Since the Community Association’s inception, Maybelle Bennett has implemented community planning and development activities in neighborhoods near Howard’s central campus and managed the University’s 2012 Central Campus Master Plan. She secured funding for the preservation of the historic Mary Church Terrell Home, partnered with the Center for Urban Progress to obtain funding for housing, social services and workforce training in the Shaw, LeDroit Park and Pleasant Plains Communities, and oversaw community service corps programs that placed Howard students in District of Columbia human service agencies, schools and after-school programs.

A native Washingtonian and long-time resident of the Congress Heights neighborhood of Ward 8, Maybelle Bennett is a planner by profession who received her Bachelor’s degree from Vassar College in Africana Studies and her Masters of Science in Urban Planning from Columbia University. She served for sixteen years on the Zoning Commission for the District of Columbia, and for seven of those years, she served as its Chairperson. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for: Manna Ventures, Inc.; the Emergence Community Arts Collective; and the Interfaith Action for Human Rights. She has volunteered in the communities surrounding Howard University as a fiber arts instructor teaching weaving, crochet and knitting since 1999, and is the proud mother of Rebeccah Bennett Kenyatta, mother-in-love of Salim Kenyatta and grandmother of two girls, Willow and Sage Kenyatta.