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Mayor Bowser Appoints Four Senior Officials

Thursday, December 3, 2015

(Washington, DC) – Today, Mayor Muriel Bowser announced the appointments of Carol Schwartz as a Board Member of the Board of Ethics Government Accountability and Stephen Danzansky, Dionna Lewis, and Andrew Richardson as Board Members of the District of Columbia Board of Elections.

“The District is fortunate to have these passionate and experienced public service professionals working for the betterment of our city,” said Mayor Bowser. “Together, we will create a better, stronger government that best serves the interests of our residents.”

Carol Schwartz is a former At-Large Councilmember for the District of Columbia. During her 16-year tenure, she served as chair of the Committee on Workforce Development and Government Operations in 2007 and the Committee on Public Works and the Environment, among others. With her long-time involvement in Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, she has strengthened relationships with key stakeholders, elected officials, community members, and coalition partners in efforts to influence lives of residents in the District of Columbia. Schwartz has worked on behalf of numerous organizations dedicated to the trust and security of life in the District. A graduate of the University of Texas, Schwartz resides in Ward 1.

Stephen Danzansky has served as the Deputy Assistant to the President for Economic Affairs; Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of Cabinet Affairs and presidential appointee under the tenure of under three Republican administrations. He has also has served as an officer and director of numerous civic and cultural organizations, including the Washington Area Olympic Committee, Greater Washington Sports Authority, the YMCA, and the Washington Urban League. Danzansy previously worked as an adjunct professor at the George Washington University School of Law. He graduated from Washington & Lee University and the George Washington University School of Law. Danzansky is a resident of Ward 3.

Dionna Lewis serves as an associate of the Fay Law Group LLC – the Washington, DC office for labor and employment. Lewis actively manages a rapidly growing litigation docket of local and nationwide employers-employees cases. Lewis served as the Regional Director for Region XII of the National Bar Association and Co-Chair of the Litigation Forum for the Women’s Bar Association. She was nominated as the American Bar Association-Presidential Appointee for the Task Force to Examine Association Policies Impacting Recruitment and Retention of Law Students and Youth Lawyers. She has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia and a Masters of Law in Litigation and Dispute Resolution from the George Washington University Law School. Lewis is a resident of Ward 7.

Andrew ‘Chip’ Richardson is the principal attorney with the Richardson Firm. He represents individuals with trust estate, leasing, asset sales, contracts, civil disputes, contract and real estate matters, Richardson formerly served in the Fenty Administration as General Counsel for the Executive Office of the Mayor, where his team helped resolve high-stakes problems. As General Counsel, Richardson was the Mayor's advocate and proactively worked with Councilmembers, District residents and activists groups. During that time, he received the prestigious District of Columbia Meritorious Public Service Award. Richardson served as a board member for the United Medical Center and District of Columbia Public Schools Parent Teacher Association at Hyde-Addison Elementary School. He has attained bar admissions in Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia; and continues to civically engaged in outreach community projects. Richardson resides in Ward 4.

The Council of the District of Columbia will host a confirmation hearing for the Board of Election members on December 16.