Leigh Catherine Miles

Chief of Staff

Leigh Catherine Miles previously 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.

Conrad Z. Risher

Legislative Director

Conrad Risher previously served as an Assistant Attorney General in the Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia, representing the city in a variety of complex civil litigation cases and advising city agencies on their policy decisions. He also spent several years working in the House of Representatives and in the hospitality industry in Washington. He was born in Washington, as were his father before him and his father before him.

Elias Benda

Legislative Advisor

Elias Benda joins the Council after having served as Matt Frumin’s Campaign Manager. He previously worked to help elect President Joe 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.

Joe Dweck

Legislative Fellow

Joe Dweck joined Councilmember Frumin’s office in May 2023 as a UDC David A. Clarke School of Law Fellow. At UDC Law, Joe has worked in both the Federal Whistleblower Clinic and the Tax Policy Clinic, both part of UDC Law’s nationally acclaimed clinical law practice. Joe’s professional background lend him expertise in housing, recreation, tax, and youth policy. Joe originally hails from Brooklyn, NY, and is an Indiana University – Bloomington graduate. He has been proud to call DC home since 2019.

Hana Fouladi

Cranch Legislative Fellow

Hana Fouladi joined Councilmember Frumin’s office in March 2024 as a Cranch Legislative Fellow. Hana is a graduate of George Washington University Law School with a concentration in international and comparative law. She moved to DC from Washington state, where she previously worked in the Washington State Legislature as a program manager for the Lieutenant Governor’s Office. She has been proud to call DC home since 2021.

Lauren Lipsey

Constituent Services Director

Lauren Lipsey comes to Councilmember Frumin’s office with more than a decade of experience building stakeholder and community engagement activities for cultural institutions and nonprofit organizations, including the National Museum of Natural History and Humane Rescue Alliance. After growing up overseas and moving frequently throughout her life, she is proud to have called DC home since 2014.

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.

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