We believe that such a community:
- ensures a secure and affordable home to all;
- provides adequate jobs, a living wage, and income security for all;
- provides all with the education and training necessary for an improved quality of life;
- guarantees environmental health and safety to all;
- ensures that all have access to excellent medical care;
- can remedy the diseases of substance abuse and mental illness with encouragement, support, and quality treatment services;
- provides our incarcerated brothers and sisters with humane treatment and the opportunity for rehabilitation;
- must maintain an effective “social safety net” that can minimize the impact of crises on the lives of women, men, and children;
- and must exercise self-determination vis-a-vis local budget, policies, and law.
Over the last 8 years, FBC has won over $240 million dollars in funding for programs and services in the District, through restorations, increases in funding, and future commitments. In addition, we have helped hundreds of District residents share their stories with elected officials through public testimony, meetings, and public actions. In 2012, several of our actions garnered media attention, including a protest of over 60 parents and children from the family homeless shelter and a demonstration of over 200 DC residents to protest budget cuts to social services.
FBC has grown to represent over 80 organizations plus dozens of concerned citizens and people impacted by poverty who come together to engage in advocacy and organizing around social and economic justice in the District of Columbia.
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Kristi Matthews joined Fair Budget Coalition staff in October 2006 after graduating from Guilford College in May 2006. Before coming to the FBC, Kristi worked as a job coach for Prince Georges Health Department, where she worked with high school students on developing professional skills. She has also worked with low income refugee families as the Co-Coordinator of the Glenhaven Multicultural After School Tutorial Program, helping children develop English skills as well as facilitating discussion about cultural differences around the world.
As the Grassroots Advocacy Coordinator for the Fair Budget Coalition, Kristi helps families, individuals, and youth in Washington, DC, develop the advocacy skills needed to advance funding and support for programs that help move people out of poverty. She accomplishes this through advocacy training with people who are experiencing poverty. In addition, she helps others participate in the advocacy process by helping people share their stories with elected officials through public testimony, meetings with elected officials, and advocacy actions. Kristi also plays a crucial role in ensuring the coalition is moving forward on its advocacy agenda.
Kristi Matthews, Grassroots Advocacy Coordinator, 202-986-9580, firstname.lastname@example.org
Ericka Taylor is the Executive Director of the DC Fair Budget Coalition. Prior to joining FBC, she served as the Development Director for The Other 98%, a netroots organization dedicated to ending the corporate control of the U.S. political system. Born and raised in Nashville, TN, she has spent the bulk of her career working for social justice organizations. After graduating from CornellUniversity with a B.A. in English, she had a brief stint as a freelance writer before becoming a community organizer with the Washington, DC chapter of the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN). She also organized with Tenants and Workers Support Committee (now Tenants and Workers United) in Alexandria, VA and trained young people and youth organizers as the Southeast Regional Program Coordinator for YouthAction, based in Albuquerque, NM.
Beginning in 2000, Ericka joined the philanthropic community, working as a Program Associate at the Public Welfare Foundation in Washington, DC. She later became the Program Officer for Community Development, where she directed funding to organizations working on issues that included low-wage worker organizing, living wages, community benefits agreements, affordable housing, homelessness, predatory lending and fair taxation. Ericka left Public Welfare to return to grassroots work and became the Organizing Coordinator for Organizing Neighborhood Equity, DC.
In 2012, she earned a Master of Fine Arts degree, with a concentration in fiction, from the Inland Northwest Center for Writers at Eastern Washington University. As a graduate student, she taught two classes at the Airway Heights Corrections Center and served as the Assistant Fiction Editor and Assistant Managing Editor of Willow Springs magazine.
She has served as a member of the Board of Directors or Steering Committees of the National Organizers Alliance, Progressive Technology Project, Youth Education Alliance, and DC Jobs with Justice and is currently a board member of the National Priorities Project.
