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Staff

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.

Janeese Lewis George

Ward 4 DC Councilmember

jlewisgeorge@dccouncil.us • 202-297-0355

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.

Lenace Edwards

Chief of Staff

ledwards@dccouncil.us • 202-288-9820

Contact for: General inquiries, scheduling issues, and legislative questions.

Lenace serves as Chief of Staff for Councilmember Lewis George. In this role, she manages the office administrative, legislative, and constituent services work. Before joining the office, she worked at UNITE HERE Local 25 as the Deputy Political Director where she led the successful campaign to increase the minimum wage in Virginia. Prior to her time with Local 25, she served as Political Director for SEIU 32BJ. She spends her free time reading, watching football, and traveling.

Joanna Blotner

Legislative Director

jblotner@dccouncil.us • 202-288-8985

Contact for: Legislative and budget questions.

Joanna serves as Legislative Director for Councilmember Lewis George. She brings 15 years experience in local and federal public policy advocacy to this role, including leading one of DC’s largest recent grassroots campaigns to secure paid family and medical leave for all District workers. When the city reopens, you’ll most likely find Joanna volunteering her free time as an Insect Ambassador at the Natural History Museum. In addition to managing a broad legislative portfolio for the Councilmember, she is happy to assist with all constituent concerns regarding Brood X cicadas.

Will Perkins

Senior Policy Advisor

wperkins@dccouncil.us • 202-316-7862

Contact for: Legislative and budget questions, especially on education.

Will serves as Senior Policy Advisor for Councilmember Lewis George. He is part of the legislative staff responsible for oversight, reviewing items up for a vote, and helping to draft new bills. 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.

Tamira Benitez

Constituent Services Coordinator

tbenitez@dccouncil.us • 202-288-3401

Contact for: Constituent services requests.

Tamira serves as Constituent Services Coordinator for Councilmember Lewis George. She brings ten years of nonprofit experience helping residents preserve affordable housing, start and grow their businesses, and create communities of opportunity. Tamira has served in leadership positions at the Latino Economic Development Center, the Small Business Development Center, and the Local Initiative Support Corporation. She is originally from El Salvador, where she loved playing soccer barefoot and eating pupusas while watching Sabado Gigante with her family. Tamira moved to DC as a teen looking for a better life and now lives in Brightwood with her wife and their three dogs.

Matt Landrieu

Constituent Services Coordinator

mlandrieu@dccouncil.us • 202-286-6311

Contact for: Constituent services requests.

Matthew serves as Constituent Services Coordinator for Councilmember Lewis George. Prior to joining the team, Matthew attended the Tulane School of Social Work and worked with the Louisiana Center for Children’s Rights – serving on a holistic public defense team in support of children and families navigating the juvenile justice system. Before that, he dedicated five years teaching elementary and middle school, including at Truesdell Education Campus in Ward 4. Community health and wellness is at the center of Matthew’s drive to be in this work. Matthew was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana and currently resides in Petworth with his partner and two dogs.

Simona Jones

Executive Assistant

sjones@dccouncil.us • 202-412-2580

Contact for: Scheduling requests and general inquiries.

Simona Jones serves as Executive Assistant for Councilmember Lewis George. Her background includes public policy and communications roles with DC’s Women Business Center, Ed Lazere’s At-Large DC Council Campaign, SKDK, and Public-Private Strategies. She holds an undergraduate degree in Economics from Howard University and is pursuing her Master’s in Public Administration at Bowie State University. In her free time, Simona loves to do yoga, read, and play with her cat, Vida.

Alex Taliadoros

Communications Director

ataliadoros@dccouncil.us • 202-286-5268

Contact for: Press requests and questions related to our website, social media, and newsletter.

Alex serves as Communications Director for Councilmember Lewis George. He fields press requests, updates the office website and social media, and coordinates the Councilmember’s weekly newsletter. Prior to joining Councilmember Lewis George’s team, Alex led organizing and communications for the Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor, working to advance the rights of workers, immigrants, and tenants in the District. You can find Alex at your local pickup soccer game, exploring Rock Creek Park, and soon again at a nearby folk concert.