Maya MacGuineas is the President of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget as well as the head of the Campaign to Fix the Debt. Her areas of expertise include budget, tax, and economic policy. MacGuineas testifies regularly before Congress and has published broadly. Once dubbed “an anti-deficit warrior” by The Wall Street Journal, Maya comments often on broadcast news and is widely cited by the national press. In the spring of 2009 Maya did a stint on The Washington Post editorial board, covering economic and fiscal policy.
Maya has worked at the Brookings Institution and on Wall Street. As a political independent, she has advised numerous candidates for office from both parties, and works regularly with members of Congress on health, economic, tax, and budget policy.
Colin is a Program Associate at the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, where he works on various projects and initiatives, primarily focusing on the political process behind fiscal policy. Prior to joining the Committee, he worked for federal and state officeholders from Virginia, as well as a nonprofit organization specialized in tax and spending issues. Colin received his bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Flagler College, and his master’s degree in Political Management from The George Washington University’s Graduate School of Political Management. He is originally from Flint Hill, Virginia. Contact him at achilles[st]crfb.org.
Loren Adler is Research Director for the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, where he leads research and analysis on a wide variety of fiscal policy issues, primarily focusing on health care, budget, and tax policy. Prior to joining the Committee, Loren spent nearly four years as a senior policy analyst for the Bipartisan Policy Center and Domenici-Rivlin Debt Reduction Task Force. He co-authored the Domenici-Rivlin report, Restoring America’s Future, and A Bipartisan Rx for Patient-Centered Care and System-Wide Cost Containment, co-chaired by Dr. Alice Rivlin and Senators Tom Daschle, Pete Domenici, and Bill Frist. Working with now Federal Reserve Board Governor, Jerome Powell, and other BPC staff, he analyzed Treasury Department and Congressional Budget Office data to predict the timing of the debt ceiling and the consequences of exhausting “extraordinary measures.” Before moving to Washington D.C., he worked for NERA Economic Consulting, where he performed economic analysis for antitrust and regulation cases, and for Goldman Sachs with the Commodities Research group. Loren received his bachelor’s degree in Mathematical Economics from Wesleyan University. Contact him at adler[at]crfb.org and find him on Twitter at @LorenAdler.
Jack Cohen serves as Development Manager with the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget. In this role, Jack oversees all of the Committee’s foundation grants. Prior to joining CRFB, he worked for three years at the College of William & Mary within Corporate and Foundation Relations as a grant writer and prospect researcher. Jack holds a B.A. in History and Classical Civilization and an M.A. in Comparative and Transnational History, both from William & Mary. He is originally from San Antonio, Texas. Contact him at cohen[at]crfb.org.
Jack has been a newspaper reporter and editor before entering the world of nonprofits. He was a reporter for the Charleston Daily Mail and ran its Washington bureau. After that, he held senior editor positions at Congressional Quarterly, National Journal and Roll Call. Leaving the news business, Jack went on to become the communications director for the American Clean Skies Foundation before coming to CRFB. Contact him at deutsch[at]crfb.org.
Digital and Creative Media Director
Chris oversees outreach for CRFB’s work through social media. Prior to joining the CRFB, he was the Communications and Economic Policy Director at the Reform Institute. Before that he worked at the Committee for Economic Development, where he was actively involved in their successful effort to achieve campaign finance reform and also worked on issues such as the federal budget and Social Security reform. He received his B.A. in public policy from Washington & Lee University and holds a master's in public policy from George Mason University. Contact him at dreibelbis[at]crfb.org.
Tyler Evilsizer is a Senior Policy Analyst for the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, where he handles a wide variety of issues, primarily focusing on tax, budget, and economic policy. Prior to joining the Committee, he performed research on tax and budget issues for the Senate Finance Committee under Chairman Max Baucus. Before that, he served as Lead Researcher for the National Institute on Money in State Politics, the only non-profit that compiles information on state-level campaign finance in all 50 states. Tyler received a bachelor’s degree in International Relations and Political Science from Carroll College in Helena, Montana, and a master's degree in Public Policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Contact him at evilsizer[at]crfb.org and find him on Twitter at @TylerEvilsizer.
