McNichol is a Senior Fellow specializing in state fiscal issues including the economy's impact on state budgets and long-term structural reform of state budget and tax systems. She also works on related state policy issues including estate taxes, pension funding, and trends in income inequality.
McNichol joined the Center in January 1996. She brings twenty years of experience working on state and local budget and tax issues including six years as director of the Center's State Fiscal Project.
Before coming to the Center, she served as Assistant Research Director of the Service Employees International Union in Washington, D.C. Prior to that, she was a staff member of the Joint Finance Committee for the State of Wisconsin Legislature specializing in property taxes and state aid to local governments.
She holds an M.A. in Political Science from the University of Chicago.