EJC Board Members
(Affiliations are listed for informational purposes only.)
EJC Board Biographies
Omar Melehy is the principal of the law firm of Melehy & Associates, is a highly experienced trial and appellate attorney who practices employment, real estate, civil rights, and corporate law throughout Maryland (including Montgomery, Prince George’s, Howard, and Charles Counties) and Washington, D.C. In 2014, the EJC recognized Mr. Melehy with the William W. Anderson co-counsel Attorney of the Year Award. He has also achieved an AV – Preeminent (5 out of 5) rating from Martindale-Hubble Peer Review Ratings, which is the highest rating available and is based upon Mr. Melehy’s exceptional legal knowledge, analytical capabilities, judgment, communication abilities, and legal experience.
Miles Sedgwick is Founder and Creative Director of Rana Labs LLC, a digital media agency that provides communications services through the use of technology, social media, video, and storytelling for clients in the Washington DC region. He has a background in international development, IT, and video production. Fluent in Spanish and Portuguese, Miles has lived and worked around the world in South America, Africa, and the Middle East, producing snapshots of international development success stories in health, governance, microfinance, and other technical sectors. He was awarded the 2011 Society for International Development Andrew E Rice Award for producing and sharing the stories of USAID’s efforts in the West Bank using social media platforms and video. Miles received a bachelor’s degree in Latin American Studies from the George Washington University.
Andrea Ferster is an attorney in private practice in Washington, D.C. Her law practice focuses on litigation to enforce environmental and historic preservation laws, transportation advocacy, tax exempt organizations, enforcement of local zoning and land use ordinances, and trail and greenway planning. Her clients include the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, where she serves as general counsel, the Sierra Club, and numerous D.C.-based neighborhood and community organizations. She is a leading national authority on federal historic preservation law and on the legal framework governing “rails to trails” conversions, and has written and lectured extensively on these topics. Andrea received her B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College in 1979 and her J.D. from the George Washington University National Law Center in 1984, and is also a graduate of the District of Columbia public schools.
Gaynell Nixon-Davis has been an Injured Worker Advocate (IWA) with EJC since 2003. Prior to being injured on the job and beginning her activism with IWA, she worked as a Housing Manager for the DC Housing Authority from 1988 until 1995. Ms. Nixon-Davis was shop steward in her union, American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), from 1988 to 1992, as well as the Woman’s Coordinator for AFGE. She became the First Vice-President of AFGE local 2725 in 1990 and then became the President from 1992 until 1995. Ms. Nixon-Davis graduated from UC Berkeley in 1972.
Christy Setzer has served as spokesperson for three presidential campaigns—including as Iowa press secretary for Vice President Al Gore, spokeswoman for former Vermont Governor Howard Dean, and national press secretary for Senator Christopher J. Dodd. In each of these roles, Christy garnered national media attention for her candidates, resulting in coverage on CNN, MSNBC, and ABC’s “Good Morning America”; and in the pages of the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post.
Christy founded New Heights Communications in 2010 to help drive strategy and tactics for progressive organizations working to promote democracy, establish equality and broadly secure social justice. She plays a central role in shaping national discourse, making frequent appearances on programs including “Fox and Friends” on Fox News Channel, “The Big Picture” with Thom Hartmann, and CNBC’s “Kudlow Report.”
Ann Hoffman has been working on behalf of workers and unions for more than 40 years, as an organizer, a lawyer, an educator and a lobbyist. She retired from full-time work with Unite, the garment workers union, in 2001 but has continued to be a leader in the National Writers Union, UAW Local 1981; a member of the DC Public Employee Relations Board; a consultant to a philanthropist; and a frequent volunteer.
Ann was a co-founder of the Women’s Law Center of Maryland, an advocacy and litigation center, in Baltimore in 1971. She also helped to organize the Metropolitan Women’s Organizing Project, which Judy Conti transformed into DCEJC.
Giselle K. Fuentes is an attorney in private practice in Washington, D.C. Her law practice represents and counsels multinational companies and individuals in securities enforcement actions before the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the US Department of Justice (DOJ) involving the FCPA, the UK Bribery Act, and other anti-corruption laws. Her experience in this area includes participating in various aspects of internal investigations including working with forensic accountants and in-house legal and compliance teams, conducting witness interviews and anti-corruption compliance trainings, and supervising large-scale multi-lingual document review efforts. She has advised Fortune 500 Companies in a variety of industries involving complex commercial litigation and regulatory matters. She also mains an active pro bono practice involving representation of indigent clients in a variety of cases ranging from employment discrimination to criminal defense. Giselle received her B.S. from Northwestern University in 2005 and her J.D. from Howard University School of Law in 2008.
Jeannine C. Sanford is the Chief Operating Officer of Bread for the City, where she has worked in several different capacities for two decades. Ms. Sanford is responsible for daily operations including administrative and program oversight. Prior to accepting the position of COO, Ms. Sanford was the Deputy Director since 1999.
Before becoming Deputy Director, Ms. Sanford served as Bread for the City’s first official Legal Clinic Director. From her start in that role in 1993, Ms. Sanford fostered the development of Bread for the City’s volunteer program into a professional civil legal services practice. Under her direction, the clinic received the 1998 Fredrick B. Abramson Award.
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Runge Runge is a senior policy advisor in the Civil Rights Center at the U.S. Department of Labor, where she serves as a principal advisor on civil rights issues for the Director. Robin is also an Associate Professorial Lecturer in Law at The George Washington University Law School where she has taught Public Interest Lawyering and Domestic Violence Law since 2004, including in the clinical education program. From 2009-2013, she was an assistant professor at the University of North Dakota School of Law, where she taught in the Housing and Employment Law Clinic and Domestic Violence Law. In 2012-2013, she lived in Beijing, China as a Fulbright Senior Research Scholar studying the legal system response to domestic violence in China. From 2003 to 2009, Robin was director of the Commission on Domestic Violence at the American Bar Association. Previously, she was Deputy Director and Coordinator of the Program on Women’s Employment Rights (POWER) at the EJC.
The criteria for selection to the board are commitment to workers’ rights, the time and willingness to serve on the board, and the ability to make a meaningful contribution to the direction and well-being of the D.C. Employment Justice Center.