Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget
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Staff Members

President

Maya MacGuineas

Maya MacGuineas is the president of the bipartisan Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget. Her areas of expertise include budget, tax, and economic policy. As a leading budget expert and a political independent, she has worked closely with members of both parties and serves as a trusted resource on Capitol Hill. MacGuineas testifies regularly before Congress and has published broadly, including regularly in The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Financial Times, The Atlantic, and numerous other outlets. She also appears regularly as a commentator on television.

MacGuineas oversees a number of the Committee’s projects including the grassroots coalition Fix the Debt; the Committee’s Fiscal Institute; and FixUS, a project seeking to better understand the root causes of our nation’s growing divisions and deteriorating political system, and to work with others to bring attention to these issues and the need to fix them. Her most recent area of focus is on the future of the economy, technology, and capitalism.

Previously, MacGuineas worked at the Brookings Institution and on Wall Street, and in the spring of 2009 she did a stint on The Washington Post editorial board, covering economic and fiscal policy. MacGuineas serves on a number of boards and is a native Washingtonian. Contact her at MacGuineas@crfb.org and find her on Twitter @MayaMacGuineas.

Senior Vice President and Senior Policy Director

Marc Goldwein

Marc Goldwein is the Senior Vice President and Senior Policy Director for the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, where he guides and conducts research on a wide array of topics related to fiscal policy and the federal budget. He is frequently quoted in a number of major media outlets and works regularly with Members of Congress and their staffs on budget-related issues.

In 2010, Marc served as Associate Director of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform (The Fiscal Commission), and in 2011 he was a senior budget analyst on the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction (The Super Committee).  He has also conducted research for the Government Accountability Office, the World Bank, the Historian's Office at the Social Security Administration, and the Institute of Governmental Studies at UC Berkeley. In addition to his work at the Committee, Marc teaches economics at the University of California DC and at Johns Hopkins University, where he was the 2013 recipient of Excellence in Teaching Award. In 2011, Marc was featured in the Forbes "30 Under 30" list for Law & Policy. Contact him at goldwein@crfb.org and find him on Twitter at @MarcGoldwein.

Chief of Staff and Director of FixUs

Mike Murphy

Mike Murphy is Chief of Staff for the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, where he manages policy research and analysis on a variety of topics related to fiscal policy and the federal budget, as well as coordinates a wide array of projects related to advancing the Committee’s policy related initiatives. He is also the Director of FixUS, a special initiative of the Committee that through a number of efforts and partnerships seeks to better understand the root causes of our nation’s growing divisions and deteriorating political system, to work with others to bring attention to these issues and the need to fix them, and to build support for necessary changes. Prior to joining the Committee, Mike worked for the Comeback America Initiative, a non-profit founded by David Walker, Former Comptroller General of the United States, whose mission is to educate and engage the public about federal, state and local fiscal issues. Previously, Mike also worked as a Senior Transportation Program Analyst for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, as well as in legislative affairs for the American Cancer Society and on Capitol Hill. Mike received his bachelor’s degree in History and Political Science from the State University of New York at Albany, and a Masters of Public Administration and a Certificate of Health Services Management and Policy from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. Contact him at murphy@crfb.org.

Colin Achilles
Program Associate and Assistant to the Chief of Staff

Colin Achilles

Colin Achilles is a Program Associate and Assistant to the Chief of Staff for the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, where he works on various projects and initiatives, primarily focusing on the political process behind fiscal policy. Prior to joining the Committee, he worked for federal and state officeholders from Virginia, as well as a nonprofit organization specialized in tax and spending issues. Colin received his bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Flagler College, and his master’s degree in Political Management from The George Washington University’s Graduate School of Political Management. He is originally from Flint Hill, Virginia. Contact him at achilles@crfb.org.

Director of Media Relations

John Buhl

John Buhl is the director of media relations for the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, working with reporters and overseeing the Committee’s communications strategy to increase the visibility of its research around the country. John has more than 15 years of experience in communications and journalism, including stints as media relations manager for the Tax Foundation and the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, monitoring a variety of federal policy issues and economic debates. Before that, he spent six years as a reporter with Tax Notes, covering state tax and budget news. Originally from Connecticut, John also spent time in the United Kingdom before returning stateside and earning a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Pittsburgh. Contact him at buhl@crfb.org.

