Staff

Elissa Silverman

Councilmember, At-Large esilverman@dccouncil.us

Elissa has focused her career on making the District and its government accountable, responsive, and accessible to residents through her work as a budget analyst, reporter, and progressive reformer. Now she’s putting those skills to work as an at-large member of the D.C. Council. Elissa is a Ward 6 resident and owns a home in Capitol Hill near H Street NE. She is a longtime cyclist, a recreational tennis player, and a sometimes cook. She is part of a Washington Nationals season ticket group (but also still roots for her hometown Orioles).


Staff

Sam Rosen-Amy

Chief of Staff srosenamy@dccouncil.us

Contact for: General inquiries and legislative questions on issues related to business development, economic development, finance and transportation

Sam originally started in Councilmember Silverman’s office in 2015 as a legislative staffer, and became Chief of Staff in 2019. Before coming to the Council, he worked at several nonprofits on federal budget and transparency policy. In his downtime, Sam likes to read, compete in crossword puzzle tournaments, and tweet about complex budgetary issues. He lives in Ward 6 with his wife, young daughter, and their two cats.


Charnisa Royster

Scheduler and Committee Clerk croyster@dccouncil.us

Contact for: Meeting requests for Councilmember Silverman and general Committee inquiries

Charnisa is a DC Native that lives and grew up in Ward 4. She keeps everything in the office running smoothly by managing the Councilmember’s schedule, assisting with community events and constituent services, and supporting the Committee on Labor and Workforce Development. She staffs the front of the office, and is the first person you will meet when you come in to see us. Charnisa has worked with the DC Council for several years, previously serving as Scheduler for former Councilmember David Catania.


Reana Kovalcik

Communications Director rkovalcik@dccouncil.us

Contact for: Press requests and media inquiries

As Communications Director, Reana manages the relationship between the Council office and the press, and helps communicate the Councilmember’s priorities to the public. Before coming to DC, Reana worked for progressive elected officials in Chicago and New York City, and on the Hill doing federal farm policy communications. In addition to her work on the Council, Reana serves on Slow Food USA’s Food and Farm Policy Steering Committee and Equity Inclusion and Justice Working Group, and as a Board Member of Slow Food DC. Reana lives in Ward 1 with her partner, two cats, and a green garden.


Pat Joseph

Constituent Services Director pjoseph@dccouncil.us

Contact for: Constituent services requests and urgent needs

Constituent Services Director Pat Joseph tirelessly helps the residents of DC connect with city services and solve troublesome problems. After a lengthy career with the airlines, Pat transitioned to public service working as Constituent Services Representative for former Ward 6 Councilmember Tommy Wells. In 2015, she came to work for Councilmember Silverman and has been helping constituents across the District ever since. Pat has always enjoyed helping others, and so working in constituent services has been a great fit. Pat is a proud resident of Ward 6.


Maya Brennan

Housing Policy Advisor mbrennan@dccouncil.us

Contact for: General questions about housing, homelessness, and development

Maya covers housing, human services, and education policy for Councilmember Silverman. For more than 15 years, she has worked to protect residential stability, promote a well-functioning housing system for renters and owners, and elevate residents’ voices in policy debates. At national and local non-profits, she has been a landlord-tenant hotline counselor, a policy researcher, a convenor, and strategist. She has a Bachelor’s degree from St. John’s College and a Master’s in Urban Policy from the New School. She is the grandchild and niece of Metropolitan Police officers and affirms that Black lives matter. She lives in Ward 5 with her spouse, two kids, and dog.


Committee on Labor and Workforce Development

General Inquiries: 202-724-4902

Liz Weiss

Committee Director lweiss@dccouncil.us

Contact for: General questions on issues related to labor and workforce development

Liz Weiss serves as Committee Director for the Committee on Labor and Workforce Development, which Councilmember Silverman chairs. Liz worked for more than ten years in federal labor policy before moving over to the local level. She previously served in the Obama Administration’s U.S. Department of Labor and for Senator Tom Harkin on the Senate Labor Committee. Liz began her career in international human rights working for Human Rights Watch. She has a Bachelor’s degree from The George Washington University and a Master of International Affairs from Columbia University.


Emily Price

Senior Advisor eprice@dccouncil.us

Contact for: General questions on issues related to employment and workforce development

Emily handles employment and workforce development issues for the Committee on Labor and Workforce Development. Throughout her 18 years in DC, she has concentrated her work on East of the River communities, assisting residents in overcoming the most significant employment barriers. Before coming to the Council, Emily worked with So Others Might Eat (SOME), where she supervised the Center for Employment Training and helped DC residents connect with secure living-wage careers. Emily has also contributed policy expertise as a member of the Workforce Intermediary Taskforce, Adult Job Training Task Force, and the Career Pathways Taskforce. Emily, her husband, and their two DCPS sons live in Ward 6.


Margaret O'Hora

Legislative Counsel mohora@dccouncil.us

Contact for: General questions on issues related to minimum wage, overtime, sick and safe leave, worker issues, and unemployment insurance

As Legislative Counsel for the Committee on Labor and Workforce Development, Margaret O'Hora focuses on wage and hour laws, unemployment insurance, and other workplace matters. Before relocating to Washington, DC in 2018, Margaret served as an enforcement attorney in the New York City Office of Labor Policy and Standards. Margaret is a 2013 graduate of CUNY School of Law and a returned U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer.


Richard Grant

Legislative Analyst rgrant@dccouncil.us

Contact for: General questions on issues related to public employee relations

Richard covers public and private sector labor relations issues for the Committee. His portfolio includes the Office of Employee Appeals, the Public Employee Relations Board, and the Office of Labor Relations and Collective Bargaining. Prior to returning to the Council, he worked as an investigator at the Department of Employment Services and as a policy analyst in the Council’s Office of the Secretary. He is a graduate of Howard University, where he studied music and business, and the University of the District of Columbia’s David A. Clarke School of Law. Raised in Brooklyn, New York, and born in Trinidad, West Indies, he now lives in Ward 5 with his son, Zion.