Board Member Biographies

On 22 May 2006, the CPM Society held elections to select new officers for all positions on the Board of Directors. The elected members of the Board are the President, Vice-President, Secretary, and Treasurer. The immediate past-President also serves on the current Board of Directors. As a result of the resent elections, the current Board members of the Society are:

Below are brief professional biographies of each of the current Board members


Deborah Crain ascends to the Presidency of the CPM Society following a year serving as Secretary of the Society. Deborah currently serves as the Neighborhood Planning Coordinator for Ward 5 in the DC Government Office of Planning, where she has worked since 2001, as part of her service to the District Government which began in 1994 and included service as Program Manager for the District’s Operation Weed and Seed initiative. Deborah came to the District following 13 years with the National Association of Neighborhoods, which she concluded as Acting Executive Director, after beginning her career there as a community organizer. Discussing her career, Deborah says “I am proud to say that I have over twenty years of experience as a public servant and I am still going strong.”

Ms. Crain has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology and a Masters Degree in Public Administration with a specialization in Intergovernmental Management from the University of Southern California. Deborah earned her CPM diploma as a graduate of Class 16 of the Program for Excellence in Municipal Management, graduating in 2004.  E-Mail the Society President.


Michele Curtis Penick joins the CPM Society Board of Directors after recently retiring from the DC Emergency Management Agency following more than twenty years of dedicated government service. Michele first worked at the Central State University in Ohio before relocating to the District of Columbia. Michele’s professional career includes extensive work Emergency Management, as well as many years as an independent consultant in training, research, program development, public speaking, and grantsmanship.

A native of Dayton, Ohio Ms. Penick graduated from Ohio University with a Bachelor of Education Degree in Secondary and Comprehensive Social Studies. Michele also has a Master of Education Degree in Secondary Guidance and Counseling from Kansas State University, as well as a Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh. In 1998, she graduated from the Center For Excellence in Municipal Management, becoming a Certified Public Manager as a member of the second class from the District’s Program for Excellence in Municipal Management.

Michele is a resident of the District of Columbia, where she is a proud homeowner in the historic Shaw neighborhood and a longstanding and active member of Metropolitan Baptist Church. Ms. Penick is also a Board Member and volunteer with the Metropolitan Delta Adult Literacy Council and the Delta Research and Educational Foundation and its Center for Research on African American Woman, where she chairs the Research and Program Committee. In addition to rendering service to the community and professional organizations, she is dedicated to serving as a mentor and inspiration to practicing and aspiring professionals. Personally, she enjoys non-fiction reading and practicing Yoga.  E-Mail the Society Vice-President.


Jose Dominguez serves as Grants and Legislative Manager at the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities. In his role at the Arts Commission, he helps support programs and projects that assist artist and arts groups with creating work that celebrate the cultural diversity of the Nation’s Capital. Mr. Dominguez background includes over ten years of experience developing youth programs in the District and New York City for organizations like Young Playwright’s Theater and The Shakespeare Theater. Mr. Dominguez holds a BFA degree from Southern Methodist University, an MFA from New York University and the Certification of Public Municipal Manager from The Center for Excellence in Municipal Management at George Washington University.  E-Mail the Secretary.

Linda Perkins

Linda Perkins joins the Society Board with the unique perspective as one of the few CPMs in the legislative branch of Government. Prior to her Council experience, Linda worked for three year in the Executive Office of the Mayor, first as the Ward Five Community Outreach Coordinator before becoming the Director of Community Outreach. Linda completed her CPM program in 2004, as part of the Program in Excellence in Municipal Management’s 16th class. She currently works as Director of Community Outreach in the office of DC Ward 5 Councilmember Vincent Orange. Ms. Perkins spent a full career in the private sector prior to joining the District Government in 2001. Linda holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from The University of Pittsburgh. As part of her CPM coursework, Linda worked on a joint CPM Project titled “Citizen Participation in the Government of the District of Columbia: Recommended Guidelines for Effective Civic Engagement.”  E-Mail the Society Treasurer.


Danny Weiss currently serves as the Past-President of the CPM Society, after serving two terms as President, in 2004 and 2005. Danny has also served as Treasurer of the Society and is both the designer and webmaster of the organization’s web site. Danny began his government career in 1985, as a member of the City Administrator’s Productivity Management Services staff. Over almost 20 years, Mr. Weiss’s District career included management positions in the Telecommunications Division, the Department of Public Works’ Contract Support Division, and the Office of the Chief Technology Officer, ultimately becoming the Chief Information Officer for the Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department, while also serving on a variety of special project assignments, including the Mayoral Transition teams in 1990 and 1994. Prior to joining the District Government, Mr. Weiss worked with James H. Lowry and Associates, in Chicago, on a project to improve and automate the City of Chicago’s purchasing operations and develop the City’s first Minority and Women Business Enterprise Program and Law. Prior to his government service, Mr. Weiss worked for several nonprofit and educational organizations, as well as in private industry.

Mr. Weiss became a Certified Public Manager as a graduate of the first class of the District’s Program for Excellence in Municipal Management. Mr. Weiss also holds a Masters in Management degree from the J. L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University, and a Bachelors degree in Public Affairs and Economics from the George Washington University’s School of Public and International Affairs, and graduated Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government’s Senior Executives in State and Local Government Program.

Along with holding a charter membership in the CPM Society, Danny is also life member of the American Society for Public Administration, and a member of the Board of Editors of The Public Manager journal.  E-Mail the Society Past-President.