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.

Barbra Kavanaugh, Esq. - Executive Director

Barbra KavanaughBarbra 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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Ari Weisbard, Esq. - Deputy Director

Ari WeisbardAri 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 last Spring, working with several local organizations to pass a D.C. budget that protected vital safety net programs from $25 million of devastating cuts.

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Melody Webb, Esq. – Legal Director

Melody PicMelody 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.

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Hannah Kane - Employment Justice Organizer

Hannah KaneHannah 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 pic2Emma 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

Aaron Goggans - Campaign Coordinator

Aaron Website PhotoAaron 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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Heather Kryzak – Clinic Coordinator

Heather joined EJC in July 2014 as Clinic Coordinator. Heather manages EJC’s weekly clinics in NW and SE Washington, and plays an instrumental role in EJC’s volunteer engagement and recruitment efforts. Heather comes to the EJC from the Manna Project International, where she served for two years as the Country Director for Ecuador. Heather is a graduate of American University, and is fluent in Spanish.

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John Daroff, Esq. - Wage Theft Enforcement Attorney

JD PicJohn 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.

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Andrew Hass, Esq. - Litigation Counsel

andrew hassAndrew 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.

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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 and sonKyle 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.

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Manuela Ceballos – Administrative Assistant

Manuela Ceballos, Administrative Assistant at EJC

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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