My name is Henri Makembe and I’ve lived in DC since 2005. After graduating from the University of Maryland, I lived in several different neighborhoods in DC, but when my wife and I were looking to buy our first home in 2013, we immediately thought of Brookland. It seemed to have everything we were looking for: proximity to Metro for (relatively) easy commutes, playgrounds and green spaces, and a sense of community. As a native of Cameroon, this sense of neighborhood spirit was important to me in thinking about the place where I want to raise my children. My childhood is full of memories of neighbors and community members coming together to support each other through good times and bad. In Brookland, I found a similar spirit.
Professionally, I'm currently a partner at Beekeeper Group where I work with a wide array of nonprofits, trade associations, and corporations with their communications and advocacy strategies. Leveraging my technology background, I play an active role in all our web projects, however, my favorite part of my job is helping our clients create innovative campaigns to reach their goals. I’m also a consultant at Local Politechs Strategies. Prior to Beekeeper Group, I was a client services manager at Blue State Digital, and before that an account executive at DCI Group specializing in blogging, social networks, advocacy tools, web development, programming languages, and databases. Before my time at DCI, I was the director of web technologies at Be the Change, Inc. I also served as the director of operations at Cary Silverman for DC Council – Ward 2 in 2008.
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