Executive Committee

The Executive Committee is the governing body of Fair Budget Coalition and is responsible for organizational policy, direction, financial oversight and fundraising.

Chelsea Foster

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 ACTIAC, 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.

Mandla Deskins

Mandla Deskins is an experienced advocate who has worked in a variety of capacities at the federal, state, and local levels. He is currently the National Director of Advocacy for the NAACP National Office, where he works with communities across the country to advance civil rights and racial justice. In his over ten years as a DC resident, he has dedicated his free time to advancing racial justice and building community power in Ward 7, serving on the executive committee of several community organizations. He calls DC home along with his wife, three children, and dogs. He has a BA in Journalism from Florida A & M University. —

Stephanie Krongos

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.

ERIN PALMER

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.

Erika Taylor

Ericka Taylor is the Director of Popular Education for Take on Wall Street, a campaign of Americans for Financial Reform. Immediately prior, she served as a Co-Director of the DC Working Families Party, a state chapter of the national organization working to build progressive political power in communities across the country. Ericka has spent the bulk of her career in organizing and advocacy, including positions with Organizing Neighborhood Equity DC (ONE DC), DC ACORN, and Tenants and Workers Support Committee. She has also worked as a program officer with the Public Welfare Foundation and trained young people and youth organizers as the Southeast Regional Program Coordinator for YouthAction. Ericka earned her BA in English from Cornell University and an MFA in Creative Writing from the Inland Northwest Center for Writers at Eastern Washington University. She has served on the boards or steering committees of the National Organizers Alliance, Progressive Technology Project, YouthAction, Western States Center, National Priorities Project, La Clínica del Pueblo, and Jews United for Justice.

Michael Mitchell

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 Moshiree

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 Sanders

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.