Ed Lazere, Executive Director (

Ed has led the work of the DC Fiscal Policy Institute since its inception in 2001. Under his leadership, DCFPI has become the primary source of independent information on the DC budget and one of the most influential policy organizations focused on the District. Lazere is recognized as a leading expert on the District’s budget and tax system, and he is looked to as a resource on a number of policy issues such as affordable housing and welfare-to-work programs.

Ed’s work at the DC Fiscal Policy Institute has received numerous honors, including awards from Bread for the City, the Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia, the DC Employment Justice Center, the DC Primary Care Association, the Center for Nonprofit Advancement, DC Jobs With Justice, and the Healthy Families/Thriving Communities Collaborative Council. He is cited frequently in the media, including The Washington Post, the Washington Business Journal, WAMU, WTOP and numerous blogs.

Ed served as the Chair of the Public Education Finance Reform Commission in 2011-2012 and a member of the DC Tax Revision Commission in 2012-13. Lazere also serves on the board of directors of a number of local non-profits, including, the Consumer Health Foundation, the DC Primary Care Association, and Temple Micah.  He also is a member of the emeritus board of the Children’s Law Center.

Ed earned an undergraduate degree from Harvard College and a Masters in Public Policy from the University of Maryland

Ilana Boivie, Senior Policy Analyst (

Ilana joined DCFPI in May 2015 as a Senior Policy Analyst. Her work focuses on strengthening job training and adult education, and on improving working conditions for people employed in DC. Previously, she worked as a Research Economist for the Communications Workers of America, where she served as the subject matter expert on retirement policy and provided bargaining and policy support on health care issues. Prior to that, she served as Director of Programs for the National Institute on Retirement Security, where she conducted original research and analysis of national retirement issues, frequently spoke on retirement and economic matters, and testified before policymakers regarding her research.

Ilana holds an M.A. in Economics from New Mexico State University and a B.A. in English from Binghamton University, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude.

Kate Coventry, Senior Policy Analyst (

Kate is a Senior Policy Analyst at DCFPI, focusing on a range of issues affecting low-income residents of DC, particularly Interim Disability Assistance (IDA), and homelessness.  Her professional background is rooted in working with community-based organizations in the Washington area.  She is an avid knitter in her spare time.

Kate holds an undergraduate degree in sociology from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College and a Master of Public Policy degree from George Washington University.

Candice Duggan, Development Director (

Candice Duggan joined DCFPI in April 2014 as our first-ever Development Director. Candice has worked in development for five years, most recently for the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. In addition to working there, she is pursuing a master’s degree in Public Management, building on her undergraduate degree in Public Policy. Prior to Johns Hopkins, Candice worked in Atlanta (her hometown) for Zoo Atlanta and Atlanta Habitat for Humanity.

An organization cannot thrive on high-quality research and analysis alone – unless of course someone is there to connect with the people and institutions who understand the benefits and want to support it. Through a variety of activities, Candice will be reaching out to supporters to ensure that the DC Fiscal Policy Institute can continue its work to build thriving communities across the city.

Simone Holzer, Communications Manager (

Simone joined DCFPI in 2016. As DCFPI’s Communications Manager, she tells the story of DCFPI through blogs, social media, email blasts and newsletters, and is involved in a variety of DCFPI advocacy campaigns. Simone initially came to DCFPI as a corps member in Avodah, the Jewish Service Corps, and worked in this role for a year before becoming DCFPI’s Communications Manager. Simone holds a B.A. in sociology from Kenyon College, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude. 

Jodi Kwarciany, Policy Analyst (

Jodi joined DCFPI in May 2016 as a Policy Analyst, focusing on health policy. Jodi previously worked on a wide array of health policy topics as a Research Associate with the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities in Washington, D.C. Before arriving in her adopted city, she zigzagged across the Midwest and interned with state legislators, lobbyists, and Optum Labs of UnitedHealth Group. Jodi received her Master’s in Public Policy from the University of Minnesota and Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire. She is passionate about health policy and is excited to contribute DCFPI’s excellent work for the District of Columbia.

Marlana Wallace, Policy Analyst (

Marlana’s work focuses on analyzing the education budget, and advocating to improve outcomes for low-income children in the District. Marlana joined DCFPI in 2017, after working as a Research Associate with DCFPI’s parent organization, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. At the Center, she was part of the State Fiscal Project, researching education finance, state tax policy, state EITC developments, and state policies that affect immigrants. Prior to joining the Center, she worked as a Policy Analyst & Public Interest Fellow for the Colorado Fiscal Institute, a peer organization of DCFPI within the State Priorities Partnership network.  Her research there included education funding and child-care tax credits. Her previous work involved improving expanded learning time programs, as well as contributing to academic research on parent-school relations.

Marlana holds a B.A. in sociology from Colorado College, where she graduated magna cum laude.

Claire Zippel, Policy Analyst (

Claire joined DCFPI in June 2015 after earning  a Master’s in Public Policy from Georgetown University. Previously, she worked on DC’s housing affordability crisis, inclusionary zoning, and temporary rentals of income-restricted units as a policy fellow at the Coalition for Smarter Growth. Claire is particularly interested in the connection between housing affordability and economic mobility.