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 joined the CBP as executive director in 2012. 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. Chris 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. Chris holds a Ph.D. in political science from Claremont Graduate University and a bachelor’s degree in political science from the College of Idaho.
Steven Bliss, COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR
Steven Bliss became the CBP’s communications director in 2011. Prior to joining the CBP, Steven was executive director of Renew Lehigh Valley, which works to promote urban revitalization and regional equity in eastern Pennsylvania. Steven 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. Steven is a graduate of Northwestern University and holds a master’s degree in literature from the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Scott Graves, Director OF RESEARCH
Scott Graves has worked for the California Budget Project since February 2002, analyzing health, human services, child care, corrections, housing, and other budget and policy issues at the state and federal levels. Prior to joining the CBP, Scott 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 at Austin. He also was a California executive fellow and worked as a reporter for newspapers in Arizona and California. Scott received a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Texas at Austin and a bachelor's degree in government and journalism from California State University, Sacramento.
John Jacobs, ASSISTANT COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR
John Jacobs has been the CBP’s assistant communications director since May 2013. He joined the CBP as communications assistant in 2008. Prior to joining the CBP, John served as an intern for the athletics department of California State University, Sacramento (CSUS). John 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, Jonathan 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. Jonathan 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, POLICY ANALYST
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. Phaelen 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.
Luke Reidenbach, POLICY ANALYST
Luke Reidenbach joined the CBP as a policy analyst in July 2013. Prior to joining the CBP, Luke was a research assistant at the Center on Wage and Employment Dynamics, a program of the University of California, Berkeley’s Institute for Research on Labor and Employment. His previous work experience also includes policy research positions with the Center for American Progress in Washington, DC, and Obama for America in Chicago, Illinois. Luke holds a master’s degree in public policy from the University of California, Berkeley, and received his bachelor's degree in political science from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Kristin Schumacher, POLICY ANALYST
Kristin Schumacher joined the CBP as a policy analyst in February 2013. Prior to joining the CBP, Kristin 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. Kristin 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, Director OF OPERATIONS
Janice Selby has been the CBP's director of operations since February 2014 and has been with the organization since 2008. Janice 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, Jean 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. Jean 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. She is a frequent speaker on fiscal and economic policy issues and has published numerous reports and articles. Jean 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.