It is our talented staff members who enable Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center to provide independent research and analysis of state budget and tax policies, as well as economic issues that affect low- and moderate-income people in Massachusetts.

Our Staff

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Noah Berger, President

Noah Berger is president of the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center, an independent research organization that produces non-partisan policy research, analysis, and data-driven recommendations focused on improving the lives of low- and middle-income children and adults, strengthening our state’s economy, and enhancing the quality of life in Massachusetts.

Prior to joining the center, Berger served as counsel and policy director for the Massachusetts Senate Committee on Ways and Means from 1993 to 1996 and as policy director for the Massachusetts Senate President from 1996 to 2002.

Berger's leadership extends to the national arena, where he serves on the advisory boards of the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center, the Economic Analysis Research Network, and the Tax Alliance for Economic Mobility.

Berger graduated from Harvard College and has a J.D. from Harvard Law School.

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Phineas Baxandall, Senior Policy Analyst

Phineas Baxandall is a Senior Policy Analyst at the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center, focusing on transportation and tax revenue, as well as local aid in the state budget.

Before joining MassBudget, Phineas directed the Transportation and Tax & Budget programs for the U.S. Public Interest Research Group and its network of 30 state affiliate organizations.

Prior to his work with U.S. PIRG, Phineas was Assistant Director at the Taubman Center for State and Local Government and the Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. He was a teaching fellow for eight years at Harvard's Committee for Degrees in Social Studies, where he lectured on social policy and political economy. He was a long-time editorial board member for Dollars & Sense magazine.

Phineas earned a Ph.D. from MIT in Political Science and a B.A. from Wesleyan University.

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Monique Ching, Policy Analyst

Monique Ching is a Policy Analyst at the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center focusing on human services and juvenile justice. She also handles media inquiries for MassBudget. Her background is in journalism, reporting on local and state government in Texas. Monique holds a Masters Degree in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning from Tufts University.

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Jessie Colbert, Asst. Development Director

Jessie Colbert is the Assistant Development Director for the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center.

Prior to working for MassBudget, Jessie was the Foundation and Corporate Relations Officer at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, where she managed the Museum's Corporate Membership Program and assisted with foundation, corporate, and government grants.

Prior to that, Jessie was the Legislative Aide to State Representative Ellen Story of Amherst, where she worked on a variety of issues of importance to low- and moderate-income people, including public higher education and human services. Jessie received her Bachelor of Arts from UMass Amherst.

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Kendra Foley, Director of Development

Kendra Foley is the Director of Development at the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center.

Her background is in education policy, fundraising and non-profit development. She served in the Patrick Administration as Governor Patrick's Director of Boards and Commissions as well as Chief of Staff to Secretary of Education Paul Reville. Prior to her work in state government, she worked on three statewide gubernatorial races. Committed to community service, she joined Teach for America after graduating from Boston College.

She lives in Watertown with her husband and three children and is a current member of the Watertown School Committee.

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Colin Jones, Senior Policy Analyst

Colin Jones is a Senior Policy Analyst at the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center focusing on early and K-12 education policy and finance.

Prior to joining MassBudget, Colin served four terms in AmeriCorps national service programs focused on project based learning, academic support, and entrepreneurship at the non-profits BUILD in Oakland, California and Citizen Schools Massachusetts. Colin also designed and implemented teen summer jobs programs through the John Hancock MLK Scholars program.

Colin completed his Masters in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, focusing on Urban Policy and Education. At Harvard, Colin also undertook field and course work in non-profit management, state and local finance, budgeting, and philanthropy. Colin holds a Bachelors of Arts in Politics from Oberlin College and is a native of the Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts.

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Steve Reuys, Office Manager

Steve Reuys is MassBudget’s Office Manager. Steve is retired from the field of adult basic education, in which he worked for the past 30 years at the Adult Literacy Resource Institute, located at the University of Massachusetts Boston, first as the Staff Development Coordinator and, more recently, as the Director. He graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and has a Master in Education degree from Antioch University/Cambridge College.

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Marie-Frances Rivera, Deputy Director

Marie-Frances is Deputy Director at the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center. She has held many roles at the organization over the past several years, including Director of Development and Policy Analyst.

Prior to joining MassBudget, Marie-Frances was a grantmaker at the Hyams Foundation, which has a mission of increasing economic, racial, and social justice and power within low-income communities in Greater Boston. While at the Foundation, she advised and worked on the creation and implementation of a newly formed racial justice and public policy grantmaking initiative.

Marie-Frances has also spent time directly working with young people through a youth mentoring program she helped establish and manage in her hometown of New Bedford, MA. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Babson College and a Master in Law and Public Policy from Northeastern University.

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Jeremy Thompson, Senior Policy Analyst

Jeremy Thompson is a Senior Policy Analyst at the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center, focusing on family economic security and higher education. Jeremy also covers public safety in the state budget.

Prior to joining MassBudget, Jeremy was the Director of Higher Education for SEIU Local 509. He has also worked as a principal of Economic Justice Research Hub and in research positions at 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East, the Boston Redevelopment Authority, and for Cook County Commissioner Mike Quigley in Chicago.

Jeremy has a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Emerson College and a Master of Urban Planning and Policy degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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Mary Tittmann, Director of Outreach

Mary Tittmann is Director of Outreach at the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center. She also focuses on environmental and housing issues in the state budget.

Before joining MassBudget Mary worked with State Senator Jarrett T. Barrios first as his legislative director and then as chief of staff. Mary came to Beacon Hill through her work in local politics in Cambridge. Prior to moving to Massachusetts, Mary worked for the Economic Development Commission in the City of Chicago and spent ten years working on Capitol Hill in the US House of Representatives and the Office of Technology Assessment.

She has volunteered on numerous state and local political campaigns, helped found a parent's group for the city's public schools Cambridge United for Education, and served as Executive Director of the Cambridge Civic Association. Mary has a B.A. from Connecticut College and an M.A. in International Political Economy from the University of Chicago.

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Nancy Wagman, Kids Count Director

Nancy Wagman is the Kids Count Director at the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center, and is also responsible for MassBudget's Budget Browser and Children's Budget. She also covers health care, and federal and other non-tax revenue in the state budget.

Prior to joining MassBudget, Nancy worked at Massachusetts Senate Post Audit and Oversight Bureau, and has also been a policy and program analyst at the state Department of Public Health, a WIC program director, a human services agency planner, and a special education advocate.

Nancy holds a B.A. from Oberlin College, and an M.C.P. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.