Ed Lazere

Executive Director
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. 


Brittany Alston

Policy Analyst
Issue Areas: Jobs & Training and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)

Brittany joined the DC Fiscal Policy Institute in 2018 as a Policy Analyst focusing on workforce development in DC.

Before joining DCFPI, Brittany worked as a researcher for UNITE HERE. Her prior research advocated for responsible development in cities and examined the role of unionization in raising the standard of living for workers in low-income communities. Brittany has also served as a social impact analyst for a community development organization in New Jersey, where she provided impact evaluations of neighborhood-based revitalization programs.

Brittany holds a B.A. in urban policy and planning from Rutgers University and a Master’s degree in city planning from University of Pennsylvania’s School of Design.


Kate Coventry

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.


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. 


Amy Lieber

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.


Marlana Wallace

Policy Analyst
Issue Area: Early Child & Pre-K to 12 Education

Marlana’s work focuses on analyzing Pre-K-12 education finance policies, 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.