Introducing the Silverman Council Office.
Kitty Richards, campaign manager and chair of Elissa 2014, will be coming on board as Chief of Staff. Kitty has spent the past decade working at the federal level on fiscal and economic policy, most recently as Economic Policy Adviser to Vice President Joseph R. Biden. She holds a B.A. in biochemistry and molecular biology from Reed College and a J.D. from New York University School of Law. Kitty lives in Ward 1 with her husband, Don, and her son, Gabe.
Ari Weisbard will serve as Legislative Director. He brings a dozen years of law and public policy experience. Most recently, Ari served as Deputy Director of the DC Employment Justice Center, where he and Silverman worked together on legislation that raised the District’s minimum wage, expanded paid sick days, and combated wage theft. Before joining DCEJC in 2011, he worked on public policy for a labor union and clerked on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Ari graduated from Harvard College and Yale Law School. Ari and his partner Rebecca live in Ward 4.
Alicia Prince will serve as Legislative Counsel. Silverman is excited to have a veteran with Alicia’s skills and DC know-how on her team. She has previously served the city as Policy Director for the DC Council Committee on Education, and Cluster Associate for the DC Public Schools, in which she oversaw legal and policy compliance for our middle schools. Alicia earned her B.A. from Hampton University and holds a J.D. from Villanova University School of Law. She is a proud Ward 7 resident.
Sam Rosen-Amy will serve as Senior Policy Adviser. Sam has worked at several nonprofits in the city, researching federal and state budget policy. Right before joining Silverman’s team, Sam completed a major report in his job at Pew Charitable Trusts on how federal spending flows to states. He also served as Silverman’s Ward 6 coordinator during her campaign. Sam graduated from Vassar College and is working towards a masters degree in public policy from George Washington University. He is a Ward 6 resident.
Pat Joseph will be joining the office as Director of Constituent Services, a role that she previously held in the office of Councilmember Tommy Wells. I feel lucky to have a respected council veteran in this role. Pat holds degrees in culinary arts and fine arts and is the founder and sole proprietor of local catering and baking company, Pattycakes. She is a Ward 6 resident.
Charnisa Royster will be joining Silverman’s office as Scheduler and Staff Assistant. She previously served as Scheduler and Staff Assistant in the office of Councilmember David Catania, in which her colleagues called her a front of the office superstar! Charnisa is currently working toward her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at Trinity University. She is a Ward 4 resident and graduated from Calvin Coolidge Senior High School.
Ian Maggard will be joining the team as Special Projects Coordinator. Ian holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of the District of Columbia, with a focus in African American History. He did fantastic work for Silverman as a campaign fellow. Ian lives in Ward 3.
“I am excited to work with such a talented group,” stated Silverman. “We are all focused on making the District a city of opportunity for all.”