This is a list of the staff of the EJC. We also have many capable interns and volunteers who play a vital role in delivering justice to low-wage workers in our community.
Barbra Kavanaugh, Esq. – Executive Director
Barbra Kavanaugh joined the EJC staff on September 6, 2011. Barbra comes to us with decades of experience as a litigator and an advocate for equality for all people. Barbra’s previous experience includes serving as an elected member of the City Council of Buffalo (NY) where she championed living wage legislation. In addition, she served for more than a decade with Neighborhood Legal Services in Buffalo and for several years as New York State Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Buffalo office.
bkavanaugh[at]dcejc.org; 202-828-9675 x113
Ari Weisbard, Esq. – Deputy Director
Ari Weisbard joined the EJC in August of 2011. Ari came to the EJC from the Service Employees International Union, where he worked to promote responsible federal contracting practices and to make it easier for workers to gain a voice at work by joining unions. A graduate of Harvard College and Yale Law School, he co-chaired the Jews United for Justice “Invest in D.C.” campaign in 2011, working with several local organizations to pass a D.C. budget that raised progressive taxes and protected vital safety net programs from $25 million of devastating cuts.
aweisbard[at]dcejc.org; 202-828-9675 x123
Melody Webb, Esq. – Legal Director
Melody Webb is a graduate of Harvard Law School and Harvard College, where she received a degree in Social Studies magna cum laude. Following law school, she clerked for the Honorable Emmet Sullivan on the District of Columbia Court of Appeals. A native Washingtonian, Melody’s career as a community lawyer includes work as an Equal Justice Works fellow at Legal Aid Society of DC, as a systemic reform attorney with the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless, and as a litigator for the D.C. Superior Court’s family and education law panels.
After spending several years at home with her young children, Melody worked as a labor and employment practitioner. She served as Legislative Counsel to U.S. Senator Robert Casey (D-PA), on labor, employment, and education issues; as Associate General Counsel with SEIU, on internal governance and civil rights issues; and Of Counsel at Katz, Marshall and Banks, on employment discrimination matters. In 2013, as a fellow at Georgetown University’s Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor, she focused on employment barriers for returning citizens. She is also the founder of a non-profit organization that focuses on workers’ rights education for low-income mothers.
Melody enjoys spending time with her family and watching baseball games.
mwebb[at]dcejc.org; 202-828-9675 x112
Hannah Kane – Employment Justice Organizer
Hannah Kane joined the EJC as a Wage Theft Campaign Organizer in August, 2012. Prior to joining the EJC, Hannah received her Masters in Social Work from George Mason University. During graduate school, Hannah worked as an organizer and social worker with Tenants and Workers United, using a combination of social services, community organizing, and popular education to fight back against wage theft in Falls Church, Virginia. Hannah also worked as a social worker with the Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights (CAIR) Coalition, providing Know Your Rights presentations to immigrants in detention and case management to former detainees being released back into the community. Hannah is a member of the National and Virginia chapters of the National Association of Social Workers.
hkane[at]dcejc.org; 202-828-9675 x114
Emma Cleveland – Employment Justice Organizer
Emma began working with EJC as an organizer with for our Paid Sick Days for All coalition and she has now been funded to work with us on wage theft and implementing the Earned Sick and Safe Leave Act. Emma has organized with low-wage workers on a wide range of issues including civil and immigrants’ rights, policing and wage theft at the Legal Aid Justice Center and ACLU of Pennsylvania. Most recently, Emma brought food service workers on federal properties on strike for better wages and working conditions. In her free time, she likes to go dancing and play cello and violin.
emma[at]dcejc.org; 202-828-9675 x129
Aaron Goggans – Campaign Coordinator
Aaron Goggans joined EJC in June of 2014. Prior to joining EJC Aaron worked as an organizer for the Housing For All Campaign working to insure affordable housing in the District of Columbia. Aaron graduated from the University of Chicago in 2010 with in degree in Fundamentals where he pursued the question “What is the Good Life: Can you still be happy while being a moral person?” After college he spent several years in Chicago organizing and working in education. Outside of work he volunteers twice a week at Our Daily Bread which is a soup kitchen in Eastern Market. Aaron is also an avid writer, artist and podcast creator whose body of work deals with themes of social justice, cultural history and the importance of dialogue.