Ericka Taylor, Executive Director, 202-986-9580, email@example.com
As Campaign Organizer, Janelle coordinates Fair Budget members to advocate for budget and public policy initiatives that address poverty and human needs in DC. Before joining the staff at Fair Budget, she helped run a successful campaign for progressive taxation with Save Our Safety Net, worked as the Arts and Culture organizer at Organizing Neighborhood Equity DC (ONE DC), and helped coordinate a neighborhood campaign with Hear Mount Pleasant. She has consulted on campaign strategy, creative action planning, and cultural organizing with a variety of community organizations, including United Workers Association, DC Jobs with Justice, and CASA de Maryland, among others. In her spare time, Janelle is a puppeteer and stilt-walker. She co-founded the Puppet Underground collective in DC and has been performing with the Bread and Puppet Theater every summer in Vermont for the past 10 years.
Janelle Treibitz, Campaign Organizer, 202-986-9580, firstname.lastname@example.org
Alex Ashbrook serves as the director of D.C. Hunger Solutions, an anti-hunger, anti-poverty non-profit in the District and an initiative of the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC). She works to end hunger and improve the nutrition, health, economic security, and well-being of low-income families in the nation’s capital. She was appointed to chair the Mayor’s Commission on Food and Nutrition in the fall of 2009, which advised the Mayor on anti-hunger and nutrition policies; served on the executive committee and co-chaired the policy committee that created the City Obesity Work Group, which developed the District’s State Obesity Plan; is on the steering committee of both the D.C. Fair Budget Coalition and Defeat Poverty D.C.; and was elected to serve as the community representative for Live Well DC. Alex, who joined FRAC in January 2007 as the Director of D.C. Hunger Solutions, brings extensive advocacy experience to her role, much of which has focused on the needs of vulnerable youth. While at Georgetown Law School’s D.C. Street Law Project, Alex supervised law students teaching at D.C. public high schools. She then spent ten years working at Street Law, the national nonprofit dedicated to transforming democratic ideals into citizen action. Alex received her J.D. and L.L.M. from the Georgetown University Law Center.
Cheryl K. Barnes
Cheryl Barnes has been a freelance homeless activist for 25 years in Washington, DC. Cheryl grew up in the era of the Kennedys, Martin Luther King and Malcolm X, which helped to shape her advocacy. Cheryl began her advocacy work when she met Mitch Snyder, a leader of the Community for Creative Non-Violence (CCNV). CCNV began operating a shelter for men and women who are homeless in the 1980′s. When she first arrived at CCNV, Mitch Snyder was about to go into his first hunger strike. Cheryl would sit outside of his room with other residents and would check in on him. Mitch began Cheryl’s journey as an advocate. He recruited her for a protest on Capitol Hill, where she sat in a chicken coop to draw attention to the warehousing of people who were homeless. Cheryl participated in numerous protests before, during, and after the era of the DC Control Board and has been actively advocating for people who are homeless. Cheryl is a speaker with the Speakers Bureau through the National Coalition for the Homeless. She has traveled all over the country speaking with people about homelessness and advocacy in Washington, DC. She serves on the board of the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless, works actively with N Street Village, and has been appointed by the Mayor to the DC Interagency Council on Homelessness. She has testified at numerous hearings before the DC Council as well as on Capitol Hill. Cheryl has often worked to increase advocacy among people who are homeless. She has participated in numerous protests, panels, and discussions around homelessness. Cheryl wants to help people who are homeless to fight to reclaim the community that they were born into.
Patricia DeFerrari is Director of Research and Program Development at Academy of Hope an adult education center serving low-income DC residents since 1985. In this position she is responsible for data management, curriculum development, program evaluation, and faculty development. Prior to joining the Academy of Hope staff in 2002, Patricia served as Evening Programs Manager at Graduate School, USDA. A second-generation Washingtonian, Patricia has a commitment to serving people experiencing homelessness, a commitment that includes more than twenty years of volunteer work with Christ House and seven years with the Sacred Heart Dinner Program.
