Phillip Oliff

Phillip Oliff

  • Senior Manager
  • Fiscal Federalism Initiative and Student Loans,
  • The Pew Charitable Trusts


Phillip Oliff is a senior manager for Pew’s fiscal federalism initiative and student loan research project. In that capacity, he leads a team exploring the fiscal and policy relationships between the federal and state governments on a variety of topics, including how federal budget and tax changes could affect states, and the role that federal and state finances play in higher education, surface transportation, and other areas. Oliff also manages a team of researchers focused on the challenges of and possible solutions for student loan defaults and veterans’ higher education debt.

Oliff previously was a policy analyst at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, where he authored reports on topics including education finance, state tax policy, states’ post-recession fiscal conditions, and the impact of emergency federal aid on state budgets. He served as a Hugh L. Carey fellow with the New York State Division of the Budget, focusing on education finance and property tax reform.  

Oliff holds a bachelor’s degree from Wesleyan University’s College of Social Studies and a master’s degree in public policy from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.


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