The Fiscal Policy Institute (FPI) is an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit research and education organization committed to improving public policies and private practices to better the economic and social conditions of all New Yorkers. Founded in 1991, FPI works to create a strong economy in which prosperity is broadly shared.
FPI works to increase public and governmental understanding of issues related to the fairness of New York’s tax system and the stability and adequacy of state and local public services. FPI publishes an annual analysis of the state’s fiscal situation and tax system, a biennial report on the state of working New York, and special reports and articles on a variety of related subjects. In addition, FPI maintains an active program of briefings and other public education activities.
FPI is part of two consortia of state-level organizations throughout the U.S. – the State Priorities Partnership (SPP), coordinated by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, and the Economic Analysis and Research Network (EARN), coordinated by the Economic Policy Institute. SFAI is supported by the Ford Foundation, the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, the Annie E. Casey Foundation and others; its goal is to enhance the timeliness, credibility, accessibility and usefulness of the analysis that is available on the state tax and budget issues affecting low-income and other vulnerable populations. EARN has the mission of improving the lives of Americans by advancing progressive policy at the state and regional level.
Board of Directors
Mike Burgess, Chair
Consultant, Generations of New York
Chris Black, Vice Chair
New York State United Teachers
Fran Turner, Treasurer
Civil Service Employees Association
Sybil McPherson, Secretary
District Council 37
Schuyler Center for Analysis &
Public Employees Federation
Community Service Society of New York
American Academy of Pediatrics
| Ron Deutsch, Executive Director
Ron Deutsch has been a tireless advocate for working families for over 20 years in Albany. He led the Statewide Emergency Network for Social and Economic Security (SENSES, a statewide anti-poverty advocacy organization) for 13 years and has been the Director of FPI’s sister 501(c)(4) organization, New Yorkers for Fiscal Fairness for the past 8 years. Deutsch is a graduate of the State University of New York at Albany. He also leads an all volunteer non-profit (www.thegivingcircle.org) that works to help improve the lives of families in the Capital District, nationally and internationally.
Frank Mauro, Executive Director Emeritus
Prior to joining FPI in February 1993, Frank Mauro was Deputy Director of the State University of New York’s Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government. He previously served as Director of Research for the last major revision of the New York City Charter and, before that, as Secretary of the NYS Assembly’s Ways and Means Committee. He was also the founding director of Assembly Speaker Stanley Fink’s Program Development Group and, in 1975, of the Assembly Office of Research and Analysis. He is a graduate of Union College in Schenectady and of Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. He twice received the Air Force Commendation Medal for his work in the field of race relations.
James Parrott, Deputy Director and Chief Economist
Prior to joining FPI in January 1999, James Parrott was Chief Economist and Director of the Bureau of Fiscal and Economic Analysis for the Office of the State Deputy Comptroller for New York City (OSDC). Parrott has also served as Chief Economist for the City of New York’s economic policy office under Mayor David N. Dinkins and Executive Assistant to the President of the International Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union (now UNITE). He received his B.A. in American Studies from Illinois Wesleyan University and his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
Frederick G. Floss, Senior Fellow
Prior to joining FPI in December 2013, Fred Floss was and continues to be a Professor of Economics and Finance at Buffalo State College where he teaches courses in both economics and finance including: microeconomic theory, econometrics, public finance, investment and portfolio management, and forecasting. He is currently a member of the Buffalo Fiscal Stability Authority and previously served as the Vice President of Academics for United University Professions from 2004-2011. Floss did his undergraduate work at SUNY Oswego and received his MA and PhD from the University of Buffalo.
David Dyssegaard Kallick, Senior Fellow
David Dyssegaard Kallick joined Fiscal Policy Institute as Senior Fellow in 2001, and since 2007 has also directed FPI’s Immigration Research Initiative. Prior to his work with the Fiscal Policy Institute, Kallick was Senior Fellow at the Preamble Center, and before that spent eight years as editor of Social Policy magazine. He is a frequent commentator in the media, and his writings have been published in the New York Times, Daily News, Newsday, and a wide range of other media outlets. He is a graduate of Yale University, and can make presentations in French, German, and Danish.
Bryan LaVigne, Director of Administration and Development
Bryan joined the Fiscal Policy Institute as Director of Administration and Development in December 2011. In his role, Bryan oversees and ensures the smooth functioning of the organization’s administrative, finance and fundraising operations. Prior to joining FPI, Bryan was the chief operating officer of Girls Incorporated of the Greater Capital Region and before that served as executive director of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Northeast NY. Bryan has a B.S. in Marketing/Management from Siena College.