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Patty Stonesifer’s next act

Stonesifer’s new job is a whole lot more nitty-gritty than her old ones. (Eva Russo — For The Washington Post)

Patty Stonesifer was a high-ranking Microsoft executive and ran the $39 billion Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, one of the world’s largest philanthropic organizations, for nine years. How is she following that act? By taking the helm of Martha’s Table — the respected but comparatively piddling nonprofit based on 14th Street NW. The Post’s Steve Hendrix explains thusly: “Having Stonesifer come run a small local charity is like General Electric business titan Jack Welch showing up to manage the corner appliance store, or one of the Super Bowl-bound Harbaugh brothers deciding to coach high school football.” But after a near-decade in the highest reaches of philanthropy, Stonesifer, also a former chair of the Smithsonian board of regents, said she needs time in the trenches: “I was amazed at how there is a city within a city here,” she told Hendrix. “This idea that the District has so much child hunger, it’s mind-boggling.”

In other news:

The surplus won’t be spent, but hopes are high for future revenue upgrades (PostAPExaminer,WTTG-TVWUSA-TVDCistWBJDCFPI)

Watchdog’s report blames city contractor for mentally ill man’s shooting death by police (Post)

Kennedy Center’s $100 million expansion plan features new riverfront connections (Post)

Harry Jaffe: At-large council candidates are “terrific, qualified and entertaining” (Examiner)

Tommy Wells is launching his mayoral exploratory campaign on Monday (Loose Lips)

If the Children and Youth Investment Trust Corp. can’t raise private funds, what’s the point? (Post editorial)

These men are wanted for questioning in the DC Soundstage quintuple shooting (Crime Scene)

Why have taxpayers paid $2 million to private lawyers to defend city officials implicated in the Pershing Park mess (Legal Times)

It’s looking even unlikelier that the H Street streetcar will open this year as planned (WRC-TV)

Meet some “hired feet” (HuffPo)

United Medical Center had a year of red ink (WBJ)

Meanwhile, CBE questions cloud turnaround contract (WaTimes)

The 59 liquor stores that have applied for Sunday sales, mapped (DCist)

A real-estate minibubble in Trinidad? (UrbanTurf)

Tom Sherwood would like Hizzoner to keep the State of the District short (WRC-TV)

How a Southwest church came to be painted in a rainbow (DCist)

Two-hour crackdown Wednesday on Pennsylvania Avenue U-turns (Dr. Gridlock)

Vince Gray appears to have a bit of a man crush on Ray LaHood (D.C. Wire)

As for the Super Bowl, Hizzoner is torn (D.C. Wire)

Remembering activist Mark Dixon, who made sure North Capitol Street was not forgotten (Hill Rag)

“Cool Disco Donuts.” For reals? (Washingtonian)

Mike DeBonis covers Congress and national politics for The Washington Post. He previously covered D.C. politics and government from 2007 to 2015.



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