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.
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
518-786-3156 x7160, email
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.
Frederick G. Floss, Senior Fellow
David Dyssegaard Kallick, Senior Fellow
Bryan LaVigne, Director of Administration and Development
Cyierra Roldan, Policy Analyst – Immigration
Cyndi Myers, Communications Specialist
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Cyndi joined the Fiscal Policy Institute in the Fall of 2016 as the temporary Outreach Coordinator working on EITC Expansion. She stayed on as Communications Specialist on a part-time basis, and continues to support FPI’s PR/Communications’ needs. Prior to taking time to raise her children, Cyndi served in Public Policy and Communications roles in non profit organizations such as New Yorkers for Fiscal Fairness, the Mental Health Association, Planned Parenthood and the New York State Association of Counties. Cyndi has a BA in Economics/Sociology from the University at Albany, and a Master of Public Administration degree from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University.
Melissa Krug, CWGCS Public Policy Fellow
518-786-3156, x7168, email
Melissa Krug joined the Fiscal Policy Institute team as a Center for Women in Government and Civil Society Public Policy Fellow inn January 2017. Melissa works on a variety of policy issues, including housing, human services, education, taxes and the state budget. Prior to working at FPI, Melissa served as a student assistant at the NYS Division of the Budget on the housing team, and as an Entitlements Coordinator for the supportive housing programs at Unity House of Troy, culminating in extensive experience with all levels of government. Melissa holds a Bachelor of Arts from SUNY Oswego in Spanish and International Trade, a Certificate of Graduate Study in Public Sector Management from Rockefeller College at the University at Albany, and is currently pursuing a Master of Public Administration at Rockefeller College.