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Meet Team Washington

Melanie Wellstein

Chief of Staff

Melanie joined Senator Washington's team in October 2022. She comes to us from House of Ruth Maryland, and has an extensive background in public policy. She is a Towson native, and is passionate about the 43rd community and its issues. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Public Policy from the University of Michigan, and a Master's Degree in International Relations and Human Rights from the Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany. You might see her around town at community meetings, or hiking with her dog Ben - and she's always happy to help however she can!

Cara Matteson

Legislative Specialist

Cara joins Senator Washington's team after her fellowship with our office during 2023 Session. She is a recent Master's program graduate from the University of Maryland's School of Social Work.

Dustin Branch

Community and Legislative Coordinator

Dustin joined Senator Washington's team in January, and has worked in Baltimore politics for years. He and Senator Washington got to know each other on the campaign circuit, and have remained close ever since. His dedication to helping people and serving this community makes him the perfect fit for Team Washington!

Adwoa Debrah

Administrative Assistant

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

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