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Policy Advisory Council, Office of Policy Analysis
District of Columbia City Council
October 22, 2007




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Establishment - Office of Policy Analysis Policy Advisory Council 

Council of the District of Columbia 

Office of Policy Analyses

The Office of Policy Analysis ("OPA") is created as a centralized office of the Council of the District of Columbia ("Council"). The established mission of OPA is to provide comprehensive, nonpartisan, and objective research and analysis on defined legislative/policy issues to members of the Council. Its establishment both enhances and contributes to a more informed legislature, thus, inherently resulting in enhanced policy creation and development.


There is established a Policy Advisory Council (hereinafter referred to as "Advisory Council") with the purpose and functions set forth below.


The purpose of the Advisory Council shall be to provide policy guidance and support to the newly created Office of Policy Analysis.


a. The Advisory Council is centrally responsible for providing guidance and support on proposals and research projects undertaken by the OPA. The Advisory Council is able to enhance operations of the OPA by providing additional specialized policy expertise on the multiple and diverse policy areas reviewed. The Advisory Council provides guidance concerning the research approach that may be selected and also makes recommendations concerning data collection and analysis and accessing existing policy research on relevant policy subject areas.

b. Members of the Advisory Council, who are affiliated with policy organizations and/or institutions, also serve as formal points of contact for their respective organization/institution. This is critical to OPA as it endeavors to establish and maintain positive and mutually beneficial working relationships with the multiple and valuable policy centers in the District of Columbia.

c. The Advisory Council helps the OPA enhance its research capabilities, consider and evaluate potential policy implications, and build OPA's ability to access information and data expeditiously from a diverse network of research and policy centers. Overall, the PAC helps to augment the Office's capacity and its operations.

d. The Advisory Council helps to recruit interns to facilitate the work of the OPA. Selecting interns shall be the responsibility of the Director of the Office of Policy Analysis.

e. The Policy Advisory Council also assists the OPA in development and execution of periodic policy forums to facilitate policy formulation, development, enhancement, and public awareness.


The Advisory Council is comprised of a diverse group of policy experts from institutions of higher learning, policy research centers, and other established policy groups/organizations. They represent one or more of the areas in which the Council is expected to formulate policy and consider legislation.


a. The members of the Advisory Council shall serve for a two-year term, which coincides with the Council period, except that the initial appointee shall serve from the time of appointment until December 31, 2008. An individual may be appointed as a member of the Advisory Council to fill the unexpired term of a member who resigns, or otherwise vacates the position for which the member is appointed.

b. Members of the Advisory Council shall serve at the pleasure of the Chairman of the Council ("Chairman").

c. Members appointed to fill a vacancy in an unexpired term shall be appointed only for the remainder of the term but may be appointed for a full term thereafter.

d. Members may be reappointed.


a. The Director of the Office of Policy Analysis may recommend candidates to be considered for membership on the Policy Advisory Council. Such recommendations shall be provided to the Chairman.

b. The Chairman of the Council shall appoint a Chairman and Vice Chairman from among the members of the Advisory Council who shall serve in that capacity at the pleasure of the Chairman of the Council.

c. The Advisory Council may establish subcommittees as it determines for its efficient operation.

d. The Advisory Council will meet at least quarterly at a place and time it shall determine. The established meeting date does not preclude the Advisory Council from convening special meetings.

e. The Advisory Council may establish additional rules to facilitate its operations. 


The members of the Advisory Council shall serve without compensation. 


1) Dr. Alice Rivlin, Chairman 
2) Katherine S. Broderick 
3) Dr. Dwight Cropp 
4) Peter Edelman 
5) Dr. Julia Friedman 
6) Dr. William LeoGrande 
7) Dr. Charlie E. Mahone, Jr. 
8) Dr. Floretta McKenzie 
9) Dr. Alvin Thornton 
10) Margery Turner 
11) Michael Wenger


The Office of Policy Analysis shall provide administrative support to the Advisory Council.

