Our mission

The mission of the D.C. Policy Center is to arm decision makers with fact-based, unbiased, and reliable research and analyses to help create a vibrant local economy that can maximize opportunities for residents, workers, and businesses in the District of Columbia.

How we work

Through objective and rigorous research and collaboration, the D.C. Policy Center develops and tests policy ideas, disseminates its findings, actively promotes policy solutions, and engages in constructive dialogue and debate.

Our values

We are objective and neutral. We are non-partisan, independent, and open-minded. We do not allow ideology shape our findings and recommendations.

We are grounded in data. We believe that objective data and targeted, high-quality analyses are necessary for a productive policy debate.

We are singularly focused on D.C. We believe that D.C.’s local public policy should be designed and evaluated in the context of the realities of the District of Columbia. Ideas that have a national appeal often miss the local economic context and local policy interactions.

We have a comprehensive view of policy. We believe that a strong and competitive economy creates the greatest range of options and the requisite resources for serving the needs of our city, especially our most vulnerable residents.

We care deeply about opportunity. Paired with economic growth, thoughtful policies can create the fastest path to shared prosperity.

Our actions

We produce original research and analyses. We strive to be open and unbiased in our research and share our data, methodology and analysis to ensure full transparency.

We develop and test innovative policy proposals. We develop comprehensive policy proposals; we build coalitions to support those proposals; we engage executive and legislative leaders to promote those proposals; and we deploy the most convincing arguments and information in support of our ideas.

We are practical. We seek to affect significant changes over the long run, but also embrace incremental improvements and near-term trade-offs that create a path to gradually improving suboptimal policies.

We proactively engage employers in local policy. Our constant engagement of employers creates more opportunities for D.C.’s many stakeholders to come together to find common ground. It also allows us to build new repositories of data and information, glean insights on expectations about the city’s future.

Why do decision-makers listen to the D.C. Policy Center?

We have the “long view.” We are as interested in the city’s future over multiple generations as we are in what happens in the next budget cycle. This ensures that our approach to policy is driven by what is good for the District and not by a short-term policy might be well-received by a particular constituency.

We draw credibility and reliability from our data-driven approach. We have invested heavily in high quality, comprehensive, and deep analyses free of ideology and dogmatic thinking. Consequently, we have built a reputation as the premier research organization with comprehensive coverage of policy issues important to the District, with full transparency as to how we conduct our research and how we are funded. Our credibility allows policy leaders to receive our policy solutions comfortably and confidently.

We vet our reform ideas and policy solutions with stakeholders. As we develop our policy ideas, we constantly check them with other researchers, the employer community, District agencies that would have to implement these reforms, and a broad set of advocacy groups. In these ways we ensure that our ideas have both policy and political buy-in.

We understand local policy operates in a system. An idea that looks good on paper will likely fail in execution if not rigorously checked against the economic and social realities of the District, and its interactions with other policies. We relentlessly examine policy ideas through this comprehensive lens to ensure that its implementation will be free of unintended consequences.

We are respectful and hardworking. Advancing growth-focused policies for the District requires direct and regular engagement with lawmakers, coalition building, creative ideas, sound political strategy, and hard work. We believe any idea can be debated and improved, and that people can disagree without being disagreeable or dogmatic.

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Annual reports and financials

The D.C. Policy Center is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Our EIN is 82-2380479. From its founding in 2016 through December 31, 2018, the D.C. Policy Center was affiliated with the Federal City Council, a 501(c)(3) organization. As of January 1, 2019, the D.C. Policy Center is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit with full responsibility for its financial operations.

Financial supporters

We are deeply grateful for the support of these organizations and individuals since the founding of the D.C. Policy Center, who have made our work possible.

Contributions of funds and contracts, by lifetime sum, from the D.C. Policy Center’s inception through July 1, 2021 are included. In the interest of transparency and disclosure, this listing includes donations as well as commissioned research products and contracts. Please note, this list is compiled and updated on an annual basis, and the below comes from our most recent annual report. The D.C. Policy Center strives to be complete and accurate in recognizing the generous support of our donors and research contracts.

$100,000 and above

Apartment & Office Building Association of Metropolitan Washington (AOBA)

CityBridge/CityWorks DC

DC Chamber of Commerce

Education Forward DC

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Pepco, An Exelon Company

Quadrangle Development Corporation

Walton Family Foundation


$50,000 – $99,999

Bill and Sunny Alsup

Arnold & Porter

Diane & Norman Bernstein Foundation

Katherine and David Bradley


The Forge Company


Premium Distributors


Venturehouse Group

The Wilkes Company

$25,000 – $49,999


Brookfield Properties

Children’s National Hospital

District of Columbia Building Industry Association (DCBIA)

Downtown Business Improvement District

E&G Group

Hilton Hotel Corporation


The Hotel Association of Washington, DC


MedStar Health

Monumental Sports & Entertainment

Oxford Properties Group

Linda Rabbitt

Statehood Research DC

United Bank

United Way of the National Capital Area

Urban Impact Capital Fund

WC Smith

Anonymous (2)

$10,000 – $24,999

Borger Management, Inc.

Boston Properties

Clyde’s Restaurant Group

Consumer Health Foundation


The Developer Roundtable

Doggett Enterprises, Inc.


Gould Property

Greater Washington Board of Trade

Hoffman & Associates

Holland & Knight, LLP

Host Hotels

Kimsey Foundation

Derrick Mashore

Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation


Park Hotels & Resorts

Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington

Ruben Companies


Urban Institute

$500 – $9,999

American Beverage Association

Horning Brothers

University of Maryland

Perkins Eastman

Gerry Widdicombe

Up to $499

Amazon Smile Foundation

Jason Lee Bakke

Jacon Bracco

Richard Bradley

Colin Browne

Stephanie Custis

Elizabeth DeBarros

Betty Diggs

Jaime Fearer

Benjamin Freed

Merna and Joseph Guttentag

Furman Haynes

Lois Hollan

Judy Family Foundation

Steven Magel

Marc Mayerson

Yiting Nan Nan

Alex Posorske

Kerry Savage

Brooke Williamson

Bryce Yahn

Abigail Zenner

Anonymous (2)

To make a charitable contribution to the D.C. Policy Center, please visit our donation page, or contact our offices at contact@dcpolicycenter.org or (202) 223-2233. Thank you.