The Executive Committee is the governing body of Fair Budget Coalition and is responsible for organizational policy, direction, financial oversight and fundraising.
Chelsea’s involvement in Fair Budget Coalition began when she worked on issues of Food Access and Equity in her role as DC Regional Manager at the Capital Area Food Bank. While she has transitioned to a new role at ACT–IAC, Manager of Professional Development, she continued her work with FBC to address systemic racism and inequity through the budget and stay connected to local issues impacting her community. Chelsea brings 10+ years of nonprofit management experience to her work on the Executive Committee.
Stephanie is a Staff Accountant at Jobs With Justice, a leading workers’ rights organization. She is more of a newcomer to Washington, DC, having relocated from her home of Hawaii. With over ten years of Finance and Accounting experience in the private sector, Stephanie’s move into non-profit work was intentional, to align with her values to prioritize people most impacted by economic and social inequity. In addition to the work she does with JWJ, Stephanie is also active with a number of national and local organizations with a key focus on poverty and injustice, including those that advocate for Reproductive Justice and Disability Rights. She has a BA in Political Science from Humboldt State University.
Michael is the Operations Manager for Making Cents International, a women owned small business focused on social entrepreneurship and promotion of economic opportunities for people in developing countries. In this role, Michael serves as the staff lead for all firm operations, including managing human resources, issuance of RFP/Qs for specific services, IT, facilities management and staff training. Previously, Michael worked at the American Council for Technology-Industry Advisory Council (ACT–IAC) as the Sr. Manager, Sponsorship, serving as the lead for sponsorship fulfillment activities for an association sponsorship program that generated approximately 1.6 million dollars in revenue. Michael also has supported several small and large non-profits in the DC Metro Area. Michael contributes to the FBC mission with his knowledge of operations, grants and program administration. Michael has a Bachelors of Arts in Sociology with a concentration in Social Welfare from Winston Salem State University and a Masters in Public Administration with a concentration in Human Resources Management from Bowie State University.
Michael is Senior Director and Counselor, Equity and Inclusion at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. He leads the organization’s efforts to advance racial equity and inclusion in its policy analysis, internal operations and work with external partners. Mitchell previously served as a Senior Policy Analyst with the Center’s State Fiscal Policy team, focusing on state higher education policy. Michael also served as Program Director for the State Policy Fellowship Program — a two-year Fellowship opportunity for recent recipients of Master’s degrees designed to increase the diversity of voices weighing in on critical state budget and tax policy issues. Michael is a fierce advocate for public services—particularly public transportation and libraries. You can often find him downtown on a public bus reading a library book.
Nassim is originally from Florida and moved to DC to attend law school at George Washington University. After law school, Nassim worked as a staff attorney at the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless for eight years. There she provided direct legal representation to DC residents who were homeless; and engaged in public education and policy advocacy to defend and further the rights of her clients to emergency shelter and affordable housing. Nassim now serves as the Policy Director for the American Civil Liberties Union of the District of Columbia (ACLU-DC), a non-partisan membership organization focused on protecting and expanding civil liberties and civil rights for everyone who lives in, works in or visits the District.
Cortney is a proud Houston native. Born three generations from slavery, she is a Black southern identifying woman with roots of a working family. She is passionate about racial equity and the rights of all people. She is committed to dismantling racist ideas and promoting anti-racist ideas, policies and practices to ensure more opportunities for people of color— specifically black people who were set to fail at the very beginning.