I am a self-motivated, goal-focused, and innovative Governance Specialist with a demonstrated track record of success as a community representative and leader within the political system. In-depth experience navigating within corporate, private, and governmental organizations; capable of driving positive change and outcomes in any sector of business.
Dedicated operations expert focused on driving efficiency and productivity through the consistent evaluation of current systems and the implementation of new processes and technologies. Superior analytical skills, able to examine data and delineate the best course of action based on presented facts. Strong leader with the ability to build alliances with key stakeholders in order to facilitate impactful change within the governmental system.
American Physical Therapy Association, Alexandria, VA
Senior National Governance Specialist, 06/2017 – Present
Provide comprehensive support during the deliberative process for APTA’s 412-member House of Delegates. Manage the online communities for the House of Delegates, committees of the House. Coordinate monthly meetings, including travel accommodations, for committees, candidates, and House Officers. Assist with the development and implementation of budgets for the committees of the house.
- Developed online tools and procedures to convert APTA’s House of Delegates to a fully interactive, fully functional online meeting during the COVID-19 Public Health emergency.
- Implemented the use of new and emerging technology to streamline processes resulting in a reduction of redundant procedures and assisting delegates as they manage extreme workloads.
- Introduced webinar-based meetings, interactive huddles, and discussions to facilitate communication and improve the policy creation process.
- Wrote procedural manuals for candidates and committees to ensure all policies and processes are consistently executed throughout the organization.
Government of the District of Columbia, Washington, DC
Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner 7D, 01/2015 – 01/2019
Elected twice to represent the two thousand residents of the Paradise and Parkside Communities in Washington DC’s Ward 7; served as Treasurer, 2015-2016 & 2018, and Secretary in 2017. Built coalitions with fellow commissioners, DC agencies, neighborhood organizations, and advocacy groups to advance and support community interests. Advocated for reform on issues such as environmental awareness,
- Partnered with the DC Auditor to develop and implement a strategic plan of action to bring the Commission’s finances back into compliance with DC law.
- Created and launched a multifaceted communications campaign utilizing social media, community meetings, listservs, blogs, newspapers, and radio to boost community awareness and involvement.
- Formed and chaired the Commission’s Standing Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.
- Collaborated with the DC Mayor’s Office to resolve over 350 constituent service requests.
- Testified before the DC Council, WMATA Board, and Zoning Commission on topic related to development, district budget, and improved lighting and disability access at Ward 7 stations.
American Sociological Association, Washington, DC
Program Manager, Social Media Support, Digital Editorial Group Member, 08/2010 – 06/2017
Led a team of over 200 faculty volunteers from higher education institutions located across the country. Primary advisor on parliamentary procedure, policies governing operations, communications, and finances ensuring full compliance with policies and regulations.
- Organized and directed elections for ASA’s 52 Special Interest sections.
- Designed a computerized system to facilitate nominations and appointments to national office positions resulting in a 50% reduction in the amount of time spent on in-person meetings.
- Conducted training for newly elected association officers; successfully trained over 100 new officials.
American University, Washington, DC
Advanced Statistical Network Consultant and Trainer, 09/2008 – 08/2010
Performed range of training and consulting services. Developed and maintained the promotional print materials and the department’s webpage.
- Tutored graduate students on how to navigate statistical software and research design.
- As a graduate assistant, instructed courses on Conduct of Internal Affairs.
- Facilitated panel discussions and training sessions at the Ann Farren Teaching Conference.
Education and Credentials
Master of Arts, International Peace and Conflict Resolution
American University – Washington, DC
Bachelor of Arts, Political Science, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Painting
Eastern Michigan University – Ypsilanti, MI
Graduate, Police-Community Relations
Metropolitan Police Department Community Engagement Academy – Washington, DC
Community Leadership and Memberships
Street Justice, Washington DC
- Developed project plans for launching a start up non profit organization.
- Led board orientation and strategic planning discussions.
Friends of Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens, Washington DC
- Led succession planning and recruitment efforts as the chair of the Governance and Recruitment Committee
- Led advocacy and development efforts to raise funds for infrastructure projects at Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens.
Citizen Advisory Committee: Parkside Access and Circulation Study, Washington, DC
Member, 2019 – 2020
- Advocated for the creation and funding of the Access and Circulation study.
- Analyzed reports and advised the DC Department of Transportation in regard to transportation and access issues affecting the Parkside neighborhood.
Resilience Hub Community Committee, Washington, DC
Member, 2019– 2020
- Developed a plan for a pilot project for a Resilience Hub in collaboration with the DC Department of Environment and Energy and Georgetown Climate Center.
Anacostia Watershed Steward, Washington, DC
Steward, 2019 – Present
- Appointed to serve as an alternate representative for the District of Columbia.
- Advocated for transportation equity and climate change issues.
Transportation Planning Board: Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, Washington, DC
Citizens Advisory Committee Member, 01/2018 – 12/2018
- Advised the DC Department of Energy and Environment on the implementation of the Climate Ready DC and Clean Energy DC plans at the neighborhood scale in Ward 7.
- Lini, J. (2018, June 3). The long road to pedestrian safety east of the Anacostia. Greater Greater Washington. https://ggwash.org/
- Lini, J. (2017, April 12). The feds made Kenilworth Park a toxic waste site. Muriel Bowser wants to clean it up. Greater Greater Washington. https://ggwash.org/
- Lini, J. (2016, October 19). Here’s why it’d be wrong to shut down Metro east of the Anacostia River. Greater Greater Washington. https://ggwash.org/
- Lini, J. (2016, September 30). Advisory neighborhood commissions, explained. Greater Greater Washington. https://ggwash.org/
- Lini, J. (2016, September 15). An old power plant in DC’s Ward 7 is ripe for redevelopment. Let’s not make it a trash and recycling plant. Greater Greater Washington. https://ggwash.org/
- Lini, J. (2015, October 26). Ward 7’s Kenilworth is getting new buildings and a new street grid. Greater Greater Washington. https://ggwash.org/
- Lini, J. (2009). Climate change and armed conflict: hot and cold wars. Maps and graphics.