Jacquelyn  L. Lendsey

Interim Executive Director
(202) 886-5174

Jacquelyn L. Lendsey joined DCFPI in March 2020 as Interim Executive Director, where she plays a vital role in laying the groundwork for the future of the organization. In her role, she will work with DCFPI’s staff as they look toward the future and continue to achieve policy change for the District’s residents.

Jackie has more than 25 years’ experience leading national and local nonprofit organizations. Since 2012, she has served as an interim executive professional, skilled at guiding organizations through transition in a limited time frame. She is a native Washingtonian, and a member of the Interim Executive Network, a network of experienced professional interim executives in the DC metro region, and Leadership Greater Washington.  

Jackie has been interested in DCFPI’s work for a while, and looks forward to being a valued member of the team—even if for a short time. 

Tazra Mitchell

Policy Director
(202) 886-5179

Issue Areas: Budget and Tax Policy, Work and Income Supports

Tazra Mitchell joined the DC Fiscal Policy Institute in August 2019 as the Policy Director, where she manages and advances the organization’s policy research and advocacy agenda. She is passionate about the anti-racism and economic justice movements.

Previously, Tazra worked as a Senior Policy Analyst at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP), where she managed the “Poverty to Opportunity” project and conducted analyses of promising employment policies aimed at helping people struggling to make ends meet. Prior to CBPP, she was a Policy Analyst with the North Carolina Budget & Tax Center, where she conducted analyses of fiscal and economic policies and helped spearhead various anti-poverty policy campaigns. She also analyzed legislative proposals to determine the fiscal impact on state government resources and worked directly with legislators to develop the state budget as a Research Assistant in the non-partisan Fiscal Research Division of the North Carolina General Assembly. 

Tazra holds a B.A. in Political Science from North Carolina State University and an MPP from the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University.

Gail Zuagar

Communications Manager
(202) 886-5206

Gail joined DCFPI in November 2019 as Communications Manager, where she works to develop and implement the organization’s overall communications strategy. Before joining DCFPI, Gail worked at a healthcare technology company while completing her graduate studies. She developed a passion for combining communications with advocacy and outreach in previous roles at The Education Trust and the National Women’s Law Center and is excited for this return to mission-driven work.

Gail believes in using thoughtful communication strategies and tactics to reach a diverse range of people. She is passionate about connecting people and organizations with the resources they need—whether introducing parents to organizations that can help them advocate for better schools for their children, or bringing like-minded friends together who can support one another in business and in life—Gail is always ready to help in any way she can. She looks forward to continuing her memberships with Washington Women in Public Relations and ColorComm.

Gail earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism from Temple University and her Master of Professional Studies in Public Relations & Corporate Communications from Georgetown University. In her spare time, Gail enjoys spending time with her husband and their children.

Kate Coventry

Senior Policy Analyst
(202) 886-5176

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.


Doni Crawford

Policy Analyst
(202) 886-5181

Issue Areas: Affordable Housing, Workforce Development

Doni joined DCFPI in January 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.

Eliana Golding

Policy Analyst
(202) 886-5174

Issue Areas: Affordable Housing, Workforce Development

Before joining us at DCFPI, Eliana worked at Housing Counseling Services where she co-coordinated an initiative to create innovative strategies for preserving affordability and preventing displacement from aging housing stock in areas East of the River. She has also worked as a tenant organizer, providing technical assistance to tenant associations going through the Tenant Opportunity to Purchase Act process.

Eliana holds a BA in Politics from Oberlin College and an MA in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning from Tufts University. Through her graduate studies, Eliana developed a passion for Geographic Information Systems, and is excited about bringing her skills in geographic data visualization (mapping) to inform DCFPI’s research and advocacy.

Eliana comes from a community organizing and movement building background and is passionate about policy making that is informed by community voices. Outside of work, Eliana enjoys riding her bike, gardening, and making music with her friends.


Qubilah Huddleston

Policy Analyst
(202) 886-5177

Issue Areas: Education

Qubilah Huddleston joined the DC Fiscal Policy Institute in July 2019 as an Education Policy Analyst. Prior to joining DCFPI, Qubilah worked in program management at Code in the Schools, a Baltimore City nonprofit that empowers youth to thrive in the 21st century economy by expanding access to quality computer science education and building pathways from school to jobs and higher education.

She received her bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Public Policy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her master’s in public policy with a focus on K-12 education from the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Her professional experience includes working on policy issues at the local, state, and federal levels across nonprofit, public, and corporate sectors.

When she’s not at work, Qubilah enjoys perusing the aisles of used bookstores, creating mood-inspired playlists, and brewing a pot of hot herbal tea.

Danielle Hamer

Policy Associate


Danielle Hamer served as DCFPI’s Avodah Corps member from 2019-2020 and now joins our team as a Policy Associate. Danielle is thrilled to be working with the policy team to conduct research and organize campaigns across issue areas, including rent control and revenue.

Danielle graduated from the University of Washington in 2019 with a BA in International Political Economy. Prior to joining the DCFPI team, she worked as a campaign manager for a Seattle City Council candidate.

In her spare time, Danielle enjoys exploring museums, watching comedy, and playing overly competitive games of Bananagrams.