Christine Baker-Smith. Ms. Baker-Smith joined the IBO in May 2017 as an Education Policy Analyst. Her background is in mixed-methods research, with specialized training in statistics and applied data analytics from the PRIISM Center at NYU Steinhardt. Her work focuses on how education policy impacts student outcomes, with a specific interest in discipline and school choice policies. Prior to joining the IBO, she was the Program Manager for the Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences M.A. program at Columbia University.
Ms. Baker-Smith holds a Ph.D. in Sociology of Education from New York University, an Ed.M. in Leadership, Policy and Politics from Teachers College, Columbia University, an M.A. in Social Sciences of Education from Stanford University, and a B.A. in Sociology from Whitman College
David Belkin. Mr. Belkin joined IBO in July 1996 and is a senior economist who has authored or contributed research to numerous studies of New York City tax and welfare policies. He is responsible for
coordinating IBO's economic forecasts. Before joining IBO, Mr. Belkin worked for six years as a policy and budget analyst in the office of the Manhattan Borough President. He has published several articles and co-edited a book on comparative economic systems. Before turning to economics, he was a social worker.
He received his Master's Degree in social work from Hunter College School of Social Work and his B.A. from Adelphi University.
Elizabeth Brown. Ms. Brown
is the supervising analyst for Housing, Environment, and
Infrastructure. She joined IBO in June 2010 as Housing and Homelessness Analyst. Prior to joining IBO, Ms. Brown worked as a grant-writer at The Salvation Army of Greater New York where she raised funds for the organization’s homeless shelters, after-school programs, and other social service programs. She also worked for several years as a researcher/writer at The Center for Public Integrity, a non-partisan investigative journalism organization in Washington D.C., where she covered defense contracting, federal lobbying, and campaign finance. Ms. Brown has interned at the New York City Department of Youth and Community Development, working on program planning and evaluation.
Ms. Brown has a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from New
York University’s Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and a
B.A. in Journalism from The George Washington University.
Robert Callahan. Mr. Callahan is a Labor Analyst for the IBO, responsible for oversight of pensions and fringe benefits for the city workforce; he joined the agency in August of 2017. In his prior life, Mr. Callahan was a consultant for The PFM Group working with municipal governments on long-range financial planning and operational efficiency in public safety. A Tennessee native, Mr. Callahan served as the policy analyst for the State Senate Democratic Leader for three years, building caucus proposals pertaining to higher education innovation and redistricting. He remains active in his neighborhood as program lead at the Imani Community Garden’s urban chicken farm.
Mr. Callahan received his Master’s in Public Policy from the University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy, and his B.A. in Political Science from the University of Memphis.
Mr. Domanico joined IBO in August 2010 as
Director of Education Research. He has over thirty years
of experience in public education policy and practice in New
York City. Mr. Domanico served as Director of Data
Analysis for the New York City Board of Education in the 1980s,
conducting program evaluations and large scale data analyses of
pupil and school performance. In the 1990s, he was
Director of the Center for Educational Innovation at the
Manhattan Institute and then Executive Director of the Public
Education Association, both policy advocacy organizations
focused on New York City Public Schools.
eleven years prior to joining IBO, Mr. Domanico served as Senior
Education Advisor to the Industrial Areas Foundation–Metro NY,
a community based network of residents, parents and community
Mr. Domanico holds a Master of Public Policy
degree from the University of California, Berkeley and a
Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration from Baruch College
of the City University of New York. For the past eight
years, he has also been an Adjunct Lecturer in the Masters
Program in School Counseling at Brooklyn College, teaching
courses in Education Research and in Schools and Communities.
Elias joined IBO in September 2016 as a health budget and policy
analyst, focusing on NYC’s Department of Health and Mental
Hygiene, Health + Hospitals, and Medicaid. She has prior
experience researching, analyzing, and reporting on health policy
issues and economic and political developments in a variety of
different settings and regions for both public and private
organizations. Her research interests lie at the intersection of
health policy and finance, health policy and economics, and
health policy and psychology. She has published reports and
commentaries on government healthcare financing, public health
leadership, non-communicable diseases, and health system
Ms. Elias received
both a Master of Public Health and a Master of International
Affairs degree in Health Management and Policy and
International Finance and Economic Policy from Columbia
University’s Mailman School of Public Health and School of
International and Public Affairs. She also has a B.A. in
Psychology from Brandeis University.
