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Staff Members

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Director of Health Policy

Holly Harvey

Holly Harvey is Director of Health Policy at the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, where she focuses on health policy issues. Prior to joining the Committee, she spent 15 years at the Congressional Budget Office (CBO). Most recently, Holly led health policy analysis as the Deputy Assistant Director of the Budget Analysis Division at the CBO. In that role, she was responsible for overseeing analyses and cost estimates related to Medicare, Medicaid, prescription drugs, private health insurance coverage, and federal public health programs. In addition to her work at CBO, Holly also worked on health policy issues at the Department of Health and Human Services and at the Congressional Research Service. Holly received a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of California at San Diego and a Master’s of Public Policy degree from the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley. Contact her at harvey@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. The Morning Call newspaper named her one of the top 10 most effective legislative and campaign staffers in Pennsylvania, and Politics PA named her one of Pennsylvania's Rising Stars: 30 Under 30. 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.

President

Maya MacGuineas

Maya MacGuineas is the President of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget. Her areas of expertise include budget, tax, and economic policy. Through the Committee’s project, FixUS, she also runs a project on the future of the economy, technology, and capitalism. MacGuineas testifies regularly before Congress and has published broadly. MacGuineas comments often on broadcast news and is widely cited by the national press. In the spring of 2009 MacGuineas did a stint on The Washington Post editorial board, covering economic and fiscal policy. MacGuineas has worked at the Brookings Institution and on Wall Street. As a political independent, she has advised numerous candidates for office from both parties, and works regularly with members of Congress on health, economic, tax, and budget policy. Contact her at info@crfb.org and find her on Twitter @MayaMacGuineas.

Chief of Staff and Director of Strategic Initiatives

Mike Murphy

Mike Murphy is Chief of Staff and Director of Strategic Initiatives 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. 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.

Press Secretary

Patrick Newton

Patrick Newton is the Press Secretary for the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, where he manages and coordinates outreach to the media. He came to the Committee from Capitol Hill, where he spent nine years on the staff of U.S. Rep. John J. Duncan, Jr. of Tennessee, serving as both Communications Director and financial services Legislative Assistant. Prior to his time on the Hill, Patrick worked as a television news anchor and reporter for KEVN-TV, a FOX affiliate in Rapid City, South Dakota, and as morning and noon anchor at WTAP-TV, an NBC station serving the Mid-Ohio Valley. He is a 2001 graduate of Middle Tennessee State University and holds a bachelor's degree in journalism. Contact him at newton@crfb.org.

Communications Assistant

Lydia Pritchard

Lydia Pritchard is the Communications Assistant for the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, where she creates graphic design materials, assists the company’s Press Secretary, and serves as official photographer. Prior to being welcomed as a full-time staffer in April 2018, she worked for the Committee as a Graphic Design/Communications Intern. Lydia recently graduated from Loyola University Maryland in Baltimore, where she earned her B.A. in journalism. Contact her at pritchard@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 currently attends the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration at The George Washington University for a Masters in Public Policy and graduated in 2011 from GW with a B.A. in political science and 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.

Policy Analyst

Chris Towner

Chris Towner 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 including Social Security, disability, health care, and retirement security. Additionally, Chris is the lead policy analyst for the McCrery-Pomeroy SSDI Solutions Initiative. Prior to joining the Committee, Chris worked in fundraising and donor relations at a political non-profit organization. Chris holds a bachelor's degree and master's degree in Political Science from Boston University. Contact him at towner@crfb.org.

Program Associate

Gabriella Wagner

Gabriella Wagner is a Program Associate for the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, where she assists the legislative team with policy-related projects and supports the Chief of Staff and Deputy Chief of Staff with research and project coordination. Prior to joining the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, Gabriella worked for New York State Senator Andrew Lanza, Governor Andrew Cuomo, and U.S. House Representative John Ratcliffe. Gabriella received a bachelor’s degree in Global Studies with a minor in Hispanic Studies from the Eugene Lang College of the Liberal Arts at The New School.

Database Manager

Harrison Wall

Harrison Wall is the Database Manager for the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget. Previously he worked as a Consultant at the Consumer Data Industry Association, as a Passport Examiner at the British Embassy, and as a teacher in the DC Public Schools. Originally from Rhode Island, Harrison holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Chicago and a Master’s of Teaching from American University. Contact him at wall@crfb.org.