Lafayette A. Barnes directs the Office of Partnerships and Grant Services (OPGS) in the Executive Office of the Mayor Muriel E. Bowser and has served in the Cabinets of Mayors Vincent Gray, Adrian Fenty, and Anthony Williams.
Lafayette is responsible for leading a variety of agency-wide philanthropic functions including the “Rules of Conduct Governing Donations to the District Government” which authorizes the solicitation, acceptance, and use of charitable contributions to the government. Lafayette directs the District’s competitive grants development process including the District’s Grants Clearinghouse, District’s State Single Point of Contact (SPOC) pursuant to White House’s Executive Order 12372, and production of the weekly “Funding Alert.” He heads OPGS’ capacity building technical assistance and training services for local community, faith-based, and nonprofit service providers and the office’s annual public private partnership conference. Lafayette also presents testimony before Members of the District of Columbia City Council during their annual budget and performance oversight hearings.
Lafayette is a Mayoral Appointed Commissioner to the District’s Commission on African Affairs. He has spearheaded the signing ceremonies for the District’s Sister City Agreement with the City of Tshwane (Pretoria) in South Africa and renewal of the its Sister City Agreement with the City of Dakar in Senegal, West Africa. Lafayette has briefed nonprofit leaders from the White House sponsored Mandela Young African Leadership Initiative (YALI), and the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program.
Lafayette is a graduate of Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government’s Senior Executives in State and Local Government Program, Virginia Commonwealth University School of Business Foundation’s 2011 International Business Certificate Program, the National Forum for Black Public Administrator’s Executive Leadership Institute, and Georgetown University Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service’s Masters of Science in Foreign Service Program. He is also a contributing writer on African Affairs for the Washington Informer Newspaper.
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