It is our talented staff members who enable Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center to provide independent research and analysis of state budget and tax policies, as well as economic issues that affect low- and moderate-income people in Massachusetts.
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Noah Berger, President
Noah Berger is president of the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center, an independent research organization that produces non-partisan policy research, analysis, and data-driven recommendations focused on improving the lives of low- and middle-income children and adults, strengthening our state’s economy, and enhancing the quality of life in Massachusetts.
Prior to joining the center, Berger served as counsel and policy director for the Massachusetts Senate Committee on Ways and Means from 1993 to 1996 and as policy director for the Massachusetts Senate President from 1996 to 2002.
Berger's leadership extends to the national arena, where he serves on the advisory board of the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center, the board of directors for Public Works, the Economic Analysis Research Network advisory group, and the Tax Alliance for Economic Mobility. Berger graduated from Harvard College and has a J.D. from Harvard Law School.
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Phineas Baxandall, Senior Policy Analyst
Phineas Baxandall is a Senior Policy Analyst at the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center, focusing on transportation and other budget, tax, and economic issues. Phineas also manages our communications work. For press inquiries, please contact him.
Before joining MassBudget, Phineas directed the Transportation and Tax & Budget programs for the U.S. Public Interest Research Group and its network of 30 state affiliate organizations.
Prior to his work with U.S. PIRG, Phineas was Assistant Director at the Taubman Center for State and Local Government and the Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. He was a teaching fellow for eight years at Harvard's Committee for Degrees in Social Studies, where he lectured on social policy and political economy. He was a long-time editorial board member for Dollars & Sense magazine.
Phineas earned a Ph.D. from MIT in Political Science and a B.A. from Wesleyan University.
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Angela Brooks, Deputy Director
Angela is Deputy Director at the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center.
She came to MassBudget after working for nearly six years in the office of Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz, where she served first as Legal Counsel and then as Chief of Staff. She focused much of her policy work on education issues, advising the Senator in her role as Chair of the Joint Committee on Education.
Prior to the State House, Angela worked in the health care group at Ropes and Gray LLP, advising hospitals and other health care entities on regulatory, transactional, litigation, and policy matters.
Angela graduated from Bowdoin College and has a J.D. from Harvard Law School.
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Jessie Colbert, Asst. Development Director
Jessie Colbert is the Assistant Development Director for the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center.
Prior to working for MassBudget, Jessie was the Foundation and Corporate Relations Officer at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, where she managed the Museum's Corporate Membership Program and assisted with foundation, corporate, and government grants.
Prior to that, Jessie was the Legislative Aide to State Representative Ellen Story of Amherst, where she worked on a variety of issues of importance to low- and moderate-income people, including public higher education and human services. Jessie received her Bachelor of Arts from UMass Amherst.
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Colin Jones, Policy Analyst
Colin Jones is a Policy Analyst at the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center focusing on education policy and finance. Prior to joining MassBudget, Colin served four terms in AmeriCorps national service programs focused on project based learning, academic support, and entrepreneurship at the non-profits BUILD in Oakland, California and Citizen Schools Massachusetts. Colin also designed and implemented teen summer jobs programs through the John Hancock MLK Scholars program.
Colin completed his Masters in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, focusing on Urban Policy and Education. At Harvard, Colin also undertook field and course work in non-profit management, state and local finance, budgeting, and philanthropy. Colin holds a Bachelors of Arts in Politics from Oberlin College and is a native of the Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts.
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Steve Reuys, Office Manager
Steve Reuys is MassBudget’s Office Manager. Steve is retired from the field of adult basic education, in which he worked for the past 30 years at the Adult Literacy Resource Institute, located at the University of Massachusetts Boston, first as the Staff Development Coordinator and, more recently, as the Director. He graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and has a Master in Education degree from Antioch University/Cambridge College.
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Marie-Frances Rivera, Policy Analyst and Community Engagement Fellow
Marie-Frances Rivera is Policy Analyst and Community Engagement Fellow at the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center researching state tax and economic policy issues and strengthening the organization's outreach efforts.
Marie-Frances worked at the Hyams Foundation, a private, independent foundation with a mission of increasing economic, racial and social justice and power within low-income communities in Greater Boston, prior to coming to MassBudget. During her time there, she was grantmaker in the areas of social, economic and racial justice. Marie-Frances has also spent time directly working with young people through a youth mentoring program she helped establish and manage in her hometown of New Bedford, MA. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Babson College and a Master in Law and Public Policy from Northeastern University.
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Nicole Rodriguez, Policy Analyst
Nicole Rodriguez is a Policy Analyst at the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center focusing on family economic security. Prior to joining MassBudget, Nicole was a Graduate Research Assistant for the Institute for Assets and Social Policy at Brandeis University, where she assisted in research investigating Boston’s asset development infrastructure. Prior to that, Nicole has worked for foundations, non-profits, and state and local governments in Massachusetts.
Nicole holds a Masters in Public Policy from the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University and a Bachelors of Arts in Politics Science from Villanova University.
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Luc Schuster, Senior Fellow
Luc Schuster is Deputy Director of the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center. Prior to joining MassBudget, Luc served for two terms as a member of the Cambridge School Committee.
While serving on the School Committee, he worked as a Public Policy Organizer with the Massachusetts Coalition for Adult Education. Luc has also done research for the Strategy Center at Oregon Metro, the directly-elected regional government representing the Portland, Oregon metropolitan region.
Luc holds a Bachelor of Arts from Pomona College and a Master in Public Policy degree from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.
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Mary Tittmann, Director of Outreach
Mary Tittmann is Director of Outreach at the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center. She also focuses on environmental and housing issues in the state budget.
Before joining MassBudget Mary worked with State Senator Jarrett T. Barrios first as his legislative director and then as chief of staff. Mary came to Beacon Hill through her work in local politics in Cambridge. Prior to moving to Massachusetts, Mary worked for the Economic Development Commission in the City of Chicago and spent ten years working on Capitol Hill in the US House of Representatives and the Office of Technology Assessment.
She has volunteered on numerous state and local political campaigns, helped found a parent's group for the city's public schools Cambridge United for Education, and served as Executive Director of the Cambridge Civic Association. Mary has a B.A. from Connecticut College and an M.A. in International Political Economy from the University of Chicago.
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Nancy Wagman, Kids Count Project Director
Nancy Wagman is the Kids Count Project Director at the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center, and is also responsible for MassBudget's Budget Browser and Children's Budget.
Prior to joining MassBudget, Nancy worked at Massachusetts Senate Post Audit and Oversight Bureau, and has also been a policy and program analyst at the state Department of Public Health, a WIC program director, a human services agency planner, and a special education advocate.
Nancy holds a B.A. from Oberlin College, and an M.C.P. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
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Kurt Wise, Senior Policy Analyst
Kurt Wise is a Senior Policy Analyst at the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center, focusing on state tax policy. He also is responsible for covering Law & Public Safety programs in the budget and in tracking changes in employment and household income.
Prior to joining MassBudget, Kurt worked at the Maine Center for Economic Policy as the State Fiscal Analyst. In Maine, Kurt focused on state tax policy and the ongoing revenue shortfalls in the state budget. Kurt also analyzed the economic impacts of state environmental and energy policy, issues surrounding health care coverage for health care workers, and workforce development issues.
Prior to his work in Maine, Kurt worked at the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation analyzing the state budget. Kurt holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy Analysis from Duke University, and a B.A. in Anthropology from UMass, Amherst.