PBPC Names New Director -- Activist, Educator & Writer Marc Stier
Ellen Lyon, 717-919-9924
PBPC Names New Director – Activist, Educator & Writer Marc Stier
HARRISBURG, Pa. – Nov. 11, 2015 -- Dr. Stephen Herzenberg, executive director of the Keystone Research Center, is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Marc Stier as the new director of the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center, effective Dec. 1. The PBPC is a project of KRC.
Stier has had an illustrious career as an activist, teacher and writer. He 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.
“Our new director brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the job. We look forward to Marc’s contributions at a time when our state lawmakers face critical choices about Pennsylvania’s future and need the kind of rigorous and research-based policy analysis that PBPC provides,” Herzenberg said.
Stier replaces Sharon Ward, PBPC’s founding director, who left in February to become director of the Governor’s Budget Office.