An Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) is a non-partisan, neighborhood body made up of locally elected representatives called Advisory Neighborhood Commissioners. Each ANC is subdivided into a number of smaller areas called Single Member Districts (SMDs). One Commissioner is elected per SMD and represents about 2,000 people. Commissioners serve two-year terms without pay.
The ANCs were established to bring government closer to the people, and to bring the people closer to government. Their main job is to be their neighborhood's official voice in advising the District government (and federal agencies) on things that affect their neighborhoods. Although they are not required to follow an ANC's advice, DC agencies are required to give an ANC's recommendations "great weight." Moreover, DC law says that agencies cannot take any action that will significantly affect a neighborhood unless they give the affected ANC 30 days notice. This includes zoning, streets, recreation, education, social services, sanitation, planning, safety, budget, and health services.
You can read more about ANC 4B, including the Commission's boundaries and information about upcoming meetings, governing documents, and ANC advocacy, below and on the ANC 4B website.