Councilmember, At-Large [email protected]
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).
Chief of Staff [email protected]
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.
Scheduler and Committee Clerk [email protected]
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.
Constituent Services Director [email protected]
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.
Policy Advisor [email protected]
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
Committee Director [email protected]
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.
Senior Advisor [email protected]
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.
Legislative Counsel [email protected]
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.
Legislative Analyst [email protected]
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.