Richard Flintrop is a policy analyst with the Healthy Families/Thriving Communities Collaborative Council. A resident of DC for 15 years, Richard has devoted most of that time to the development of the HFTC Collaboratives, a neighborhood based network of supports for at-risk children and families. Among his current responsibilities, he serves as grant manager for a DHS grant that funds the Collaboratives’ participation in the DC Fatherhood Initiative. A native of Wisconsin, Richard initially came to the District to work at the Center for the Study of Social Policy, where he provided technical assistance to a number of states that had been selected to participate in a child welfare reform initiative funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. In Wisconsin, Richard served for ten years as a member of the Wisconsin State Assembly, where he chaired the Education Committee and sponsored a wide range of legislation advancing reforms in the juvenile justice, mental health and child welfare systems in the state. He is currently a member of the Steering Committee of the Fair Budget Coalition, the Department of Mental Health CINGS Systems of Care Implementation Council and is active in the Affordable Housing Alliance.
Healthy Families Thriving Communities Callaboratives Council 1825 K St., NW #710 Washington, DC 20010 202-22-4047 email@example.com
Patricia Mullahy Fugere, Esq.
Patricia Mullahy Fugere, Esq. has worked on affordable housing and homelessness issues in the District of Columbia since 1980; she is one of the co-founders, and presently is the Executive Director, of the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless, which for twenty years has advocated on behalf of people struggling with homelessness and poverty in the nation’s capital. In addition to providing individual representation to clients through a network of 150 volunteers who staff nine intake sites at shelters, day centers and dining programs throughout the District, the Legal Clinic has been a forceful advocate around issues such as affordable housing, welfare reform, mental health treatment, disability rights, and the homeless services continuum of care.
Amber is a staff attorney and founder and director of the David M Booth Disability Rights Initiative at the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless. Amber joined the Legal Clinic in 2003 as a Steptoe & Johnson Equal Justice Works Fellow, after receiving a law degree from Georgetown University and a degree in anthropology from the University of Arizona. Through direct legal representation and policy advocacy, Amber advocates for the rights of District of Columbia residents to access emergency shelter and affordable housing. In 2011, her work on improving the accessibility of emergency shelters was cited as a “particularly noteworthy” example of a successful reform campaign by the Shriver Center’s Federal Practice Manual for Legal Aid Attorneys. Amber recently was honored by SHARC (Shelter, Housing and Respectful Change) for her “deep commitment to and outstanding legal support for Washington DC’s homeless.” Along with Legal Clinic attorney Marta Beresin, Amber also received the Professional Women in Advocacy 2013 Award for Excellence in a State Advocacy Campaign. In addition to serving on the steering committee of the Fair Budget Coalition, she is also a member of the Local Human Rights Advisory Board and volunteers as a mentor for the DC Bar Pro Bono Program on eviction defense cases.
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Lazere became the Executive Director of DCFPI in November 2001. He had served as the project’s Policy Director since January 2001. Prior to that, he had been a Policy Analyst for 12 years at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and had worked on numerous issues at both the state and federal level. Most recently, Lazere was a member of the Center’s State Low Income Initiatives Project where he focused on state spending choices under the TANF block grant and on other issues related to welfare reform implementation. Ed also worked for several years with the Center’s State Fiscal Project, which focuses on the impact of state-level tax and budget policies on low- and moderate-income families and individuals, and he also has worked on issues related to affordable housing. Lazere holds a Master of Public Policy degree from the University of Maryland. The DC Fiscal Policy Institute conducts research and public education on budget and tax issues in the District of Columbia, with a particular emphasis on issues that affect low- and moderate-income residents. By preparing timely analyses that are used by policy makers, the media, and the public, DCFPI seeks to inform public debates on budget and tax issues and to ensure that the needs of lower-income residents are considered in those debates.
Kurt Runge is the Advocacy Director at Miriam’s Kitchen, where he is responsible for leading the organization’s advocacy efforts to end chronic homeless in Washington, DC. Before joining Miriam’s Kitchen, Kurt worked at So Other’s Might Eat as an Advocacy Specialist, advocating for a stronger safety net, particularly on issues related to income supports, workforce development, health, and support for low-income senior citizens. He also worked as a Team Leader for Pathways to Housing, where he helped coordinate and provide clinical care and permanent supportive housing to chronically homeless individuals. Kurt graduated from from Catholic University with a Masters in Social Work.
Miriam’s Kitchen 2401 Virginia Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20037 Phone: (202) 452-8926 x243 firstname.lastname@example.org
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