A leading advocate for state fiscal policy that protects low- and middle-income Californians is moving on to a new post.
Jean Ross is leaving her position as executive director of the California Budget Project, a nonprofit that advocates on behalf of low- and middle-income Californians. She has held this post since the CBP was founded in 1995. She’ll be taking a position next month at the Ford Foundation as the U.S. Program Officer for Transparent, Effective, and Accountable Government.
“My 17 years with the CBP have been incredibly rewarding. From day one, my goal has been to build a lasting organizational capacity to engage in timely, credible, and accessible analysis of fiscal and economic policies and their impact on California that is much greater than any one individual,” she wrote today. “I leave my position confident in the ability of the CBP’s staff, with the strong support of the organization’s board, to continue to produce the insightful analyses that policymakers, advocates, members of the media, and thousands of other Californians have come to depend on.”
She said she hopes to apply her CBP experience in her new Ford Foundation job, at which she is supposed to “ensure that federal and state governments effectively address the needs of the American people, especially the most vulnerable; that the public sector has adequate resources and revenue to accomplish this; and that government decision-making is open and accessible and encourages broad participation by the general public.”
I’ve always been deeply impressed by Ross’s encyclopedic knowledge of California’s budgets; her ability to convey that often-esoteric knowledge in terms anyone can understand; and by the passion with which she advocated for those that the CBP exists to serve.