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


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.”


2018 Executive Committee 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

Nichole Opkins, 3rd Vice President

Former ANC Commissioner (6B06); representing early 2000 residents of Hill East community;
Volunteer and Events Coordinator, Charles Allen for Ward 6 Campaign;
Alum of the UDC David A. Clarke School of Law;
Hill East resident, raising a native Washingtonian;
Currently, General Council for Ward 6 Councilmember, Charles Allen

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)

Anita Cafiero, Outreach + Historian

Resident, Ward 6;
Communications and social media strategy for Ward 6 Dems;
Volunteer member, DCDSC;
Lifelong Democrat + Activist;
Director of Revenue Operations, Event Farm

Ethan Van Ness, Parliamentarian

Advisory Board Member, Washington Urban Debate League;
Congressional policy staffer;
Capitol Hill resident

Jordan Dunbar, Recording Secretary

Management and Risk Consultant at KPMG working on DoD, DHS, and DOJ contracts;
Penn State University alumnus with a major in Security and Risk Analysis and a minor in Military Studies;
DC and Arlington Young Democrats member;
Fast Start Mentor for freshmen college students;
New resident of Southwest DC

Joel Sarfati, Corresponding 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