Communications Associate

Emily Carew

Emily Carew is the Communications Associate for the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, where she helps support the operations of the media department. Prior to joining the Committee, Emily worked as a Communications Assistant at the Bipartisan Policy Center. She also has past experience interning at the Stimson Center in their communications department. Emily received her B.A. in Political Science from American University along with a Minor in Communications.  

Co-Director of Legislative Strategy

Kurt Couchman

Kurt Couchman is a Co-Director of Legislative Strategy for the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, where he works with Members of Congress and staff to advance sound fiscal policies. Before joining CRFB, he has held government relations positions with a realist foreign policy advocacy organization, a major think tank, and two Pennsylvania corporations.

Kurt has also served three members of Congress, including U.S. Representatives Dave Brat and Justin Amash. He has drafted and built support for two innovative, bipartisan balanced budget amendment proposals and has developed numerous budget reform initiatives. Kurt holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Indiana University of Pennsylvania/Robert E. Cook Honors College and a master’s degree in economics from George Mason University. Contact him at couchman@crfb.org.

Digital and Creative Media Director

Chris Dreibelbis

Chris Dreibelbis is the Director of Digital and Creative Media for the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, where he oversees outreach for the Committee's work through social media. Prior to joining the Committee, he was the Communications and Economic Policy Director at the Reform Institute. Before that he worked at the Committee for Economic Development, where he was actively involved in their successful effort to achieve campaign finance reform and also worked on issues such as the federal budget and Social Security reform. He received his B.A. in public policy from Washington & Lee University and holds a master's in public policy from George Mason University. Contact him at dreibelbis@crfb.org.

Deputy Policy Director

Tyler Evilsizer

Tyler Evilsizer is the Deputy Policy Director for the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, where he handles a wide variety of issues, primarily focusing on tax, budget, and economic policy. Prior to joining the Committee, he performed research on tax and budget issues for the Senate Finance Committee under Chairman Max Baucus. Before that, he served as Lead Researcher for the National Institute on Money in State Politics, the only non-profit that compiles information on state-level campaign finance in all 50 states. Tyler received a bachelor’s degree in International Relations and Political Science from Carroll College in Helena, Montana, and a master's degree in Public Policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Contact him at evilsizer@crfb.org and find him on Twitter at @TylerEvilsizer.

Policy Analyst

Mike Farquharson

Mike Farquharson is a Policy Analyst for the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, where he works on a wide variety of economic areas, including fiscal policy and the federal budget. Mike came to the Committee from 20/20 Vision, an economic research firm focused principally on fiscal policy and financial regulation. Prior to that, Mike conducted economic policy research for the Atlantic Council and has held a number of finance and marketing positions in the private sector. Mike holds a first-class bachelor’s degree, with honors, in International Relations and Economics from Loughborough University in the UK. Contact him at farquharson@crfb.org.  

Senior Advisor, Finance and Operations

Simone Frank

As Senior Advisor, Finance and Operations, Simone Frank is responsible for assisting the organization with its day-to-day business, legal, financial, human resources and administrative operations. Ms. Frank has over 25 years of financial management experience, including banking, investment banking, strategic planning and operating finance.

Prior to assisting the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, Ms. Frank was the Vice President of Finance and Operations for the New America Foundation for 10 years. Ms. Frank also served as Chief Financial Officer for Best Doctors, Inc., as a Senior Director of Finance for Marriott International, and as Finance Director for various operating divisions of Tricon Global Restaurants and PepsiCo, Inc. In addition, Ms. Frank started her careeer in banking as an Associate in mergers and acquisitions for Manufacturers Hanover Trust and as an Assistant Vice President for Den Danske Bank.

Ms. Frank earned her bachelor’s degree in Commerce from the University of Virginia and an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.

