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Joel Friedman

Vice President for
Federal Fiscal Policy


Joel Friedman is Vice President for Federal Fiscal Policy at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, where he specializes in federal budget and tax issues.  In addition, he focuses on issues of budget transparency and accountability around the world as a Senior Fellow at the Center’s International Budget Partnership (IBP). Friedman rejoined the Center in September 2012 after six years as the Deputy Democratic Staff Director at the Senate Budget Committee, with responsibility for tax policy and revenue issues. During his first stint with the Center between 2000 and 2006, he also divided his time working both on U.S. federal tax and budget issues and at the IBP.  Prior to coming to the Center, he worked for nearly four years in the South African Ministry of Finance as the U.S. Treasury's Resident Advisor, helping to develop and implement budget reforms with a particular focus on intergovernmental fiscal relations. Before moving to South Africa, he was the Director of Budget Analysis for the Democratic Staff of the House Budget Committee and a financial economist in the Budget Review Division of the Office of Management and Budget. He holds an M.P.A. from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and a B.A. from Pomona College.

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