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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 Catholic School for twelve years where she distinguished herself as an honor student and an "All Metropolitan" athlete. Professionally, 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, the first fine arts gallery in Ward 5, in the Brookland neighborhood 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 receiving the Outstanding Business Award in Ward 5 in 2004, as well as the ANC Award from Mary Currie for Outstanding Community Volunteer 2005. She has also served as the District of Columbia Board member at-large for the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, since 2009.