To email a member of the staff directly, use first initial and last name [at] cbp [dot] org, using no spaces or punctuation between the first initial and last name. Example: John Doe would be jdoe [at] cbp [dot] org.
Chris Hoene, executive director
Chris Hoene became the CBP’s executive director in October 2012, bringing to the organization 15 years of strategic leadership in state and local policy research and advocacy. Prior to joining the CBP, he was director of the Center for Research & Innovation at the National League of Cities in Washington, DC, leading efforts to analyze trends in local and state government and promote constructive policy action on issues including public finance, economic development, governance, housing, sustainability, and infrastructure. Mr. Hoene previously worked for the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and the Public Policy Institute of California. In 2010, he was inducted as a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration for his service and expertise in the areas of public policy and government. Mr. Hoene holds a Ph.D. in political science from Claremont Graduate University and a bachelor’s degree in political science from the College of Idaho.
Alissa Anderson, Deputy Director
Alissa Anderson currently serves as the deputy director of the CBP. She initially joined the CBP in 2005 as a labor market policy analyst and continues to conduct research on California's economy. Prior to joining the CBP, Ms. Anderson was a research associate in the Education Policy Center at the Urban Institute in Washington, DC. She also held a research internship at the Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy and provided research consulting to several organizations, including the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Lewis Center for Regional Policy Studies in Los Angeles. Ms. Anderson received a master's degree in urban planning with a concentration in regional and economic development from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a bachelor's degree in sociology from Bryn Mawr College.
Steven Bliss, COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR
Steven Bliss became the CBP’s communications director in June 2011, bringing to the organization 20 years of experience in strategic communications, policy research, and advocacy. Prior to joining the CBP, Mr. Bliss was executive director of Renew Lehigh Valley, which works to promote urban revitalization and regional equity in eastern Pennsylvania. Mr. Bliss previously worked for several years as a San Francisco-based consultant specializing in policy research and analysis on housing, welfare, education, workforce development, public health, transportation, and regional economic development. Among his clients were Abt Associates, MDRC, New York State Afterschool Network, Berkeley Policy Associates, and the University of California, Berkeley. Mr. Bliss is a graduate of Northwestern University and holds a master’s degree in literature from the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Scott Graves, Senior Policy Analyst
Scott Graves has analyzed health and human services issues for the CBP since 2002. Prior to joining the CBP, Mr. Graves worked as a researcher in Austin, Texas, for the Tomás Rivera Policy Institute, Consumers Union, and the Public Policy Clinic at the University of Texas, Austin. He also was a California executive fellow and worked as a reporter for newspapers in Arizona and California. Mr. Graves received a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Texas, Austin, and a bachelor's degree in government and journalism from California State University, Sacramento.
John Jacobs, COMMUNICATIONS ASSISTANT
John Jacobs joined the CBP as communications assistant in January 2008. Prior to joining the CBP, Mr. Jacobs served as an intern for the athletics department of California State University, Sacramento (CSUS). Mr. Jacobs received his bachelor's degree in organizational communication from CSUS.
Jonathan Kaplan, SENIOR POLICY ANALYST
Jonathan Kaplan joined the CBP as an educational policy analyst in 2006. Prior to joining the CBP, Mr. Kaplan taught law and United States history for seven years in Martinez, California, where he also served as chair of Alhambra High School's Social Science Department. Mr. Kaplan holds a master's degree in education from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and received his bachelor's degree in history from Yale University.
Phaelen Parker, RESEARCH ASSISTANT
Phaelen Parker joined the CBP as a research assistant in September 2012. Prior to joining the CBP, he served as an intern with the Community and Family Resources Department of the City of Bloomington, Indiana. He has also served as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Republic of Georgia and interned with both the United Nations (UN) High Commissioner for Refugees and the United States Mission to the UN at UN headquarters in New York City. Mr. Parker holds a master’s degree in policy analysis and economic development from Indiana University and received his bachelor’s degree in political science from Whittier College.
Hope Richardson, POLICY ANALYST
Hope Richardson joined the CBP as a policy analyst in June 2012. Prior to joining the CBP, Ms. Richardson served as a policy consultant to the San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center and interned in the planning department of the San Francisco Human Services Agency. She has also worked as an editor and researcher for print and web publications, including the book Democracy’s Edge, by Frances Moore Lappé, and the US Green Building Council’s GreenHomeGuide.com. Ms. Richardson holds a master’s degree in public policy from the University of California, Berkeley, and received her bachelor’s degree in English literature from Wellesley College.
Kristin Schumacher, POLICY ANALYST
Kristin Schumacher joined the CBP as a policy analyst in February 2013. Prior to joining the CBP, Ms. Schumacher taught public policy and public administration courses in the School of Public Affairs at the University of Colorado Denver and held research positions with the University and the Feminist Majority Foundation. She also worked in fundraising and development with the Colorado AIDS Project in Denver. Ms. Schumacher received a Ph.D. in public affairs from the University of Colorado Denver and a master’s degree in social work with an emphasis in policy and administration from the University of Texas, Austin.
Janice Selby, OFFICE MANAGER
Janice Selby joined the CBP as office manager in August of 2008. Ms. Selby received her bachelor's degree in communications from San Jose State University.
Jean Ross, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, 1995-2012
Jean Ross served as the first executive director of the California Budget Project (CBP) from January 1995 until March 2012. She is currently the US Program Officer for Transparent, Effective, and Accountable Government at the Ford Foundation. Prior to joining the CBP, Ms. Ross served as Principal Consultant to the Assembly Revenue and Taxation Committee; Senior Consultant to the Assembly Human Services Committee; and Assistant Research Director of the Service Employees International Union in Washington, DC, where she was responsible for coordinating the union's research on tax, budget, and employment policy issues. Ms. Ross served on the Board of the Washington, DC-based Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy and the Advisory Board of the Tax Policy Center, a joint project of the Urban Institute and Brookings Institution. Ms. Ross is a frequent speaker on fiscal and economic policy issues and has published numerous reports and articles. Ms. Ross graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz and has a master's degree in city and regional planning from the University of California, Berkeley.