The ERC is a civil rights organization that identifies and seeks to eliminate unlawful and unfair discrimination in housing, employment, and public accommodations in its home community of Greater Washington, D.C. and nationwide.
The ERC’s core strategy for identifying unlawful and unfair discrimination is civil rights testing. When the ERC identifies discrimination, it seeks to eliminate it through the use of testing data to educate the public and business community, support policy advocacy, conduct compliance testing and training, and, if necessary, take enforcement action.
The ERC was formed in 1999 by a merger of the Fair Housing Council of Greater Washington, which was established in 1983, and its sister organization, the Fair Employment Council of Greater Washington. In 2005, the Disability Rights Council and its membership joined the ERC. Through its use of civil rights testing, the ERC identifies and seeks to eliminate unlawful and unfair discrimination in housing, employment and public accommodations in its home community of Greater Washington DC and nationwide. The ERC’s core strategy for identifying unlawful and unfair discrimination is civil rights testing.
Board of Directors
Prof. Robert Dinerstein, President
Professor of law at American University’s Washington College of Law.
Prof. Peter Edelman, Vice-President
Professor of law at Georgetown University Law Center.
Sue A. Marshall, Secretary
Executive Director of the Community Partnership for the Prevention of Homelessness.
Sunil Mansukhani, Treasurer
Principal at the Raben Group, a Washington, DC public affairs firm. Former Executive Director of the DC Access to Justice Commission and a former presidential political appointee at the US Department of Education.
Reverend Cameron W. Byrd, D. Min., Board Member
Former consultant in pastoral care, former Adjunct Faculty Member in the field of Pastoral Care and Counseling at Howard University, and a founding member of the ERC.
Rebecca Crootof, Board Member
Assistant Professor of Law at University of Richmond Law School. Former ERC employee where she was one of the primary architects of the ERC’s highly successful housing accessibility initiative. Holds a PhD in law from Yale Law School.
Levi “Christian” Pearson, Board Member
Manager of Trust & Safety at Google. JD/MBA with over 12 years of experience helping commercial, public sector, and non-profit organizations maximize their potential and minimize risk. Previously worked with Steptoe & Johnson and Accenture where he assisted the ERC to maximize its capabilities and outcomes.
Katy Neas, Board Member
Executive Vice President, Public Affairs at the American Physical Therapy Association. Former Executive Vice President of Public Affairs at Easter Seals. Leader at the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities and former Senator Tom Harkin staffer, where she was instrumental in the drafting of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
George Ruttinger, Esq., Board Member
Partner and Co-Chair of the International Dispute Resolution Group at Crowell & Moring LLP.
Jackie Simon, Board Member
Realtor and member of the Montgomery County Commission on People with Disabilities.
Olivier Kamanda, Board Member
Product Manager at Facebook. Former Director of Learning and Impact Strategy the Knight Foundation.
Matthew Handley, Board Member
Founder and partner at Handley Farah & Anderson. Former Director of Litigation at the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs.
Jerome A. Murphy, Esq., General Counsel
Partner with Crowell & Moring’s Antitrust and Complex Litigation Groups.
James O. Gibson
Rev. Dr. James G. Macdonell
Beatriz “BB” Otero
Rabbi Bruce Kahn
Charlie Crawford (deceased)