Robert Mandle

As the Crystal City Business Improvement District’s second employee, Rob has worked together with the President/CEO to build a new organization from the ground up, craft a cohesive vision, and create innovative programming and marketing strategies that have made Crystal City a model for downtown urban management. 

Outside of Crystal City, Rob has repeatedly demonstrated a knack for quickly learning what makes neighborhoods tick and developing a vision for community action that embraces creativity, efficiency, and partnership building in order to proactively make change, not just advocate for it.  In his two years in Norfolk, Virginia, Rob founded a Civic Association, regularly tutored homeless children, and led the reengagement of a key downtown professional group’s membership.  As a resident of Petworth in the District of Columbia, Rob launched and led a farmers market, led numerous community enhancement efforts, co-founded a community-based volunteer non-profit, and was elected to the Advisory Neighborhood Commission.  As an engaged citizen and ANC Commissioner, Rob laid the groundwork for a new community partnership with an adjacent federally-owned property, moved forward a long languishing traffic calming project, and earned the respect and trust of then Ward 4 Council Member and current Mayor of the District of Columbia, Muriel Bowser, as evidenced by his being nominated into several public charges.

Rob earned a graduate degree in Urban and Regional Planning at Virginia Tech’s regional campus in Old Town Alexandria.  Specializing in Physical Planning and Community Design, Rob focused on how the relationship between the built environment and public space defined the public realm and an area’s sense of place and identity.  Rob is also a graduate of Bowdoin College of Brunswick, Maine having earned a degree in Economics and Environmental Studies.  Rob resides with his family in the quiet Petworth neighborhood of Washington, DC.

Community Involvement

Member of the Long Bridge Park Advisory Committee - April 2015 to Present
Petworth Alliance - Co-Founder/Board of Directors - November 2013 to present
Citizens Advisory Committee to Transportation Planning Board – DC Alternate & DC Member – February 2011 to February 2013
Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner – 4C10 – January 2011 to January 2013
Petworth Community Market – Founder/Board of Directors – June 2010 to February 2013
Synetic Theater – Board of Directors – 2009 to September 2011
Member of the Crystal City Citizens Review Council - December 2010 to Present
Downtown Norfolk Civic League – Founder/Board of Directors - 2006


Recognized by the Leadership Center for Excellence 40 Under 40 (2016)
Member of District of Columbia Mayor-Elect Muriel Bowser’s Transition Committee (11/2014 – 1/2015)
Center for Creative Leadership’s Maximizing Your Leadership Potential (2014)
Recognized as one of Bisnow’s 35 Under 35 in Washington Commercial Real Estate (2013)
Leadership Greater Washington’s Effective Leadership Institute (6/2012)
Metropolitan Washington Council of Government’s Community Leadership Institute (4/2011)
Leadership Arlington (Class of 2010)
Rensselaer at Hartford’s Foundations of Leadership Program (3/2009)
Greater Washington Board of Trade’s Executive Networks Program (Class of 2009)
Urban Land Institute (ULI) Young Leaders Mentorship Program (2008)
Member of the Downtown Norfolk Council’s Downtown 100 (1/2006 – 2/2007)
Facilitator for ULI Washington’s Reality Check on Growth (2/2005)