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Policy Advisory Council

Dr. Alice Rivlin - Dr. Alice Rivlin is a Visiting Professor at the Public Policy Institute of Georgetown University and a Senior Fellow in the Economic Studies program at the Brookings Institution. She is the Director of the Greater Washington Research Program at Brookings. Before returning to Brookings, Ms. Rivlin served as Vice-Chair of the Federal Reserve Board from 1996 to 1999. She was Director f the White House Office of Management and Budget from 1994 to 1996, and Deputy Director (1993-94). She also chaired the District of Columbia Financial Management Assistance Authority (1998-2001).

Ms. Rivlin was the founding Director of the Congressional Budget Office (1975-1983). She was director of the Economic Studies Program at Brookings (1983-1987). She also served at the Department of Health, Education and Welfare as Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (1968-69). Ms. Rivlin received a MacArthur Foundation Prize Fellowship, taught at Harvard, (George Mason, and The New School Universities, has served on the Boards of Directors of several corporations, and as President of the American Economic Association. She is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the New York Stock Exchange.

She is a frequent contributor to newspapers, television, and radio, and has written numerous books. Her books include Systematic Thinking for Social Action (1971), Reviving the American Dream (1992), and Beyond the Dot.coms (with Robert Litan, 2001). She is co-editor (with Isabel Sawhill) of Restoring Fiscal Sanity: How to Balance the Budget (2004), Restoring Fiscal Sanity 2005: Meeting the Long-Run Challenges, and Restoring Fiscal Sanity 2004: The Health Spending Challenge, and (with Litan) of The Economic Payoff from the Internet Revolution (2001).

Dr. Rivlin received a B.A.. in Economics from Bryn Mawr College and a Ph.D. from Radcliffe College (Harvard University) in Economics.

Dr. Julia Friedman Gaff - Dr. Julia Friedman Gaff is currently a member of the Research Faculty at the George Washington Institute of Public Policy. From June 2000 through November 11, 2006 (retired), Dr. Friedman Gaff served the District of Columbia as the Deputy Chief Financial Officer for Research and Analysis, later titled Revenue Analysis. From 1996 through June 2000 she was the Director of Tax and Economic Policy Administration and the Chief Economist, Department of Tax and Revenue; and from 1993 through 1995, the Supervisory Financial Economist in the Department of Finance and Revenue.

Dr. Friedman Gaff has completed the following District-related documents through September of 2007: "The District of Columbia-Ten Years after the 1997 Revitalization Act," with Kelly Brown, for Our Nation's Capital and the Appleseed Foundation; Office of the Chief Financial Officer, Government of the District of Columbia, "Economic Report of the District of Columbia: A Fiscal Perspective, 2006", released in July 2007; With Woman, Hal, Young, Garry, et al., "Capital Cities and Their National Governments: Washington. D.C. in Comparative Perspective," George Washington Institute of Public Policy, GWU, Funded by the Trellis Fund, June 11, 2007; and the District of Columbia Chamber of Commerce, "State of the Business Report 2007." 

Academic Service - Macalester College, St. Paul, Minnesota, Chair, Department of Economics and Business, 1988/89 and 1990/1991; Associate Professor, 1986-94, Assistant Professor 1979-1987; Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota, Visiting Associate Professor, 1989/90; University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon, Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Economics. She received a B.A. in Mathematics from the University of Missouri, Columbia and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Oregon.

Peter Edelman - Peter Edelman is the Co-Director of the Georgetown Law Joint Degree Program in Law and Public Policy and a Professor of Law at the Georgetown Law Center. He has been on the faculty since 1982. He took leave during President Clinton's first term to serve as Counselor to the HHS Secretary Donna Shalala and then as Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation.

