Several weeks ago, Ron Deutsch informed the Fiscal Policy Institute’s (FPI) Board of Directors that he planned to step down as Executive Director on December 15, 2020.  Mike Burgess, Chair of FPI’s Board of Directors, stated that “I have known and worked with Ron for over two decades, a time during which he has become such an effective and influential advocate for social and economic justice in various roles.  Over the past six years, he has brought his passion and commitment to the Fiscal Policy Institute, working long hours to build and strengthen the organization’s funding, staffing, and coalition building and being one of the most prominent voices on the budget and public policy issues in Albany.  We thank him for this dedicated commitment and record of achievement.”

Ron reflected that “After serving as an executive director for nearly a quarter-century, I want to step back and explore other pursuits while creating a space for new leadership of the organization. I remain deeply committed to FPI’s mission and have been proud to lead the organization’s incredibly hard-working and capable staff. I look forward to working with the Board to ensure a smooth transition.” 

Under Ron’s leadership, FPI helped win the battle to increase New York’s minimum wage; provided analytic and strategic leadership to the fight for a more fair and equitable tax system including the “millionaires tax;” and pushed back against harmful austerity measures that would have cut spending for the essential public services so many New Yorkers desperately need. 

FPI’s Board of Directors will conduct a comprehensive search for a new leader to guide the organization into the future.

The Fiscal Policy Institute is a nonpartisan, nonprofit research and education organization committed to improving public policies and private practices to better the economic and social conditions of all.