Mayor Bowser Announces Cabinet Appointees
(Washington, DC) – Today, Mayor Muriel Bowser announced the appointment of several cabinet members as she continues to create a fresh start for the District of Columbia. Mayor Bowser appointed Melinda M. Bolling as Director of the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA); George Schutter as Chief Procurement Officer for the Office of Contracting and Procurement (OCP); Raymond Davidson as Director of the Child and Family Services Administration (CFSA); and Alexis Taylor as Director of the Office of Disability Rights (ODR).
"Each of these agencies plays an integral role in ensuring our residents and businesses receive top-notch service and care. I am confident each of these appointees will carry out my vision to create pathways to the middle class for District residents," said Mayor Bowser. "I look forward to working with them to make the District of Columbia an even greater place to live, work and play."
Melinda M. Bolling
Director of the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA)
Melinda M. Bolling has served as Interim Director for DCRA and will continue to lead the agency that protects the health, safety, and economic interests of District residents, businesses, and visitors by issuing licenses and permits, conducting inspections, enforcing building, housing, and safety codes, regulating land use and development, and advocating for and educating consumers. Previously, Bolling served as DCRA’s General Counsel where she managed the agency’s legal staff in both prosecutorial and defensive litigation before administrative and judicial forums in the District of Columbia. Bolling earned her undergraduate degree from Georgia Tech and her law degree from the Catholic University of America’s Columbus School of Law.
Chief Procurement Officer for the Office of Contracting and Procurement (OCP)
George Schutter previously served as the Chief Financial Officer for TechnoServe Inc., an international non-profit providing business solutions to poverty, where he leads financial strategy, procurement, grants, contracts, and systems coordination throughout the TechnoServe global network in over 30 countries. Prior to joining TechnoServe, he was Grant Thornton’s Global Public Sector Executive Director in the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia, where he opened regional operations in Dubai’s International Financial Center and developed offices in Iraq. Prior to joining Grant Thornton, George was the Chief Financial Officer of the Peace Corps for four years following serving as the Peace Corps’ first Chief Acquisition Officer for three years.
Director of Child and Family Services Administration (CFSA)
Raymond Davidson has served as interim director of CFSA and will continue to direct the city’s first response to reports of child abuse and neglect and provision of services that help child victims and those at risk and their families. Davidson has over 25 years of supervisory, management, and executive experience, with a specialty in human resources, in both the public and private sectors. Davidson holds a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology/business administration and a Masters of Business Administration in marketing/international affairs.
Director of the Office of Disability Rights (ODR)
Alexis Taylor has served as Interim Director of the Office of Disability Rights and was previously the General Counsel for the DC Office of Human Rights. As General Counsel, she drafted administrative decisions and legislation, and responded to all legal matters in the office. In addition, she provided training on various local civil rights laws, including the DC Human Rights Act, the Parental Leave Act, and the Language Access Act. Ms. Taylor also provided training on the corresponding federal laws including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Americans with Disabilities Act to thousands of constituents including District employees and private sector staff. Ms. Taylor collaborated on EEO and ADA training programs with the Office of Disability Rights (ODR), the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). Ms. Taylor received her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Georgetown University and her Juris Doctor from Georgetown Law Center. She received her graduate law degree, Master of Laws (LL.M.), from DePaul University in Chicago.