Professor Edelman has been Associate Dean of the Law Center, Director of the New York State Division for Youth, and Vice President of the University of Massachusetts. He was a Legislative Assistant to Senator Robert F. Kennedy and was Issues Director for Senator Edward Kennedy's Presidential campaign in 1980. Earlier, he was a Law Clerk to Supreme Court Justice Arthur J. Goldberg and before that to judge Henry J. Friendly on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. He also worked in the U.S. Department of Justice as Special Assistant to Assistant Attorney General John Douglas. Professor Edelman's book, Searching for America's Heart: RFK and the Renewal of Hope, was published by Houghton-Mifflin in January 2001. He is the author of many articles on poverty, constitutional law, and issues about children and youth. His article in the Atlantic Monthly entitled, "The Worst Thing Bill Clinton Has Done" received the Harry Chapin Media Award.

Peter Edelman has chaired and been a board member of many organizations and foundations. He has received numerous honors and awards for his work.

Margery Turner - Margery Austin Turner directs the Urban Institute's Metropolitan Housing and Communities policy center. A nationally recognized expert on urban policy and neighborhood issues, Ms. Turner analyzes issues of residential location, racial and ethnic discrimination and its contribution to neighborhood segregation and inequality, and the role of housing policies in promoting residential mobility and location choice. Much of her current work focuses on the Washington metropolitan area, investigating conditions and trends in neighborhoods across the region. Ms. Turner has directed research on racial and ethnic steering, neighborhood outcomes for families who receive federal housing assistance, and emerging patterns of neighborhood diversity in city and suburban neighborhoods.

Ms. Turner served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Research at the Department of Housingand Urban Development from 1993 through 1996, focusing HUD's research agenda on the problems of racial discrimination, concentrated poverty, and economic opportunity in America's metropolitan areas. During her tenure, HUD's research office launched three major social science demonstration projects to test different strategies for helping families from distressed inner-city neighborhoods gain access to opportunities through employment and education. Prior to joining the Clinton Administration at HUD, Ms. Turner directed the housing research program at the Urban Institute. She has co-authored two national housing discrimination studies, which use paired testing to determine the incidence of discrimination against minority homeseekers. She has also extended the paired testing methodology to measure discrimination in employment and to mortgage lending.

Ms. Turner received a B.A. in Political Science from Cornell University and a M.A. in Urban and Regional Planning from the George Washington University.

Charlie E. Mahone, Jr. - Charlie E. Mahone, Jr. was appointed Dean, School of Business and Public Administration at the University of the District of Columbia in August 2007. Prior to his appointment, Dr. Mahone was Professor of International Business at the School of Business, Howard University where he had been since August 1989. While at Howard he served as Director of Graduate Programs, Department Chairman, and Associate Dean. He was able to significantly increase the number corporate partnerships which generated additional resources for the students and the school. Dr. Mahone has conducted research and taught in various areas of international business, international activities of small and minority enterprises, and corporate strategy, etc. He has also been a consultant to various private and public sector organizations, Principal Investigator on US Departments of Education and Commerce, and on USAID funded projects. He views his new position as a wonderfully challenging opportunity to build a center of excellence in education focused on private and public sector organizations, located in and around urban areas, domestically and internationally.

Dr. Mahone is the President of the Kappa Scholarship Endowment Fund which since its inception in 1984 has awarded $740,000 to 385 graduates of the DC Public High Schools, including $116,000 awarded to 29 students in 2007. He has served as a member of the Small Business Policy Initiative of the DC Mayor's Task Force and as a member of the DC Local Business Opportunity Commission.

Dr. Mahone earned his Bachelor of Business Administration from Wayne State University in Detroit, and his MBA and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Michael Wenger - Michael R. Wenger is Acting Vice-President for Governance and Economic Analysis at the joint Center for Political and Economic Analysis at the joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, the nation's preeminent research and public policy analysis institution focusing on issues of race. His current responsibilities focus on coordinating the joint Center's research and policy analysis activities, developing new program initiatives, and building mutually beneficial alliances with other organizations. He is also an adjunct professor in the Department of Sociology, specializing in race relations, at the George Washington University.

