ANC 5B04 Commissioner Steptoe To Relinquish Her Seat Soon

ANC 5B04 Commissioner Carolyn Steptoe needs no introduction to our regular readers. Here is one of the latest of multiple stories we covered about Ms. Steptoe and our ongoing neighborhood saga regarding Freedom of Information Act compliance and ANC 5B. We learned tonight that Steptoe is moving on and vacating her seat as ANC Commissioner.
Carolyn Steptoe (left) with some of her fellow ANC 5B Commissioners in 2013.
Commissioner Steptoe just shared the following  message via email.
Dear 5B04 Community —
In keeping with my commitment to the 5B04 community, I wish to pass along this information.
After 16 blessed years in my Lawrence Street (Brookland) home – a lovely environment I purchased as a single, young professional – I have decided to sell my home.  I will remain in my D.C. hometown, but will live in upper, upper N.W. (16th Street  – the inimitable “Gold Coast.” )  Like many Washingtonians, yes, I do sing The Jefferson’s theme song in association w/the prospect of living on The Gold Coast… lol!
Anyway, my new home will be 2 blocks from Walter Reed.  It is also but a few blocks from Rock Creek Park and Silver Spring.  As most know, the Gold Coast is a very quiet, tree-lined and long-standing residential neighborhood.
I anticipate finalizing (prayerfully) all my relocation matters soon; several weeks anyway.  Once everything is finalized, I shall then relinquish my 5B04 SMD commissioner seat since, at that point, I shall neither be a 5B04 resident nor a resident of Ward 5.
I wanted to share this with you so you may know, until my formal transition out of our 5B04 community, you may contact me anytime should you need assistance.   Until such time, I shall continue to be in the 5B04 community and work as the elected 5B04 commissioner.  Although ANC 5B is on summer break, I can be reached on 202-321-3860.  You may also send me an email at
Please know it remains my honor to serve my community and enjoy my neighbors.  Blessings and happy summer to all!
Very kind regards,
Commissioner Carolyn C. Steptoe
Single Member District 5B04
Vice Chairperson, Advisory Neighborhood Commission 5B

(202) 321-3860/ANC cell
(202) 636-8191/home
(pardon typos, etc.)

17 thoughts on “ANC 5B04 Commissioner Steptoe To Relinquish Her Seat Soon”

    1. I propose a Stepping-on-Toes exit party at Brookland’s Finest, wishing Mrs Steptoe all the best on a new bright future on the ‘Gold Coast’. Brookland is improving every year!

  1. Moving up!!!! What an insult. May be this is a good thing b/c the “Gold Coast” was only a come up 15yrs ago. Clearly you had no love, or respect for Ward 5.


  2. I wish the best to Ms Steptoe but it strikes me as odd that she is moving two blocks from Walter Reed where they are planning one of the biggest developments in the city.

  3. yeah, a nice gesture. “singing the jefferson’s theme song”. a really great thumb of the nose to the residents of ward 5. ms. steptoe, as a neighbor, congrats on finding a place in a “…very quiet, tree-lined and long-standing residential neighborhood.” that shows us residents of brookland, now doesn’t it? but i guess in your estimation brookland was never the standard of this pastoral gold coast you went to great length to describe.

    as someone who’s wondered how in the world you managed to stay in office as long as you did, i (& a whole lot of neighbors) also “…anticipate finalizing (prayerfully) all my relocation matters soon.” trust me, we’ve prayed too. but i guess it’s easier to leave office before any real dirt can be uncovered.

    good luck at the gold coast, good riddance, & don’t let the door hit you on the way out.
    10th st.

  4. I will admit that I am enjoying the sadistically hypocritical exit that will is Carolyn moving out of Brookland and listing her house for $700k and hoping that the machinations of gentrification come along and line her pockets so she can “Move On Up” to the Upper, Upper NW side of town.

    Carolyn, you have railed against the newcomers to Brookland for years. Years. How the newcomers were ruining the neighborhood. How the machinations of gentrification were destroying the fabric of the community. You used every trick in your book, dirty and not, to try and prevent Brookland from changing from the way YOU thought it should be.

    And then you ran head long into a group of neighbors who had had enough.

    Brookland is a wonderful place to live. It has been, it is, and it will be. But it is not a place stuck in time. It is changing — as it must, and as all neighborhoods do. It has a wonderful mix of long time residents who share its rich history and stories of old with the new residents who have chosen to come to Brookland to set roots, perhaps raise a family, and to once again fill the streets and sidewalks with neighborly interaction.

    I’m sorry that you couldn’t understand that. And I’m even more sorry that you didn’t want that for Brookland. But, you couldn’t stop it. And Brookland will be the better for it. And now, with your departure, Brookland will take another step forward toward progress, change, and neighborly engagement.

    All the best in the Gold Coast. I hope you find what you’ve been looking for.

  5. This was great news to wake up to and I really hope the next commissioner puts a sign on Brookland as “Open for business” now that she is stepping down. I also saw how much she listed her house for and will be eagerly awaiting the sale price on Zillow to see how well the gentrification did for her.

  6. I may not have been a fan, but you don’t sound like very nice people.
    you really shouldn’t post such nasty stuff.

  7. I find it odd that she’s moving to a ward that has a potential city council seat opening and anc openings……

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