Marcia Bernbaum lives in American University Park, retired from a career overseas with USAID, decided in 2014 to donate her time to collaborating alongside DC’s population experiencing homelessness through the People for Fairness Coalition (PFFC). Since 2014, at the request of fellow PFFC members, she launched PFFC’s Downtown DC Public Restroom Initiative, serving as its Mentor and Advisor. She is passionate about the importance of ready access to clean, safe public restrooms for personal and public health. Marcy serves as lead strategist, research coordinator and overall tracker of what is happening, organizing, and letting her colleagues what need to be done.
Kate Coventry lives in Ward 2, near Dupont Circle. Currently Senior Policy Analyst at the DC Fiscal Policy Institute, Kate joined DCFPI as a Policy Analyst in 2011. Over her career with DCFPI she focused on a range of issues affecting low-income residents of DC, particularly TANF, Interim Disability Assistance (IDA), and homelessness. Kate is a member of DC Public Restrooms because residents experiencing homelessness in particular stand to benefit from restroom expansions. Since 2015 Kate has been providing advice on Council and administration strategies and helping make connections for the group.
Qaadir El Amin
Qaadir was born and raised in DC ,Maryland and Virginia having experienced homelessness for 15 years. He is currently Co-Director of the People for Fairness Coalition which is dedicated to ending homelessness in DC through advocacy, outreach and peer mentoring. Qaadir is an elected member of the Interagency Council on Homelessness (ICH) and an active participant in its Executive Committee. He is committed to ensuring that people who experience homelessness and those who may be facing homelessness receive the education they need so that they don’t fall into homelessness. He is also committed to having homeless residents have access to clean, safe restrooms when they need them, without being discriminated against.
Leonard Greenberger lived in Chevy Chase for 30 years before moving to Maryland. He has provided strategic counsel and communications support for DC Public Restrooms since learning about the organization in 2015. As a grandfather, father and runner he knows well the need for access to safe, clean public restrooms and wants Washington to rival its global peers on this important issue.
Advisor since 2015. Beth is retired. She is an active member of the Dupont Circle Village, a bicyclist, a member of the Washington Area Bicyclist Association, and member of the Dupont Circle Citizens Association. Beth’s advice has been and continues to be invaluable.
George Olivar lives in Ward 2, across from Miriam’s Kitchen. He is a founding member of PFFC’s Downtown DC Public Restroom Initiative (now DC Public Restrooms). George is a naturalized US citizen, born in Mexico. He became a Buddhist Monk and spent nearly two decades living in monasteries in Asia and Europe. Upon returning to the US in 2014 he found himself unable to live on his pension and became homeless. George appreciates, from his experience living on the streets (he is now housed) how important having ready access to a clean, safe public restroom is for both personal and public health. George has played an important role in identifying DC businesses that provide public access to their restrooms.
Janet Sharp lives in Ward 2 near Thomas Circle and is a founding member of PFFC’s Downtown DC Public Restroom Initiative, now DC Public Restrooms. She firmly believes that there is a necessity for clean, safe bathrooms in DC which are seriously lacking. They are particularly important for seniors as their bladders do not hold. Also for women who are on their period or who are pregnant. Janet has played an important role in designing and delivering presentations to a variety of audiences.