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Our Ward 4 Team is working hard every day to support you with constituent services, make DC laws and budgets more equitable, shine a light on what is happening in our community, and fight for a government that meets our needs.

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Janeese Lewis George

Ward 4 DC Councilmember

Janeese is honored to serve as the DC Councilmember for Ward 4. She is a third generation Washingtonian, a native of Ward 4, and a proud graduate of DC Public Schools. She grew up in a working-class family that instilled in her the importance of hard work, education, and public service. After graduating college, Janeese completed a year of service providing critical academic support to underserved students with City Year. She then earned her Juris Doctorate from Howard University School of Law and went on to work for Philadelphia’s first African-American District Attorney. She returned to the District to work for DC Attorney General Karl Racine as the Assistant Attorney General in the Juvenile Section of the Public Safety Division. Janeese and her husband Kyle reside in Manor Park with their puppy Sully. Janeese loves spending time with her family, reading, and mentoring.

Kelly Hunt

Chief of Staff

Contact for: General inquiries, Council and Ward issues, and legislation. 

Kelly serves as the Chief of Staff for Councilmember Lewis George, managing the day-to-day operations of the Council office. She has worked in various DC Council roles; primarily on legislation, policy, and oversight. Kelly has strong background in affordable housing, homelessness, and most programs related to addressing poverty. Her work has included increasing transparency of owners of vacant and blighted properties who try to hide behind LLCs, improving accountability in how taxpayer dollars are allocated for affordable housing, increasing TANF assistance for District children and families, and creating financial assistance for seniors who are struggling to pay rent or who face foreclosure of a reverse mortgage due to unpaid taxes and insurance. Kelly has a Master’s Degree from the Harvard Kennedy School. On weekends, you can find her enjoying restaurants and shops in Petworth, where she has lived since 2015.

Charnisa Royster

Deputy Chief of Staff and Scheduler

croyster@dccouncil.gov • 202-717-4822

Contact for: Scheduling requests, invitations, and Council office issues.

Charnisa serves as the Deputy Chief of Staff and Scheduler for Councilmember Lewis George. She is a proud DC Native who lives and grew up in Ward 4. Charnisa’s background is in office management, community engagement, and event planning. After graduating from Coolidge High School, Charnisa worked at the Young Women’s Project. Charnisa has nearly 10 years of experience working for DC Council. Prior to joining the Ward 4 office, she served as Deputy Director of Constituent Services for former At Large Councilmember Elissa Silverman. She also previously held the role of Scheduler for former At Large Councilmember David Catania. Charnisa prides herself on ensuring Council offices run smoothly and are attentive to community needs. She enjoys spending time with her family in Manor Park and fur babies.

Will Perkins

Committee Director

wperkins@dccouncil.gov • 202-316-7862

Contact for: Issues regarding the Committee on Facilities and Family Services and education.

Will serves as Committee Director of the Committee on Facilities and Family Services for Councilmember Lewis George. He also contributes to the office’s legislative work, particularly on issues involving education. Before joining the office, he worked at the Office of the DC Auditor and as a teacher in DC Public Schools and in a DC charter school. He spends his free time riding his bike, watching sports, and taking his dog, Dobby, for long walks.

Emily Cassometus

Senior Counsel

ETatro@dccouncil.gov • 202-322-6894

Contact for: Legislative issues and questions

Emily serves as Senior Counsel for Councilmember Lewis George, advising on community safety and other policy matters. Before joining the office, she worked in government affairs and policy advocacy, as a disability and criminal rights attorney, and taught pre-school. Emily earned her JD from Georgetown Law and has lived in DC since 2011. Emily has a long list of books on hold at DC Public Library and loves heading to Audi Field to cheer on the Washington Spirit.

Barbara Rogers

Community Engagement Director

brogers@dccouncil.gov • 202-288-9820

Contact for: Constituent services requests and community engagement.

Barbara Rogers serves as Community Engagement Director for Councilmember Lewis George. Barbara is a DC Native born and raised in the Shaw neighborhood, and she now resides in the Lamond-Riggs community. Barbara has a bachelor degree in Science of Accounting and over 25 years of tax preparation and accounting experience.  She also has in-depth expertise communicating with federal and state agencies.  Additionally, Barbara brings years of community experience as a former 2-term ANC Commissioner for 4B08 and having served as President of the Lamond-Riggs Citizens Association (2015-2018; 2021-2023). Being the president and an executive board member of LRCA has allowed her the opportunity to plan and organize many community events.  Barbara loves her community and being of service to others. She has a special place in her heart for seniors. In her free time, Barbara enjoys traveling and spending time with her family and friends.

