About the advoc8te


Hey there! When I am not blogging as The Advoc8te, I’m known as Nikki Peele and I wear a lot of hats. I’m an entrepreneur, a marketing professional, a consultant, a creative, an activist, an instigator, a busybody, a feminist, a hero, a villain, a smart ass, a daughter, a sister, a dog owner and a friend.

And when I’m not busy with all that entails, I really like making things happen east of the river!

I'm just your typical “Type A” type. My DC story begins in 1995 when I relocated from Greensboro, North Carolina (by way of Virginia Beach) to attend Howard University. Back then, I wanted to be a marine biologist. Somewhere along the line, I ended up working in the legal industry before graduating with a Bachelor's degree in Biology. To this day, I have never used my Biology degree in a professional sense (but it has come in handy at trivia parties). That’s life (and student loans) for you. We plan and God laughs.

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I purchased my first home, a lovely one-bedroom condo in Congress Heights in the fall of 2007. Initially, my plan was simple: mind my damn business! I was only 30 but I had already gained a pretty fierce reputation of being passionate about my projects (at the time, solving problems in the private sector).  So for once, I just wanted to chill out and just focus on myself.

Well, we've seen how well that has worked out! 😂

Over the years, I’ve had the pleasure of starting a small business and launching and supporting a variety of east of the river projects and nonprofits but most importantly I have been able to connect with my neighbors, amazing people who love our community and work so very hard to make it great.

Whether you started reading Congress Heights on the Rise for the first time today or from the very beginning, I’m really glad to have you as part of the CHotR community!

P.S. Have a question for The Advoc8te? First check out my FAQs and and if that doesn’t help drop me a line.

P.P.S. Unless you have been living under a rock (or perhaps just moved to DC) but it’s true, I did move west of the river. For now, the plan is that this will be a temporary move but if that changes I will be the first to let you know! CHotR is still running and my business is 100% east of the river focused so I’m really not going anywhere even if I’m sleeping in a new zip code. The Washington City Paper has most of the details of what precipitated my move. You can read all about it here.