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Tyler Bond

Federal Legislative Affairs

Tyler Bond is currently interning in the Federal Legislative Affairs division. He double-majored in Philosophy and Political Science at Indiana University and is currently completing a master’s degree in Philosophy and Social Policy at George Washington University. Tyler previously interned on Eliot Spitzer’s gubernatorial campaign in New York and worked as a field organizer for Hillary Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign. Tyler is interested in the federal budget, specifically how federal tax and spending policies affect low- and middle-income Americans.

Amelia Coffey


Amelia is an intern in the Family Income Support division of the Center. She recently completed her MS in Social Policy Research at the London School of Economics and before that received a BA in History from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She has interned at the National Archives and at People for the American Way. She is interested in preserving and improving the safety net so that it serves the nation’s poor more effectively and humanely. She's particularly focused on the areas of housing, food, and income support. She has traveled all over the world recently while spending most of the last two years overseas.

Rose Garcia

Income Support- Data

Rose Garcia is an intern with the Family Income Support team at CBPP. She is currently pursuing a Masters of Social Work degree at Columbia University and is at CBPP as a Fisher Cummings Washington Fellow. Prior to entering Columbia, she spent ten years in the non-profit sector, focusing on early childhood education, youth development and family economic success programming. She was an Elm City Fellow for Children, Youth and Families with the Annie E. Casey Foundation. She completed her undergraduate work at Yale University, where she also worked at Jumpstart, an AmeriCorps program that partnered with Head Start

Amanda Gress

State Fiscal Policy

Amanda is an intern with the State Fiscal Project at CBPP. She is from Kansas, and is currently pursuing a BA in Political Science and a BS in Economics from the University of Kansas. Previously, Amanda was a member of the KU Debate Team. She spent the Fall of 2013 working at the Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics and the Summer of 2013 studying Arabic in Amman, Jordan. She is particularly interested in Kansas fiscal policy.

Jasmin Griffin

DC Fiscal Policy Institute

Jasmin Griffin is an intern for the DC Fiscal Policy Institute. She is currently studying at Howard University and will graduate with a B.A. in Economics in 2014. In the past, Jasmin interned with The Center on Policy Initiatives and The Research Institute on Social and Economic Policy researching the issues affecting low- and middle-income families. Her interests include paid leave and higher education policy.

Kyle Hayes

Health Policy

Kyle Hayes is an intern with the Health Policy Team at CBPP. He is currently pursuing a Masters in Public Policy from American University and previously graduated from the University of Georgia with a dual-degree in Political Science and Social Studies Secondary Education. Prior to interning with CBPP, Kyle worked with Georgia State Representative Spencer Frye as his Director of Legislative Research focusing on health and education policy in Georgia. Kyle is interested in the intersection of economic, health and education policies that strengthen economic opportunity for low- and middle-income families.

Rachel Herzfeldt-Kamprath

Federal Fiscal

Rachel Herzfeldt-Kamprath is interning with the Federal Budget division at the Center. She is currently pursuing a Master’s of Science in Public Policy and Management from the Heinz College of Carnegie Mellon University. Prior to joining the Center, she spent the summer interning with the Health Division of the Office of Management and Budget. Before returning to school she worked for a small non-profit advocating on poverty issues at the state capitol in Minnesota. She holds a BA in Political Science and Global Studies from Pacific Lutheran University.

Mona Hussein

Nutrition Assistance

Mona Hussein is an intern in the Food Assistance Division. She is currently a student in the Master's program in mathematics and statistics at Georgetown University and has a B.A. in mathematics from the University of Connecticut. Mona previously interned at the Hispanic Health Council in Hartford, Conn. where she assisted with the review of a youth health education program.

Jessica Lau

State Fiscal Policy

Jessica Lau is an intern with the State Fiscal Project. She both holds a BA in economics and is a recent recipient of a Master of Public Policy from Rutgers University. Prior to graduate school, she worked as a State budget specialist at the New Jersey Office of Management and Budget, advising senior executives on state fiscal issues and helped prepare and administer the annual State budget. She is interested in the interaction of fiscal policies and economic development.

Anthony Martinez, Jr.


Anthony is an intern with the National Tax Credit Outreach Campaign at CBPP. He is from Southern California and recently graduated in 2013 with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley. While attending Cal, Anthony worked as a photojournalist for the Daily Californian newspaper covering a wide range of issues pertaining to the community. Previously, Anthony worked as an OFA volunteer for Barack Obama’s 2008 and 2012 presidential campaign. In addition, he worked as an intern at an immigration law office in San Diego. His interests include public budgeting, tax policy, and public policy issues in regards to economic inequality.

Kelsie Taggart

Federal Legislative Affairs

Kelsie Taggart is from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She received her Bachelors degree in Economics and Political Science from Florida State University. She is currently working towards a Masters Degree in Political Communication at American University. In the past, Kelsie worked as a research assistant at the Military Suicide Research Consortium and as a student lobbyist for the Florida AFL-CIO.

David Robins

International Budget Partnership

David Robins is an intern with the International Budget Partnership. A native of New Orleans, he holds a BA in History and Political Science from Trinity University and an MSc in International Politics from SOAS, University of London, where his studies concentrated on the role of non-state actors in good governance and democratization projects. In between degrees, he served two terms in AmeriCorps working in the New Orleans public school system. He has also held internships in the British House of Commons and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Alec Simantov

International Budget Partnership

Alec is an intern with the International Budget Partnership. He holds undergraduate degrees in history and linguistics from the University of Maryland and a Master of Public Policy from George Mason University where he focused on EU Foreign and Security Policy and the European Neighborhood Policy in the Middle East and North Africa. Alec has previously worked with the Project on Middle East Democracy (POMED), the Heinrich Böll Foundation, and the Hariri Center for the Middle East at the Atlantic Council. His interests include western democracy promotion and political and economic development in the MENA region. He is currently working on PhD applications.

Altelisha Taylor

Health Policy

Altelisha Taylor is currently interning in the Health Policy Division. Originally from Florida, she graduated from Duke University in May with a Bachelors in Public Policy and minors in Chemistry & Biology. Altelisha has previously interned at the U.S. Congressional Office and the Environmental Working Group. She is an aspiring physician with an interest in health policy and nutrition.

Jessica Troe


Jessica is an intern with the National Tax Credit Outreach Campaign. She received a BA in Political Science from Boston University in May 2013. Upon graduation, Jessica moved home to the great state of Colorado to be the Deputy Campaign Manager for a Denver School Board campaign. She has previously interned in the offices of Senator Michael Bennet and Governor Deval Patrick, as well as a member of the U.K. Parliament during her time abroad. She is interested in social and economic policies that help low-income families break the intergenerational cycles of poverty.



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