Oscar Montiel

Constituent Services Director

OMontiel@dccouncil.gov • 202-531-8320

Contact for constituent services requests.

Oscar serves as Constituent Services Director for Councilmember Lewis George. Oscar is a proud DC Native who has resided in Ward 4 for nearly three decades. He has more than eight years of experience working for the DC Council — most recently as Constituent Services Director for Ward 1 Councilmember Brianne K. Nadeau and before that as Legislative Aide to At-Large Councilmember Anita Bonds’ Committee on Housing and Neighborhood Revitalization. Oscar has a deep passion for DC’s history and loves spending his free time with his daughters and family.

James Lewis

Constituent Services Coordinator

JLewis@dccouncil.gov • 202-286-6311

Contact for constituent services requests.

Jim serves as a Constituent Services Coordinator for Councilmember Lewis George. Jim has a background in legislative, organizing, and constituent services work over the past six years in DC and in the Pennsylvania State House. He has lived and studied in DC since 2012 (a Catholic University Cardinal) and loves the District, its people, history, and culture  — especially its food! He enjoys hiking in Rock Creek & Ft. Totten Park, discovering new restaurants and local bars, especially Andrene’s and Lyman’s, and growing tomatoes in his home garden. Jim is originally from Norristown, Pennsylvania, outside of Philadelphia. He now lives with his wife and their cat, Sophia, in Riggs Park.

Sebastian Weinmann

Legislative Assistant

sweinmann@dccouncil.gov  202-812-4994

Contact for issues regarding the Committee on Facilities and Family Services and health.

Sebastian serves as a Legislative Assistant on the Committee on Facilities and Family Services for Councilmember Lewis George. His legislative portfolio primarily includes issues related to disability services, disability rights, ADA accessibility, child welfare, foster care, and health. He joined the Council in February 2023 as a William Cranch Fellow. Previously, he served as a Law Clerk on the U.S. Senate HELP Committee and was a student attorney in the GW Law Immigration Clinic. He holds a B.A. in political science and international affairs and a J.D.

Natan "Tosha" Skolnik

Legislative Assistant

nskolnik@dccouncil.gov  202-412-2580

Contact for issues about transportation, labor/workforce development, and public works/government operations.

Tosha serves as a Legislative Assistant for Councilmember Lewis George, primarily supporting the Councilmember’s work on transportation, labor/workforce development, and public works/government operations. Before joining the team, Tosha spent over two years at the Council, most recently as the Senior Research Analyst for the Committee on Executive Administration and Labor. A lifelong District resident, he is passionate about policy solutions that support our families and youth, and is proud to have the opportunity to serve the Ward 4 community. Outside the Wilson building, you can find Tosha visiting museums, cooking with friends, or more likely riding public transit (he was in the top 1% of WMATA users in 2023!). He earned a B.A. from Grinnell College in 2021, and will be attending GWU starting this fall to earn a Master of Public Policy. 

Camille Davis

Executive Assistant & Constituent Services Coordinator

cdavis@dccouncil.gov • 202-436-6633

Contact for: General inquiries and support with constituent services.

Camille Davis serves as the Executive Assistant & Constituent Services Coordinator for Councilmember Lewis George. As a Native Washingtonian, Camille is Ward 4 and #DCProud. She is a product of Washington, D.C. parochial schools. In 2007, she graduated from The Pennsylvania State University with a B.A. in Public Relations. In 2009, she graduated from The George Washington University with a M.T.A. in Sports & Events Management. Prior to joining Councilmember Lewis George’s team, Camille ran a Boutique Public Relations Agency, Montage Public Relations, LLC (MontagePR) and also advocated for public safety to curb gun violence in Wards 1 and 4. In addition to shopping local and supporting Black Owned Businesses in the District, Camille is a foodie who enjoys spending time with family.

Ben Rosenfeld

Communications Director

brosenfeld@dccouncil.gov • 202-286-5268

Contact for press inquiries

Ben Rosenfeld serves as the Communications Director for Councilmember Lewis George. Prior to joining the team, Ben worked on the U.S. Senate campaign of Congressman Adam Schiff and on MSNBC’s Velshi and Alex Witt Reports. He has also worked as a community organizer for Michigan Liberation in Macomb County, Michigan, working on criminal justice reform and harm reduction issues. Ben graduated from the University of Michigan with a B.A. in Public Policy and is a die-hard Wolverines sports fan. In his free time, Ben loves spending time outdoors and trying new food around D.C.