waterfront Tenants Association;
Former Communications Director/Senior Legislative Aide for U.S. Congresswoman

Elizabeth Weaver Engel, 2nd Vice President

20-year resident of Near Northeast, Ward 6;
Co-Editor, Ward 6 Dems Newsletter;
Volunteer coordinator, Ward 6 Democrats;
Board member and tutor at Reading Partners, an early literacy intervention nonprofit;
Founded consulting firm in 2012 advising nonprofit membership associations;
Professional work in non-profits since 1997

Joel Sarfati, Secretary

Former Executive Director 40Plus of Greater Washington;
Member of the Capitol Hill Village;
Former editor of the Beat 26 Newsletter;
Marketing Executive with MCT Credit Union and Commercial Credit Company;
Economist with the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve and the ILGWU

Marci Hilt, Treasurer 

Resident of Ward 6 since 1982
Co-Editor, Ward 6 Dems Newsletter;
Former Press Secretary for Agriculture, Office of the Trade Representative
Former Press Secretary for the Deputy Secretary of Agriculture;
Former President, National Association of Government Communicators
Long-time community activist;
Editor, EMMCA MATTERS, Newsletter of the Eastern Market Metro Community Assoc (EMMCA)

Ethan Van Ness, Parliamentarian

Hill East Resident
Recording Secretay - DC Young Democrats  
President -  Washington Urban Debate League Advisory Board
Congressional Policy Staffer

Andria Thomas, Outreach Director

Resident of Hill East since 2010;
DC Democratic Party: Ward 6 Committeewoman (elected), co-chair of Statehood Committee;
Lead, Indivisible Capitol Hill;
Advocate for technology and equity in DCPS;                      Wife, mother of two, compulsive chocolate eater, enthusiastic problem-solver, always behind on her reading list 

Matt LaFortune, GOTV Lead

Hill East resident;
Strategic communications and management consultant advising federal government clients;
Managed local and Congressional campaigns in New York, Maryland, and Indiana;
Avid runner and cyclist, plays soccer on the Mall most weekends