The Minnesota Avenue Main Street (MAMS) is an initiative to promote, revitalize, and develop the Minnesota Avenue corridor, one of the largest historic commercial districts located east of the Anacostia River. Downtown Ward 7, centered where Minnesota Avenue NE meets Benning Road NE, is home to the Art Deco Senator Theater ad the recently renovated neighborhood library named after famed Civil Rights and Women’s Rights activist Dorothy I. Height. The neighborhood has experienced significant growth with new and planned developments including the mixed-use Park 7 and a revitalized Minnesota Avenue Metro station.  



Samantha Archibald is the Program Manager for the Minnesota Avenue Main Street, with responsibility for guiding the organization's objectives, including the development and execution all Main Street program activities and volunteers, and representing the community regionally and nationally. 

Samantha is passionate about strategic planning and urban revitalization with a people-first, place-based approach. Samantha has more than 14 years of planning, economic and community development, and commercial revitalization experience in the public and private sectors. She is a member of the American Planning Association and a Certified Planner with the American Institute of Certified Planners.  She holds a Bachelors in Community and Regional Planning from Iowa State University and a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning with focus on economic development, from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. 

Samantha can be reached at sarchibald@wacif.org.

Minnesota Avenue SMALL BUSINESS resilience fund


MAMS has created a grant fund, supported by the DC Department of Small and Local Business Development, to help Minnesota Avenue-based small businesses prosper in place. The 2020 award cycle has begun - click here to learn more and apply, click here to check your geographic eligibility, and click here to schedule a consultation for help in completing the application

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis and approved projects must be completed with paid invoices submitted to MAMS by July 31, 2020.