Aaron Holmes is a Washingtonian with a record of sparking community dialogue. He comes from a working-class family where his parents taught him to think, work hard, respect others, and most importantly, to support those around him. He believes there is no better way to exemplify the values his parents instilled in him than to serve the people of Washington D.C.
At the age of twelve, Aaron got his first job selling the Washington Post on Sundays in his neighborhood. This small but meaningful opportunity became the foundation of a nearly 20 year career that spans the public and private sectors with organizations such as the U.S. Department of the Interior, the U.S. Agency for International Development, DC Water, and Fannie Mae.
In addition to his career achievements, Aaron’s community contributions include board leadership, volunteering for community based organizations, and creating a number of youth engagement initiatives. Aaron developed MyPD,a district-wide program aimed at elevating youth voice in an effort to improve police and community relations; coordinated DC’s first graduation walk to celebrate and inspire youth in schools where it is most needed; and spearheads Leaders Must Be Readers, bringing District leaders to Southeast classrooms to highlight the importance of literacy.
"Kids can't be what they can't see."
In the Community
Leaders Must Be Readers
Each month, I invite local business leaders and city officials to classrooms in South East to highlight the importance of literacy. Leaders Must Be Leaders aims to expose students to positive role models while reinforcing the idea that reading is a lifelong exercise.
In 2016, with support from the Metropolitan Police Department, I created MyPD. MyPD is district-wide program aimed at elevating youth voice in an effort to improve police and community relations
In 2017, I coordinated the city’s first graduation walk to celebrate and inspire students in schools where it is most needed. Seeking to shine a positive light on academic institutions as well as the scores of dedicated staff who work tirelessly on behalf of their students.