Board of Directors

Ed
Lazere
Executive Director

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 2012-13. Lazere also serves on the board of directors of a number of local non-profits, including the Children’s Law Center, the Consumer Health Foundation, the DC Primary Care Association, and Temple Micah. 

Ed earned an undergraduate degree from Harvard College and a Masters in Public Policy from the University of Maryland 

 

Don
Blanchon
Board Chairman
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Alicia
Wilson
Board Vice Chairman
Alicia Wilson received her BA in Religion and Sociology/Anthropology from Swarthmore College and began working in the social services field READ MORE
Zeynep
Orhan, CPA
Board Treasurer
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Dr. Rhonique
Shields-Harris, MD
Board Secretary
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George
Jones
Immediate Past Board Chairman
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Julie
Chapman
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Maria S.
Gomez, RN, MPH
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Flora Terrell
Hamilton, DSW, LICSW, LCSW-C
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Vincent A.
Keane
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Ed
Lazere
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Kelly
Sweeney McShane
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Marsha
Lillie-Blanton, DrPH
Associate Research Professor
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Robert
Berenson
Institute Fellow
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