Arash Farahani. Mr. Farahani joined the IBO in June 2017 to evaluate the existing New York City tax expenditures as an Economist. He uses multiple administrative datasets to empirically study whether a specific business incentive program is meeting its goals. Researching the relevant legislation, conducting interviews, and digging up the relevant data sets are also essential to the ultimate success of his evaluation studies.
Mr. Farahani is soon to receive his Ph.D. in Economics from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His rigorous training in econometrics and extensive exposure to programming make him an efficient researcher. At University of Illinois, his research focused on public finance, public infrastructure, and urban and regional economics.
Monserate Fernandez. Mr. Fernandez joined IBO in May 2006 as MIS Director. Prior to joining IBO, he worked for five years at a private medical accounting firm as head of corporate information technology.
Mr. Fernandez attended the Rochester Institute of Technology and majored in philosophy and biotechnology.
Drejuan Guilty. Drejuan Guilty joined IBO as the
Network Support Specialist. Prior to joining IBO Mr. Guilty
worked as the IT Project Coordinator/Network & Systems
Administrator for a Long Island based Law Firm. He also
worked as the Systems Administrator for a Manhattan based
international educational exchange organization. During his time
at the Law Firm and the Exchange Organization Drejuan provided
IT support for staff members, managed existing systems, and saw
that high-level IT infrastructure projects were brought to
Shannon Hakh. Ms. Hakh joined IBO in September 2016 as a social and community
services budget and policy analyst, focusing on corrections,
youth, aging, and technology and telecommunications. Prior to IBO, she completed a fellowship with Virginia
Department of Corrections where she designed and maintained a
quality assurance plan for the department’s evidence-based
programs and practices.
Ms. Hakh received a Master of Public Administration degree, a B.S. in Criminal Justice and a B.S. in Psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University.
Katie Hanna. Ms. Hanna joined IBO in May 2015 as
a social services budget and policy analyst, focusing on
children’s services, libraries, and cultural affairs. Prior to
IBO, she worked at the Partnership for After School Education,
where she analyzed program attendance and evaluation data and
coordinated events. She has also interned on Phipps
Neighborhoods’ research and evaluation team.
Ms. Hanna received a Master of Public
Administration degree from the Baruch College School of Public
Affairs and a bachelor’s degree in History and Latin American
Studies from Wesleyan University.
Mr. Huber joined IBO in 2015 as the Environmental Analyst focusing on parks & recreation, environmental protection, and sanitation. Prior to joining IBO, he worked as a consultant on business development in Brazil, as well as with the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions as the Science and Impacts Fellow where he focused on federal climate policy and researched weather risk, climate change, and science communication. Mr. Huber has previously consulted for several non-profits and institutions in areas including sustainable development and carbon market analysis and was an occasional blogger for the Wall Street Journal.
Mr. Huber has a Master’s degree in
Climate and Society from Columbia University and a B.S. in
Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maine.
Michael P. Jacobs. Mr. Jacobs is the Supervising Analyst of IBO’s Economics and Taxes unit. Since joining IBO in September 1996, his primary responsibilities have been policy analysis and revenue forecasts of the city's personal income tax, and he has researched, written, and otherwise contributed to a variety of IBO projects. Before joining IBO, Mr. Jacobs was a revenue forecaster and analyst with the City Council's Finance Division and a research consultant to Governor Mario Cuomo's Advisory Panel on Financial Services at the New York State Department of Economic Development. He also has taught economics courses at several local colleges and universities.
Mr. Jacobs received his Ph.D. in economics from the New School for Social Research and his B.A. from Oberlin College.
