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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.gov • 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.

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

croyster@dccouncil.gov • 202-717-4822

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

Charnisa serves as the Deputy Chief of Staff 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.

Nikita Easley

Deputy Committee Director

Contact for: Issues regarding the Committee on Facilities and Family Services and legislatives issues regarding public safety and justice.

Nikita serves as Deputy Committee Director of the Committee on Facilities and Family Services. Nikita contributes to the office’s work with CFSA, DDS, and agencies under the Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety. Before joining the office, she previously worked with Councilmember Brianne K. Nadeau and as a policy and family law attorney for survivors of domestic violence. Nikita loves to travel and lived in three countries prior to moving to DC.

Joanna Blotner

Legislative Director

jblotner@dccouncil.gov • 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.

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.

Will Singer

Senior Legislative Advisor

Contact for: Legislative and budget questions.

Will analyzes and writes legislation for the Ward 4 office and committee chaired by Councilmember Lewis George. He previously worked as legislative and committee staff for former Ward 4 Councilmember Adrian Fenty and served as the Mayor’s budget director during the Fenty administration. After studying law at Northwestern University, Will completed a judicial clerkship in a state appellate court and worked for 7 years in private practice focusing on municipal law and finance for local governments and nonprofits. Will is a DCPS product and now a DCPS parent living with his multi-generational family in Barnaby Woods.

Aura Cruz Heredia

Community Engagement and Organizing Director

ACruzHeredia@dccouncil.gov • 202-812-4994

Contact for: Constituent services and other community matters.

Aura serves as Community Engagement and Organizing Director for Councilmember Lewis George. She joined the team from the world of higher-education, with a background in psychology and biological sciences.  Aura works with residents across Ward 4 on issues primarily relating to housing, food access, and language accessibility, among others.  Aura’s service philosophy centers community trust and people power — values she learned from an early age in her hometown of Mayagüez, Puerto Rico.  In her free time, she enjoys picking up new instruments, finding the best vegetarian grub in the District, and going to indie-pop concerts with her partner.

 

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 fiancée and their cat, Sophia, in Riggs Park.

Eskedar Girmash

Constituent Services Coordinator

egirmash@dccouncil.gov202-531-8320

Contact for: Constituent services requests.

Eskedar (she/her) serves as Constituent Services Coordinator for Councilmember Lewis George. She joins the team from a background in federal health policy advocacy. Her health equity work ranged from strengthening Medicaid services, supporting reproductive justice movements, and advancing racial justice efforts. She is passionate about collectively creating a world where we are all free and cared for. This is the framework she leads with in organizing and community support work. Eskedar was born in Addis Ababa and is the youngest of four amazingly hilarious sisters. You can find her out in the community with DC Mutual Aid Apothecary, hanging at Malcolm X Park, or grabbing a new read at Loyalty Book Store.

Alex Taliadoros

Communications Director

ataliadoros@dccouncil.gov • 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, or at a nearby folk concert.

Regina Friese

Administrative Assistant

rfriese@dccouncil.gov • 202-724-8052

Contact for: Office questions and administrative issues. 

Regina Friese serves as Administrative Assistant for Councilmember Lewis George. She is a DC resident and has more than a decade of experience in customer service. She enjoys working with and meeting new people from all walks of life. Regina answers calls from constituents on a daily basis and helps redirect them to the appropriate person or resource if she cannot resolve an issue directly.