What is an ANC?
In DC, the body of government closest to the people is called an Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC). ANCs consider a wide range of policies and programs affecting their neighborhoods, including traffic, parking, recreation, street improvements, liquor licenses, zoning, economic development, police protection, sanitation and trash collection, and the District's annual budget.
What is ANC5E01?
Each Ward in DC has a number of ANCs. ANC5E is the area roughly bounded by Irving and Michigan to the North, the Red Line tracks to the East, New York Ave to the South, and Washington Hospital Center and McMillan Reservoir to the West.
Each ANC is broken up into single member districts (SMD) with roughly 2,000 residents (there are 40 ANCs and 299 SMDs). ANC5E01 is the area below, roughly bounded by Michigan Ave to the North and West, the Red Line tracks to the East, and Franklin St to the South.
What does an ANC Commissioner do?
A Commissioner is elected every 2 years to represent 2,000 residents who live in their SMD. In terms of what a Commissioner actually does on a day-to-day basis, I found this quote to best represent my understanding of the job:
To me, the most important part of the position is ensuring that often bureaucratic city agencies understand the unique characteristics of the district and neighborhood I represent, and are responsive to the unique needs of that district and neighborhood. I also spend a great deal of time simply ensuring that lines of communication between neighbors, residents, businesses and the government remain open and positive–everyone deserves a seat at the table, but whether they take that seat or not is up to them; as a facilitator, it’s my duty to ensure that the seat is open to them and that they’re aware of the role they can play in shaping the neighborhood if they chose to do so.
- Jack Jacobson, Former ANC2B04 Commissioner and Current Ward 2 Board of Education
Where can I find out what ANC I'm in?
Right here: http://ancfinder.org/