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 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
Kate Breslin
Schuyler Center for Analysis & Advocacy
Chris Leo
Public Employees Federation
Nancy Rankin
Community Service Society of New York
Brian McDonnell
Elie Ward
American Academy of Pediatrics
Jean Ross
Ron Deutsch, 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.

David Dyssegaard Kallick, Deputy Director & Director of Immigration Research
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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. In 2017, he was named Deputy Director of FPI. 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.

Jonas J.N. Shaende, PhD, Chief Economist
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Jonas Shaende is a senior leadership team member at the Fiscal Policy Institute where he heads the institute’s research work on budget analysis and economic policy. His research is multidisciplinary and data focused. Dr. Shaende comes from an economics faculty role at Long Island University where he’s taught graduate and undergraduate economics. He has also held senior appointments in New York City government. He was a Director of Data Analysis and Strategic Planning at the NYC Department of Consumer Affairs where he led the agency’s data, operations, and policy research work. Prior to that, he was a Research Scientist at the NYC Department of Finance, Tax Policy Division. Dr. Shaende has taught graduate and advanced economics at CUNY and SUNY colleges. Independently, a seasoned economic consultant, he has worked extensively in the areas of global macro, economic policy, financial regulation and forensic economics, data modeling and analysis, and financial engineering. Dr. Shaende is a frequent economics expert and commentator in the media where he discusses current issues in the spheres of economy and finance. He holds PhD, MPhil, and MA degrees in Economics from The New School for Social Research, and a BA in Economics from Long Island University.

Fern Whyland, Communications Director
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Contact Fern with any press questions or to learn more about FPI’s work. Before joining FPI in 2019, Fern worked for other non-profits in the state, including serving as the communications director for Planned Parenthood Empire State Acts and outreach director for a behavioral health organization. Long active in state politics, Fern has worked for several organizations as well as the NYS Assembly and Congressman Dan Maffei.

Lorraine Charboneau, Operations Manager
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Ms. Charboneau brings a deep understanding of nonprofit management and services to low income communities.  Most recently, she served as the Chief of Finance and Strategic Operations for the NYS Rural Housing Coalition.  Prior to that Ms. Charboneau was the Executive Director of the Albany Center for Economic Success located in Albany’s Sheridan Hollow/Arbor Hill area.  Additionally, she served our communities and nonprofits in New York State through her outreach and community reinvestment work as a VP and Community Development Officer for two large banking institutions.

Cara Long Corra, Senior Policy Analyst
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Cara Long Corra  joined FPI in August of 2019, and will work to advance the organization’s focus and research related to economic security and opportunity. She was formerly the Executive Director of the Neighborhood Preservation Coalition of New York State, where she worked to strengthen the state’s network of urban and suburban community-based housing organizations. Long Corra holds a Master of Arts degree in Media, and is the published author of a collection of short stories. Recognizing the importance of community service, she also volunteers with the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York.

Cyierra Roldan, Policy Analyst – Immigration
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Cyierra Roldan joined the team at the Fiscal Policy Institute in 2016, having graduated from Colgate University with a B.A. in sociology. Cyierra is currently studying at the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy towards a Masters of Public Administration. Roldan is a policy analyst working in FPI’s Immigration Research Initiative. Prior to working at FPI, she was a dedicated advocate for many groups across Colgate’s campus including students of color, and was a Lavender graduate for being a dedicated ally to the LGBTQ community. Roldan worked as a research assistant on a study of students who were the first in their families to go to college, was a member of the university’s Intergroup Dialogue Advisory Board that strove for diversity and inclusivity in the academic and social sphere, and presented an honor’s thesis on Intergroup Dialogue.

Shamier Settle, Policy Analyst
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Shamier Settle joined the Fiscal Policy Institute in January 2018 as a State Policy Fellow through the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. As a policy analyst with FPI, Shamier works on immigration research, tax policies, and state budget analysis. She has prior experience at the Institute for Women’s Policy Research as a research assistant and with the U.S. Department of Commerce. Shamier holds a Bachelors of Arts in Economics and International Affairs from the George Washington University and a Master of Science in International Economic Policy from the University of Westminster in London, UK.

Brent Kramer, PhD, Senior Economist (Part-Time)
Brent is a lifelong activist on behalf of unions and working people. After a long career as a technician at Verizon (and its predecessor firms), Brent returned to school and completed his doctorate in economics at the City University of New York Graduate Center in 2008. During his summer break from school in 2005, he began working for FPI, and (with a short break) has been here since. He also teaches economics part-time in the City University system, attempting to dispel the myths of mainstream (conservative) economics for young people. As a retiree, Brent has not been interested in full-time work, so doing this work for an organization that does analysis and advocacy from the point of view of working people is a good fit.

Ke Zeng, Data Analyst (Part-Time)
Ke Zeng joined the Fiscal Policy Institute team in 2019 as a Data Analyst. Ke works on a variety of economic issues including labor, immigration, education and income inequality. He provides quantitative support for the team. Ke holds a Bachelor of Economics from Northeastern University, China and a Master of Science in Economics from Lund University, Sweden. Ke is currently working on his PhD in Economics at the City University of New York.

Frederick G. Floss, Senior Fellow (Part-Time)
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.