Liz DeBarros is the Interim CEO at the District of Columbia Building Industry Association (DCBIA) where she advances the economic, community, and civic impact of the DC real estate development industry and its leaders. Liz has over 18 years of public and private sector experience, adhering to financial stewardship while adding significant value to organizations through proactive stakeholder engagement and solution-focused public policy and administrative objectives and activities. She has extensive experience in government operations and business trade association management. Liz’s previous roles include Senior Advisor of DCBIA, Chief of Staff and Legislative Director at the District of Columbia Government Department of Employment Services, and Vice President of the Hotel Association of Washington, D.C. Liz serves on the Board of Directors of the Workforce Investment Council, D.C Youth Apprenticeship Advisory Council (YAAC) and is a member of the Leadership Greater Washington Class of 2018. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Rhode Island College and Master of Arts from Temple University. She resides in Kingman Park, Washington, DC in Ward 7.Contact
David Goldblatt of Goldblatt Martin Pozen LLP (GMP) serves as legislative counsel to DCBIA. He brings a wealth of experience in legislative advocacy and real estate development which has helped DCBIA formulate efficient and effective advocacy campaigns for and against legislation effecting the development industry. For his clients, Mr. Goldblatt provides access to governmental officials and guidance on how to traverse government agencies and programs. He regularly provides advice and counsel to clients on a vast range of local legal, legislative and policy issues. Mr. Goldblatt has drafted numerous legislative and regulatory initiatives that have been enacted or adopted by the District of Columbia on a variety of subjects. He has a keen understanding of D.C. economic development programs and initiatives, including tax increment financing, business improvement districts, surplus property dispositions, real property tax exemptions, payment in lieu of taxes and industrial revenue bonds. In 2013, Mr. Goldblatt co-founded GMP to help clients address evolving legal and political issues in the District of Columbia. The firm’s team of attorneys and professional staff are well versed in District government relations, real estate, contract negotiations, administrative law, government ethics, local campaign finance law, and litigation.