ODCA Staff

Kathleen Patterson

D.C. Auditor

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Kathleen (Kathy) Patterson, former 3-term D.C. Councilmember, became D.C. Auditor on December 15, 2014, after being nominated and confirmed unanimously by the D.C. Council. Patterson comes to ODCA after working for nearly eight years for the Pew Charitable Trusts, first as federal policy director for Pre-K Now, a 10-year Pew campaign that succeeded in doubling state investments in high-quality voluntary pre-k across the country, then as a director in Pew’s Government Relations department. Her work for Pew included outreach to federal and state policymakers on a wide range of public policy issues including performance budgeting, home visiting, dental care for children, election reform, and corrections reform.

Patterson was elected to the D.C. Council from Ward 3 in 1994, was re-elected in 1998 and 2002, and ran unsuccessfully for Council chairman in 2006. She chaired the committees on Government Operations, Judiciary, and Education, Recreation and Libraries. She was part of the leadership that brought the District out of financial crisis in the mid-90s and earned a reputation for effective oversight of executive branch agencies. Her major legislation included smoke-free D.C., the First Amendment Rights and Police Standards Act of 2004 governing policy practices handling demonstrations, school modernization, personnel reform, and authorization for public charter schools. Council reforms she initiated included the legislature’s annual performance hearings, authorization for special investigations, and a separate Council budget office.

Patterson is a former newspaper reporter including serving as a Washington correspondent for the Kansas City Star, and former communications director for the American Public Welfare Association. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and a master’s in English from Georgetown University.

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Management Team

Julie Lebowitz, CIA, CFE

Deputy Auditor and Audit Manager

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Julie Lebowitz is Deputy Auditor and Audit Manager for the Office of the District of Columbia Auditor (ODCA), where she has worked since 2013. Julie oversees ODCA audit operations, including supervision of all audit teams and responsibility for ensuring compliance with ODCA’s policies and procedures. Prior to joining ODCA, Julie served as the Internal Audit and Control Manager for Monroe County, New York and as a Senior Examiner of Municipal Affairs for the Office of the New York State Comptroller, Division of Local Government and School Accountability. Prior to her experience in government, she worked as a Forensic Auditor at a regional CPA firm in Rochester, New York. Julie is a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) and a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), and earned her Bachelor of Science in Accounting from St. John Fisher College.

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Julie Lebowitz, CIA, CFE

Deputy Auditor and Audit Manager
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Tori Fernandez Whitney

Chief of Staff

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Tori is responsible for agency operations, and provides guidance on programs, initiatives, research and analysis. Tori also serves as the Chief Operating Officer for the agency managing procurement and supervision of the administrative and information technology staff.

Before joining ODCA in 2019, Tori was Senior Advisor and Chief of Staff for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Division of Global HIV and Tuberculosis and assisted in the management and oversight of the agency’s $2.5 billion global health portfolio in Europe, Asia, Africa, Central America and the Caribbean. Tori has a strong history of helping organizations meet long-term strategic goals and manage change as both an independent consultant and public sector executive. Throughout her executive career Tori has held leadership positions with the Council of the District of Columbia, Executive Office of the Mayor and health and human services agencies.

Tori earned a Masters of Public Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from American University in Washington, D.C.

When not working to improve the economy, efficiency, and accountability of the District government, Tori enjoys international travel and learning about wine.

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Amy Bellanca, Esq.

General Counsel

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Amy is the General Counsel with the Office of the District of Columbia Auditor. In this role, she manages all legal activities of the office and serves as a liaison with the Council of the District of Columbia and the Office of the Attorney General. She also serves as the agency’s ethics counselor. Amy earned her bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York at Albany and a Juris Doctor from American University, Washington College of Law. Prior to joining the office, Amy was Chief of Staff and Counsel for an at-large member of the Council. Additionally, she conducted federal audits for KPMG and worked at the U.S. Department of Commerce as the Director of the Executive Secretariat in the Office of the Secretary of Commerce.

