Press Release

CBC Announces Selection of Andrew Rein as Next President

October 31, 2018

The Citizens Budget Commission (CBC) today announced that Andrew Rein has been selected as the next President of the organization. Rein has spent the last 25 years working in public finance and service delivery both within and outside of government. Most recently, Rein served as Principal at Transformation Strategies and has consulted with CBC on numerous projects including overseeing CBC’s recent Special Committee on Federal Tax Reform which analyzed the impacts of the new tax law on New York State and recommended actions the State could take to mitigate the financial repercussions.

Rein will officially takeover as President of CBC in January 2019. As announced in April, Walter Harris will succeed Edward Skyler as Chair of CBC in January as well.

“We are thrilled to have Andrew join us as the next President of CBC,” said CBC Chair Edward Skyler. “His background as a public policy expert, experience in managing government operations on local and federal levels and his deep knowledge of the economic and fiscal environment facing New York make him the ideal person to take CBC forward. He will play an integral role in our mission to hold New York City and State government officials accountable for spending taxpayers’ dollars wisely and effectively.”

“Having cut my research, policy, and communications teeth at CBC early in my career, I am energized to return to my roots as the organization’s next President,” said Andrew Rein. “I look forward to working more closely with the incredibly talented team at CBC to creatively enhance its core activities and improve and deepen its impact.”

“Andrew’s work at so many different levels of government and in a variety of areas, from finance, to health care, to education gives him an extraordinary breadth of experience that will serve CBC well,” said CBC President Carol Kellermann. “I look forward to passing the baton and know he will bring his fresh perspective and energy to the job.”

Rein has held numerous positions inside and outside government including Senior Vice President at EmblemHealth and NYU Lutheran, Associate Director for Policy at the Centers for Disease Control, and Chief Operating Officer/Executive Deputy Commissioner at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. He also served as Senior Policy Advisor to the NYC Schools Chancellor and Associate Director of the NYC Independent Budget Office. He began his professional career as Associate Research Director at CBC where he served from 1993-99 and has resumed playing an active role in CBC research and policy development as a consultant over the last two years. He holds a B.A. in Philosophy from Tufts University and a Master’s in Public Policy from the Milano School at the New School.

In April 2018, CBC announced that after 10 years of exceptional service, President Carol Kellermann would step down, and CBC would begin the search for a successor. Carol will work closely with Andrew and the staff to ensure a successful transition over the next few months and CBC will recognize her many contributions at its annual dinner on February 28th. Chairman of the Federal Reserve Jerome Powell will be honored with the CBC Medal for High Civic Service and business and philanthropic leader Stanley Shuman will receive the Felix Rohatyn  Award.