Karma Cottman

Karma Cottman

Resident, Ward 7

Karma Cottman joined the DC Coalition Against Domestic Violence (DCCADV), as Executive Director in 2010. As the membership agency for the 12 primary purpose domestic violence agencies in the District, DCCADV provides leadership to all sectors of the Washington, DC Community to respond effectively to the needs of domestic violence survivors and their children.  The coalition works to strengthen city-wide domestic violence prevention and intervention efforts. 

From 2000 to 2010, Ms. Cottman was employed at the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV). As the Vice President of Policy and Emerging Issues, she directed the agency’s policy agenda as well as, supervised NNEDV's state coalition and housing technical assistance projects. Ms. Cottman worked closely with national policy partners to strengthen federal legislation to effectively respond to the needs of all domestic violence survivors. She also worked with federal agencies to enhance violence against women programming. She provided training and technical assistance to state and territorial domestic violence and dual domestic violence and sexual assault coalitions across the nation.

Since 1994, Ms. Cottman has worked with numerous national partners to address emerging issues in domestic violence service provision and sits on several national committees. Prior to joining NNEDV, she served as the co-director of the Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence Rural Diversity Initiative. In this capacity, she assisted with the development of a community assessment tool used to identify service gaps in numerous local Florida communities. Ms. Cottman currently serves on the Steering Committee of the Institute on Domestic Violence in the African Community, Board of the National Teen Dating Violence Hotline, Washington, D.C. Fatality Review Board, and the Policy Partnership for Communities of Color.