About FPI

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 Fiscal Analysis Initiative (SFAI), 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
Staff
Mike Burgess, Chair
Consultant 

Andrew Pallotta, Vice Chair
New York State United Teachers 

Danny Donohue, Treasurer
Civil Service Employees Association 

Lillian Roberts, Secretary
District Council 37 

Kate Breslin
Schuyler Center for Analysis &
Advocacy 

Regina Eaton
Attorney 

Chung-Wha Hong 

David Jones
Community Service Society of New York 

Susan M. Kent
Public Employees Federation 

Lee Saunders
AFSCME 

Elie Ward
American Academy of Pediatrics 

 

Ron Deutsch, Interim Executive Director
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.. 

Michele Mattingly, Research Associate
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Michele Mattingly joined FPI in November 2007 as a Research Associate from the University of Massachusetts’ Political Economy Research Institute where she worked as research assistant. Her responsibilities at FPI include the collection and analysis of data on the state and city economies and related issues. While at the Political Economy Research Institute, Michele participated in research projects on low-wage workers, state fiscal crises, corporate codes of conduct, and environmental justice. She is also a doctoral student in economics at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and holds a B.A. in Development Studies from the University of California, Berkeley. 

Carolyn Boldiston, Senior Fiscal Policy Analyst
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Carolyn Boldiston rejoined FPI in December 2008. During her first tour at FPI, from August 1997 through February 2000, she was a Policy Analyst. She did FPI’s initial work on the implementation of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families block grant and completed a detailed study of the feasibility of utilizing New York’s Temporary Disability Insurance program as a vehicle for providing partial pay for leaves taken under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). Her other public policy analysis experience includes work as a senior research assistant at the University of New South Wales’ School of Politics in Canberra, Australia, and as a research associate and project director at SUNY’s Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government. She received her B.A. from Middlebury College and a Masters in Public Policy and Administration from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.