Jourgette Reid-Sillah, "Ms. J" is retired from 30 years in the hospitality industry and has been a member of ONE DC for three years. The majority of her organizing experience comes from being a member of Unite HERE Local 25 serving as shop steward for many years. She returned to school after a cancer diagnosis and graduated from the University of the District of Columbia (2017) with a BA in Sociology. That allowed her to intern in focus groups in Public Housing, Breast Cancer initiatives in Wards 7&8 with Smith Center for Healing and the Arts and Howard University. She participated in Revisiting Tally’s Corner (Elliott Liebow) involving the changes within DC due to gentrification. She is currently a member of ONE DC’s SLT as an apprentice and is a member of both the Transition team and Resource Committee.