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