David Dyssegaard KallickDirector of Immigration Research Initiative
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. In addition to his work at the Fiscal Policy Institute, Kallick teaches Urban Economics at the Pratt Institute’s Graduate Center for Planning and the Environment.
Brent Kramer, PhDSenior 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.
Cyierra RoldanPolicy Analyst – Immigration
Cyierra Roldan joined the team at the Fiscal Policy Institute in 2016, having graduated from Colgate University with a B.A. in sociology. Roldan has also received her Masters of Public Administration from the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy at the University of Albany in 2019. She is a policy analyst working in FPI’s Immigration Research Initiative. Roldan is currently an appointed commissioner for the Schenectady County Human Rights Commission and a board of trustee for Brown School. 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.
Jonas J.N. Shaende, PhDChief Economist
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.
Ke ZengData 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.