Staff

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.

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 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.

Taylor Cogan

Communications Director

Taylor Cogan serves as the Communications Director for Councilmember Frumin after more than a decade of experience as a journalist and political strategist. She has previously held positions with the DowntownDC Business Improvement District and The Dallas Morning News and appointments with the City of Dallas. She and her husband are proud to call the District home.

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.  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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