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Project

Economic Development Tax Incentives

Jeff Chapman

Project Director

Jeff Chapman directs the work of the Pew Charitable Trusts on economic development, which helps states shape economic strategies that are effective, accountable, and fiscally sound.

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Robert Zahradnik

Principal Officer

Robert Zahradnik works on state fiscal health and economic growth. He leads initiatives that help states improve the return on investment from economic development tax incentives and better manage revenue projections and volatility.

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Josh Goodman

Senior Officer

Josh Goodman is an expert on economic development tax incentives with The Pew Charitable Trusts’ state fiscal health and economic growth project. He was the lead writer for Pew’s first two research reports on tax incentives, “Evidence Counts: Evaluating State Tax Incentives for Jobs and Growth” and “Avoiding Blank Checks: Creating Fiscally Sound State Tax Incentives.”

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Chaaron Pearson

Senior Manager

Chaaron Pearson is a senior manager with Pew’s economic development tax incentives project, which helps states advance policies that make their incentives effective, accountable, and fiscally sound. She works with policy leaders to identify ways to manage and assess economic development policies and practices, improve data collection and reporting, and develop national standards and best practices that states can adopt. She also provides technical assistance to lawmakers working on tax incentive evaluation and state analysts charged with conducting those evaluations. Before joining Pew, Pearson provided research and analysis on a variety of local and state public policy topics for the membership of the American Chamber of Commerce Executives. She also planned and coordinated education for the government relations division and the Alliance for Regional Stewardship. Pearson holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Nebraska and a master’s degree in public administration from George Mason University.

Melissa Maynard

Officer

Melissa Maynard is an expert on economic development tax incentives with The Pew Charitable Trusts’ state fiscal health and economic growth project. She provides technical assistance to lawmakers who are proposing legislation that requires regular and rigorous evaluation of tax incentives. She also assists state analysts in studying the results of tax incentives. During her time at Pew, Maynard has researched topics ranging from state government management practices to children’s dental policy. She previously wrote about state policy issues for Governing magazine and for Stateline, a Pew publication that provides analysis on trends in the states. Her work has been featured in The Washington Post, The New York Times, Newsweek, Government Technology, and The Fiscal Times. A native of Michigan, Maynard earned a master’s degree from the University of Missouri School of Journalism. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in government analytics at Johns Hopkins University.

Mark Robyn

Officer

Mark Robyn is an officer with The Pew Charitable Trusts’ state fiscal health and economic growth project. His current research focuses on economic methods and tools that can aid states in producing regular and rigorous evaluations of their tax incentive programs. His previous work at Pew included research on the intersection of federal and state tax policy and on state conformity to federal tax law. Before joining Pew in 2012, Robyn worked at the Tax Foundation, researching federal, state, and local tax policy issues. He holds a bachelor’s degree in applied mathematics from Geneva College and a master’s degree in economics from George Mason University.