Duties: Serves as a member of
the Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC). Commissioners represent the
views of residents of their
Single Member District (SMD). After deliberation and votes, the ANC
Commission advises the Mayor, Council and executive agencies in local
matters such as parking, zoning, traffic, liquor licenses, permits,
Erin received a Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania in 2003, with majors in Politics, Philosophy & Economics and Spanish (with distinction). She received a Masters from American University School of International Service in 2007 and a Juris Doctor, cum laude, from American University Washington College of Law in 2007. Erin was a law clerk at the District of Columbia Court of Appeals from 2008-2009; a litigation associate at Clifford Chance US LLP until 2014, where she focused heavily on pro bono matters including winning asylum for an individual fleeing state violence due to their political beliefs, representing a child with disabilities at a local school to ensure they received their needed educational supports, and filing briefs with the United States Supreme Court on the science regarding youth brain development to end the use of life without parole sentences for youth offenders; and Supervising Attorney of a human rights litigation law clinic at American University Washington College of Law until 2014. Most recently, Erin served as an ethics lawyer for the federal judiciary, where she specialized in workplace accountability. Since 2018, she has also served as an Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner, a neighborhood-level elected position.
The biggest issue in my neighborhood is the health and safety of school buildings and the need for high-quality, equitable government services across DC. Longstanding problems with school buildings and the importance of both temperature control and air filtration systems became even more prominent during the Covid-19 pandemic. Schools have suffered faulty HVAC systems, missing HEPA filters, and more. As Commissioner, I wrote and our Commission approved a Resolution that called for an online dashboard to assure greater transparency regarding HVAC and air quality in school facilities. I will continue to work with Commissioners in a quasi-oversight capacity to ensure the Department of General Services is acting diligently and transparently. This may require FOIA requests and other information gathering, requests for action by the DC Auditor, working with Councilmembers on proposed legislation, and building a strong community voice around the right to safe and healthy schools.
I have a demonstrated history of community engagement; dedication to accessible and transparent government; and ability to work collaboratively. As Commissioner I have been dedicated to community engagement and building consensus around collective solutions, whether that is traffic safety infrastructure, blockwide stormwater management, or making installation of solar panels in historic districts easier. As Secretary of Advisory Neighborhood Commission 4B, I have worked with the Commission to update and refresh our website to include timely information like agendas and minutes, financial documents, and resolutions, as well as led the Commission in completing an Annual Report summarizing our activities, key issues and priorities, and structural improvements.I will continue my practice of sending monthly email newsletters and sharing information through social media updates. I will also continue to meet people where they are through neighborhood walks, office hours, and community events.
How will you work on affordable housing issues?
Every neighborhood has a responsibility to do its part to address the affordable housing crisis in DC, including by welcoming new housing and preserving existing affordable housing. While there is more work to be done to meet our city’s housing needs, including for affordable and deeply affordable housing, I am proud to be part of a Commission that has thoughtfully and intentionally welcomed additional housing in our Commission area and advocated for more affordable and deeply affordable housing that comes with greater density. We have welcomed new housing developments across the Commission area, including Takoma and Walter Reed. I started the first-ever Housing Justice Committee for our Commission, and our focus on affordability has had an impact. We reset the narrative about what is possible in our community from the ground up, and I firmly believe that we can continue to do so and serve as a model for other neighborhoods.