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Lavinia Wohlfarth, Vice Chair - Ward 5
Lavinia R.Wohlfarth, an entrepreneur and fifth generation Washingtonian, lives in the home she grew up in, located in the historic neighborhood of Brookland, Washington, DC. She was educated at St. Anthony's Roman Catholic School for twelve years where she distinguished herself as an honor student and an "All Metropolitan" athlete. She continued her studies at the Catholic University of America, and graduated from McGill University in Montreal, Canada, with a major in philosophy and business.
Wohlfarth enjoyed a successful 17-year career as a Washington, DC restaurateur. Following a one year sabbatical in 1987, she started a new career as a gallerist, and established Wohlfarth Galleries in the Washington, DC neighborhood of Brookland in which she lives. A second, seasonal gallery was established in the art colony of Provincetown, Massachusetts in 1991. Both galleries continue to thrive today. In 1999, Wohlfarth founded the Brookland Community Development Corporation (BCDC) to focus on history, the arts, and the revitalization of the commercial district of her Northeast, Washington, DC community. Two years later the BCDC was awarded the Main Street Grant from Mayor Anthony A. Williams. Wohlfarth also chaired the Historic Brookland Main Street program for the 5-year grant period.
Her achievements include the following:
- Established the first fine art gallery in Ward 5, Washington, DC
- Ward 5 Democrats: Outstanding Business Award in Ward 5 (2004)
- ANC Award from Mary Currie: Outstanding Community Volunteer (2005)
- Regent, Manor House Chapter, Washington, DC, National Daughters of the American Revolution 2004 to 2008. WDC Revolutionary ancestry, Richard Fenwick, Born 1812
- Appointed by Mayor Anthony A. Williams in 2004 to sit on the Task Force of the Comprehensive Plan for Washington, DC: "Growing an Inclusive City—Comprehensive Plan for Washington, DC.
- Appointed by Mayor Anthony A. Williams as a Commissioner to the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (2006)
- Appointed by Mayor Adrian Fenty in as a Commissioner to the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (2008–2011)
- Board member at-large for the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, District of Columbia (since 2009)
- Vice Chair, DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (elected 2011)
- Public Art Chair: DCCAH (2011)