We are pleased that our next speaker will be Ed Lazere of the DC Fiscal Policy Insitute
Bio of Ed Lazere, Executive Director
Ed has led the work of the DC Fiscal Policy Institute since its inception in 2001. Under his leadership, DCFPI has become the primary source of independent information on the DC budget and one of the most influential policy organizations focused on the District. Lazere is recognized as a leading expert on the District’s budget and tax system, and he is looked to as a resource on a number of policy issues such as affordable housing and welfare-to-work programs.
Lazere’s work at DCFPI has contributed to numerous budget and policy outcomes, including creation of the largest state-level Earned Income Tax Credit for the working poor, expansions of funding for affordable housing, and establishment of a requirement for all proposed business tax breaks to undergo an independent financial analysis be analyzed before they are considered by the DC Council.
Ed’s work at the DC Fiscal Policy Institute has received numerous honors, including awards from Bread for the City, the Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia Employment Justice Center, the DC Primary Care Association, The Center for Nonprofit Advancement, DC Jobs With Justice, and the Healthy Families/Thriving Communities Collaborative Council. He is cited frequently in the media, including The Washington Post, the Washington Business Journal, WAMU, WTOP and numerous blogs.
Ed served as the Chair of the Public Education Finance Reform Commission in 2011-2012 and as a member of the DC Tax Revision Commission in 2012-13. Lazere also serves on the board of directors of a number of local non-profits, including the Consumer Health Foundation, the DC Primary Care Association, and Temple Micah.
Lazere has an undergraduate degree from Harvard College and a Masters in Public Policy from the University of Maryland.