Staff

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.

Philip Fornaci, Esq. –  Executive Director

Phil Fornaci joined the EJC as Executive Director in April 2016

Phil Fornaci joined the EJC as Executive Director in April 2016

Phil Fornaci joined the EJC as Executive Director in April 2016. Phil has extensive management experience in non-profit organizations, including as executive director of the DC Prisoners’ Legal Services Project, where he handled an expansive and complex litigation docket and engaged in community organizing, public policy advocacy, and media relations.

Prior to leading the DC Prisoners’ Legal Services Project, Phil was executive director of the Maryland Disability Law Center (MDLC), a statewide disability advocacy organization.  At MDLC, he was responsible for managing a staff of 45 employees and handling fundraising, financial management, and board development duties.  Phil also founded the statewide Maryland Civil Rights Coalition for People with Disabilities.

Phil has testified before and worked with legislative bodies at the local, state, and federal levels to support legislative initiatives and policy changes. That work involved a heavy focus on the employment rights of people with criminal records and low-income workers generally.

Phil is a graduate of Columbia University and George Washington University Law School.

pfornaci[at]dcejc.org; 202-828-9675 x113

LaToya Bell, Esq. –  Legal Director

LaToya Bell, Law Director, EJC

LaToya Bell, Legal Director, joined EJC in August of 2016

LaToya Bell joined EJC as the Legal Director in August 2016.  Prior to joining the EJC team, LaToya developed extensive and invaluable criminal litigation experience as an Assistant Public Defender with the Maryland Office of the Public Defender.   During her four years with OPD, LaToya delivered solid legal representation to the under-served communities on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.

In addition to criminal defense work, LaToya has experience working with prison litigation as a former paralegal of the General Counsel for D.C. Department of Correction as well as immigration law through her volunteer work with CAIR Coalition. Additionally, LaToya frequently conducts “Knowing Your Rights” presentation with the ACLU of Maryland.

LaToya received her B.A. in Administration of Justice from Howard University and her J.D. from the Thurgood Marshall School of Law.  LaToya is licensed to practice in Kentucky, D.C. and Maryland.

lbell[at]dcejc.org; 202-828-9675 x112

Manuela Ceballos – Administrative Assistant

Manuela Ceballos joined the EJC staff in April 2014

Manuela Ceballos joined the EJC staff in April 2014

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

 

Andrew Hass, Esq. – Litigation Counsel

Andrew rejoined the EJC in February 2014. Andrew initially joined the EJC as a Law Fellow in 2012

Andrew rejoined the EJC in February 2014. Andrew initially joined the EJC as a Law Fellow in 2012

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 an employment law firm in D.C., handling discrimination and wage-and-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.

ahass[at]dcejc.org; 202-828-9675 x116

 Heather Kryzak – Clinic Coordinator

Heather Kryzak joined the EJC in July of 2014 as the Workers’ Rights Clinic Coordinator

Heather Kryzak joined the EJC in July of 2014 as the Workers’ Rights 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

 Anor Ortega – Operations and Development Coordinator

Anor Ortega joined the EJC in January 2015 as an Operations and Development Coordinator.

Anor Ortega joined the EJC in January 2015 as an Operations and Development Coordinator

Anor Ortega joined the EJC in January 2015 as an Operations and Development Coordinator.  Anor has several years of administrative experience from working as a Student Support Representative at Strayer University and as an Office Manager, supporting the day-to-day logistical operations with a staff of over 30 employees for Elite Cleaning Services.  She is a native Russian and Uzbek speaker, and a graduate of the Higher School of Economics (Moscow, Russia) and Strayer University.  Anor is excited to bring her experience and enthusiasm to serve EJC.

aortega[at]dcejc.org; 202-828-9675 x115

 Perry Redd – Workers’ Advocate

Perry Redd joined the EJC staff in July 2016

Perry Redd joined the EJC staff in July 2016

As part of The Employment Justice Center’s mission to secure, protect and promote workplace justice in the DC metropolitan area, Perry Redd takes the mantle of EJC’s Worker Advocate.  As of July 2016, EJC is proud to announce the addition this longtime stalwart in the struggle for working Americans.  Perry’s experience in fostering justice coalitions, building relationships, composing strategic plans and implementing social justice tactics make him a perfect fit for The EJC’s worker campaigns from now into the foreseeable future.  A native Washingtonian, Perry has a passion for serving the under-served and under-employed communities of his birth.  He is a community organizer who began his organizing career under the “right-to-work” hostilities of Tennessee in the 1990’s, co-founding the 501(c)(3) workers rights advocacy, Sincere Seven.

Redd graduated from the famed Midwest Academy (Chicago, Illinois) to formalize his social activist instincts and moved on to successfully undertake Living Wage, Anti-Police Brutality and community empowerment campaigns.

predd[at]dcejc.org 202-828-9675 x119