We are the Ward 7 Democrats
We, the Officers of the Ward 7 Democrats, are here to serve the Democratic residents of Ward 7. We pledge to organize, inform, and energize democrats across the Ward, and to partner with elected and community leaders to advance and advocate for policies that improve the lives of Ward 7 residents.
Wendell Felder, Delia Houseal, Tiffany L. Brown, Victor Horton, Eric Rogers, Declan Kingland and Dev Myers.
The purpose of the organization is to pursue and meet the following objectives:
Contribute to the growth and influence of the Democratic Party in Ward 7
Increase Democratic party membership and voting participation in Ward 7
Cooperate with the initiatives, programs, and functions of the D.C. Democratic State Committee
Increase citizen knowledge of, and participation in, the political processes of Ward 7, the District of Columbia, and the Nation
Establish and maintain communication with all segments of Ward 7
Collaborate with Democratic political organizations in other wards of the District of Columbia
Support Democratic Party nominees for public office
Establish and maintain harmony within the organization
Wendell Felder, Chair
Wendell Felder is a fourth-generation Washingtonian and proud Ward 7 resident. He was inspired by the challenges that his family members faced which taught him the value of hard work and education. Wendell is also an Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner (ANC) in Ward 7 and is serving his third non-consecutive term. Wendell also serves as the Chair for the Washington Literary Council’s Advisory board. He is a graduate of McKinley Technology High School and he received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from Bowie State University in Bowie, Maryland. Wendell also graduated from Georgetown University, where he obtained his Master’s Degree in Urban and Regional Planning. Wendell is a member of the National Forum for Black Public Administrators and Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc.
Wendell works within the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development, as a Community Development Manager. He previously served as the Traveling Chief of Staff to the City Administrator and served as Mayor Bowser’s Ward 7 Liaison where he advocated for 73,000+ residents addressing a wide variety of community issues and concerns while ensuring that residents had access to city services and programs. Wendell is passionate about influencing younger generations through public service by showing that you’re never too young to fulfill your civic duty. Mr. Felder believes that education plays a key role in success therefore he encourages people to pursue an education at all stages of life. His motto is, “It’s not how you start out in life, but rather the legacy you leave behind.”
Dr. Delia Houseal, 1st Vice-Chair
While Delia was born and raised in South Carolina, she has resided in the District of Columbia for well nearly 25 years and affectionately refers to herself as an Honorary Washingtonian. Delia is a proud resident of the great Marshall Heights neighborhood where she resides with her husband, three children, and chihuahua. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Howard University, Masters of Public Health degree from George Washington University, and her Ph.D. in Public Health from Walden University. Delia is currently pursuing an MS in Herbal Product Design and Manufacturing from the Maryland University of Integrative Health.
Delia is an experienced public health professional with over 20 years of experience working to improve the quality of health of disparate communities throughout the District and country. In addition to designing, implementing, and evaluating public health programming, Delia has nearly ten (10) years of experience establishing innovative public health policies. Delia is also the proud owner of a Certified Business Enterprise (CBE) that provides high-quality research services to both public and private entities. In her spare time, Delia enjoys hiking, gardening, bird watching, and studying herbs.
Tiffany L. Brown, 2nd Vice-Chair
Tiffany L. Brown is a 4th generation Washingtonian, where she is a proud graduate of H. D. Woodson Senior High School. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Development from Howard University and a Master’s Degree in Teaching from Trinity College. She was recently re-elected to her 4th term as the Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner for 7B02 which encompasses the neighborhoods of Hillcrest, Park Naylor, and Randle Highlands. In this work, Commissioner Brown works day in and day out to improve the lives of her constituents. She currently serves as the Chairman of ANC 7B. Mrs. Brown also serves on the following Boards, Skyland Task Force – Co-Chair, Pennsylvania Avenue East Main Street Advisory Board, and the William O. Lockridge Community Foundation. She is also a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated and the Order of the Eastern Star, PHA.
Tiffany is a 22-year Educator in the District of Columbia Public Schools. During her tenure in DCPS, she has worked in schools from NW to SE Washington, spending most of her time in schools East of the River working with students with special needs. In her spare time, she enjoys singing with her choir at the First Baptist Church of Glenarden, shopping, and spending time with family and friends. Her greatest joy is her family. She is married with two children.
Victor L. Horton, Treasurer
Originally from Virginia, Victor has resided in Ward 7 for almost a decade. Victor’s local service includes being elected as a 7E Commissioner in which he acted as Treasurer during his entire tenure. He also was the founding member and Chair of the Education Committee that also sits under the 7E Commission.
Victor is also a former DC educator and education policy advocate with several years of experience on Capitol Hill and in the nonprofit arena. He currently is the Program Director for Leaders of Color, DC—an education nonprofit charged with improving education outcomes for Black and Latino children by identifying, training and elevating Black and Latino community leaders to create civic and political change.
Eric Rogers, Sergeant at Arms
Eric Rogers is a DC Native currently residing in the Hillcrest neighborhood in Ward 7. He has dedicated his career to serving the residents of the District for the past two decades through government policy creation and programmatic reforms and implementation. His experience as a Council staffer, as an agency employee, and in agency executive leadership underscores his ability and know-how for creating impactful and long-lasting solutions to the varied challenges that District residents face every day.
Declan Kingland, Corresponding Secretary
Declan Kingland is a proud resident of Greenway in Ward 7. He currently serves as the Director of Legislative Affairs for Howard University.
Declan formerly served as the Deputy Director of Federal and Regional Affairs for the District of Columbia where he worked to advance DC Statehood, secure federal funding for DC priorities, and push back against congressional intrusion into local affairs.
Dev Myers, Recording Secretary
Dev Myers was born in Aiken, South Carolina, and raised primarily in Augusta, Georgia. He got his start working in politics after graduating from Howard University when he moved to Atlanta, GA, and interned at a political fundraising firm that raised funds for Georgia state campaigns. He then returned to Washington, DC to earn a Master's degree in Public Administration from George Mason University, while also working for a company that provided year-round child development camps.
Dev then taught at KIPP DC, where he earned the KIPP DC Teacher-to-Teacher of the Year award, became a mentor for the Black Male Mentorship program, and a recruiter for his school. After teaching, he became the Center Manager of the Benning Terrace and Benning Park Family Success Center, providing resources and services to families East of the River. He was then promoted to Chief of Staff of the same agency where he supported the day-to-day operations and Executive Director.
Currently, he is a National Director for a candidate recruitment organization called New Politics, Executive Director for the DC Young Democrats, Treasurer for Ward 7 ED Council, and board-member of EmpowerED. He remains passionate about serving his community.