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Carol Kellermann

Carol Kellermann is President of the Citizens Budget Commission. Kellermann has over 25 years experience in leadership positions in non-profit, philanthropic, and government settings. She has served as Interim Executive Director of the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers and PENCIL, Inc., and as a consultant to City University of New York, where she initiated a pilot program to improve graduation rates and job outcomes at CUNY’s six community colleges. As Executive Director and CEO of the September 11 Fund she oversaw the $500+ million charitable fund, which provided grants and assistance for the short and long term needs of victims of the September 11th attacks. Prior to that, she was Executive Director of Learning Leaders, the oldest and largest volunteer program in the New York City public schools. Kellermann has been chief of staff to then Congressman Charles E. Schumer and held various executive positions in New York City government, including Deputy Commissioner of the NYC Department of Finance. She holds degrees from Harvard Law School and Harvard College.


Charles Brecher

Charles Brecher is the Consulting Research Director since 2011. Prior, he served as the Executive Vice President and Director of Research since 1986 and for several years before then was a research consultant to the Commission.

Brecher is also a Professor of Health and Public Administration at New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. Brecher is the author and editor of numerous books and articles in the fields of state and local budgeting and health care financing. His books include Power Failure: New York City Politics and Policy Since 1960, written with Raymond D. Horton and published by Oxford University Press, and Privatization and Public Hospitals, a Twentieth Century Fund Report. He received a BA degree with honors from the University of Florida and a Ph.D. in political science from the Graduate Division of the City University of New York.


Elizabeth Lynam

Elizabeth Lynam is the Vice President & Director of State Studies. Lynam covers the New York State and City budgets and other policy issues important to state and local government. She works closely with the media, and has designed and authored studies on reforming New York State’s fiscal practices, Medicaid, special education policy, collective bargaining, alternatives to incarceration for drug offenders, and local tax relief.

Prior to the Citizens Budget Commission, Lynam was the Deputy Director of the Office of Special Education Initiatives at the New York City Department of Education, where she helped manage the transformation of the way special education services are delivered in New York City public schools. She received her BS from Cornell University and an MS in Urban Policy and Management from the New School University.

Maria Doulis

Maria Doulis is Director of City Studies. She manages New York City budget analysis and government studies. Her research focuses on urban competitiveness, municipal labor relations, the public workforce and infrastructure policy. She has authored reports and blogs frequently on topics such as budget deficits, capital planning, PLANYC, public-private partnerships, employee compensation, and pension and health insurance obligations at both the State and City levels. Maria also oversees the annual publication of the "Pocket Summary" and the “Pension Sweetener Scorecard,” as well as the “Budget Navigator” and CBC’s online and social media efforts.

Prior to the Citizens Budget Commission, Maria worked for the Council of Graduate Schools and the Government Performance Project. She has a Master of Public Administration degree from George Washington University and a BA from Queens College, City University of New York. She was named one of City & State’s “40 under 40: Rising Stars in New York City Politics” in 2011.


Tammy Gamerman

Tammy Gamerman is a Senior Research Associate.  She provides ongoing analysis of the New York State budget, as well as state and local economic issues. Gamerman has also conducted extensive research into state and local tax policy, economic development programs, rent regulation, and solid waste management.  

Prior to the Citizens Budget Commission, Gamerman was a Research Assistant at the Center for Youth and Communities at The Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University.  She received a BA from Brandeis University and a MA in Economics from The New School.


Rahul Jain

Rahul Jain is a Senior Research Associate. He covers regional transportation and economic development issues, with a focus on the City of New York. Most notably he made empirical contributions to a benchmarking report on operations of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Jain has worked in a number of capacities with local and state government, performing research for the Georgia Office of Planning and Budget, the City of Marietta, and Georgia Tech’s Economic Development arm.

Prior to this research work, Jain worked as an underwriter in the financial services industry for five years. Jain holds a MURP and MSPP from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a BS from New York University Stern School of Business.


Jamison Dague

Jamison Dague is a Research Associate. He provides insight and analysis on economic development and public governance issues. He also covers the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey for the CBC. Dague’s research background is in public administration and finance.

Prior to the Citizens Budget Commission, Dague served as a field representative with Congresswoman Mary Jo Kilroy’s district office in Columbus, Ohio, and worked for the Ohio Legislative Service Commission as a legislative fellow. Dague holds a BA in Politics & Government from Ohio Wesleyan University and an MPA from the University of Georgia.


Rachel Bardin

Rachel Bardin is a Research Associate. She provides analysis on the New York City budget, with a focus on the Department of Education. Most recently, Bardin served as a Policy Research Analyst at the New York City Comptroller’s Office where she conducted research and data analysis for policy reports on education, housing, and legalizing marijuana.

Prior to the Citizens Budget Commission, Bardin worked as a Policy Assistant at Inwood House, an NYC nonprofit that serves pregnant and parenting teenagers. Bardin holds a BA from Oberlin College and an MPA from the Robert F. Wagner School for Public Service at New York University.


Elizabeth Wyner

Elizabeth Wyner is a Health Policy Associate. She provides analysis on health care issues on the city and state level. Most recently, Wyner served as a Research Assistant at Columbia University where she conducted research and data analysis on nutritional policy and HIV.

Prior to the Citizens Budget Commission, Wyner worked as an Outreach Associate at Public Health Solutions and served as a Community Health Volunteer with the United States Peace Corps. Wyner holds a BA from Wesleyan University, and an MPA and MPH from Columbia University.


Ashley Emerole

Ashley Emerole is a Research Associate. She provides transportation policy and budgetary analysis for the City and State. Most recently Emerole served as a Recovery & Resiliency Fellow for the MTA New York City Transit with a focus on storm recovery for the Staten Island Railway.

Prior to the Citizens Budget Commission, Emerole worked for the NYC Office of Management and Budget as a Senior Budget Analyst in the Administration of Justice Taskforce. Emerole holds a BA in Geography from the University of Arizona and a Masters in Urban Planning with a transportation specialization from CUNY Hunter College.


Corey Kunz

Corey Kunz is the Director of Operations. Kunz's responsibilities include the oversight of the administration, human resources, and office budget for the CBC. He also oversees the Annual Dinner and all external events, trustee recruitment and retention, fundraising, and the Under 40 Society.

Prior to the Citizens Budget Commission, Kunz was the Director of Research for NYCivic. Kunz holds a BA in Political Science and History from Brown University and a MA in Politics and Education from Columbia University.

Kevin Medina

Kevin Medina is the Communications and Public Affairs Associate. Medina’s responsibilities include: all external communications with the public; the operations and maintenance of CBC’s web presence; the design of visual communications such as interactive charts and maps, and infographics; the design of printed and online material for research and events; and assisting in the coordination of external events.

Prior to the Citizens Budget Commission, Medina was a research assistant at NYCivic. Medina holds a BA and MA in Political Science from St. John’s University.

Laura Colacurcio Cyriax

Laura Colacurcio Cyriax is the Development Associate. Cyriax focuses on board development, trustee communications, event planning including the CBC Annual Dinner, and general administrative operations.

Prior to the Citizens Budget Commission, Cyriax was Senior Account Manager at online auction firm Charity Folks, Inc. Cyriax holds a BA, magna cum laude, in Mass Communication and a minor in Economics from the University of Delaware.
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