Kitty Richards

Acting Executive Director
Issue Areas: Budget, Taxes and Economic Development

Kitty joined the DC Fiscal Policy Institute in January 2018 as Acting Executive Director. She brings a decade of tax and fiscal policy research and advocacy experience at both the federal and local level. Kitty has worked at several prominent think-tanks, including the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and the Center for American Progress (CAP). She has served as a staffer on Capitol Hill and in the White House – most recently as Economic Policy Advisor to Vice President Joe Biden.

She left the Vice President’s office to manage DC Councilmember At-Large Elissa Silverman’s election campaign, then becoming Chief of Staff in Councilmember Silverman’s office. In that role, Kitty managed the day to day work of the Councilmember’s team, and worked on a wide range of issues including tax policy, workforce development, and the Universal Paid Leave Act.

Throughout her career Kitty has focused on how tax and budget policy can be used to alleviate poverty, empower families and communities, and build an economy that works for everyone.

Kitty received her bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Reed College, and her J.D. cum laude from New York University School of Law, as part of the Leadership Program in Tax and Fiscal Policy. She lives in Ward 1 with her husband and two children.


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. 


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.