Ms. Kranes joined the IBO in September 2014 as an
Education Budget Analyst. Prior to IBO, she worked in a health
non-profit and teaching clinic in Pennsylvania, where she
assisted clients from vulnerable populations with obtaining
social and economic resources, and analyzed health data to
understand linkages between economic instability and quality of
health. She focused on the education of health and psychosocial
wellbeing, primarily among individuals living with HIV, and
co-edited a book of narratives of those living with chronic
illnesses while confronting poverty and stigma. Subsequently she
served as a research intern at Mount Sinai Hospital and clinical
intern at Bridge Street Development Corporation in New York City
while completing her master's degree in social work, in which
she focused on statistics in the field, and the role of public
educators and school social workers in improving access to
health education among LGBT youth.
She received her Master's Degree in social work
from Fordham University and her B.A. in sociology from
Paul Lopatto. Mr. Lopatto, who joined IBO in August 1996, is the Supervising Analyst for Social and Community Services and also serves as the primary analyst for the Human Resources Administration. He has authored a number of reports on welfare and other social services programs in New York City. Prior to joining IBO, Mr. Lopatto was a Supervising Analyst with the Welfare Task Force at the New York City Office of Management and Budget. Previously, he was a research analyst at the Human Resources Administration.
Mr. Lopatto received his Ph.D. in political science from Florida State University. He received both his Master's Degree in political science and his B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh.
Yolanda Lopez. Ms. Yolanda Lopez, who joined IBO in March 2007, is an Administrative Aide. Prior to joining IBO Ms. Lopez worked at the Department of Citywide Administrative Services from April 2005 to March 2007 as a Payroll Analyst overseeing about 525 employees and with the Department of Consumer Affairs from January 2001 to April 2005 as a Payroll Officer/Health Benefits Coordinator/Timekeeping Specialist.
Ms. Lowenstein was named Director of the New York City Independent Budget Office in August, 2000; she was reappointed for four year terms in 2002, 2006,
2010. and 2014. Ms. Lowenstein has been with IBO since its inception in 1996 and was its Deputy Director and Chief Economist. Prior to joining IBO, Ms. Lowenstein was an economist in the Domestic Research Division of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and taught economics at Barnard College.
Ms. Lowenstein received her Ph.D. in economics from Columbia University and her B.A. from Guilford College.
Lisa Neary. Ms. Neary
joined the IBO in November 2004 as General Counsel. Before
joining the IBO, Ms. Neary worked at the New York City Council
Finance Division as Legislative Counsel.
Ms. Neary received her J.D. degree from Rutgers University
Law School in Newark, New Jersey and her B.A. from Yale
Bernard O'Brien. Mr. O'Brien, who joined IBO in June 1996, is a senior budget and policy analyst who focuses primarily on city budget issues concerning the police and the criminal justice system. He has analyzed the relationship between police staffing and crime levels in New York City as compared to other large American cities, and has also conducted research related to the pace of criminal case processing in our state courts and its implications vis-a-vis local jail costs. Prior to joining IBO, Mr. O'Brien served as a legislative policy analyst with the New York City Council from 1989 to 1996, as a planner/analyst with the NYC Department of Correction from 1988 to 1989, and from 1987 to 1988 as a research associate with the NYC Board of Correction. In addition, Mr. O'Brien taught in New York City public schools from 1983 to 1986.
Mr. O'Brien received his Master's Degree in public administration from New York University and his B.S. from the University of Notre Dame
Yaw Owusu-Anash. Mr. Owusu-Ansah joined IBO as an Economist in May 2017. He provides budget and policy analyses on New York City property taxes. He produces reports on property valuation models as well as real estate, market trends and other factors as they affect property valuation. He researches and analyzes economic issues that affect the housing market. He also applies economic theory and advanced econometrics to analyze policy outcomes. Prior to IBO, he worked at NYC Department of Finance with the Property Modeling and Research Group where he developed programs and guidelines to value NYC properties. He also previously worked at Roubini Global Economics as part of the Western Europe research team. He worked on GDP and Euro forecasting, Europe housing markets, Europe sovereign and corporate debt crises, and other macroeconomics policy research.
Mr Owusu-Ansah holds a Ph.D. in Economics with a focus on macroeconomics, housing markets, structured finance markets, financial market regulation and risks in financial markets from Columbia University. He holds a B.A. in Economics and a minor in Mathematics from Brigham Young University.