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Hussein Aden

Agency Fiscal Officer

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Hussein is responsible for the planning, operation, development, supervision, and monitoring of the operating budget and financial management programs for ODCA.

Prior to joining ODCA in 1999, he worked as an accountant with various private companies in Minneapolis.

Hussein earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from Catholic University of America and a law degree from Somali National University’s Faculty of Law.

When not working to improve the economy, efficiency, and accountability of the District government, Hussein enjoys traveling and watching classic movies and sports.

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Hussein Aden

Agency Fiscal Officer
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Diane Shinn

Director of Communications

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Diane is responsible for creating, reviewing and/or revising ODCA’s content, including editing and publicizing reports, audits, and other projects. She also serves as ODCA’s press liaison, and manages all communications functions, including the ODCA website, podcasts, and social media.

Before joining ODCA in 2016, Diane was the director of marketing and communications and a member of the senior management team at the Council for Exceptional Children, a membership organization supporting special educators.

She earned a B.S. degree in journalism from the University of Iowa.

When not working to improve the economy, efficiency, and accountability of the District government, Diane enjoys tending the weeds in her community garden, pursuing her lifelong study of the Italian language, and practicing yoga.

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Diane Shinn

Director of Communications
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Toya Harris

Audit Supervisor

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Toya has been with Office of the District of Columbia Auditor since 2009. She holds Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from Temple University. Audits that Toya has performed include: Sufficiency Review of the District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority’s (D.C. Water), Sufficiency Reviews for the Washington Convention and Sports Authority’s (Trading as Events D.C.) and Certification of the District’s issuance of General Obligation Bonds.

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Toya Harris

Audit Supervisor
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Stacie Pittell

Audit Supervisor

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Stacie has been with the Office of the District of Columbia Auditor since 2015, first as Chief of Staff and currently as an Audit Supervisor. She supervises a team of auditors, providing guidance from her legal background and experience in D.C. government, to enhance her unit’s audits.  Stacie also serves as the agency’s training coordinator and works on special projects of varying types, as needed.

Stacie earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Rochester in Rochester, New York, and a Juris Doctor from American University, Washington College of Law, in Washington, D.C. Before joining ODCA, Stacie was General Counsel for the D.C. Board of Ethics and Government Accountability and, prior to that, the Assistant Inspector General for Investigations at the D.C. Office of the Inspector General. Prior to joining the District of Columbia government, Stacie worked in New York, first as a prosecutor and then as a criminal investigator.

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Wendy Stephens

Audit Supervisor

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Wendy is responsible for managing a team of auditors and analysts performing reviews of District of Columbia policies, programs and operations.  She is also responsible for assisting with the development of work plans and schedules.

Before joining ODCA in 2019, Wendy was the Senior Financial Auditor with the D.C. Housing Authority, where she supervised staff and directed and performed financial, program, and operational audits in the internal audit and financial management offices. She gained her experience in public accounting and internal auditing working for corporate and government entities.

Wendy earned her bachelor’s degree in accounting from Howard University in Washington, D.C. She is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in Maryland.

When not working to improve the economy, efficiency, and accountability of the District government, Wendy enjoys traveling, cooking, and spending time with family and friends.

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Wendy Stephens

Audit Supervisor
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Jason Barnes

Auditor

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Jason is responsible for performing audits of District of Columbia policies, procedures, and operations.

Before joining ODCA in 2019, Jason was an Auditor for the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS), where he conducted audits and investigations to protect DCPS against fraud, waste, and abuse. Jason also served as a Financial Compliance Auditor for the Maryland Department of Education, where he conducted audits of 12 public school districts. Jason has served various operations and financial positions at Johns Hopkins Healthcare.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Coppin State University.

When not working to improve the economy, efficiency, and accountability of the District government, Jason enjoys participating in community service activities and traveling.

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Jennifer Bianca Browning

Analyst

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Jennifer is responsible for conducting audits and program evaluations of District government programs.

She is particularly interested in health issues in the District.

