Thursday, April 9, 2015
TIME: 8:00am – 10:00am
PRICE: $15 Members and $20 Non-members; $10 for Lecture Only
Hot Breakfast Buffet served
EVENT TYPE: Speaker Breakfast
Councilmember Elissa Silverman has spent her career making the DC government more inclusive, transparent, and accessible. Elissa began her professional life as a reporter at the Washington CityPaper near the end of Marion Barry’s fourth term as mayor and the beginning of Anthony A. Williams’ first. For three years she authored the paper’s “Loose Lips” column on DC politics. She later covered local business, the 2006 mayoral race, and police, fire, and emergency medical services as a Washington Postreporter.
From 2009 to 2014, Elissa worked for the D.C. Fiscal Policy Institute, analyzing the city’s budget, leading advocacy campaigns, and heading a coalition that opened D.C. Council budget negotiations to the public. She also helped coordinate the campaigns that led to increasing the D.C. minimum wage and expanding sick days to restaurant workers. In 2012, she helped lead the efforts to ban direct corporate contributions and reform the city’s campaign finance system.