Muriel Elizabeth Bowser (born August 2, 1972) is an American politician serving as the eighth Mayor of the District of Columbia since 2015. A member of the Democratic Party, she previously represented Ward 4 as a member of the Council of the District of Columbia from 2007 to 2015. She is the second female Mayor of the District of Columbia after Sharon Pratt, and the first woman to be reelected to that position.
A case study commissioned by the Office of the D.C. Auditor released on Aug. 25 takes what observers consider an unprecedented in-depth look at a transgender woman’s struggle with drug and alcohol abuse, mental illness, and homelessness and the valiant but unsuccessful attempt by dozens of social services experts from city agencies and community-based groups to help her over a period of at least a dozen years.
The study, “Lessons From the Life and Death of Alice Carter,” was prepared by the D.C.-based nonprofit organization Street Sense Media at the request of D.C.