Jennifer is originally from Washington, DC. Before joining ODCA in 2018, she worked for the United Nations World Food Programme as a Monitoring and Evaluation Officer. She has worked extensively in Africa for the UN and the U.S. Embassy on food security, HIV/AIDS, and gender equality.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in Development Studies and French from the University of California- Berkeley and her Master’s degree in public policy from Princeton University.

When not working to improve the economy, efficiency, and accountability of the District government, Jennifer enjoys dancing and finding any occasion to speak another language (she speaks French, Italian, Spanish, and some Wolof).

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Maya Cameron

Program Analyst

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Maya Cameron is a Program Analyst with the Office of the District of Columbia Auditor (ODCA).  In this role she monitors, assesses and assists in the reporting on government operations through performance-based audits and evaluations. Maya earned her bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of the District of Columbia. Maya brings over 10 years of experience and knowledge of Social Services and Workforce Development Programs.

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Maya Cameron

Program Analyst
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Oscar Casas

Senior Auditor

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Oscar Casas is responsible for conducting Generally Accepted Government Auditing Standards (GAGAS) audits of high-impact, high-value District government agencies and programs. He also shares responsibility for reviewing and/or revising internal policies and procedures to ensure compliance with amended Government Auditing Standards and interpretive guidance.

Before joining ODCA in 2018, Oscar was a senior policy director in Washington, D.C., and a financial institution examiner for the U.S. Federal Reserve System in Chicago. Oscar started his career in commercial banking serving a wide range of consumer and institutional clients before transitioning into the regulatory supervision and compliance arena in 2011. As a senior policy director, he helped facilitate advocacy and engagement strategies with state and federal financial regulatory agencies to advance the quality and effectiveness of regulation and supervision of state banking and financial/non-financial services providers.

He earned a bachelor of science degree in business administration from DeVry University in Chicago.

When not working to improve the economy, efficiency, and accountability of the District government, Oscar enjoys being physically active. As a former high-school athlete, he routinely ventures out for long, urban jogs and enjoys playing basketball and tennis. He also enjoys supporting local artists and likes to take in the urban art scene in his community.

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Oscar Casas

Senior Auditor
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Vilma Castro

Analyst

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Vilma is an Analyst with the Office of the District of Columbia Auditor (ODCA). She assists in developing audit plans, conducts research and program evaluations, and prepares reports of value to the public and to the District of Columbia Council in the performance of its oversight duties.

Vilma earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and MBA from the University of the Philippines, and a master’s degree in Economics from George Mason University.  Prior to joining ODCA, Vilma was a senior auditor in the World Bank where she conducted audits of the supervision, procurement and financial management of development projects in developing countries.  She also audited grants compliance and the administration and financial operations of country offices in Latin America, Africa, Eastern Europe and Central Asia.  Vilma is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), and a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE).

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Ingrid Drake, CGAP

Program Analyst

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Ingrid is responsible for conducting Generally Accepted Government Auditing Standards (GAGAS) audits of high-impact, high-value District government programs and often serves as auditor-in-charge, leading a team of her colleagues.

Before joining ODCA in 2010, Ingrid was an investigator at the Project on Government Oversight, where she conducted investigations into fraud, waste, and abuse within the U.S. Department of Energy, evaluated the open government plans of federal agencies, and coordinated oversight training for congressional staff at the U.S. Capitol.

Ingrid earned a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she graduated with honors. Ingrid earned her certification as a Certified Government Auditing Professional in 2012.

When not working to improve the economy, efficiency, and accountability of the District government, Ingrid enjoys hiking in D.C.’s Rock Creek Park.

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Leslie Flores

Auditor

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Leslie has been an Auditor with the Office of the District of Columbia Auditor (ODCA) since July 2016.  Prior to joining ODCA, she worked for the D.C. Office of the Inspector General (OIG) as a Supervisory Management and Program Analyst.  During Leslie’s eleven years at the OIG, she conducted and supervised inspections and special evaluations of District agencies.  Her inspections often assessed agency operations and compliance with applicable laws and regulations, while the special evaluations reported on specific agency programs or high profile matters facing the District.