Mr. Wenger came to the joint Center in October, 1988, and was the founder and Director of the network of Alliances Bridging Race and Ethnicity, an initiative of the joint Center that links approximately 200 race relations/racial justice organizations across the country for the purpose of facilitating communication and interaction, both electronic and face to face, among leaders of community-based racial reconciliation projects. From September 1997 to October, 1988, Mr. Wenger served as the Deputy Director for Outreach and Program Development for President Clinton's Initiative on Race. He was responsible for the development and implementation of programs designed to broaden public support for President Clinton's vision of One America in the 21st Century--a more just, inclusive and unified America that offers opportunity and fairness for all Americans. Prior to his work with the President's Initiative on Race, Mr. Wenger served for more than 16 years as the States' Washington Representative for the Appalachian Regional Commission, a Congressionally-funded agency charged with promoting economic development in the 13state Appalachian region of the United States. In this capacity, he represented the Governors of the 13 Appalachian states on policy and legislative matters relating to their membership on the Commission.

He is the co-author of Window Pane Stories: Vignettes to Help You Look At and Beyond Your Experiences, a frequent speaker on race relations, and the author of numerous articles on race relations and on rural economic development. He graduated from Queens College of the City University of New York.

Katherine S. Broderick - Katherine S. Broderick was appointed Dean of the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law in August of 1999, having previously served as Interim Dean, Clinical Director, Associate Dean and faculty member since 1979. Under her leadership during the last nine years as dean, major accomplishments include securing the highest level of American Bar Association Accreditation, increasing the number of qualified applicants by 400%, serving the legal needs of thousands of low-income District residents through the school's legal clinics, completing a $1.6 million library expansion and renovation project and raising over $4 million for the Joseph L. Rauh, Jr., Chair of Public Interest Law, scholarships, summer public interest fellowships, and clinical programs.

A committed civil libertarian, Dean Broderick is President and has served on the Board of the American Civil Liberties Union for many years. She is also a founder, and ardent participant in the D.C. Consortium f Legal Services Providers, an organization committed to increasing the quantity, improving the quality and coordinating the delivery of legal services to low-income D.C. residents. She hosts Sound Advice, a UDC cable television show available in 175,000 D.C. households, providing information about legal issues affecting the District's most vulnerable residents, including predatory lending, domestic violence, AIDS, and the District's abuse and neglect system.

Dr. Alvin Thornton - Dr. Alvin Thornton is Associate Provost for Academic Affairs at Howard University. As Associate Provost, he has oversight responsibility for the University's College of Arts and Sciences, Schools of Business, Education and Communications and Enrollment Management Divisions (Admission, Financial Aid and Student Financial Services, and Records). In addition, Dr. Thornton also directs Howard University's Amgen Scholars Programs and is coordinator of its Leadership Alliance Program. He has been a member of the Howard University Political Science faculty for 27 years. Before assuming the Associate Provost position, he was Chair of the University's Department of Political Science, a position he held for five and one-half years, and Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

Dr. Thornton's academic areas are American Politics, and the politics of educational reform. He is the co-author of two books and the author of several academic articles focused on the politics of educational reform. Among his numerous awards are two Fannie Lou Hamer Awards from the National Conference of Black Political Scientists; a Distinguish Community Service Award from Howard University; a Community Service Award from the Prince George's County Human Relations Commission; two Outstanding Leadership Awards from the Maryland State Board of Education, the Maryland State Teachers Association and the Prince George's County Board of Education; and an Outstanding Achievement Award from the Prince George's County Historical Society for his coauthored book on the county's Black population.

He served on the Prince George's County Maryland Board of Education for seven years and was elected its chair three times. His most significant contribution as a Board Member was helping to conceptualize and lead the effort to end the 25 year school desegregation suit and secure adequate funds for the construction and operation of schools. He also helped design congressional, legislative, councilmanic and school board redistricting plans that led to more representative federal, state and local elected bodies in Prince George's County.

