The papers of community organizer and affordable housing developer Marie Satenik Nahikian measure 3.46 linear feet and date from 1971 to 1998. The collection contains correspondence; certificates; photographs; newsletters; campaign ephemera; editions of various Washington, DC community newspapers; as well as recordings of Nahikian's speeches. The bulk of the collection contains documents pertaining to Nahikian's work with the Adams Morgan Organization.
The papers of community organizer and affordable housing developer Marie Satenik Nahikian measure 3.46 linear feet and date from 1971 to 1998. The collection includes copies of the Rock Creek Monitor, the newspaper of Dupont Circle, Adams Morgan and Mt. Pleasant communities of Washington, DC. Present in the collection are also proclamations, newspaper clippings, writings by Nahikian and materials related to her role for Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner for ANC-1C (in Adams Morgan) and unsuccessfully campaign for D.C. City Council.
Biographical / Historical:
Marie Satenik Nahikian was a co-founder and the first Executive Director of the
Adams Morgan Organization (AMO – founded in 1972). Prior to
Washington, DC having Home Rule, AMO put into practice a local,
elected self-governance structure that advocated for issues of concern to
neighborhood residents. AMO served as the main model for the Advisory
Neighborhood Commissions that were created as part of Home Rule's
implementation in Washington, DC. Marie S. Nahikian, particularly through
her work with AMO, was a staunch advocate and partial architect of three
landmark pieces of tenant rights and anti-displacement legislation in DC:
the 1975 Rental Accommodations Act, the 1978 Residential Real Property
Transfer Excise Tax, and the 1980 Rental Housing Conversion and Sale
Nahikian successfully ran for Advisory Neighborhood
Commissioner for ANC-1C (in Adams Morgan) and twice ran for D.C.
City Council (unsuccessfully). She was appointed by Mayor Walter
Washington (1915-2003) to serve two terms as a Tenant Commissioner on the D.C. Rental Accommodations Commission. She later served under Mayor
Marion Barry (1936-2014) as head of the Tenant Purchase Program that enabled largely low- and moderate-income tenants to purchase and become cooperative owners of their buildings.
After leaving Washington, DC, she went on to work for Mayors in Philadelphia and New York City. Nahikian also worked in the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development under President Barack Obama.
Marie Satenik Nahikian currently hosts the Usable Past podcast, where activists share their stories of past and present organizing to create better lives for as many people as possible.
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