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.
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Sheena Wadhawan, Esq. – Advocacy Director
Sheena Wadhawan came to the EJC in January, 2015 with over eight years of experience working alongside low-income communities struggling to build power and fight for systemic reform and greater access to justice. Sheena is an attorney with a J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. She has national, state and local policy advocacy experience as well as community lawyering expertise. Prior to joining the EJC, Sheena led the legal program at CASA de Maryland, the largest immigrants’ rights organization in the region. Sheena is fluent in Hindi, Punjabi and Spanish.
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Natacha Thys, Esq. – Legal Director
Natacha Thys joined the EJC staff in April, 2015 as a seasoned litigator and project manager. She worked most recently as an EEO investigator with Delany, Seigel, Zorn & Associates, but also gained a solid understanding of private and federal sector labor and employment law through her work with Gagliardo & Zipin, the National Treasury’s Employees Union and the Washington Lawyers Committee. Natacha has also litigated a number of landmark human rights cases while with the International Labor Rights Forum, and managed several programs to advance women’s rights throughout sub-Saharan Africa, including serving as the Deputy Director of the Africa Program at the ABA Rule of Law Initiative. She is a graduate of American University’s Washington College of Law and is barred in the District of Columbia and Maryland. Natacha is also an established artist and exhibits her paintings regularly as a member of Foundry gallery and throughout the Washington-DC metropolitan area. She is a native Haitian Creole and French speaker.
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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.
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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.
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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, 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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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.
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Amy Gellatly – Staff Attorney
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.
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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 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, and is fluent in Spanish.
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Anor Ortega – Operations and Development Coordinator
Bio and photo coming soon.
aortega[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.
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