Take the Jelleff Survey!

You hopefully have heard that the old Jelleff Community Rec Center (next to Safeway) is finally slated for long-overdue renovations with $7million in the current fiscal year 2019 budget, and perhaps more if requested strongly. Over the summer and fall, Jelleff Community Friends wrote this background article and collected input by email and at the Jelleff Community Friends Facebook page.
NOW, our ANC Commission is collecting input via a short 10-question survey (Big thanks to Commissioner Elizabeth Miller for this survey).

  1. Please click HERE to take the QUICK SURVEY (should take just 2-5 min).
  2. Join/share the Facebook group for social media updates


A Little About Me

Hello – I’m Kishan Putta and I am the Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner (ANC) representing Burleith-Hillandale.  My wife and I have lived in DC for over 15 years and we currently live at 39th and T Streets in Burleith. We recently had our first child and we are excited to raise our child in this neighborhood.

  • I have already been a successful ANC Commissioner and I know how to get things done in DC. The Washington Post wrote in 2014 that I am “an outspoken advocate” and had “racked up some notable accomplishments” as an elected Commissioner in Dupont Circle.  I’ve worked 5 years for DC Government as community outreach specialist for DC Health Link. I have strong contacts across DC Government and the Police Department and the DC Council.  I’ve testified on behalf of my community over 20 times.  I don’t give up.  I use “polite persistence” – I call, email, text, tweet, and show up in person until we get results.
  • I enjoy helping people and I’m running to be your Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner to improve our neighborhood for all families and residents of all ages.  We love living in this neighborhood and believe that we can make it even better for all of the residents who live here. I will use my many years of successful DC community advocacy experience to be a very proactive commissioner who will help you navigate DC government and who will get results for you, our neighbors

The Georgetowner Endorses…Kishan Putta for ANC 2E01!

“It’s time — in the spirit of rotation and fresh ideas — for a new commissioner, and Burleith may have found one in candidate Kishan Putta…He really knows his stuff — look for his “polite persistence” in dealing with city officials. The Georgetowner endorses Kishan Putta. He will provide a different and bright perspective here.”

Other Recent Mentions in the News:

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Issues & Experience:

  • Improving Jelleff For Everyone:  I helped get over $11 million to improve an underused park in Dupont. Now I’m using my experience & contacts to lead the efforts to get the Jelleff Recreation Center (next to Safeway) revitalized to offer more amenities for all families and residents of all ages.
  • Enhancing Safety: I was the public safety liaison in Dupont and have strong relationships with DC police leaders. We worked with police and courts to significantly reduce car break-ins there. I will use that experience to improve safety here.
  • Offering More Child Care Options:  I worked to get four new affordable childcare programs started at DC facilities. I will work to get more established nearby to help support working families.
  • Improving Transportation Links:  We fought for and won better bus service and safer streets, sidewalks, and bike lanes. I got the city to repave two damaged Burleith sidewalks and I will push to repair more. I worked for over a year to get Burleith-Hillandale’s first Capital Bikeshare station (the nice organized red bikes). Installation is expected to begin this fall on Reservoir Road.
  • Tackling Those Pesky Rodents: In 2017, I teamed up with neighbors and DC officials to bring rodent abatement services to over 60 homes/backyards, treating hundreds of burrows. I have strong contacts with DC officials and was recently on NPR’s The Kojo Nmamdi Show talking about this – I will get more done for you to fight this public health problem.