Michael Cassidy is the President and CEO of The Commonwealth Institute for Fiscal Analysis, a nonprofit think tank focused on providing independent research, analysis and public education on budget and tax issues, with emphasis on the impact of fiscal decisions on low- and moderate-income Virginians. Before joining The Commonwealth Institute, Michael conducted program evaluations as an analyst at the Virginia Department of Planning and Budget. He also worked for several years as a budget analyst at the U.S. Office of Management and Budget where he handled policy development, regulatory and legislative review and budgetary process and execution for a wide variety of social policy programs. He began his career in tax policy for the federal government and also worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers in their government consulting practice. Michael graduated from Georgetown University, and has a master’s degree in public policy from the College of William and Mary, where he was a Thomas Jefferson Fellow.
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Jeff Connor-Naylor is the Program Director of the Northern Virginia office. Jeff leads our effort to work with diverse stakeholders in this critical region, identify key issues of concern, and expand and better inform the work of The Commonwealth Institute. Prior to joining The Commonwealth Institute, Jeff was the Lead Community Organizer at a statewide policy advocacy organization working to end family homelessness in Massachusetts. He has also worked as an employment specialist with an organization assisting homeless individuals and as an operations manager at a Colorado Springs, Colorado soup kitchen.  Jeff holds a B.A. in religious studies from Hiram College and a master’s in social work from Boston College.


chris_duncombeChris Duncombe is a policy analyst with the Institute focused on education policy. Before joining the Institute, Chris worked for Virginia’s Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission (2012 – 2015), the General Assembly’s program evaluation agency. Chris has a master’s degree in Public Administration from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University, and a B.A. in sociology from Dickinson College. Contact:


getlein_2Patrick Getlein is the Director of Communications for the Institute. He works with the Institute’s staff to communicate the Institute’s work to the media and the public. Prior to his work with The Commonwealth Institute, Patrick worked in a variety of positions in strategic communications. From 1989-1993 he served at Christchurch School where he was an admissions officer and then director of publications and media relations with the alumni and development office. From 1993-2000 he served in a variety of roles with the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia: managing editor of the diocese’s monthly newspaper , the Virginia Episcopalian (1993-1996); assistant secretary of the diocese (1996-1998); director of communications and editor of the paper (1998-2000). From 2000-2002 he was a freelance writer, publishing articles on food, wine and restaurant criticism in a variety of publications including Style Weekly, The Washington Golf Monthly, The Washington Post, and the Fredericksburg Free-Lance Star. In 2001 he joined the creative team at Bergman Group ad agency where he was a copywriter. In 2002 he returned to the staff of the Diocese of Virginia as Secretary and Registrar and coordinator of diocesan staff serving also as director of communications and spokesperson. Patrick has a bachelor’s degree in English from Hampden-Sydney College.
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Laura Goren is a Policy Analyst with the Institute. Laura conducts research and analysis on the state budget, tax policies and macroeconomic conditions in Virginia. Laura’s prior experience includes working as a research assistant at the Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight, where she conducted research on housing finance issues. Laura has a B.A. in sociology from Towson University and prior to joining the Institute was a PhD student in the sociology program at the City University of New York.
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joe_stanleyJoe Stanley is Director of Policy, leading The Commonwealth Institute’s analysts toward the production of timely and credible work that advances the well-being of Virginia’s communities. Prior to joining the Institute, he served in a variety of logistical roles across both the public and private sectors, most recently as Director of Support Operations with Tumblr and before that as Programs Coordinator with the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership. He also worked as a consultant at Mesmir, developing small business and non-profit digital strategies. He began his career as a policy fellow with the Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy, where he eventually assumed the directorship of its environmental advocacy efforts. Joe is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University, and holds a bachelor’s degree in political science.
Contact: joe@thecommonwealthinstitute.org804-396-2051 x106


celia_tetlowCelia Tetlow is the Development Manager for the Institute, where she leads our fundraising efforts to help grow our organization. Prior to joining The Commonwealth Institute, Celia worked at the University of Richmond as Assistant Director of Annual Giving, where her team led the alumni volunteer fundraising program and annual fund solicitations. She also served as the Fund Development Associate for The Medical Society of Virginia Foundation, an organization focused on enabling the physician community to improve the health of all Virginians. Celia received a B.S. in psychology from Virginia Tech.
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Massey Whorley is a Senior Policy Analyst with the Institute, where he conducts research related to health care policy. Prior to joining The Commonwealth Institute, Massey worked for Virginia’s Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission (2008 – 2012), the General Assembly’s program evaluation agency. Massey has a bachelor’s degree in public policy from the College of William and Mary. He also earned a master’s in public policy from the College of William and Mary’s Thomas Jefferson Program in Public Policy, where he was a Schroeder Fellow in Health Policy.
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Aaron Williams is a Research Assistant at the Institute. He provides research and analytical support across a number of areas of the state budget and tax policy. Prior to joining The Commonwealth Institute he was a finance intern at Virginia Resources Authority and a regular contributor to RVANews. He graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2014 with a B.S. in economics and a B.A. in music performance.
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