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Meet Team Washington

Carissa Mattern, MA, DCJ(c)

Chief of Staff

Carissa joined Senator Washington's team on President Obama's birthday, August 4, 2022. From 2018 - 2019, she was a fellow in Senator Washington's office and worked primarily on The Johns Hopkins University's private police legislation. In addition to being Chief of Staff, she is working on her Doctorate in Criminal Justice with a specialization in Policing, and works part-time in the stables at Goucher College.

Cara Matteson


Cara joins Senator Washington's team as a fellow from the University of Maryland's Graduate School of Social Work.

Melanie Wellstein

Legislative & Constituent Affairs

Melanie joined Senator Washington's team in time for the office's favorite holiday, Halloween! She joins the team from House of Ruth and has an interest in health and pubilc policy.

Adwoa Debrah

Administrative Assistant

Adwoa joined Senator Washington's team at the end of November!

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