UDC: “We Are Black History” – Melinda M. Bolling
UDC: “We Are Black History”
Melinda M. Bolling
UDC Alum – Director for the DC Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA)
Melinda M. Bolling is Director for the DC Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA). Since taking on the role of Director in 2015, Bolling is responsible for managing an agency that protects the health, safety, economic interests and quality of life of District of Columbia residents, businesses and visitors by issuing licenses and permits, conducting inspections, enforcing building, housing and safety codes, regulating land use and development and advocating for and educating consumers.
The University of the District of Columbia alum, earned a Master of Business Administration in 1990. Bolling earned her undergraduate degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology and her law degree from the Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law.
Previously, she served as DCRA’s General Counsel where she managed the agency’s legal staff in both prosecutorial and defensive litigation before administrative and judicial forums in the District of Columbia. As General Counsel, she oversaw all legal matters affecting the agency, including: drafting legislation, regulations and Council testimony; negotiating and drafting memoranda of understanding with other District of Columbia agencies; participating in meetings with Council members, staff and officials in the Executive Office of the Mayor; assisting and advising DCRA’s senior management team on various agency legal issues; and managing the agency’s handling of risk management issues and FOIA requests.
Earlier in her legal career, Bolling worked for both federal and state/municipal agencies and in private practice. She has worked on redevelopment projects and affordable housing initiatives in addition to litigation responsibilities at the District of Columbia Housing Authority.
She also worked for the United States Department of Education and the United States Environmental Protection Agency on policy matters in post-secondary education and environmental regulation, respectively.
In private practice, she has successfully represented landlords and tenants, builders, and hundreds of other business owners in litigation in D.C. and Maryland.
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