Lazere has led the work of the DC Fiscal Policy Institute since it was established in 2001. Prior to that, he was a policy analyst for 12 years at DCFPI’s parent organization, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. At CBPP, he worked on numerous issues at both the state and federal level, including state spending choices under the TANF block grant and other issues related to welfare reform implementation; state-level tax policy, particularly State Earned Income Tax Credits; and affordable housing. Lazere holds a Master of Public Policy degree from the University of Maryland.
Bhat is an Education Finance and Policy Analyst at DCFPI, where her work focuses on improving the fiscal transparency and equity of public education in the District. In this role, Bhat conducts research and analysis to help DC residents better understand school finance and the effects of education policies on the city’s low- and moderate-income students. Formerly, she worked at The Finance Project where she conducted state fiscal mapping studies and provided research and technical assistance to state leaders on how to sustain early childhood and out-of-school time programs. She also conducted policy research for the New America Foundation’s education program. She holds a Master’s degree from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin and a BS in Psychology from Birmingham-Southern College.
Coventry is a Policy Analyst at DCFPI, focusing on a range of issues affecting low-income residents of DC, particularly TANF, 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. She received a BA in sociology from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College and a Master of Public Policy degree from George Washington University.
Jessica Fulton joined DCFPI as an Outreach Director in December 2011. Her work focuses on maintaining and building connections with the community and gaining support for policy campaigns. Jessica joined DCFPI following internship with the Office of Congressman Tim Ryan (D-OH). Prior to moving to DC to pursue her internship, she worked as a Policy and Research Associate with the Chicago Urban League, focusing on issues of inequality in education, income, and juvenile justice. She holds a Bachelors degree in economics from the University of Chicago and an M.S. in Economic Policy Analysis from Depaul University’s Kellstadt Graduate School of Business.
Jenny Reed is the Policy Director at DCFPI, where she has worked since 2008. Jenny leads the organizations work on the DC budget, affordable housing, poverty and income trends, and tax policy. While at DCFPI she has published a number of reports, including papers that examine the growing gaps between wages and housing costs and the affordable housing challenges DC families’ face, the impact of the recession on poverty in DC, and ways to improve the transparency of DC’s budget.
Jenny serves on the Board of Commissioners for the DC Housing Authority. She was appointed to the Board in April 2012 by the DC Consortium of Legal Service Providers to serve in the Housing Advocate position. During tax season, she volunteers to help low-income families prepare and file their taxes for free. Jenny holds a Master’s degree in public policy from George Washington University and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Rhode Island.
Wes Rivers is a Policy Analyst at DCFPI and a SFAI State Policy Fellow. His work focuses on a range of issues, including health care policy, taxation, and TANF. Wes joined DCFPI after completing his Master’s degree at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin. While in school, he worked for a state affordable housing advocate, and he completed a summer internship at the Urban Institute, researching changes to state TANF programs. Wes also holds a Bachelors degree in economics from Southwestern University.
Silverman joined DCFPI in April 2009. Previously she worked as a Metro reporter for the Washington Post, where she covered regional crime, District politics, and local business. From 2002 to 2004, Silverman wrote the popular “Loose Lips” column on local politics and government for the Washington City Paper. Earlier in her career, she worked as a researcher with the Center for Responsive Politics. She lives on Capitol Hill and is an enthusiastic cyclist, tennis player, and cook. Silverman was awarded a bachelor’s degree in history and economics from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. She is currently enrolled in the urban planning master’s program at the University of Maryland, College Park.
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