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 is Director of Research. 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.
Maria Doulis is Vice President of the Citizens Budget Commission. She helps develops CBC’s research agenda and directs its communications efforts, including CBC’s growing online and social media presence. She is a recognized expert on New York City economic and fiscal affairs, and has written extensively on government budgeting, municipal labor relations, the public workforce, infrastructure policy, and urban competitiveness.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Mina Addo is a Research Associate. She provides analysis on public safety and health policy issues. Most recently, she served as a consultant advising non-profit organizations on advocacy and communications strategy. She also previously served as an advisor to U.S. Senator Byron L. Dorgan.
Mina holds a BA in Political Science from University of Michigan at Ann Arbor and an MS in Urban Policy Analysis and Management from The New School. She is a doctoral candidate in Public and Urban Policy at The New School.email@example.com
Mariana Alexander is a Research Associate, providing research and analysis on New York City Social Services. Most recently she worked in program development and evaluation in the community and economic development fields. Prior to that, she worked as a Case Planner in NYC’s foster care system.
Mariana holds a BA in Political Science and Psychology from McGill University and an MSc in Development Management from the London School of Economics.firstname.lastname@example.org
Erik Bagwell is a Research Associate. He provides insight and analysis on economic development and housing issues and has additional research expertise in public finance, transportation and tax policy.
Prior to the Citizens Budget Commission, Bagwell served as a Supervising Budget Analyst at the New York City Office of Management and Budget and was a Partner at the economic consulting firm, John Dunham and Associates. Bagwell holds a BA in Political Science from the University of New Mexico and an MS in Public Policy from The New School.email@example.com
David Copeland is a Research Assistant. He provides analysis of New York State education issues and state prison policies. Copeland is also responsible for updating the “Pocket Summary”, an annual publication.
Prior to the Citizens Budget Commission, Copeland worked as a legal assistant at two large New York City law firms and at the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law. Copeland holds a BA in Political Science and Economics from the Thomas Hunter Honors Program at Hunter College.firstname.lastname@example.org
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.email@example.com
David Friedfel is the Director of State Studies for the Citizens Budget Commission. David most recently served as Commissioner of Management and Budget for Albany County, NY.
Previously in New York State government, he served as Deputy Director of Fiscal Studies for the Ways and Means Majority in the New York State Assembly, focusing on tax revenue forecasting and tax policy. He also spent time at the New York State Division of the Budget, focusing on Medicaid.
David holds a BA and MA in public policy from Rockefeller College at the University at Albany, SUNY.firstname.lastname@example.org
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.email@example.com
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.firstname.lastname@example.org
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.email@example.com