Issue Areas: Budget, Economic Development, and Taxes
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 2012-2013. Lazere also serves on the board of directors of a number of local non-profits, including 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 Master’s in public policy from the University of Maryland.
Senior Policy Analyst
Issue Areas: Homelessness, Interim Disability Assistance (IDA) and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
Kate joined the DC Fiscal Policy Institute as a Policy Analyst in 2011, focusing on a range of issues affecting low-income residents of DC, particularly TANF, Interim Disability Assistance (IDA), and homelessness. She is a voting member of the DC Interagency Council on Homelessness, the body of representatives from DC government, nonprofit providers, advocates, homeless, and formerly homeless.
Kate’s 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’s in public policy from George Washington University.
Issue Areas: Affordable Housing, Workforce Development
Doni joined DCFPI in 2019 as a Policy Analyst focusing on Affordable Housing and Workforce Development.Prior to joining DCFPI, Doni worked at Neighborhood Allies where she co-led the implementation of All-In Pittsburgh, a collaborative regional strategy that shapes policies to achieve equitable development– ensuring that everyone participates in and benefits from the region’s economic transformation. She also led strategic planning for the organization and co-managed a grants program that intentionally invests in historically divested neighborhoods in Pittsburgh.
Doni earned her Master of Public and International Affairs (MPIA) at the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs and Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Political Science and Hispanic Languages and Literatures from the University of Pittsburgh.
Doni enjoys a good book, political TV dramas and scrolling through twitter.
Issue Areas: Affordable Housing, Workforce Development
Kamolika joined DCFPI in 2019 as a Policy Analyst focusing on Affordable Housing and Workforce Development. Before joining DCFPI, Kamolika worked as a State & Local Policy Manager for Prosperity Now where she advocated for policies that promote financial stability, wealth, and prosperity for low- and middle-income communities. Prior to her graduate studies, Kamolika spent several years working in cybersecurity for the federal government. She has also worked in child welfare through AmeriCorps and taught English in Shenzhen, China.
Kamolika received her Master of Public Policy (MPP) from the Ford School at the University of Michigan and Bachelor of Arts (BA) from Vassar College.
Originally from New Jersey, Kamolika spends much of her free time on I-95 visiting family and friends up and down the Eastern Seaboard. She also enjoys cooking and perusing bookstores.
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. She 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.
Outreach, Development, and Research Assistant
Amy joined DCFPI in August 2018 as a Outreach, Development, and Research Assistant. She comes to DCFPI through Avodah, the Jewish Service Corps. Avodah is a national Jewish community response to poverty that places corps members at a range of anti-poverty organizations in DC, New York City, New Orleans, and Chicago.
Amy graduated from Vassar College in May 2018 with a B.A. in Political Science and a minor in History. She formerly served as a White House intern and a research assistant at the FDR Presidential Library.
Amy has lived in New York, Baltimore, and Southern California, and she is excited to make Washington, DC her home. When she is not working, Amy enjoys cooking and eating, as well as music and comedy.