About the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center
Launched formally in 2007, the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center (PBPC) is a nonpartisan, statewide policy research project that provides independent, credible analysis on state tax, budget, and related policy matters, with attention to the impact of policy proposals on working families.
PBPC’s vision is that all Pennsylvania citizens will enjoy a system of taxation that is fair and progressive, and that raises sufficient revenue to provide quality public services and economic prosperity.
PBPC provides information and analysis on short-term budget, policy, and revenue proposals as well as long-term trends and challenges.
PBPC is part of a national network of similar organizations that exist in over half the states as part of the State Priorities Partnership coordinated by the Washington, D.C.-based Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.
PBPC is a project of the Keystone Research Center.
412 North 3rd Street
Harrisburg, PA 17101
1709 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Sixth Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19103
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Jeff Garis, Outreach and Engagement Director
Jeff Garis is the Outreach and Engagement Director for PBPC. Jeff received a BA in English from Messiah College, and has more than a decade and a half of experience working with advocacy organizations in Pennsylvania. Before joining PBPC in 2013, he worked with diverse coalitions for several years as the field director for Pennsylvania Voice and the state political director for America Votes. He spent four years as the executive director of Penn Action, and served as the director of a statewide death penalty reform organization for seven years.
Kadida Kenner, Campaign Manager
After a decade in retail management and PR, Kadida was inspired to work on then Senator Barack Obama's presidential campaign in 2008 as a volunteer coordinator. During the first Obama term she returned to college and earned a BA from Temple University's Annenberg School of Communications. Immediately after graduation, Kadida moved to North Carolina and enjoyed success as a writer, producer and director for college sports television programming with a focus on HBCU sports. Energized by the 2016 election, she took a hiatus from TV production to return to campaign work as a field and digital organizer for the Hillary Clinton campaign.
Kadida works on the Why Courts Matter campaign and other PA Budget and Policy Center issues.
John Neurohr, Communications Director
John Neurohr is the Communications Director for PBPC. John holds a master’s degree in Political Management from the George Washington University’s Graduate School of Political Management, where he was a University Fellow, and a bachelor’s degree in Television-Radio from Ithaca College, where he was a Leadership Scholar.
Before joining PBPC, John was the Communications Director at Keystone Progress, a multi-issue statewide progressive organization, and the National Communications Director for ProgressNow, a network of 22 state-based communications organizations that conduct year-round, hard-hitting activities for progressive political and policy changes. Prior to joining the ProgressNow family, John was the Communications Director for America Votes and, before that, a Strategic Communications Manager and Deputy Press Secretary at DC’s leading progressive think tank, the Center for American Progress.
Diana Polson, Policy Analyst
For more than a decade, Diana has served as a researcher and public policy analyst for universities, policy think tanks and applied research centers. Diana enjoys working at the nexus of applied research and worker/community organizing. She earned her Ph.D. in Political Science from CUNY Graduate Center in New York City, where she completed her dissertation on care work and the low-wage economy.
Diana, a native of Alexandria, Virginia, lives in Pittsburgh with her wife and their two boys.
Mark Price, Research Director
Mark Price is the Research Director for PBPC. Mark received a PhD in economics from the University of Utah. His dissertation, State Prevailing Wage Laws and Construction Labor Markets, was recognized with an Honorable Mention in the 2006 Thomas A. Kochan and Stephen R. Sleigh Best Dissertation Awards Competition sponsored by the Labor and Employment Relations Association. His areas of research include income inequality, trends in employment and compensation, the construction industry, and low-wage labor markets. Mark’s work for Keystone has included reports profiling the state of women in the Pennsylvania workforce, and a nationally recognized report tracking the educational qualifications of the early childhood workforce in the United States. He has also taught as an adjunct instructor at the University of Utah, Westminster College of Salt Lake City, and Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pa. He has also taught a course in labor market analysis at Penn State University. Mark blogs at Third and State.
Marc Stier, Director
Marc Stier has had an illustrious career as an activist, teacher, and writer. Prior to joining PBPC as Director in 2015, Marc has served as the executive director of Penn ACTION, where he worked to protect funding for education and women’s health care and expand Social Security; the Pennsylvania Director of Health Care for American Now, which led the grassroots effort in support of what became the Affordable Care Act in the state; and the Health Care Campaign Manager for SEIU Pennsylvania State Council. Stier was an academic for 25 years. He has a bachelor’s degree from Wesleyan University and a doctorate from Harvard University, both in political science. He has taught at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks; City College of New York; the University of North Carolina, Charlotte; and Temple University, where he was the associate director and internet coordinator of the Intellectual Heritage Program. Stier is the author of numerous papers on political philosophy, the history of political thought and American politics. He is the author of the book Grassroots Advocacy and Health Care Reform, published in 2013. He recently finished two new books, Liberalism and Communitarianism Revisited and Civilization and Its Contents: Reflections on Sex and the Culture Wars. He also is co-editor of Ambiguity in the Western Tradition.
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