Leigh Catherine Miles

Chief of Staff

Leigh Catherine Miles most recently served as founding Executive Director of Tenleytown Main Street, working to strengthen the economic vitality of DC’s second oldest commercial district. Prior to her work in community and economic development, Leigh Catherine spent nearly two decades working with democratic activists worldwide to build effective, transparent, and accountable governing institutions. She previously held positions with the National Democratic Institute, The Brookings Institution, and the American Council of Young Political Leaders. She is a Fellow with the Truman National Security Project. Originally from Charlottesville, Virginia, Leigh Catherine has lived in DC since 1998 and resided in AU Park since 2005.

Steven A. Palmer

Legislative Director

Steven A. Palmer is an attorney and policy professional, currently serving as Councilmember Frumin’s Legislative Director. Before joining Team Frumin, Steven worked as legislative counsel on the Council’s Committee on Transportation & the Environment. He attended college at the University of Maryland before continuing on to Harvard Law School.

Elias Benda

Legislative Assistant

Elias Benda joins the Council after having served as Matt Frumin’s Campaign Manager. He previously worked to help elect President Biden, Vice-President Kamala Harris, and Congressman Gerry Connolly, and has volunteered for a number of local, state, national, and issue-based campaigns. Born and raised in Adams Morgan and a product of DC Public Schools, Elias graduated from Wesleyan University.

Lauren Lipsey

Constituent Services Director

Christian Damiana

Communications Director

Christian Damiana joined Councilmember Frumin’s office after serving as Communications Director for his campaign. A former Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner, he served as the youngest elected official in the District of Columbia. Prior to joining the Council, Christian worked on numerous local political campaigns and engaged in robust community and political activism. He is an American University graduate who resides in Cleveland Park.

Ashlee Mercer

Constituent Services Coordinator

Ashlee Mercer is a DC Native who graduated Summa Cum Laude from Trinity Washington University with a BA in Criminal Justice. Before joining Team Frumin, Ashlee worked as a Project Manager for American Prison Data Systems; helping 11 out of 13 students become AWS Certified Cloud Practitioners.

Shantise Wynn-Brown

Scheduler and Constituent Services Specialist

Shantise Wynn-Brown is a DC native and graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School (now Jackson-Reed High School), a DC Public School in Ward 3. Before joining Councilmember Frumin’s team, her prior work experience includes working at the Council and in the transportation and logistics industry.  Shantise is an administrative professional with a passion for working with and helping people, which led her back to the Council.  She currently serves as Scheduler and Staff Assistant for Team Frumin and is excited to work with the residents of Ward 3.

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