Vincent Morris

Vincent Morris

Resident, Ward 6

Vincent Morris has a long history of advocacy on behalf of libraries and is a familiar presence at DC Public Library locations across Capitol Hill -- but most often at the historic Northeast Library on Maryland Avenue which is a few blocks from his home.

He became involved in the city’s library system in 2001, when he joined the Friends of the Northeast Library (FONEL), a volunteer group that raises money for the branch, supports the library staff and tries to increase usage by patrons. Later he became President of the FONEL and helped create a student book review contest, assisted with community concerts and helped support other events at the library such as author book signings and discussions and even themed parties for children.

FONEL, like other Friends groups, holds regular used book sales to raise funds for the library, and over the years Morris became a vocal advocate for the renovation of the branch, frequently testifying before the DC Council and submitting testimony in favor of library investments on Capitol Hill and across the city.

He served as an adviser on the 2012 renovation process and helped plan the project with DC Public Library staff and other neighbors.
 
However, Morris is on the city-wide board of library trustees because he simply loves libraries. And like many other District residents, he frequently visits DC Public Library branches around the city to borrow books, to read and to learn.

Morris is an expert at strategic communications and spent nearly a decade working in Congress for some of the best known names in politics, including former Sens. Jay Rockefeller of West Virginia and John Kerry of Massachusetts, as well as Sens. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Barbara Mikulski of Maryland. He also worked for a time in the House of Representatives for Rules Committee Chairwoman Louise Slaughter of Rochester, NY.

During the administration of D.C. Mayor Tony Williams, Morris worked as Communications Director and served as the mayor’s primary spokesman for all D.C. issues. Before his work in public affairs, he was a newspaper reporter and covered national political stories and the White House, as well as the war in Iraq in 2003. He currently handles government relations and strategy for DC Water, the only three-jurisdiction wastewater utility in the nation.  

After growing up in Massachusetts and graduating from Boston University, Morris lived in New York, North Carolina and briefly in Australia before settling in the District. Morris is the father of three daughters, all of whom attend D.C. Public Schools. In the past, he has served as president of his school’s LSAT for one year and as president of the PTA for two years. He and his wife Julie live near Stanton Park.