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Working Group on Jobs, Wages and Benefits

The Working Group on Jobs, Wages, and Benefits (WGJWB) is charged with developing a report and making recommendations to the Mayor and Council regarding legislative, programmatic, and policy recommendations to improve the District’s economic competitiveness in the region, attract and retain businesses and employees in the District, protect and promote commercial diversity, promote the creation and retention of well-paying jobs and create pathways to the middle class for District Residents.

Structure and Membership

On Friday, August 5, Mayor Bowser announced her appointees to the Working Group. The Working Group includes representatives from District Government, the business community; labor unions and worker advocate organizations, and the general public.

Name Representing Affiliation
Courtney Snowden, Chair DC Government Executive Branch Deputy Mayor for Greater Economic Opportunity
Rob Hawkins DC Government Executive Branch Deputy Chief of Staff, Executive Office of the Mayor
Stephen C. Taylor DC Government Executive Branch Commissioner, Department of Insurance, Securities and Banking
Richard “Chip” Davis, Ph.D. Business Community President, Sibley Memorial Hospital / Member, Johns Hopkins Medicine
Miles Gray Business Community Founder, Smith Commons / Smith Public Trust
Kim Horn Business Community President, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of the Mid-Atlantic States, Inc.
Jaime Contreras Labor Unions and Worker Advocate Organizations Vice President, 32BJ Service Employees International Union (SEIU)
Dyana Forester Labor Unions and Worker Advocate Organizations Community and Political Lead Representative for Local 400 of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW)
Delvone Michael Labor Unions and Worker Advocate Organizations Executive Director, DC Working Families
Dannia Hakki General Public Co-Founder and Principal at MoKi Media
Steve Nash, NHA General Public President and CEO, Stoddard Baptist Home Foundation
Dayvie J. Paschall General Public DesignBuild Diversity Manager for DBE & EEO, Skanska USA Civil Inc.
Gerry Widdicombe

Chairman of Council Appointee

Director of Economic Development at the DowntownDC BID
Victoria  Leonard Chairman of Council Appointee Laborers' International Union of North America and founding board member of DC Working Families
Joanna Blotner Chairman of Council Appointee DC Paid Family and Medical Leave Program Campaign Manager, Jews United for Justice
Andrew Washington Labor Unions and Worker Advocate Organizations Labor Unions and Worker Advocate Organizations

Working Group Meeting Schedule and Meeting Materials

Get Involved

Public input is critical to ensuring that we develop sound and meaningful recommendations. There will be multiple opportunities to engage with the Working Group through the process.

If you have any questions, please email [email protected] or call (202) 546-3071.

Mayor’s Order

Proposed Working Group Meeting Schedule