What Brings Me Here

The DC Fiscal Policy Institute (DCFPI) is proud to present What Brings Me Here, a storytelling project that showcases how our staff’s lived experiences drive them to achieve our ambitious goals. Many of us at DCFPI come to the work shaping racially-just tax, budget, and policy decisions because of our own lived history. We see our experiences reflected in what we do. We invite you to learn more about our staff and to support the future of their work—because partners like you bolster our impact and make our work possible.

Commit today to help us build healthy, thriving communities that create the conditions under which people and communities experience care, feel belonging, and reach their full potential.

Click here to make a commitment.

Todd Gray, Director of Institutional Advancement

My work focuses on expanding capacity for DCFPI to shape racially-just tax, budget, and policy decisions. By leveraging our strengths with the power of our ecosystem, we aim to build healthy, thriving communities where all humans have the nurture, sustenance, and safety every person inherently deserves. Lend your support to help DCFPI build an equitable, just future for DC.

Anne Gunderson, Senior Policy Analyst

My work to advance transformative change in DC’s early education system is made possible by committed partners like you. The commitment you make today will support my work to ensure that early educators are paid fairly for their work and every child in DC has a strong start and limitless future.

Eliana Golding, Senior Policy Analyst 

My work to chart a comprehensive agenda to end displacement and help ensure Black and brown residents and those with low incomes can remain in their communities is made possible by committed partners like you. The commitment you make today will support my efforts to end displacement in the District through a holistic strategy that drives resources and investments into housing preservation and production while expanding Black homeownership and other wealth-building strategies.   

Read Eliana’s report on how DC can end displacement.

Erika Roberson, Policy Analyst

My work to strengthen neighborhood schools and eliminate racial and income inequities in student experiences and outcomes is made possible by committed partners like you. Your commitment today will support my efforts to: 

  • Advocate for increased transparency of school budgets to ensure full, equitable funding of all neighborhood schools.  
  • Ensure that families and community members in Wards 5, 7, and 8 have meaningful engagement opportunities with school leaders.  
  • Support Black and brown educators by providing them with the resources and supports they need to create and sustain enriching learning environments. 
  • Amplify Black joy by ensuring that all students, no matter their zip code, race, or family income, have access to high-quality programs and institutions that allow them to achieve their dreams.