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The three-person community engagement team in the D.C. Office of the Attorney General was eliminated earlier this month, several people familiar with the situation tell LL. Attorney General Karl Racine hasn’t decided whether he’ll hire replacements, but he says the move will not result in less interaction with the community.
“From time to time during my six years as attorney, I have reviewed aspects of our office and made various personnel decisions,” Racine says. “Of course the office will continue to have a robust community engagement effort. Indeed, dozens and dozens of OAG lawyers and non-lawyers engage with the public on a daily basis.”
The former team, lead by now-former Director of Community Relations Lindsay Morton, acted as a liaison between OAG constituents and the lawyers who work in his office. Morton’s team, which included Ebonee Avery-Washington and John Carlos Green, who was Racine’s campaign manager in 2018, worked to build relationships within the community, informed residents about their rights and about OAG initiatives, and gathered feedback from residents.
Morton and Green declined to comment. Efforts to reach Avery-Washington were unsuccessful.
Racine created the community engagement team to fulfill a campaign promise and it has fluctuated over the years from one person to three. Councilmembers Robert White (At-Large) and Trayon White (Ward 8) both worked in Racine’s community engagement office before they were elected to the D.C. Council.
Recent departures from Racine’s office, other than the three community engagement employees, include Lisa Raymond, his former chief of staff; James Pittman, deputy attorney general for legislative, intergovernmental and community affairs who is now a VP at Pepco, according to his LinkedIn profile; Elizabeth Wilkins, a former senior leader, who is now an advisor to Biden’s chief of staff; and David Mayorga, the former OAG communications director who took a job as director of public affairs in Biden’s Department of Energy.
“Do we expect to hire specifically for the position of community engagement? Perhaps,” Racine says. “Will our community engagement be decreased in velocity? No.”