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 board of the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center, the board of directors for Public Works, the EARN advisory group, and the Tax Policy Group of the Asset Funders Network. Berger graduated from Harvard College and has a J.D. from Harvard Law School.

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Jeff Bernstein, Senior Policy Analyst

Jeff Bernstein is a Senior Policy Analyst at the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center focusing on human services and early education.

Before joining MassBudget, Jeff worked at DeltaTrends, Inc., a human resources consulting agency specializing in employee turnover and retention. At DeltaTrends, Jeff analyzed client and industry data helping clients maximize their employee and customer retention efforts.

Prior to his work with DeltaTrends, Jeff worked at the Franciscan Hospital for Children caring for children with behavioral difficulties in the child welfare system. Jeff has also served on the board of the Somerville Homeless Coalition since 2009.

Jeff holds a B.A. from Skidmore College, and two masters' degrees in Public Policy and Business Administration from the Heller School at Brandeis 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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Colin Jones, Policy Analyst

Colin Jones is a Policy Analyst at the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center focusing on 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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Nicole Rodriguez, Policy Analyst

Nicole Rodriguez is a Policy Analyst at the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center focusing on family economic security. Prior to joining MassBudget, Nicole was a Graduate Research Assistant for the Institute for Assets and Social Policy at Brandeis University, where she assisted in research investigating Boston’s asset development infrastructure. Prior to that, Nicole has worked for foundations, non-profits, and state and local governments in Massachusetts.

Nicole holds a Masters in Public Policy from the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University and a Bachelors of Arts in Politics Science from Villanova University.

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Luc Schuster, Deputy Director

Luc Schuster is Deputy Director of the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center. Luc handles media work for MassBudget and does research on education, transportation, and local aid.

Prior to joining MassBudget, Luc served for two terms as a member of the Cambridge School Committee, helping set district policy, monitor and approve the annual budget, and supervise the superintendent.

While serving on the School Committee, he worked as a Public Policy Organizer with the Massachusetts Coalition for Adult Education. Luc has also done research for the Strategy Center at Oregon Metro, the directly-elected regional government representing the Portland, Oregon metropolitan region, and worked with the American Friends Service Committee in Concord, New Hampshire.

Luc holds a Bachelor of Arts from Pomona College and a Master in Public Policy degree from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.

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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 Project Director

Nancy Wagman is the Kids Count Project Director at the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center, and is also responsible for MassBudget's Budget Browser and Children's 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.

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Owen Walker, Office Manager

Owen Walker is MassBudget's Office Manager and Bookkeeper.

Owen is a retired lawyer. From 1980 to 2005, he was Federal Public Defender for the District of Massachusetts. He is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School.

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Kurt Wise, Senior Policy Analyst

Kurt Wise is a Senior Policy Analyst at the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center, focusing on state tax policy. He also is responsible for covering Law & Public Safety programs in the budget and in tracking changes in employment and household income.

Prior to joining MassBudget, Kurt worked at the Maine Center for Economic Policy as the State Fiscal Analyst. In Maine, Kurt focused on state tax policy and the ongoing revenue shortfalls in the state budget. Kurt also analyzed the economic impacts of state environmental and energy policy, issues surrounding health care coverage for health care workers, and workforce development issues.

Prior to his work in Maine, Kurt worked at the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation analyzing the state budget. Kurt holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy Analysis from Duke University, and a B.A. in Anthropology from UMass, Amherst.