Leslie earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia, in Charlottesville, Virginia and a Master of Business Administration in Accounting from American University, in Washington, D.C.

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Yvonne Jones

Auditor

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Yvonne joined the Office of the District of Columbia Auditor (ODCA) in 2016.  She holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Columbia Union College.  Prior to her work at ODCA, Yvonne conducted performance audits for the American Red Cross at chapter offices nation-wide and for the Retail Banking Division of Citibank, FSB in the Mid-Atlantic region.  Most recently, Yvonne worked as an Area Manager at the D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation.

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Waddah Kittab

Senior IT Specialist

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Waddah is responsible for ODCA IT hardware and software infrastructure, including workstations, servers, virtual environment, network switches and routers, auditing applications, streamlining agency operations, processes automation, and optimization, as well as research and development for technology utilization in all ODCA IT projects.

Before joining ODCA in 2018, Waddah was Chief Information Officer for the Board of Ethics and Government Accountability (BEGA), where he was responsible for BEGA’s IT hardware and software infrastructure and designed new applications and performed business analysis for process automation.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in Software Engineering from Babylon University in Iraq, a master’s degree in Information Systems from Sadams University in Iraq, and a master’s degree in Cyber Security from Howard University University in Iraq.

When not working to improve the economy, efficiency, and accountability of the District government, Waddah enjoys spending time with his family, volunteering with Early Childhood Child Find, a service that identifies children with potential special education needs and educates the community about child development and the importance of early intervention.

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Waddah Kittab

Senior IT Specialist
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John MacNeil

Analyst

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John is responsible for conducting audits and program evaluations of District government programs.

Before joining ODCA in 2018, John was a Senior Budget Analyst for three years in the D.C. Council Budget Office. He previously worked for the federal government, serving as a Program Examiner for eight years at the Office of Management and Budget overseeing environmental and transportation programs. John also has experience as a journalist and science writer, covering biotechnology research and business news.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania and a master’s degree in technology policy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Candace McCrae

Program Analyst

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Candace is responsible for analyzing programs and drafting reports aimed to promote economy, efficiency and accountability throughout District government. She also provides support to the agency AFO and the director of communications.

Before joining ODCA in 2010, Candace worked for the District Department of Energy and the Environment as a public affairs specialist. Prior to that, she worked for WUSA-TV 9, the D.C. CBS affiliate.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in communications in 2003 from Howard University.

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Cathy Patten

Receptionist/Administrative Assistant

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Cathy has been providing administrative support to the Office of the District of Columbia Auditor since 2009. Prior to joining our team, Cathy worked for former District of Columbia Councilmember Kathy Patterson for twelve years. She also worked for the United Mine Worker (UMWA), the Columbia Heights Senior Citizen Housing and in the District of Columbia Public School system.

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Cathy Patten

Receptionist/Administrative Assistant
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Will Perkins

Analyst

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Will is responsible for researching and analyzing District government policies. He also assists with education research.

Before joining ODCA in 2018, Will was a research and policy associate with the 21st Century School Fund. Will started his career as a teacher working in both D.C. Public Schools and a D.C. charter school as a social studies teacher.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in Public Policy from the College of William and Mary, a master’s degree in Teaching from American University and a master’s degree in Public Administration from American University.

When not working to improve the economy, efficiency, and accountability of the District government, Will enjoys going to Nationals games and riding his bike.

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Lindsey Poole

Analyst

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Lindsey is responsible for conducting audits and program evaluations of District government programs.

Before joining ODCA, Lindsey was the network research and advocacy coordinator at The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts, where she also coordinated local research for a national hunger study. She also served as a Food Policy Intern at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. Prior to that, Lindsey taught biology and chemistry and brings a background in education to her audit work at ODCA.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Mount Holyoke College, and a master’s degree in public policy with a concentration in program evaluation from the George Washington University.

