Originally founded in 1996 as the Columbia Heights/Shaw Family Support Collaborative, Collaborative Solutions for Communities (CSC) is a DC-based organization committed to helping families and neighborhoods realize a brighter future through engagement and support. At CSC, our vision is simple - to empower urban neighborhoods to become environments where families and youth flourish.

    Over the early history of CSC, our work primarily focused on providing services to neighborhoods of  Wards 1 & 2 in Washington, D.C. In recent years we have expanded to provide critical services to residents, families and neighborhoods throughout DC and beyond. We believe that the solution-focused approach we use has the power to impact the lives of people of all locales and ethnicities.

Our Mission

To be the leading solution-focus resource in building strong, sustainable families and communities through family support services, innovative training, community capacity building, economic development and social enterprise.

Our Vision

Collaborating with youth, families and organizations for solutions that transform communities.




         Lucrecia Johnson, Esq. LL.M. brings a breadth of legal experience to her position as the managing attorney and founder of LPJ Legal, a law firm based in Washington, DC.  As a solo practitioner, she represents clients in all aspects of business law and education law. Prior to hanging up her shingle, Ms. Johnson worked as a corporate litigation attorney in a large law firm based in Washington, DC. She has also worked as an Attorney in Maryland, litigating a variety of matters to include business, family and special education. Ms. Johnson is active in her local community, including serving in leadership roles in the Washington Bar Association. Additionally, she currently serves on the Board of Directors at Collaborative Solutions for Communities, and the Young Patrons Board at Arena Stage.


        Ms. Johnson is admitted to practice in Maryland, the District of Columbia, and the United States District Court for the District of Maryland.



           Jaimee Trahan is currently the Principal of Neval Thomas Elementary School, serving students from PK3 through 5th Grade in the Ward 7 neighborhood of Mayfair. She has been a member of the DCPS family since 2002, where she began her education career as an intermediate elementary teacher at Boone Elementary School (formerly known as Orr Elementary School). After six years as a teacher, Ms. Trahan became an instructional coach at Boone to help enrich instruction in grades K-5. Since 2015, she has served as an assistant principal at Boone. She believes the most important first steps in moving a school toward proficiency are creating an aligned vision and mission, creating systems and protocols that lead to high expectations, and creating an instructional model with rigorous goals. Ms. Trahan holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Massachusetts, and a master's degree from Trinity University.



         Ahimsa Govender first joined the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as a Presidential Management Fellow and works in the Office of Budget, where she coordinates the roll out of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services President’s Budget and drafts and presents policy and budgetary recommendations to senior leadership on Medicaid issues. Prior to her position at HHS, Ahimsa worked Huron Consulting Group, focusing on projects to improve patient access to healthcare. She also worked at the Brookings Institution, focusing on biomedical innovation and evidence development research and analysis. Ahimsa earned a public health degree from the George Washington Milken Institute of Public Health.



         Josh Downer is the Senior Product Counsel at Ripple. Ripple is creating a new cross-border payments infrastructure using distributed ledger technology (the technology underlying bitcoin), and Josh is responsible for providing counsel on applicable legal and regulatory requirements as Ripple expands its network globally. Previously, Josh practiced law at two multinational law firms, Paul Hastings and Sullivan & Cromwell, where he represented the world's largest financial institutions in a variety of regulatory, transactional and enforcement matters. Josh received a B.A. in Government from Harvard University, an MSc. in International Political Economy from the London School of Economics, and a J.D. from Vanderbilt University. He is licensed to practice law in New York and Washington D.C. 

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