Patty Brosmer – Founder & President

patty-headshotPatty Brosmer has been the President of the Capitol Hill Business Improvement District (BID) since its inception in early 2003. Prior to that, she was a consultant to the interim board during the 3-year formation phase of the BID.

As former Executive Director of the Georgetown Business & Professional Association, Patty was instrumental in getting the necessary legislation passed to allow the formation of BIDs throughout the District of Columbia.  Her overall career includes many achievements in planning and development, public and government relations, and community leadership.

Having experienced financial hardship herself as a child, Patty is grateful for the opportunities she was given throughout her life. She made it her mission to find a way to provide opportunities for success to those who are readily forgotten about or rejected by society and founded Ready, Willing & Working in 2008.

Ready, Willing & Working (RWW) is a non-profit organization that empowers men to break the cycles of homelessness, welfare dependency and criminal recidivism through a paid-work rehabilitation program. RWW offers holistic programs and many supportive services that allow individuals to achieve permanent self-sufficiency.

Early on, business communities rejected the idea of using such “undesirables” as a labor force, but the Capitol Hill BID board, at Patty’s urging, agreed to give the concept a shot.  It proved an overwhelming success and slowly, but surely, the idea gained credibility; Ready, Willing & Working is now the largest non-profit provider of clean team services in Washington, DC and provides maintenance services for the Capitol Hill BID, Adams Morgan Partnership BID, Capitol Riverfront BID, Southwest BID and Barracks Row Main Street programs.

Through RWW, Patty has successfully combined the availability of jobs in Business Improvement Districts with the need for jobs in the formerly homeless or incarcerated communities. The result is cleaner, safer streets and lives that have been repaired due to these job opportunities and supportive services.

Patty is also an avid photographer, gardener and sea glass collector.