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Ellen Nissenbaum

Senior Vice President for Government Affairs


In her 30th year as Senior Vice President for Government Affairs for the Center on Budget & Policy Priorities, Ellen directs the Center's work with federal policymakers and with other national, state, and local organizations on a broad range of policy issues. These include federal budget and tax issues, federal policies concerning Medicaid and health care, federal nutrition programs, federal and other critical policies.

She is regarded as one of the leading legislative directors among non-profit organizations in Washington and frequently is asked to provide support to a number of organizations and coalitions by providing policy assistance, strategic guidance, and communications planning for their legislative activities.

Ellen is frequently sought out by many journalists at respected news outlets covering legislative and budget developments for her analyses and commentary on congressional developments.