2016 Election results- C-PAC Press release

Washington DC Mayor Muriel Bowser Honors Former C-PAC Chair Chris
Gardiner at District of Columbia Inaugural Caribbean-American Community
Recognition Awards

WASHINGTON, DC: On Monday, June 29th, the Washington DC Caribbean community came out en mass to attend the District of Columbia’s inaugural Caribbean Community Recognition Award ceremony. The event, held in recognition of Caribbean-American Heritage Month, honored four Caribbean nationals who have made significant contributions to the District of Columbia Caribbean community over the decades. Chris Gardiner, CPA, one of the visionary founders of the Caribbean Political Action Committee (C-PAC), an organization dedicated to advancing the political agenda of the Washington Metropolitan area Caribbean-American community, was among the distinguished honorees. Mr. Gardiner served as chair of the Mayor’s Advisory Commission on Caribbean-Community Affairs under former Mayor Anthony Williams, and as C-PAC’s Chair for almost eight years.

He currently serves as chair of the Standing Advisory Board of the District of Columbia Health Benefit Exchange Authority (the administrator of Obamacare) and as Vice-Chair of the Board of United Medical Center (UMC), the District of Columbia owned hospital. He is a former Treasurer of the Board of Directors of Howard University Hospital and DC General Hospital. He is also a former member of the Council of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and Treasurer of the Board of The Center for Development and Population Activates.

Mr. Gardiner is the President of GKA, P.C., an award winning public accounting and consulting firm domiciled in the District of Columbia. He is an amateur playwright whose work has been featured in the DC Black Theatre Festival and the Institute of Caribbean Studies’ Allspice Festival.
In introducing him, Event Chair and fellow C-PAC founding member Jamila Thompson said, “During National Caribbean-American Heritage Month, we are proud to honor Mr. Chris Gardiner for his tireless efforts, vision, and dedication to our community.” Receiving the Mayor’s Inaugural Caribbean Community Recognition award along with Mr. Gardiner were Mrs. Jennifer Selman, a fellow C-PAC Founding Patron and her husband Trevor, owners of Crown Bakery, and Dr. Tony Gittens and Mr. Cecil “B.J” Lockhart.