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Following MLK Day, Bowser Announces New Director of ServeDC

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

(Washington, DC) – Yesterday, Mayor Muriel Bowser commemorated Martin Luther King, Jr. day by participating in the National Day of Service by volunteering at Miriam's Kitchen, a District non-profit and attending remembrance events throughout the city. Today, Mayor Bowser announced the appointment of Kristal Knight as Executive Director of Serve DC - The Mayor’s Office on Volunteerism. Knight will spearhead the Bowser Administration’s efforts to promote volunteerism and organizational partnerships for community benefit.

“Yesterday, we celebrated the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. – a tireless fighter and an instrumental leader during the Civil Rights Movements. Every year we continue to honor his legacy by recommitting ourselves to his vision and by volunteering in our communities to help make his dream, a reality,” said Mayor Bowser. “I am thrilled to have Kristal join my Administration where she will work every day to expand the District’s culture of volunteerism. Kristal’s track record of developing innovative and sustainable solutions to address social challenges will be an asset for residents in all 8 wards.”

Knight recently served as a Policy Coordinator for Mayor Muriel Bowser’s Transition Team.  Previously, Knight served as a Regional Field Director in Philadelphia with Organizing for America/Obama for America, where she was responsible for recruiting, managing, and training volunteers. Prior to joining the Obama campaign, Knight held several positions in District government, on campaigns and as a TV/Radio producer.

Knight holds a Master’s of Science in International Public Policy from University College London, United Kingdom and a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Howard University.  While studying at Howard University, Knight was a Jump Start volunteer under the AmeriCorps program and tutored DCPS students.