Senior Vice President and Senior Policy Director
Marc Goldwein is the Senior Vice President and Senior Policy Director of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, where he guides and conducts research on a wide array of topics related to fiscal policy and the federal budget. He is frequently quoted in a number of major media outlets and works regularly with Members of Congress and their staffs on budget-related issues.
In 2010, Marc served as Associate Director of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform (The Fiscal Commission), and in 2011 he was a senior budget analyst on the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction (The Super Committee). He has also conducted research for the Government Accountability Office, the World Bank, the Historian's Office at the Social Security Administration, and the Institute of Governmental Studies at UC Berkeley. In addition to his work at CRFB, Marc teaches economics at the University California DC and at Johns Hopkins University where he was the 2013 recipient of Excellence in Teaching Award. In 2011, Marc was featured in the Forbes "30 Under 30" list for Law & Policy. Contact him at goldwein[at]crfb.org and find him on Twitter at @MarcGoldwein.
Christina Howerton is the Digital and Social Media Specialist with the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, where she works on social media strategy and engagement. She previously interned with other D.C.-based non-profit organizations, where she worked on digital media and advocacy, as well as social media. Christina has a master’s degree in international media from American University in Washington, D.C., and bachelor’s degrees in journalism and French from Western Kentucky University. She is originally from Jeffersonville, Indiana. Contact her at howerton[at]crfb.org.
Prior to joining the Committee staff, Ed served on the staff of the Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform. He is a longtime veteran of the Congressional Budget process, having served as policy advisor and Legislative Director to former Congressman (and current Co-Chairman of the Committee board) Charlie Stenholm from 1990 through 2004 and as Senior Policy Advisor for House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer from 2007 through June of 2010. Ed received his bachelor’s degree in government and international service from American University. Ed graduated from The American University in 1992 with a degree in government and international relations. He is originally from Honesdale, Pennsylvania. Contact him at lorenzen[at]crfb.org and find him on Twitter at @CaptainPAYGO.
Marie Meszaros is a Policy Analyst for the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, where she researches and writes about federal fiscal policy, healthcare, and budget issues. A native of South Carolina, Marie made her way to Washington, DC by way of Notre Dame Law School to clerk for a federal judge. Before coming to the Committee, she spent several years litigating administrative law issues and served as a domestic budget, healthcare, and fiscal policy adviser for a Republican Member of Congress. Marie received her undergraduate degree in biology from the University of South Carolina’s Honors College. Contact her at meszaros[at]crfb.org.
Zach Moller is a Policy Analyst for the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, where he researches economic, revenue, and budgetary issues. Prior to joining the Committee, he worked on economic and revenue issues for the Senate Budget Committee under Senators Murray and Conrad. Zach received a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Florida, and a master’s degree in Economics from the University of Virginia. Contact him at moller[at]crfb.org.
Mike Murphy is Chief of Staff and Director of Strategic Initiatives for the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, where he manages policy research and analysis on a variety of topics related to fiscal policy and the federal budget, as well as coordinates a wide array of projects related to advancing the Committee’s policy related initiatives. Prior to joining the Committee, Mike worked for the Comeback America Initiative, a non-profit founded by David Walker, Former Comptroller General of the United States, who mission is to educate and engage the public about federal, state and local fiscal issues. Previously, Mike also worked as a Senior Transportation Program Analyst for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, as well as in legislative affairs for the American Cancer Society and on Capitol Hill. Mike received his bachelor’s degree in History and Political Science from the State University of New York at Albany, and a Masters of Public Administration and a Certificate of Health Services Management and Policy from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. Contact him at murphy[at]crfb.org.
Ayobami Olugbemiga is a Policy Writer for the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, where he writes and edits op-eds, media briefs, blog posts, one-pagers and other policy materials. Prior to joining CRFB, Ayobami was an account executive at a public relations firm where he developed content for various clients in the consumer and health care industry. He also has experience in journalism and political campaigns. Ayobami received a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a master’s degree in Political Management from George Washington University’s Graduate School of Political Management. Contact him at olugbemiga[at]crfb.org and find him on Twitter at @AyobamiAO.
