President and CEO
Michael is the founder and president of The Commonwealth Institute for Fiscal Analysis. He provides the vision, inspiration, and strategic management to achieve the organization’s goals of a more prosperous Virginia and greater economic opportunity for all Virginians. Under his leadership, TCI has grown from a small startup into the state’s leading independent voice on state fiscal and economic policy issues. With over 20 years in public policy, his insights are regularly featured in state and national media about the key state and federal policy matters under debate. He serves on the Council for Virginia’s Future and the board of the Sacred Heart Center, a non-profit hub for the Latino community in Richmond. He previously worked as an analyst at the U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the Virginia Department of Planning and Budget. He has a master’s in public policy from the College of William and Mary and a B.S. from Georgetown University.
Chris leads TCI’s analytical work on public education and workforce training. His analysis on the funding trends in public education in Virginia has earned headlines across the state. Before joining the Institute, Chris worked for Virginia’s Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission, the General Assembly’s program evaluation agency, where he investigated workforce development programs and looked for opportunities for schools and local governments to partner in providing services. His prior studies and travel have taken him from Mexico to New Zealand. He has a master’s degree in public administration from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University, and a B.A. from Dickinson College.
Director of Communications/COO
Patrick brings nearly 30 years experience in communications work to TCI, where he leads the charge to make the Institute’s analysis accessible to a non-technical audience. A skilled editor and media relations professional, Patrick cultivates and maintains trusted relations with national, state, and local journalists. He is the original architect of TCI’s Web site and has guided the Institute’s communications efforts through the technological and media changes of the last decade. Before joining TCI in 2008, he was Communications Director for the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia, and his professional career includes stints as an advertising copywriter, and a food and wine columnist. He serves on the board of Christchurch School in Middlesex County and is a trustee of the Virginia Diocesan Center at Roslyn. He has a B.A. from Hampden-Sydney College.
In his role as a Policy Associate, Kenneth is a key contributor to TCI’s work to advance opportunity and reduce inequity through changes in education and health care policy. He coordinates Health Care for All Virginians, a statewide coalition of organizations and individuals working to help create and advocate for accessible and affordable quality healthcare for all Virginians. Before joining the Institute, Kenneth worked for Old Dominion University and served as a Southern Education Leadership Initiative fellow with the Georgia Budget and Policy Institute. He has a master’s degree in higher education from Indiana University Bloomington, and a B.A. from James Madison University.
Laura directs TCI’s research across the organization and loves digging into data to make sure the strongest analysis is being brought to bear on the key issues facing middle class and low-income Virginians. Her own portfolio includes analyzing macroeconomic conditions in Virginia and safety net programs and executing the Institute’s growing work assessing the role of immigrants in Virginia. A dedicated and passionate advocate for fairness across the board, Laura has been active in grassroots social and economic justice work since college, as well as serving in numerous roles in Quaker organizations locally and nationally. Laura previously served as a research assistant at the Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight, where she conducted research on housing finance issues. She has a master’s in sociology from Virginia Commonwealth University and a B.A. from Towson University.
Celia leads engagement with individuals and foundations to strengthen the Institute’s organizational advancement. She oversees both TCI’s individual donor program and foundation grants portfolio. Her work focuses on the key value proposition that building an effective and sustainable public policy research and advocacy organization will lead to long-lasting advancement for the well-being of all Virginians. Before coming to TCI, Celia was Assistant Director of Annual Giving at the University of Richmond, and was the Fund Development Associate for The Medical Society of Virginia Foundation. She is an active volunteer for Connor’s Heroes, a pediatric cancer foundation, and serves as the Development Chair on their Board of Directors. Celia has a B.S. from Virginia Tech.