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Ed Lazere

Ed is the Director of Legislative Advocacy at United Planning Organization (UPO). 

Ed founded the DC Fiscal Policy Institute in 2001 and served as its Executive Director until March 2020. At DCFPI, he conducted research on inequities in housing, jobs, education, and health care and partnered with advocacy organizations, labor unions, and community partners for fair wages, affordable housing, and access to health care. His successes supporting advocacy include creating the largest state-level Earned Income Tax Credits in the nation, reforming the DC school funding formula to provide more resources to high-poverty schools, and creating DC’s progressive paid family and medical leave program.  

While at DCFPI, Ed chaired DC’s Public Education Finance Reform Commission and served on the D.C. Tax Revision Commission. Ed has served on the boards of other DC-focused organizations, including the Children’s Law Center, the Consumer Health Foundation and the DC Primary Care Association.

Prior to DCFPI, Ed was a policy analyst at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

Ed has a Masters Degree in Public Policy from the University of Maryland and a Bachelor’s Degree from Harvard University.

What is one thing you would like to change about the D.C.’s criminal legal system this year? 

Beginning the process of shifting resources from traditional policing (MPD) to community-based approaches to safety.