Adam Rosenberg is a Policy Analyst with the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, where he works on a wide variety of budget and economic issues conducting research and writing reports and for CRFB's The Bottom Line blog. He graduated in 2011 from The George Washington University with a B.A. in political science and minors in economics and jazz studies. Adam is originally from Connecticut. Contact him at rosenberg[at]crfb.org.
Lizzie is the Executive Assistant to the President with the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget. Prior to joining the Committee, Lizzie worked for several years as the Director of the Office of the President for ELIC. Prior to that she was a Business Analyst for ExactTarget/Salesforce in Indianapolis. She received her master’s degree in philanthropic studies from Indiana University. Contact her at scheinost[at]crfb.org.
Adam is a Policy Analyst for the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, where he provides research and analysis of budget, tax, and economic issues. Adam previously worked in the U.S. House of Representatives where he handled a wide variety of issues including Energy and Commerce and Appropriations Committee work. In 2007, he contributed to a Government Accountability Office review of public infrastructure reconstruction efforts by FEMA after hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Adam also has experience in health advocacy, database management, and political campaigns. He studied Public Policy Analysis at the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University, where he received his bachelor's degree and the Hutton Honors notation. In addition to his work at CRFB, Adam is an active member of the board of the DC Chapter of the Indiana University Alumni Association. Contact him at shifriss[at]crfb.org.
Chris Towner is a Program Associate at the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget where he works on the policy team to conduct analysis on a wide variety of budgetary and economic issues. Prior to joining the Committee, Chris worked in fundraising and donor relations at a political non-profit organization. Chris graduated magna cum laude with both Bachelor and Master of Arts degrees in Political Science from Boston University. Contact him at towner[at]crfb.org.
Rachel is Deputy Project Manager for the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, where she works on various special projects and initiatives. Prior to joining the Committee, she served as the press secretary and policy director for Nick Troiano’s independent campaign for the U.S. House of Representatives. Previously, she was the communications manager for The Can Kicks Back’s Generational Equity tour, a five-week cross-country tour to engage millennials on federal budget issues. Before that she worked as a communications associate for the Comeback America Initiative, a non-profit founded by David M. Walker, former U.S. Comptroller General, to educate and engage the public about federal, state and local fiscal issues. She attended Elon University, where she graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in strategic communications and communication science and a minor in business. Contact her at vierling[at]crfb.org.
Cheri Reidy is a consultant to the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget. Cheri worked on the Republican staff of the Senate Budget Committee for 29 years. As Budget Committee Staff Director under Senator Judd Gregg, she was responsible for the committee staff’s work during all phases of the congressional budget process. Prior to her job as Staff Director, Cheri held various positions on the Senate Budget staff including Director for Revenues & Budget Review and Economist & Senior Analyst for Revenues. She was a frequent contributor to the committee’s Budget Bulletin publication. During the 110th Congress, Cheri was named a Stennis Congressional Staff Fellow, a program that brings a small group of congressional staff leaders together to work to improve the effectiveness of those who work on Capitol Hill. Cheri earned a BA in Psychology and a Master of Science degree in Political Science with a concentration in Public Policy Analysis at the University of Rochester in Rochester, New York.
Paul Weinstein Jr. is a consultant to the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget and directs the MA in Public Management program at the Johns Hopkins University. A veteran of two administrations, Weinstein was senior advisor to the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, which was created by President Obama to address the nation’s mid- and long-term fiscal challenges. Previously, Weinstein served as chief of staff of the White House Domestic Policy Council and as senior advisor for policy planning to the Vice President during the Clinton-Gore Administration. From 2001 to 2008, Weinstein was chief operating officer and senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute, and chief analyst at Promontory Interfinancial Network. Mr. Weinstein has taught at The Johns Hopkins University since 2003, and has also lectured at Columbia University and Georgetown University. He is co-author of the textbook, The Art of Policy Making. His writing also has appeared in The Boston Globe, The Baltimore Sun, New York Newsday, Forbes, Investor’s Business Daily, and Politico among others. Before joining the Clinton administration, Weinstein served as a legislative aide to former Representative C. Thomas McMillen (D-MD) and then-Senator Albert Gore Jr. (D-TN). Contact him at weinstein[at]crfb.org.