Launched in 2011, Districtly Speaking provides participants the space to debate and discuss the most talked about social and political issues during our monthly town halls and regular happy hours. Districtly Speaking allows professionals and community leaders to build their networks and community relationships.


MeJonelle Henry, Founder and Host, Districtly Speaking

“I wanted to create a space where my friends and the community at large could express their views freely without judgment. A place where ideas are shared and good, honest dialogue is appreciated. One conversation can change the way we think about each other and the world around us.”

Jonelle Henry was born in Kingston, Jamaica and grew up in both, Brooklyn, NY and West Palm Beach, FL. After graduating from the University of Florida in 1999, she transitioned into politics and media when she moved to DC and worked on Capitol Hill for Senator Bob Graham (D-FL). Jonelle went on to work for C-SPAN as a production assistant and has been there for the past 11 years. She’s currently the international producer. Jonelle recently completed her Master’s Degree in Communications at Johns Hopkins University where she studied the intersection between race, media and politics. She serves on numerous boards including the Alliance for Women in Media, emPower Magazine and the DC Gator Alumni Club. She is also very active in her community and serves as a Girl Scout troop leader in Southeast Washington, DC. Jonelle is the recipient of the 2007 AWM “Rising Star” Award and was a Paul Miller Washington Reporting Fellow in 2006. Her article, “E-lection Cycles” was featured in AWM’s Making Waves magazine. Jonelle is an active member of the DC Regional Christian Church. During her spare time, she enjoys traveling, dining out with friends, and mentoring young women.

Contact Jonelle: jonelle@districtlyspeaking.com  / Follow Districtly Speaking @districtspeaks


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