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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.
Contact: michael@thecommonwealthinstitute.org, 804-396-2051 x101

 

mitchell_coleMitchell Cole is a Research Assistant at the Institute.  He provides research and analytical support for the Institute across a number of areas of the state budget and tax policy. He graduated in 2013 with a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations and Economics from the College of William and Mary.
Contact: mitchell@thecommonwealthinstitute.org, 804-396-2051 x109

 

 

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 Masters in Social Work from Boston College.
Contact: jeff@thecommonwealthinstitute.org

 

Patrick 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.
Contact: patrick@thecommonwealthinstitute.org, 804-396-2051 x103

 

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.
Contact: laura@thecommonwealthinstitute.org, 804-396-2051 x107

 

monica_maria_perezMonica Maria Perez is the Executive Administrative Assistant for The Commonwealth Institute for Fiscal Analysis. She is responsible for the general organizational operations of the Institute and provides administrative support to the leadership team in human resources, office coordination, accounts payable/receivable, time management, development and fundraising, and ad hoc assignments and projects.  Monica brings with her extensive experience in corporate business administration, internal audit analysis, project management and legal administration. She holds an A.A.S. in legal assistance and a B.A.A. in business administration degrees. She has more than 20 years of experience in written and oral translation in the corporate business, legal and medical fields. A certified translator, Monica is a learned bilingual and fluent in Spanish.

 

Sara Okos is the Policy Director at the Commonwealth Institute for Fiscal Analysis, where she analyzes and conducts research on a wide array of tax policies, the overall budget process, labor and wage issues, and education. Prior to joining The Commonwealth Institute in 2007, Sara worked in the Executive Office of Governor Jennifer Granholm in Lansing, Michigan. Sara has a bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Economics from the University of Notre Dame, and a Master’s of Public Policy from the College of William and Mary’s Thomas Jefferson Program in Public Policy, where she was a Schroeder Fellow in Health Policy.
Contact: sara@thecommonwealthinstitute.org, 804-396-2051 x102

 

celia_tetlowCelia Tetlow is the Development Director 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.
Contact: celia@thecommonwealthinstitute.org, 804-396-2051 x104

 

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.
Contact: massey@thecommonwealthinstitute.org. 804-396-2051 x105