Audrey Nwanze

I am currently a Principal at GOAL, LLC, a real estate services firm. I was one of the
founders of GOAL, which was started in 1999 as a real estate firm focusing on
comprehensive real estate services including residential property development. GOAL has been active in the local residential and commercial real estate community for over 28 years.

I am a native of the area, having grown up in Alexandria, VA, and Washington DC has long held a special magic for me. My passion for the District prompted my husband and I to move to the 16th Street Heights community in 1997. Prior to that, in the late 1980s we lived in the Mount Vernon Square neighborhood. Since our arrival in the District, my family has been active in quality of life issues. In this 16th Street Heights community I started working with neighborhood moms to launch the first chapter (outside of Prince Georges County) of Mocha Moms, a support group for mothers of color. I also worked on writing a public art grant that culminated in a sculpture dedication at the Mary Church Terrell Park at 13th Street, Arkansas Avenue and Emerson Streets.

Eighteen years ago, I opened up the Mocha Hut Coffeehouse in the 16th Streets Heights
neighborhood because it lacked viable casual dining options. Mocha Hut was located in what is now Node 2 of the Strategic Area Plan drafted by The District of Columbia Office of Planning. After ten years of running the business, we brought in a renowned local chef to take over after a brief incubation period. Mocha Hut then transitioned into the Highlands Restaurant.

Along with the restaurant holding, my company currently owns four commercial properties along 14th Street in Node 2. We have been developing real estate in the District since 1988 with past projects in several neighborhoods in the District. We have sound knowledge of the local residential market, single-family and multi-family, as well as experience in small commercial projects. We are dedicated to working in local communities through thoughtful and conscientious development. Our projects have taken us all through the District, including 16th Street Heights, Petworth, Columbia Heights, Logan Circle/U Street, Shaw, Mount Vernon Square and Deanwood. We are currently active in the DC market with multi-family projects underway.

As part of my real estate practice, I have always had a deep interest in my immediate
community’s economic potential. I was one of the founding organizers of the 14th Street Heights Main Street Program (inactive) and served as its first Chair. I have also acted as an Advisory Member of the 14th Street Revitalization Strategic Area Plan since its launch in 2010.

I have been involved in several art and culture events along the upper 14th Street corridor. In 2003, I was one of the organizers for the upper 14th Street Cherry Blossom festival. The festival was the first such event in the community and was done in partnership with the National Cherry Blossom Festival and our 14th Street Main Street program. The festival included an assortment of musicians, dancers, face painters, Buffalo Soldiers, moon bounce, as well as classic car events.

Additionally, I co-organized the award winning Central 14th Street ArtPlace project. The
events provided a series of temporary, catalytic, art and cultural based activities that celebrated each of the three commercial nodes along 14th Street, from Spring Road to Longfellow Street NW in Ward 4.

More recently, I have been working on economic development issues along the 14th Street corridor for fifteen years. I became the Chair of Community Alliance for Upper Fourteenth Street (“CAUFS”) in May 2014. CAUFS is a community led group of residents and business owners who are collectively focused on building a stronger 14th Street business community.