Andrew Rein is President of the Citizens Budget Commission. He has 25 years’ experience catalyzing constructive change in public and social finances and services as a leader in premier nonprofit and public organizations. Rein served as Associate Director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention where he led development of the U.S.’s first-ever National Prevention Strategy and the health reform portfolio. He served as Executive Deputy Commissioner/Chief Operating Officer of the NYC Health Department where he oversaw its $1.6 billion annual budget, designed and led its innovative performance management program, and led policy and intergovernmental affairs. He was Senior Vice President for Strategy of both EmblemHealth and NYU Lutheran. As Senior Policy Advisor to the NYC Schools Chancellor, he led the salary component of collective bargaining negotiations. Mr. Rein started his policy career at the Citizens Budget Commission and the NYC Independent Budget Office. He has a BA in Philosophy from Tufts University and an MS in Urban Policy Analysis and Management from the New School’s Milano School.
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.
Charles Brecher is Senior Advisor for Health Policy. Previously, 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.
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.
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.
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.
Maria Doulis is Vice President. She helps develop CBC’s research agenda, supervises research, and directs 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.
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.
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.
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.
Patrick Orecki is a Senior 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.
Liesel Allen-Yeager is External Relations and Development Associate, working on administration, board development, trustee communications, and event planning. Prior to the Citizens Budget Commission, Liesel worked in public radio at Marketplace Morning Report and Southern California Public Radio, as well acting in productions on and off Broadway. Liesel holds a BA in History from University of Virginia and a graduate diploma in Drama from The Juilliard School.