Health Policy Research Contractor

Sarah Goodell

Sarah Goodell has over 20 years of experience as a health policy analyst. She is currently working as an independent consultant focusing on the Affordable Care Act, Medicare, health financing, and health delivery systems. She is part of a team at the Committee for the Responsible Federal Budget working on the Health Savers Initiative to develop and disseminate policy options to lower health care spending. She previously served as Director of the Synthesis Project, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. At the Synthesis Project she managed projects on a variety of topics including risk adjustment, Medicaid managed care, hospital consolidation, the primary care workforce, care management, and medical malpractice. Prior to her work as a consultant, Ms. Goodell spent five years as a policy analyst in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Her work at ASPE focused on private insurance and patient protections, including external appeals processes and privacy. Ms. Goodell holds a B.A. from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN and a M.A. in Public Administration with a focus on Health Policy from the Humphrey Institute at the University of Minnesota.

Director of Health Policy

Joshua Gordon

Joshua B. Gordon is the Director of Health Policy for the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, where he leads its research into the effect of federal policies on health and the health care system. He spearheads the Health Savers Initiative, a joint project of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, Arnold Ventures and West Health Policy Center, which works to identify bold and concrete policy proposals to make health care more affordable.  

Prior to joining the Committee, Gordon was a policy communications consultant and a Senior Health Care Policy Fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Before that, he spent 18 years as the Policy Director of The Concord Coalition, a nonpartisan, grassroots organization dedicated to educating the public about federal budget issues and their consequences for the future. 

Gordon was a research advisor for the Sundance Film Festival Documentary I.O.U.S.A. (2008), and has served as an Adjunct Professor for the George Washington University Graduate School of Political Management. He received his Bachelor’s degree from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, and a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Florida. Contact him at gordon@crfb.org.

Database Manager

Emma Griffin

Emma Griffin is the Database Manager for the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, where she manages the Committee’s quickly growing database in addition to assisting with other engagement and development initiatives. She received her Bachelor of Science in Public Health from George Mason University and spent 4 years working in non-profit information services and data management prior to joining the Committee. Contact her at griffine@crfb.org.

Research Associate

Jordan Haring

Jordan Haring is a Research Associate for the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, where she conducts research on a variety of economic and budget issues. Before joining the Committee, Jordan interned at Americans for Tax Reform, The Heritage Foundation, Americans for Prosperity, and Freedom Partners Shared Services. She holds a B.A. in Political Science and a master’s in Public Policy from The George Washington University. Contact her at haring@crfb.org

Senior Advisor for State Engagement

Rachael Heisler

Rachael Heisler is the Senior Advisor for State Engagement at the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget.  She has worked in different capacities at CRFB since 2013 handling external affairs, partnerships, surrogate management, and state-based outreach. She previously served on the staff of U.S. Congressman Jason Altmire for six years and worked for U.S. Senator Bob Casey in 2005-2006. She serves on the board of both her local food pantry and her local YMCA.  She has a bachelor's degree from the University of Pittsburgh and is currently pursuing a graduate degree at Penn State University. Contact her at heisler@crfb.org.

Policy Analyst

Alexander Holt

Alexander Holt is a Policy Analyst for the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, where he works on a wide variety of fiscal and monetary economic policy issues with a focus on the response to the COVID-19 pandemic. He previously researched and wrote on the economics of higher education and the federal student loan program at the Pew Charitable Trusts and New America and has written op-eds and long-form articles for major national publications. He graduated from the George Washington University in 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Communication. Contact him at holt@crfb.org.

Research Associate, Health Policy

Jeron Impreso

Jeron Impreso is a Research Associate for Health Policy at the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget. Jeron works on analyzing a variety of health care and policy related issues, including rising health care costs, pharmaceutical patent reforms, provider consolidation, and alternative payment models. Jeron previously worked as an economic research assistant at Harvard Medical School, conducting research on Accountable Care Organizations on behalf of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation. Jeron holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Brown University. Contact them at impreso@crfb.org.

Special Projects Manager

Aaron Kahn

Aaron Kahn serves as Special Projects Manager at the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, where he is responsible for advancing the Committee’s FixUS initiative and its related events, research projects, publications, and coalitions. His work is aimed at identifying and promoting ways to bridge the political, economic, and social divides in America that stifle effective policymaking. Prior to joining the Committee, Aaron gained experience as a Legislative Analyst with the firm Williams & Jensen, PLLC. He also completed internships with Representative Anthony Gonzalez and Senator Rob Portman. Aaron received his Bachelor of Arts from Northwestern University and his Master of Public Administration from Cleveland State University. Contact him at kahn@crfb.org.