When not working to improve the economy, efficiency, and accountability of the District government, Lindsey enjoys cooking tasty food and rowing on the Potomac River.

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Lachelle Rogers, SHRM-CP

Human Resources Specialist

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Lachelle is responsible for recruitment, human resources information systems, benefits coordination, and payroll.

Before joining ODCA in 2017, Lachelle held HR positions with DC Water and at the D.C. Department of Employment Services, as well as several area law firms.

Lachelle earned her master’s degree in human resource management from the University of Maryland University College, and holds a paralegal certificate from the George Washington University. She is a Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Certified Professional.

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Lachelle Rogers, SHRM-CP

Human Resources Specialist
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Fredericka Eubanks Shaw

Program Analyst

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Fredericka has been with the Office of the District of Columbia Auditor (ODCA) since 2006. She assists with drafting annual Advisory Neighborhood Commissions (ANC) reports and scheduling ANC audits and reviewing quarterly reports. Prior to coming to ODCA, Fredericka worked for the Department of Defense. Fredericka earned an Associate of Science degree in Business Management from Southeastern University and a Bachelor of Arts in Business Management from Catholic University. Fredericka is a native Washingtonian.

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Joshua Stearns, CIA, CGAP

Senior Program Manager

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Joshua is responsible for managing ODCA’s enterprise risk management process, following up with agencies on audit recommendations, and leading enterprise risk management activities.

Prior to joining ODCA in 2009, Joshua worked for six years as a policy analyst with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and three years as a high school social studies teacher.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in international relations from San Francisco State University and a master’s degree in public administration from Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs.

He is a Certified Internal Auditor and a Certified Government Audit Professional.

When not working to improve the economy, efficiency, and accountability of the District government, Joshua enjoys spending time with his wife and two children, gardening, and reading.

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Ruth Werner

Senior Analyst

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Before Ruth joined ODCA in September 2019 she spent 14 years at the Council of the District of Columbia. Since 2011, Ruth served as Director for the Committee on Finance and Revenue where she was responsible for annual agency performance oversight, budget and Council priorities of agencies, including the Office of the Chief Financial Officer, DC Lottery, Real Property Tax Appeals Commission, Events DC, Destination DC, Commission on the Arts and Humanities, and Board of Review of Anti Deficiency Violations, and overseeing all elements of the legislative process for the Committee.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing from the University of Maryland, College Park, and a master’s in business administration from the College of William and Mary.

When not working to improve the economy, efficiency, and accountability of the District Government, Ruth enjoys jogging in Rock Creek Park and attending Nationals, Wizards, and Capitals games.

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Ruth Werner

Senior Analyst
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Jennay Wood

Auditor

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Jennay Kingsbury is an Auditor for the Office of the District of Columbia Auditor (ODCA).  She earned her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Trinity Washington University, located in Washington DC. Before joining ODCA, Jennay was a Performance Management Specialist for the Defense Health Agency.

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Gregory Woods

Auditor

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Gregory is responsible for evaluating the performance of District government offices that provide services to residents and patrons of the city. These evaluations include analyzing trends, patterns, and possible failures to meet law, regulations, policies, procedures, and best practices. Findings are then summarized and presented to stakeholders to begin the process of improving the effectiveness and efficiency for which services are rendered.

Before joining ODCA, Gregory was an active contributor on several federal financial statement audits and consulting engagements for government agencies within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, U.S. Department of Justice, and the U.S. Department of Defense. This included conducting actual financial statement audits, assisting clients with preparing for impending audits as required/mandated by the United States Congress, and assisting with the implementation and sustainment of financial improvement plans. Gregory has also served as the treasurer for Promote, Enrich, Nurture DMV (PEN DMV), a community outreach organization, for more than four years.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from North Carolina A&T State University.

When not working to improve the economy, efficiency, and accountability of the District government, Gregory enjoys traveling, music, and cheering on his beloved Dallas Cowboys.

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