Staff

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.

Mariana Alexander

Mariana Alexander is a Research Associate, providing research and analysis on the New York City budget, with an emphasis on 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.
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Charles Brecher

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 was previously 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.
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Sean Campion

Sean Campion is a Senior Research Associate. His research focuses on housing policy, economic development, and municipal finance. Prior to the Citizens Budget Commission, he worked at a public policy and urban development consulting firm and served as a Senior Budget and Policy Analyst at the NYC Independent Budget Office. Sean holds a BA in History from Yale University and a Master of City Planning degree from the University of California, Berkeley.
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Ana Champeny

Ana Champeny is the Director of City Studies. Her research focus is the property tax, housing, economic development, environmental policy and municipal finance. Previously, she served as the Director of Property Tax Analysis in the Division of Tax Policy at the NYC Department of Finance and as the Supervising Analyst for Housing, Environment, and Infrastructure at the NYC Independent Budget Office. Ana also served as the Director of Budgetary Affairs for the Westchester County Board of Legislators. Ana has a BA from Beloit College and a MPA from Baruch College.
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Peter Cipriano

Peter Cipriano is a Public Policy Fellow conducting a comparative analysis of the MTA’s two commuter rail systems: the Metro-North and Long Island Railroad. He is pursuing a Master of Public Administration with a concentration in Public Management from CUNY Baruch College’s School of Public and International Affairs. Prior to the CBC, Cipriano worked on a number of state and local election campaigns, and as a Research Assistant with the Research Foundation of the City University of New York. Cipriano holds a BA from the CUNY College of Staten Island.
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Laura Colacurcio

Laura Colacurcio is Director of Operations. Colacurcio is responsible for administration and oversight at CBC. She focuses on board development, trustee communications, and event planning including the CBC Annual Dinner. Prior to the Citizens Budget Commission, Colacurcio was Senior Account Manager at online auction firm Charity Folks, Inc. Colacurcio holds a BA, magna cum laude, in Mass Communication and a minor in Economics from the University of Delaware.
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Jamison Dague

Jamison Dague is Director of Infrastructure Studies. His research focuses particularly on the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and 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.
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Maria Doulis

Maria Doulis is Vice President. She helps develop 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 2011.
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Riley Edwards

Riley Edwards is a Research Associate. She provides analysis on economic development issues and the New York City budget. Prior to the Citizens Budget Commission, Edwards served as an intern in strategic planning at the New York Public Library and at FEGS Health and Human Services. Edwards holds a BS in Political Science and Physics from Fordham University.
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David Friedfel

David Friedfel is Director of State Studies. 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.
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Chai Jindasurat 

Chai Jindasurat is a Public Policy Fellow studying mental health issues. He is pursuing a Master of Public Administration degree with a concentration in Public Finance and Financial Management at New York University’s Wagner School of Public Service where he is a David Bohnett Fellow. Prior to joining CBC, Chai interned with Mayor de Blasio’s Chief of Staff team in New York City Hall. Chai has held senior leadership positions at various nonprofits, most recently the New York City Anti-Violence Project where he oversaw national research and policy advocacy campaigns focused on violence against LGBT communities. In this role he worked with the Department of Justice to implement the LGBT nondiscrimination provisions in the Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization of 2013. Chai is currently a Point Foundation Scholar, the national LGBT scholarship fund, and serves as the Wagner Student Association Treasurer. He is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Kansas City where he was a Trustee’s Scholar.
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Flavia Leite 

Flavia Leite is a Public Policy Fellow. Most recently, she worked as an intern at HPD's Inclusionary Housing Department. She also previously served as an analyst at P3urb, a Brazilian Consultancy focused on Urban Planning and Real Estate Development. Flavia holds a BSc in Economics from the University of Sao Paulo. She is a Master's candidate in Urban Policy Analysis and Management at The New School.
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Kevin Medina

Kevin Medina is Senior Communications Associate. His responsibilities include all external communications with the public; the operations and maintenance of CBC’s web presence; the design of visual communications, including interactive charts, 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.
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Patrick Orecki

Patrick Orecki is a Research Associate. He provides analysis of the State budget and policy, focusing on the health policy, the Medicaid program, and transportation investments. Patrick most recently served at the New York State Division of the Budget working on budgeting and policy for the Medicaid program and a portfolio of public health programs. He has also contributed to research on public pensions and benefits for the LeRoy Collins Institute in Florida. Patrick holds BA degrees in Economics and Political Science from SUNY Geneseo and an MPA from Rockefeller College at the University at Albany, SUNY.
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Annie Pope

Annie Pope is a Public Policy Fellow examining Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) in New York City. She is a second-year MPA candidate at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs, where she is concentrating in Urban Policy and Management. Prior to SIPA, Annie worked at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York City, most recently as assistant director of the National Program. She also previously worked for Orr Associates Inc., a nonprofit consulting firm, and the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She recently interned at the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs in New York. Annie received her BA in International Relations and Spanish from American University, where she spent time abroad in Cuba and Morocco.
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