Melinda M. Bolling was confirmed Director for the DC Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (“DCRA”) on July 14, 2015. In this role, Ms. Bolling is responsible for managing an agency that protects the health, safety, economic interests and quality of life of District of Columbia residents, businesses and visitors by issuing licenses and permits, conducting inspections, enforcing building, housing and safety codes, regulating land use and development and advocating for and educating consumers.
Previously, Ms. Bolling served as DCRA’s General Counsel where she managed the agency’s legal staff in both prosecutorial and defensive litigation before administrative and judicial forums in the District of Columbia. As General Counsel, Ms. Bolling oversaw all legal matters affecting the agency, including: 1) drafting legislation, regulations and Council testimony; 2) negotiating and drafting memoranda of understanding with other District of Columbia agencies; 3) participating in meetings with Council members, staff and officials in the Executive Office of the Mayor; 4) assisting and advising DCRA’s senior management team on various agency legal issues; and 5) managing the agency’s handling of risk management issues and FOIA requests.
Earlier in her legal career, Ms. Bolling worked for both federal and state/municipal agencies and in private practice. She earned her undergraduate degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology (“Georgia Tech”) and her law degree from the Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law. She resides in Ward 7 with her husband, daughter and son.