Sheika Nikole Reid has always found a sense of pride and honor in serving her community. Many of you know her from her work with environmental justice groups, encouraging workers at Howard University to join Labor Unions, or from her family's work in helping to realize the dreams of first-time homeowners. Sheika has always fought for her community, please join her and several of her closest friends and family members as she sets off on the road to the Ward 1 City Council seat.
Sheika Reid is a personable, hands-on leader who understands how to organize different factions of people to deliver tangible results. She’s a life-long resident of Ward 1, and the director for affordable housing opportunities at Avanti Real Estate. Sheika studied Civil Engineering at Howard University and is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and the National Society of Black Engineers.
Sheika has organized countless community forums, roundtable discussions and brown bag lunches, bringing together agency directors and Ward One neighbors—at the same table—to engage in tangible, results-oriented conversations on key issues such as: Community Policing, Education Reform, as well as CBE and SBE Development. Recognizing Sheika’s leadership, the late Sylvia Robinson and the Emergence Community Arts Collective presented her with the “In Her Honor” Award for Community Organizing and Leadership.
As a Strategist at EVI Equity, Sheika was responsible for managing several community land trusts and created a marketplace for small businesses to share, exchange and import international and domestic goods. She has also contributed to many housing preservation initiatives and some of the most innovative development projects across the city as a consultant and Architectural Drafter with ShereDesign. As Director of Affordable Housing Opportunities at Avanti Real Estate Services, Sheika assisted in bringing together neighbors, small and minority business leaders, community activists and government officials around the development of a 100% affordable housing project in the District of Columbia.
Advocate for Organized Labor
Sheika believes in fair working conditions for everyone—regardless of position, that’s why she helped to organize employees at Sodexho USA to stand up for higher wages, healthcare benefits and advanced scheduling. She held early morning meetings and late evening sessions, coaching workers through each step. She also trained them on how to engage their co-workers in this democratic process. This resulted in the execution of a Collective Bargaining Agreement between the mega food service company and Unite Here—Local 23.
For years, Sheika hosted the “Voices With Vision” show on WPFW 89.3 where she led compelling conversations on key topics, such as: “Making Capital more Accessible to Small Businesses,” “Developing Affordable Housing for the Millennial Workforce,” and “Continuing Education Reform.” Her coverage has led to necessary debates on improving such conditions for our neighbors here in the District.
Sheika Reid grew up on Columbia Road watching her parents dedicate their lives to uplifting others. Her mother stood up for affordable housing when she chaired the DC Board of Zoning Adjustments and her father fought tooth-and-nail to help small businesses thrive as a member of the DC Board of Property Tax Appeals. Together, they have built an awe-inspiring Real Estate and Affordable Housing Development firm that has been a pillar in the Columbia Heights community for over 30 years.
Sheika’s parents ingrained in her the values by which she leads her life today: to Put God first in all that she does, to do what is right—especially when no one else is looking and to speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves.
Sheika resides in Columbia Heights and is a member of Northeastern Presbyterian Church.
Interned with Congresswoman Norton
Protest on the 14th St. Bridge During Rush Hour
In response to the acquittal of Officer Darren Wilson in killing of Michael Brown Organizer
Hush DC Silent Protest and March
In response to Trayvon Martin's murderer not being convicted Organizer
Howard University Day of Service
Became a Co-Founding Member
A MORE ACCESSIBLE D.C.
- Accessible open door policy
- Presence at community meetings and responsiveness to community concerns
- Expand Senior Services budget
- Provide organic, locally grown lunches in schools
- Subsidize vocational programs to prepare students for entry-level positions after high school
- Develop justice programs in schools to mitigate youth incarceration rates
- Make sure that the rights of the tenants are protected through TOPA laws
- Expand HPAP and D.C. Opens Doors to meet the needs of the market place
- Redefine the Area Median Income to be zipcode specific
- Streamline the process for Department of Housing and Community Development to produce affordable housing units
- Eliminate the fees attached to parking and speeding tickets
- Reduce the cost of tickets
- Adopt a community service based debt pay-off program
- Make the DSLB more accessible to small businesses
- Expand and emphasize internship programs to bridge older businesses with newer technologies and needs of the marketplace.
- Support the creative community
- Ensure that CBE opportunities are marketed through the communities