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meet the team

Kil Huh

Senior director

Kil Huh directs Pew’s work on state and local fiscal health and economic growth, which includes projects that seek to strengthen states’ fiscal planning and budgeting and examine their use of tax incentives for economic development; track and analyze their health care spending; and provide analysis and insights on the financial conditions of the largest U.S. cities.

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Mary Murphy


Mary Murphy, who works on Pew’s American cities project, oversees research and analysis on the fiscal and policy relationships between state and local governments. She works with budget leaders to provide customized research and technical assistance for developing and adopting solutions that can best guide states and cities toward long-term fiscal health. Before joining Pew, Murphy served as a researcher and analyst at Wider Opportunities for Women, where she was the author of reports on economic security and labor and employment issues. She also served as a researcher at the Urban Institute, specializing in social safety net programs. Murphy holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Reed College.

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Media Contact

Sarah Leiseca

Manager, Communications