Project Associate

Be Owusu

Be Owusu is the Project Associate for the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget. She conducts research for various Committee and FixUS programs, and provides logistical support and engagement outreach assistance. She graduated with a B.A. in Political Science from the University of North Carolina Asheville in 2020. Contact her at owusu@crfb.org.

Senior Policy Analyst

Adam Rosenberg

Adam Rosenberg is a Senior Policy Analyst for the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, where he works on a wide variety of budget and economic issues conducting research and writing reports and for the Committee's The Bottom Line blog. He earned a Masters in Public Policy in 2020 at The George Washington University and a B.A. in 2011 at GW in political science with minors in economics and jazz studies. Contact him at rosenberg@crfb.org.

Director of Development

Chris Rotella

Chris Rotella is the Director of Development for the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, where he manages and coordinates all fundraising and donor activities. He came to the Committee from The George Washington University, where he spent ten years in a variety of roles covering both development and alumni relations. Most recently, he was Director of Development for the Graduate School of Political Management (GSPM), where he helped oversee the largest campaign in the school’s history. He received his B.A. in political science in 2008 from The George Washington University, where he also received an MBA, with a finance focus, in 2012. Contact him at rotella@crfb.org.

Policy Analyst

John Schuler

John Schuler is a Policy Analyst for the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, where he works on the policy team to conduct analysis on a wide variety of budgetary and economic issues. John came to the Committee from Capitol Hill, where he served for more than four years as a Legislative Assistant to Rep. Tim Huelskamp of Kansas, and Rep. Mark Sanford of South Carolina. Prior to his time on the Hill, John worked for Heritage Action for America as a Government Relations and Executive Assistant. A native of Kansas City, John first came to Washington to attend the American University School of International Service, where he graduated with a B.A. in International Studies and a minor in Political Science in 2011. Contact him at schuler@crfb.org.

Co-Director of Legislative Strategy

Adam Shifriss

Adam Shifriss is a Co-Director of Legislative Strategy for the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, where he guides interactions with policymakers and staff on a wide range of issues. Adam previously worked in the U.S. House of Representatives where he handled a broad variety of issues including Energy and Commerce and Appropriations Committee work. In 2007, he contributed to a Government Accountability Office review of public infrastructure reconstruction efforts by FEMA after hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Adam also has experience in health advocacy, database management, and political campaigns. He studied Public Policy Analysis at the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University, where he received his bachelor's degree and the Hutton Honors notation. In addition to his work at the Committee, Adam is an active member of the board of the DC Chapter of the Indiana University Alumni Association. Contact him at shifriss@crfb.org.

Senior Policy Analyst

Annie Shuppy

Annie Shuppy is a Senior Policy Analyst for the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, where she researches economic, tax, budgetary, and health care issues. Annie previously covered Congress as a legislative analyst and staff writer for CQ Roll Call for more than nine years. While at CQ, Annie wrote primarily for the CQ House Action Reports legislative analysis service while also contributing to the company’s other publications. Prior to joining the Committee, she also worked for a financial news startup. Annie received a bachelor’s degree in economics and journalism from the University of Iowa, where she served as an editor at The Daily Iowan. Contact her at shuppy@crfb.org or follow her on Twitter at @ashuppy.

Deputy Chief of Staff

Ben Tomchik

Ben Tomchik is the Deputy Chief of Staff for the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, where he handles a wide variety of issues, including engagement and VIP communications. Prior to joining the Committee, he worked in public affairs for the American Insurance Association, managed the George Washington University School of Business philanthropic advisory board, and served in The White House under President George W. Bush. Originally from Pittsburgh, Ben received a bachelor’s degree in Government and International Politics from George Mason University, and a master's degree in Strategic Public Relations from the Graduate School for Political Management at the George Washington University. Contact him at tomchik@crfb.org.