About the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center

Launched formally in 2007, the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center (PBPC) is a nonpartisan, statewide policy research project that provides independent, credible analysis on state tax, budget, and related policy matters, with attention to the impact of policy proposals on working families.

PBPC’s vision is that all Pennsylvania citizens will enjoy a system of taxation that is fair and progressive, and that raises sufficient revenue to provide quality public services and economic prosperity.

PBPC provides information and analysis on short-term budget, policy, and revenue proposals as well as long-term trends and challenges.

PBPC is part of a national network of similar organizations that exist in over half the states as part of the State Priorities Partnership coordinated by the Washington, D.C.-based Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

PBPC is a project of the Keystone Research Center.

Read more about PBPC's history here


Contact PBPC

Harrisburg Office

412 North 3rd Street
Harrisburg, PA 17101
Phone: 717-255-7181

Philadelphia Office

1709 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Sixth Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Phone: 215-694-4783

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PBPC Staff

Jeff Garis, Outreach and Engagement Director

Jeff Garis is the Outreach and Engagement Director for PBPC. Jeff received a BA in English from Messiah College, and has more than a decade and a half of experience working with advocacy organizations in Pennsylvania. Before joining PBPC in 2013, he worked with diverse coalitions for several years as the field director for Pennsylvania Voice and the state political director for America Votes. He spent four years as the executive director of Penn Action, and served as the director of a statewide death penalty reform organization for seven years.

Mobile: 215-694-4783
Email: garis@pennbpc.org

Kadida Kenner, Director of Campaigns

A West Chester, PA native and Temple University grad, Kadida Kenner was most recently a writer, producer, and director for college sports television programming in Charlotte, NC. Energized by the 2016 elections, she decided to take a hiatus from TV production, and return to campaign work as a field and digital organizer for the NC Democratic Party's coordinated campaign. Following the elections, Kadida moved back to Pennsylvania and currently lives in Harrisburg while working as the director of campaigns for the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center (PBPC). The We The People – PA (WTP-PA) campaign and the Why Courts Matter – PA (WCM-PA) campaign are both led by PBPC. We The People is a nonpartisan campaign that aims to make state government work for all of us. The agenda was created from the ground up by people who came together in meetings across Pennsylvania. WCM is a non-partisan coalition of organizations and advocates working to ensure our federal courts are filled with diverse, independent, well-qualified, mainstream jurists who are dedicated to fairness and impartiality, and keeping with the core constitutional values of liberty, equality and justice for all.

Office: 717-255-7167

John Neurohr, Communications Director

John Neurohr is the Communications Director for PBPC. John holds a master’s degree in Political Management from the George Washington University’s Graduate School of Political Management, where he was a University Fellow, and a bachelor’s degree in Television-Radio from Ithaca College, where he was a Leadership Scholar.

Before joining PBPC, John was the Communications Director at Keystone Progress, a multi-issue statewide progressive organization, and the National Communications Director for ProgressNow, a network of 22 state-based communications organizations that conduct year-round, hard-hitting activities for progressive political and policy changes.  Prior to joining the ProgressNow family, John was the Communications Director for America Votes and, before that, a Strategic Communications Manager and Deputy Press Secretary at DC’s leading progressive think tank, the Center for American Progress.

Office: 724-903-0077
Email: neurohr@pennbpc.org

Diana Polson, Policy Analyst

For more than a decade, Diana has served as a researcher and public policy analyst for universities, policy think tanks and applied research centers. Diana enjoys working at the nexus of applied research and worker/community organizing. She earned her Ph.D. in Political Science from CUNY Graduate Center in New York City, where she completed her dissertation on care work and the low-wage economy.

Diana, a native of Alexandria, Virginia, lives in Pittsburgh with her wife and their two boys.


Adrienne Standley, Deputy Director of Outreach and Engagement

Adrienne Standley is the Deputy Director of Outreach and Engagement for PBPC and We The People Pennsylvania. A passionate harm reductionist and health care access activist living in Philadelphia, she also has a particular interest in intersectional feminism and LGBTQ+ rights. Adrienne is a policy nerd and community organizer with a fine art degree from Arcadia University, and has experience in small business operations, management, and e-commerce. In 2016, she co-founded Philadelphia SOL Collective, a well recognized local community organization for harm reduction, building power, and repairing the harms of the drug war. She first worked with PBPC as an organizer with the PA’s Choice Campaign in 2017, and is thrilled to be continuing this important work and organizing collaboratively state-wide for a more healthy, benevolent, and equitable commonwealth.

Mobile: 717-805-8466
Email: standley@pennbpc.org 


Marc Stier, Director

Marc Stier has had an illustrious career as an activist, teacher, and writer. Prior to joining PBPC as Director in 2015, Marc has served as the executive director of Penn ACTION, where he worked to protect funding for education and women’s health care and expand Social Security; the Pennsylvania Director of Health Care for American Now, which led the grassroots effort in support of what became the Affordable Care Act in the state; and the Health Care Campaign Manager for SEIU Pennsylvania State Council. Stier was an academic for 25 years. He has a bachelor’s degree from Wesleyan University and a doctorate from Harvard University, both in political science. He has taught at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks; City College of New York; the University of North Carolina, Charlotte; and Temple University, where he was the associate director and internet coordinator of the Intellectual Heritage Program. Stier is the author of numerous papers on political philosophy, the history of political thought and American politics. He is the author of the book Grassroots Advocacy and Health Care Reform, published in 2013. He recently finished two new books, Liberalism and Communitarianism Revisited and Civilization and Its Contents: Reflections on Sex and the Culture Wars. He also is co-editor of Ambiguity in the Western Tradition.

Office: 717-255-7155
Email: stier@pennbpc.org

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