Brenna Erford manages Pew's work on state budget policy, which helps states identify ways to better manage fiscal pressures resulting from increasing economic and revenue volatility.
Erford oversees the project's work with state budget leaders, including technical assistance to develop and adopt solutions that can best guide states towards improved long-term fiscal health. She also coordinates a research portfolio, including 50-state studies and state-specific analyses, designed to provide policymakers with options to better manage volatility in times of increasing economic and fiscal uncertainty, including budget stabilization policies, revenue and expenditure forecasting processes and practices, and approaches to multi-year budgeting.
Prior to joining Pew, Erford was a public policy analyst with the North Carolina Budget and Tax Center, where she worked on state fiscal and tax issues in a research and advocacy capacity. She previously served as an analyst for the North Carolina General Assembly’s nonpartisan Fiscal Research Division, where she staffed state House and Senate committees on finance and directly assisted legislative leadership in the negotiation of the tax portion of the state’s biennial budget. Prior to her work in North Carolina, Erford was a legislative analyst in the Office of the House Minority Leader within the Illinois House of Representatives, and was a media coordinator for the Champaign County Health Care Consumers, a grassroots health care advocacy organization in east central Illinois.
Erford graduated from the University of Illinois and holds a master’s degree in public administration from North Carolina State University.
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Across the country, volatility in state revenue is growing more dramatic. These swings, whether up or down, can confound the best efforts of state officials and policymakers to forecast revenue and keep budgets in balance. Read More
More than five years after the Great Recession officially ended in June 2009, states’ financial conditions continue to improve. But most states have yet to return to prerecession performance on some key measures of fiscal health. Even after states overcome the effects of the downturn, additional challenges await them. Read More