What We Do
- Support and advocate for women’s issues through research and community involvement;
- Establish public and private partnerships to address women’s issues in Washington, DC;
- Provide programs and workshops for women in the District to advance their health and economic status.
Meet the Director
Jennifer L. Porter was appointed to serve as Executive Director of the Mayor's Office on Women’s Policy and Initiatives (MOWPI) by Mayor Muriel Bowser in February of 2019. In this role, she serves as the Bowser Administration’s chief advocate for women and women’s issues in Washington, DC. As Director, Jennifer collaborates with local and national nonprofit organizations and public agencies to address the needs of women. Mrs. Porter advises Mayor Bowser on women’s policy and areas of need for women initiatives. Mrs. Porter has held a number of volunteer leadership positions in local, regional and national community service organizations that support and empower women. She served as chair of the District of Columbia, Commission for Women; and serves on the National Policy Advisory Group for Girls Inc and has served on the planning advisory committee for the National Health Policy Conference.
In 1967, an Executive Order created the office on a temporary basis, but DC Law 2-109 authorized the Mayor’s Office of Women’s Policy Initiatives (MOWPI) as a permanent office of within the Executive Office of the Mayor on September 22,1978. MOWPI is committed to enhancing the quality of life for all women and their families within the District of Columbia. MOWPI, working in conjunction with the DC Commission for Women, is in a unique position to serve as a liaison between the public and private sectors and the Executive Office of the Mayor. The office tracks local women’s issues, concerns and proposals and presents these ideas to the Mayor and officials in the Bowser Administration.