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.



Mr. Joshua Downer - Chair

Ms. Brenda Ortiz - Vice Chair

Ms. Penelope Griffith - Executive Director 

Ms. Stephanie Boyd - Member

Ms. Ahimsa Govender - Member

Ms. Lucrecia Johnson - Member 

Ms. Janet Martin - Member

Dr. Estevan Rivas - Member

Ms. Jaimee Trahan - Member 

Ms. Toni Lenard - Secretary