Looking Back on 2017!

WOW! As 2017 comes to an end, I find myself looking back at the last 12 months—we have packed in quite a few things this year, WMCCAI!
The year started with significant staff transitions at the chapter. Taking on the role of executive director and developing a new staff team has been the most challenging and most rewarding professional experience of my life. Eight months ago, I sat at this desk for the first time and every day since I walk into the office inspired by the volunteers and the members. I am fo­cused on bringing new experiences to our networking events, providing top-notch education to all members, and to grow the chapter’s influence in our local legislatures.

The office renovation in the spring forced the staff and committees to work outside the comfort of our conference room. Being temporarily relocated was a blessing in disguise, providing an opportunity to visit members’ offic­es as they hosted our committee meetings while the office was under con­struction. We have occupied the new space now for six months. It is bright, welcoming, and modern—bringing the chapter a new place to hold meet­ings and host our own education sessions right in the office. If you have not seen the space, please stop by—we love member visits!

Not only did our physical space change but so did our online presence. gave WMCCAI a new branding look that is clean and mod­ern. The website is a place to stay connected through the events calendar, Quorum articles, and the blog that will expand even more in 2018. The on­line service directory received a facelift as well, providing the public a place to find all our business partner and management company members. Did you know that WMCCAI has a Facebook page? We do—and it’s more ac­tive now with chapter announcements and event details posted regularly. Be sure to like Washington Metropolitan Chapter Community Associations Institute (WMCCAI) on Facebook.

“Change is hard at first, messy in the middle and gorgeous at the end”(Robin Sharma). Through all of this year’s change, the members— YOU— have volunteered time, expertise, and even office space to keep the chapter moving forward. Change IS hard; staff changes are hard, office moves are hard, and technology redesigns are hard. And yes, it was messy too; sometimes literally with drywall dust and paint drops on my shoes during the office renovation and figuratively with best-laid plans needing reshuffling as the chapter evolved.

Look around now. The past year has brought WMCCAI to a new place —one full of positivity, growth, and possibility. It is gorgeous. Can you imag­ine what 2018 will bring?


Jaime Barnhart, as the chapter’s executive director, is responsible for imple­menting the organization’s mission and goals, and managing its staff. Jaime has worked in non-profits/associations in the D.C. Metro area for over 12 years fo­cusing on program management, events and trade shows, and marketing. She joined WMCCAI as the events manager in 2015.