Tania Shand has 25 years of policy and legislative experience and 13 years of being a change agent in her Washington, D.C. community.
After earning her Bachelor of Arts in Policy Studies from Syracuse University, she moved to Washington, D.C. from her hometown, Brooklyn, New York, and worked for several months as a Tester for the Fair Housing Council of Washington D.C. She started her professional career with the General Services Administration (GSA) where she worked for a decade in GSA’s Office of Government wide Policy and Office of Congressional Affairs. Ms. Shand spent the next ten years as a congressional staffer, and then Staff Director for the House Government Reform Committee, Subcommittee on Civil Service, Postal Service, and the District of Columbia. Her last five years as a civil servant were spent as Director of the Office of Personnel Management’s Office of Congressional, Legislative, and Intergovernmental Affairs.
It was the renovation of her 1878 Second Empire home, which had been vacant for 20 years when she purchased it in 1998, that ignited in her a passion for the restoration and preservation of old buildings. She witnessed firsthand the impact bringing an old building back to life can have on revitalizing a community. In 2003, she received the first award from the Mayor of the District of Columbia for Residential Historic Preservation.
In her personal life, Ms. Shand became an advocate for good development and community-driven planning. As a member of her neighborhood association, she co-authored the application to the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities that nominated her community playground for public art funding under its Community Public Art Initiatives Program. The association received the funding for FY 2001 to add a painted mural and ceramic tile mosaics to the playground. Mrs. Shand also served on the committee that selected the artists and artwork for the playground.
From 2005 – 2006, she was Chair of the Board of Directors for 14th and U Main Street. In 2004, Ms. Shand testified before the D.C. Council in support of additional funding for D.C. Office of Historic Preservation. She represented her neighborhood association on the Advisory Committee that helped develop the 2010 Uptown Destination District (Shaw and U Street, NW) Plan. Ms. Shand initiated projects to turn three blocks of a concrete median, currently referred to as “Vermont Avenue Gardens,” into green space and to have a poorly kept parking lot developed for housing. In 2013, she also initiated, and is a founding member of, the Westminster Neighborhood Association Business Improvement Group. The group works to match community retail needs with retail development in the community.
At BCD, Ms. Shand’s passion for sustainability, historic preservation, and revitalizing communities, take center stage. By collaborating with the best architects, builders, designers, and working with community members and policy makers, BCD delivers projects that are sustainable, resilient, and design-focused.