Ms. Pappas joined IBO in September 2013 as an
Education Policy Analyst. She has partnered with district,
school, community, and student leaders and their families in
education reform work for the past 15 years across the country.
In New York City, she has worked as a qualitative researcher on
issues concerning school governance, principal and teacher
leadership development, school climate, school closings,
bilingual education, and special education. She has served as an
adjunct professor at both Hunter and City Colleges as well as a
writing and communication fellow at both New York City College
of Technology and Baruch.
Ms. Pappas has a Ph.D.
in education policy and leadership from the Graduate
Center, City University of New York. She holds a Masters
of Education degree in Policy and Management from Harvard
University and a Masters of Philosophy degree in Urban Education
from the Graduate Center. Her undergraduate training is in
public and community service.
Cole Rakow. Mr. Rakow joined the IBO in June 2017 as an economist, working on the city’s business taxes. In addition to developing forecasts of business tax income for the city, his work focuses on potential changes to tax policy at the federal level and the potential ramifications that such changes might have on the city's budget. Prior to joining IBO, Mr. Rakow taught economics and research methods to both undergraduate and graduate students, while carrying out research about state and local taxation.
Mr. Rakow received his Ph.D. in public policy and administration from the Martin School at the University of Kentucky, and holds a B.S. from Truman State University.
Jonathan Rosenberg. Mr. Rosenberg joined IBO as the Director of Budget Review in November, 2016. He has nearly 20 years of experience in public sector budget analysis and review in New York City. Mr. Rosenberg served as the Executive Director of Budget at the New York City Comptroller’s office under Comptroller John Liu. Prior to that he worked for fifteen years in the Finance Division of the New York City Council where he was the Deputy Director for Infrastructure and Economic Development. Prior to joining IBO Mr. Rosenberg worked as the Finance Director at a small non-profit which provides counseling and family outreach for at-risk students in New York City public schools.
Mr. Rosenberg has a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University and a B.A. in History/Political Science from the University of Rochester.
Joydeep Roy. Mr. Roy joined IBO as a Senior Economist in April 2010, focusing on education and education policy involving New York City public schools. Before joining IBO, Mr. Roy worked as an economist at the Economic Policy Institute, where his work focused on school choice and accountability, school finance and adequacy issues, teacher labor markets and topics in higher education. His research on high school graduation rates has been cited in The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe, Education Week and USA Today, among others. He is the co-editor of the EPI Series on Alternative Teacher Compensation Systems and co-author of the book Rethinking High School Graduation Rates and Trends. He is currently an Adjunct Associate Professor at Georgetown University.
Mr. Roy earned his Ph.D. in Economics from Princeton University.
Sarah Sayavong. Ms. Sayavong joined IBO in October 2015 as a SAS
Analyst/Programmer. Prior to IBO, she worked as a data analysis
consultant for UNICEF, analyzing country-level survey data for
four distinct child nutrition programmes. Prior to moving to
New York, she was involved in research and program evaluation
for the Department of Family and Community Medicine at Saint
Ms. Sayavong received her MPH and B.A. in Economics
from Washington University in St. Louis
Indera Segobind. Ms. Segobind, who joined IBO in March 1996, is IBO's
director of administration. Prior to joining the IBO, Ms. Segobind worked for the New York City Public Advocate's Office where she was the office manager for the community affairs/constituency services unit from 1994 to 1996. Ms. Segobind also served as the administrative assistant at the New York City Comptroller's Office in the community affairs unit from 1986 to 1994.
Ms. Segobind received her Associate Degree in liberal arts from LaGuardia Community College.
Yolanda Smith. Ms. Smith,
who joined IBO in October 2006, is a senior budget and policy analyst who focuses on Education. She previously worked in the NYC Department of Education since 2000 as an Education Analyst with varied experience in budget operations, categorical programs, and regional operations. Ms. Smith also gained rating agency experience at Standard & Poor's from 1992 to 1999, in the Public Finance sector.
Ms. Smith received her M.S. degree in Management and Urban Policy from the New School and her Bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Pennsylvania.
