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Notice: The DC Mayor's Office of Veterans Affairs will be closed this Friday, Oct 19th from 12pm - 5pm for training. We will open again at 9:00am, Monday Oct 22nd. 

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Staff Directory

Ely S. Ross, Director,  [email protected]


Carole McDowney,  Community Outreach & Relations Specialist,  [email protected]
Carole D. McDowney is a native Washingtonian and lifelong Ward Seven resident.  Ms. McDowney is a proud “Green Wave” alumna of Spingarn High School. Upon completion of academic studies, Ms. McDowney honorably served her city and country by enlisting in the US Army National Guard; serving as a soldier in the D.C. National Guard located at the D.C. Armory.  As a mother to five beautiful children, as well as five precious grandchildren, Carole considers family as her greatest treasure. 

Ms. McDowney continues to serve by diligently working to increase awareness of services to veterans as well as their spouses, caregivers, and dependents. Ms. McDowney is a devoted supporter of the returning citizen’s population in D.C.  When she’s not advocating on behalf of the Districts’ veteran community, you can find Carole enjoying a good book, bowling, or catching the latest episode of NCIS from her home in the Greenwood neighborhood of southeast D.C.

Elliot Tommingo,  Community Outreach & Public Information Officer,  [email protected]
   In 2006 Elliot enlisted in the USMC Reserves while attending Iowa State University and was assigned to Echo Co, 2nd Bn, 24th Marines as an 0311 Rifleman. Upon graduating ISU in 2009 with a BA in Political Science, LCpl Tommingo was commissioned as a 2ndLt and began active duty service.
After graduating The Basic School and Communications Officer Course in Quantico, Virginia, 2ndLt Tommingo was stationed throughout US Pacific Command from 2010 – 2013 serving in Japan, Republic of Korea and The Philippines. He supported multiple humanitarian missions and assisted the ROK and Filipino militaries with defensive operations. From 2013 – 2016 Capt. Tommingo was stationed in the National Capital Region with Marine Corps Combat Development Command as a Requirements Officer overseeing the USMC software programs.
Capt Tommingo left active duty service in July 2016 and returned to the USMC Reserves as the Communications Officer for Marine Wing Support Squadron 472 out of Ft Dix, NJ.  In May 2017, Capt. Tommingo took his current Outreach position with the Mayor’s Office of Veterans Affairs focused on events, programs and partnerships for the 29,000+ Veterans living in the District of Columbia.  Elliot is a loyal D.C. United soccer fan and an uncle to an amazing niece.  Vamos United!!!   Semper Fi.
Sharod Wade,  Community Outreach & Relations Specialist,  [email protected] 

A native Washingtonian and proud alumnus of the 2003 graduating class of HD Woodson high school. Four days after high school graduation, Sharod enlisted in the US Marine Corps to serve active duty. Upon completing recruit training aboard Parris Island, SC. LCpl Wade was stationed on Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, NC serving as 3381 Food Service Specialist. From 2005-2006, Sharod deployed with 2nd Marine Logistics Group conducting counterinsurgency operations with the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable).

Upon being honorably discharged from active duty in 2007, Cpl. Wade returned home to Washington, DC and became very active in the veteran community. Sharod has most recently served as a Program Specialist at the Board of Veterans Appeals with the Department of Veterans Affairs. Sharod is also an alumnus of the Dog Tag Fellowship program.

Sharod remains a proud native of Washington, DC. Sharod and his wife Brittany, have five children (4 girls and 1 boy) and reside in the Congress Heights neighborhood. The Wade family are loyal supporters of all the Washington sports teams. #HTTR  Semper Fi.