April 28, 2020
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Mayor Muriel Bowser has selected Washington, D.C. attorneys Vinoda Basnayake and Rob Hawkins to serve on the ReOpen DC Advisory Committee. The committee will develop recommendations on reopening the District of Columbia safely and sustainably through a plan based in science and tailored to the needs of the community.
Basnayake will serve on the Faith, Arts, Culture, Hotels, Entertainment, and Sports Committee, which will explore and identify best practices for ensuring that D.C.’s community-oriented cultural anchors, like places of worship, arts and cultural centers, and sports teams, are reopened with necessary and appropriate safety guidelines.
Basnayake assists foreign governments and international corporations in legislative and policy matters. He currently serves as chairman of the D.C. Commission on Nightlife and Culture and has been named DC’ “40 Under 40” by Washington Business Journal and “Most Influential Washingtonians Under 40” by Washington Life.
Hawkins will serve on the Real Estate and Construction Committee, which will focus on supporting ongoing housing, affordable housing, retail, commercial, and neighborhood-level real estate needs, while ensuring safety for workers and residents alike in this new economic and public health environment.
Hawkins focuses his practice in the areas of D.C. government relations, administrative law, federal government relations, and public relations strategies. He also is a mayoral appointee to the Commission on Selection and Tenure of Administrative Law Judges. Before joining Nelson Mullins, he was deputy chief of staff and communications director to the mayor and special counsel and deputy general counsel to the mayor.
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