About >


Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on LinkedInShare on Google+Email this to someone

Ed Lazere

Executive Director
Issue Areas: Budget, Economic Development, Jobs & Training 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.


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. 


Hannah Kohanzadeh

Policy Research and Development Associate

Hannah Kohanzadeh joined DCFPI in the Summer of 2017 as a Policy Research and Development Associate. She will be working at DCFPI through Avodah, the Jewish Service Corps. Avodah is a national Jewish community response to poverty which places Service Corp Members at a wide range of anti-poverty organizations in the District, New York, New Orleans and Chicago. Hannah graduated from Occidental College in May 2017 with a B.A. in Diplomacy & World Affairs and a minor in History. These studies enabled her to learn about the interconnected nature of international and domestic politics, economics, and social change. Hannah is interested in how national economics affect DC’s local politics.


Jodi Kwarciany

Policy Analyst
Issue Area: Health Care

Jodi joined the DC Fiscal Policy Institute in 2016 as a Policy Analyst focusing on health care issues in DC, including coverage and access, health reform efforts, and opportunities to reduce health disparities across the District.

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, DC. 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 B.A. 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
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.


Claire Zippel

Policy Analyst | Research Coordinator
Issue Areas: Affordable Housing and Income & Poverty

Claire Zippel joined DCFPI in 2015 as a housing policy analyst. Her work focuses on expanding the supply of affordable housing in DC and increasing low-income families’ access to housing in neighborhoods of opportunity.

Claire previously worked as a policy fellow focused on inclusionary zoning at the Coalition for Smarter Growth. Claire is passionate about the interlinkage of affordable housing, economic mobility, and maintaining an inclusive city.

Claire holds a Master’s degree from the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University and a B.A. in urban studies from New York University.