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Sarah Cheshire – AVODAH Service Corps Fellow
Sarah joined the EJC in September 2014 as a AVODAH Community Outreach Fellow. She recently graduated from Oberlin College, where she was a Bonner Scholar and studied Creative Writing and Gender Studies. As an undergrad, she was very involved in grassroots student organizing and community service, and led alternative fall break trips to central West Virginia, exploring the relationship between environmentalism, economic justice, and Appalachian culture. She also she served as a social justice dialogue facilitator with the Oberlin College Dialogue Center and coordinated one of Oberlin’s largest storytelling/ community affirmation initiatives in institutional history. She is thrilled to continue to pursue her passions for social justice and community organizing while working with the EJC.
scheshire[at]dcejc.org; 202-828-9675 x111
,h3>Heather Kryzak – Clinic Coordinator
Heather Kryzak joined the EJC in July of 2014 as the Workers’ Rights Clinic Coordinator. Heather came to us after living and working in Ecuador for three years, where she lead education, health, and livelihoods programs for an underserved community outside of Quito. When she was a student at American University in DC, she worked as a legal department intern with the Central American Resource Center, assisting attorneys in providing low and no-cost legal services to the immigrant community. She is excited to return to DC and continue working to provide educational and legal resources to communities in need.
hkryzak[at]dcejc.org; 202-828-9675 x124
Amy Gellatly – Law Fellow
Amy Gellatly joined the EJC in September 2014. Amy coordinates the EJC’s expansion into Maryland, with a focus on enforcing Maryland’s new Lien for Unpaid Wages law. Before joining the legal team, Amy worked on union organizing campaigns in retail and meatpacking with the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union. Amy is a graduate of the University of North Carolina and American University’s Washington College of Law. She is fluent in Spanish and awaiting the results of her July 2014 Maryland bar exam.
agellatly[at]dcejc.org; 202-828-9675 x127
John Daroff, Esq. – Wage Theft Enforcement Attorney
John Daroff joined EJC as Wage Theft Enforcement Counsel in April 2013. He is responsible for enforcing judgments and settlements that return unpaid wages to EJC clients. Prior to joining EJC, John practiced in Delaware County, Pennsylvania handling a variety of matters including criminal defense, family law and collections. John is a graduate of American University and Widener University School of Law and is a member of the District of Columbia and Pennsylvania Bars.
jdaroff[at]dcejc.org; 202-828-9675 x122
Andrew Hass, Esq. – Litigation Counsel
Andrew rejoined the EJC in February 2014. Andrew initially joined the EJC as a Law Fellow in 2012, where he conducted client intakes and assisted in the EJC’s litigation efforts. He then served as an associate at a small employment law firm in D.C., handling discrimination and wage-hour cases. Andrew’s current work focuses on representing low-income workers in wage-and-hour and worker’s compensation matters, as well as assisting in larger cases co-counseled by D.C.-area employment law firms. Andrew is a graduate of Kenyon College and of William and Mary Law School, where he was a Lead Articles Editor for the William and Mary Law Review. Andrew is a member of the District of Columbia and Maryland Bars, and is fluent in Spanish.
ahass[at]dcejc.org; 202-828-9675 x116
Chimere Luke – Pro Bono Coordinator/Development Specialist
Chimere first joined the EJC in September 2013 as a Law Clerk, and became the EJC’s Pro Bono Coordinator and Development Specialist in April 2014. In addition to her primary work handling the dozens of annual referrals from EJC’s clinics, Chimere assists in EJC’s development and fundraising efforts. Prior to joining EJC, Chimere clerked with the Employment and Labor Law Division of the U.S. Department of Commerce, and in the private employment law practice of her husband, John Luke. Chimere is a graduate of Muhlenberg College and Georgetown University Law Center.
Kyle Phillips – Office Manager
Kyle Phillips comes to EJC with over 20 years of office management experience in the nonprofit arena and is a graduate of Holy Names University in Oakland, California. Prior to joining EJC in 2013, Kyle worked at Greenpeace for 3 years as the Facilities/Operational Manager, lived in Zimbabwe for six months, and lived in Los Angeles for ten years, working for nonprofits and A&M Records in Los Angeles. Kyle discovered his biggest passion is helping people feel empowered. “People often underestimate the power they possess, when experiencing challenges in life.” Kyle’s biggest joy in life is raising his 6 year old son Fredrick Xavier Phillips aka “papo.” Kyle currently resides in District Heights, Maryland. His hobbies include spending quality time with his son and family, writing and hiking.
kphillips[at]dcejc.org; 202-828-9675 x115
Manuela Ceballos – Administrative Assistant
Manuela Ceballos joined the EJC staff in April 2014. Previously Manuela worked in Administrative positions in Medical and Dental Offices, as well as the Latin American Youth Center. Manuela brings experience and motivation with her to the EJC and enjoys working with the workers EJC serves.
mceballos[at]dcejc.org; 202-828-9675 x118