Shawn Townsend hired as Washington, D.C., city government's first Director, Mayor's Office of Nightlife and Culture

Dec. 5, 2018: Shawn Townsend was hired as the Director of the Washington, D.C. Mayor’s Office of Nightlife and Culture on Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018. Townsend was most recently a Supervisory Investigator at the Washington, D.C. Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration (ABRA), where he led a team of six Investigators. Before he started working at ABRA in 2014, Townsend worked as an Investigator at the Washington, D.C., Office of Police Complaints, and he worked for the D.C. Public Schools System. Before he started working in government, Townsend helped launch and manage a bar and lounge in Charleston, South Carolina. Townsend received his bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communications at New Mexico State University. In October, 2018, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser signed the “Office of and Commission on Nightlife and Culture Establishment Act of 2018,” establishing the District’s first Office of Nightlife and Culture. “The new office will promote efficiencies for the District’s after-hours economy by serving as a central point of contact between DC Government, the nightlife industry, and District residents,” according to a statement from the Mayor’s Office. “The legislation also establishes a 15-member Commission of Nightlife, which will be comprised of government, private-sector, and community representatives. The commission will advise the Mayor, the Director of the Office of Nightlife and Culture, and the DC Council on policies that effect nightlife establishments and the creative economy. The Commission of Nightlife will meet quarterly to review regulations, common complaints, public safety concerns, and other relevant issues.”


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