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About Local 476

Winner of Best of Washington 2021

AFGE Local 476 is a 2021 Best of Washington Award winner for our dedication and effort, our service, and community involvement

Who We Are

AFGE Local 476 represents approximately 2,500 employees of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in HUD's headquarters, Washington, D.C. Field Office, and the Los Angeles Departmental Enforcement Center. We are part of the National Council 222 of HUD Locals, and the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE). Local 476 represents workers throughout HUD's program areas and from the lowest grade clerical workers to GS-15 attorneys.

We are a volunteer organization whose officers are elected by the membership.

What We Do

Local 476 represents our workers by providing a voice in the workplace and negotiating working conditions. We hold management accountable, protecting your rights at work. Our goal is to work together to build an effective union for HUD's government workers so we can ensure justice, equality, fairness, and dignity for all employees. We believe a strong union provides the framework for a productive and creative workplace.

Paid-up members receive exclusive discounts worth thousands of dollars in savings for travel and entertainment, financial and legal services, auto and insurance services, and more, through our affiliations with AFGE. Check out all the benefits of membership!

Where We Are

Find us in Room 3142 of the HUD Headquarters Building or call us at 202-402-3077. If you need a steward to assist you, please contact Chief Steward Ashaki Robinson. You can find a list of Union stewards on our Stewards page.


Cynthia Carter, photo by Jared Soares

Cynthia Fisher Carter, President

Cynthia began working at HUD in 2002 as a contractor in the Office of Departmental Operations and Coordination (ODOC), and then for the Office of Policy Development & Research (PD&R). Her federal career began in 2004 in the Office of Public and Indian Housing (PIH), Office of Budget as a GS-5 Student Career Employee Program (SCEP) intern. She soon developed and advanced to become a Financial Management Specialist responsible for managing a portfolio of over $23B.

After 8 years, Cynthai decided to transfer her skillset to the PIH Training Division as a Management Analyst. In this role, she was able to use her vast budget knowledge and serve as the primary (financial) liaison between the PIH Training Division, the PIH Budget Office, and the program offices, overseeing and managing annual training expenditures sometimes upwards of $1M.

Before coming to HUD, Cynthia had worked in private industry, and managed various medical (physician) offices including primary and specialty care and mental health services. The need to serve others has always been her calling, so in 2015 she became a stewardess for AFGE Local 476.

It was in this role that Cyntia realized her true passion and pledged to forever protect, defend and represent our members and bargaining unit employees to the fullest extent of our Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA), applicable statutes and prevailing laws. During her tenure with Local 476, she not only served as stewardess, but also in the capacity of Chief Stewardess, 1st Vice President, Alternate Regional Vice President for Council 222, (Acting) Health & Safety Stewardess and (Acting) President when called upon to do so.

Cynthia looks forward to serving in the capacity of President and thanks each of the Executive Board officers for having the same passion, drive, and willingness to serve that she does. She says, "YOU ARE APPRECIATED." As Cyntia always says, “Agree Where We Can, Fight When We Must, but ALWAYS In Solidarity……”


Ashaki Robinson, photo by Jared Soares

Ashaki Robinson, 1st Vice President and Chief Steward

Ashaki is a Social Science Analyst in Policy Development and Research and has been at HUD since 2006. She is vice president of the HUD Child care Center Board. Before coming to HUD, Ashaki worked in the field of social work and community organizing. She received her PhD in social policy from Brandeis University.



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Antonio Carraway, 2nd Vice President




Rodney Rose

Rodney Rose, Secretary




Monique Biggs

Monique Biggs, Treasurer

Monique began work at HUD in May 1989 as a clerk typist. In 1997 she was selected for the Upward Mobility Program and Monique is now a Housing Project Manager in Multifamily Housing/Asset Management. Monique has extensive training from AFGE National to ensure that she is knowledgeable and capable of handling her fiduciary responsibilities as Local 476 Treasurer.



Jerry Gross

Christopher McLennon

Kimberly David

Alternate Delegates: Ingrid Brown, Dinorah Nino, and Saad Akhdar



Chief Steward: Ashaki Robinson.

AFGE Local 476 has numerous stewards to represent our bargaining unit. If you need representation by AFGE Local 476 or advice, first contact the chief steward.