In December of 1999, Dr. Thornton resigned from the Prince George's County Board of Education to become Chairman of Maryland's Commission on Education Finance, Equity, and Excellence (known as the Thornton Commission), which was charged with restructuring the way public education is financed and equity and excellence are assured. The Commission was appointed by the Governor and Maryland General Assembly, and its final report and recommendations were adopted during the 2002 General Assembly session, bringing millions of dollars of additional funds to the children of Maryland.

Dr. William M. LeoGrande - Dr. William M. LeoGrande is Dean of the School of Public Affairs and Professor of Government at American University in Washington, D.C., where he has been on the faculty since 1978. He also served as Acting Dean of the school from 1997 to 1999, Chair of the Government Department from 1992 to 1996, and Director of the Political Science program from 1980 to 1982. From 1976 to 1978 he was Assistant Professor of Government at Hamilton and Kirkland Colleges in Clinton, New York. In 1982-1983, Dr. LeoGrande was an International Affairs Fellow of the Council on Foreign Relations in New York, and worked with the Democratic Policy Committee of the United States Senate. In 1985-1986, he served on the staff of the Democratic Caucus Task Force on Central America of the United States House of Representatives. He has also been a consultant to a variety of Congressional committees, Executive branch agencies, and private foundations. In 19941995, Dr. LeoGrande was a Pew Faculty Fellow in International Affairs.

Professor LeoGrande has written widely in the field of Latin American politics and United States foreign policy, with a particular emphasis on Central America and Cuba. His articles have appeared in Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, Latin American Research Review, American Political Science Review, The New Republic, New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Miami Herald, and other journals, magazines, and newspapers. He is a member of the American Political Science Association, the Latin American Studies Association, and the Council on Foreign Relations.

Professor LeoGrande received his A.B. in Political Science and Psychology from Syracuse University, his M.A. in Political Science from the Maxwell School, Syracuse University, and his Ph.D. in Political Science, with Certificate in Latin American Studies from the Maxwell School, Syracuse University.

Dr. Floretta Dukes McKenzie - Dr. McKenzie is Senior Advisor for the American Institutes for Research in Washington, DC, and the Founder and Chairwoman of The McKenzie Group, Inc. an education consulting firm with special emphasis on urban education.

She has served as Superintendent and Chief State School Officer for the Washington, DC Public Schools: deputy commissioner in the US Office of Education; Deputy Superintendent of the Montgomery County Public Schools, Maryland: and Assistant Deputy Superintendent for the Maryland State Department of Education. Also, she was a US Delegate to UNESCO (United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization). Some of her other board memberships include: Marriott International, Inc.; CareFirst Blue Cross Blue; Harvard Graduate School of Education Urban Superintendents Program: the Johns Hopkins Leadership Development Program: National Geographic Society: the White House Historical Association: served as Chairwoman of Howard University from 2004 until June 2006 and was vice chairwoman for ten years; DC CSF College Success Foundation: and Ameritas/Acacia Holding Company.

She has a B.S. degree from DC Teachers College, an M.A. degree from Howard University, and an Ed.D. degree from the George Washington University.

Dwight S. Cropp - Dwight S. Cropp is an Associate Professor at The George Washington University. Professor Cropp's teaching and research interests include intergovernmental relations, urban and regional issues, resource development, and management. He is a former Director of the D.C. Office of Intergovernmental Relations and a Senior Advisor to former Mayor, Marion Barry. His numerous articles and publications include "The Urgent Challenge: Educational Excellence for All" (Mayor's Advisory Commission on PostSecondary Education, 1988).

Dr. Cropp received his B.A., and M.A.., degree from Howard University; the M.P.A., American University; and the Ed.D., The George Washington University.

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