Erin Palmer

Chairman of the DC City Council Candidate

https://erinfordc.com/

I am a mom, an ethics lawyer, and a public servant. I came to DC almost 20 years ago to attend American University’s law school and graduate school. After graduating, I worked as a judicial clerk at the DC Court of Appeals, where I met my husband. We have three school-aged kids.

From the start of my professional career, I have worked to make government accountable to families. I worked at a global law firm, winning asylum for a parent fleeing state violence due to their political beliefs, representing a child with disabilities at a local school to ensure they received educational supports, and filing briefs with the Supreme Court on the science regarding youth brain development to end life without parole sentences for children.

For the last seven years, I was an ethics lawyer for the federal judiciary specializing in workplace accountability, an issue that specifically impacts women. As a survivor of sexual assault and harassment, these structural challenges were not just matters of revising rules but a moral call to redefine safety in our workplaces. My expertise as an ethics and accountability lawyer is the basis for my DC Council Accountability Plan – a comprehensive, evidence-based plan to build a more effective, modern, and ethical DC Council.

Since 2018, I have served as an Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner. I worked to pass DC’s paid family leave law and fair elections program, led efforts to improve and expand local voting access, and demanded action to remove unethical government actors. I’ve tackled everything from education to transportation with an eye not just toward fixing the immediate problems but identifying systemic challenges and proposing solutions to improve government across DC.

I’m a relentless leader who centers the voices of women and families. You can learn more about me here.