Brooke Pinto was sworn in as the Councilmember for Ward 2 on June 27, 2020, becoming the youngest member elected to the Council of the District of Columbia in history, and the first woman to represent Ward 2. During her swearing in ceremony, Councilmember Pinto pledged to uphold the values of integrity, transparency, and accountability. She also affirmed her belief that “government not only can use its resources to improve lives, but it has the moral obligation to do so.”
During her first months on the Council, Councilmember Pinto has made concerted efforts to engage the community and a diverse set of stakeholders to address concerns and share ideas. By hosting events such as the annual telephone townhall, community office hours held throughout Ward 2, school visits, and days of service, Councilmember Pinto ensures that the community’s collective voice drives her policy agenda. Her focus includes small business support, housing and homelessness solutions, criminal justice reform and public safety, environmental protections and transportation safety improvements, and the empowerment of women and girls.
In 2021, Councilmember Pinto introduced the Business and Entrepreneurship Support to Thrive (BEST) Amendment Act, to make it easier for entrepreneurs to contribute their talents to the District. In order to further support small business, affordable housing, and the downtown office corridor, Councilmember Pinto introduced the RECOVERY Act to incentivize the development of housing, including affordable housing, support entrepreneurs and bring businesses and workers to downtown. Councilmember Pinto has also introduced the HIV In-home Test Tax Exemption Amendment Act and the Minor Consent to Healthcare for HIV and AIDS Clarification Amendment Act. These bills would help ensure that District youth have unhampered access to better healthcare information and treatment.
In the Council’s most recent budget, Councilmember Pinto secured full funding for two bills that she introduced. The first of those bills is the Student Access to Period Products Act, which provides free access to menstrual products in all public and private educational institutions in the District and institutes a health education curriculum in DC public schools on the matter. The second bill, entitled the Great Streets Amendment Act, expands the Department on Small and Local Business’ Great Streets Program to business corridors in Ward 2, making businesses within certain corridors in the Ward eligible for additional grant dollars awarded by the city for the first time.
Also in the budget, Councilmember Pinto secured funding for major transportation and infrastructure projects in Ward 2, including: the full modernization of the Jelleff Recreation Center and funding to develop a new EV charging station. In addition, Councilmember Pinto was a principal architect of the Hotel Bridge Fund to hire workers in the hospitality industry and the Small Business Bridge Fund to provide rent relief to brick and mortar stores. These funds totals $40 million each.
Councilmember Pinto also worked with her colleagues to bring about increased and significant investments in public safety, police cadet program, and violence prevention, social and housing resources for our LGBTQQIA+ and senior neighbors, additional vouchers to support unhoused neighbors, citywide employment training programs, and pandemic recovery for our hospitality industry and the small business community.
Councilmember Pinto also realizes that some issues can be addressed outside of the legislative process. After holding community biking and transportation events, she led her team to partner with the District Department of Transportation to address immediate transportation needs and more rapidly effectuate changes that improved safety across Ward 2 for pedestrians, bikers, and drivers.
Councilmember Pinto has brought a great passion for public service and unique experiences to the Council. Prior to her election, she served as the Assistant Attorney General for Policy and Legislative Affairs and as a Tax Attorney at District of Columbia Office of the Attorney General where she represented the Office of Tax and Revenue. Councilmember Pinto also advocated for D.C. Statehood before the National Attorneys General Association and on Capitol Hill.
Councilmember Pinto earned her B.S. from Cornell University's School of Hotel Administration and brings a unique customer service approach to her role as Councilmember. She is a proud graduate of Georgetown Law School, where she was an active participant in the Ward 2 community and the broader D.C. community, through her work with the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless and Georgetown University Medical School to address the intersectionality of health and legal issues.
Councilmember Pinto will continue her work on behalf of Ward 2 and District residents focusing on taking up the call for greater justice, ensuring that the law — both as written and as enforced — is fair for everyone.