Ms. Stefanski joined IBO in March 2015 as the Housing
and Homelessness Analyst. Previously, Ms. Stefanski was the Ed
Koch Memorial Student Fellow at the Furman Center for Real
Estate and Urban Policy at New York University, where she
performed data analysis and regulatory research related to the
development and preservation of affordable housing. Ms.
Stefanski also worked for New York
State Homes and Community Renewal, overseeing residential energy
efficiency grants funded through the American Recovery and
Ms. Stefanski earned a Bachelor of Arts
in Classical Languages from Bryn Mawr College and a Master of Public Administration degree from
the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at
New York University.
Sarita Subramanian. Ms. Subramanian joined IBO in June 2009 as an education budget
and policy analyst with a focus on capital budgeting. Before
joining IBO, Ms. Subramanian worked in the Federal Reserve
System for four years, first in Washington, D.C. and then in New
York. During her time in the Federal Reserve, she provided data
and charts for international financial markets in preparation
for Board briefings in D.C. and researched trends and risks of
commercial banks in the New York region.
Ms. Subramanian received her Master of Public Administration from Columbia University’s
and Public Affairs and her B.A. in Economics and Psychology from Wellesley
Tara Swanson. Ms. Swanson joined the IBO in September of 2006 as communications assistant
and is now the production coordinator, digital and print. She previously worked as the communications associate at St. Bartholomew's Church.
Ms. Swanson is a graduate of York College of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in English.
George Sweeting. Mr. Sweeting is deputy director of New York City’s Independent Budget Office; he oversees IBO’s work on economics, tax policy, revenue forecasting, economic development, and spending by city agencies. He joined IBO during its first year of operations in 1996, originally serving as a senior economist covering the real property tax. Prior to joining IBO, Mr. Sweeting worked for 10 years at the city’s Department of Finance in the Office of Tax Policy analyzing the city’s income taxes (business and personal), and later, the Property Division where he was responsible for policy analysis and quality control of the real property tax. While with the Finance Department he also served on the staff of the 1987 New York City Tax Study Commission and the 1993 Real Property Tax Reform Commission.
Mr. Sweeting received both his Ph.D. in economic history and his B.A. from Columbia University.
Alan Treffeisen. Mr. Treffeisen joined IBO in November 1998 as a senior budget and policy analyst who focuses on transportation and infrastructure issues. Before joining IBO, Mr. Treffeisen was an assistant professor of economics at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, Spain. In addition to his teaching duties, he conducted research on the suburbanization of the Barcelona region. Mr. Treffeisen has also taught economics in the City University of New York system. His doctoral dissertation was on land and housing markets in Bogota, Colombia.
Mr. Treffeisen received his Ph.D. in agricultural and resource economics, his Master's Degrees in city planning and transportation from the University of California at Berkeley. He received his B.A. from North Carolina State University.
Doug Turetsky. Mr. Turetsky joined the IBO in January 2001 as communications
director, and was appointed chief of staff in 2004. He was previously director of policy and public affairs for United Neighborhood Houses. For more than four years he was deputy director for policy and development in the Manhattan Borough President's Office; he also served the Borough President's Office as deputy press secretary for one year. A former reporter, Mr. Turetsky was editor of City Limits magazine. He has written numerous articles on New York City and related subjects for local and national publications.
Mr. Turetsky received a Master's Degree in urban planning from New York University and his B.A. from Bard College.
Ms. Vladimer joined the IBO in April 2016 as an
Education Budget and Policy Analyst. Prior to joining to the
IBO, she worked for the New York State Senate as the Education
Policy Analyst and Counsel for the Independent Democratic
Conference (IDC). In that role, Ms. Vladimer met with many
education advocacy groups in order to develop sound policy and
legislative reforms on behalf of the IDC. In addition, she
represented the IDC at the Education and Higher Education state
budget negotiations. Subsequently, she worked as the Director of
Alumni and Donor Relations at Touro Law Center, where she worked
closely with the Dean of the law school and Assistant Dean of
Institutional Advancement to build a strong alumni base and
increase fundraising efforts and participation.
Ms. Vladimer received her J.D. from Touro Law Center in
Central Islip, New York, and her B.A. in sociology from the
University of Connecticut.