Anne Stauffer


Anne Stauffer directs The Pew Charitable Trusts’ work on fiscal federalism, broadband research, and student loan research, using data and analysis to inform the public and the process for developing policy on current challenges and opportunities in each of these areas.

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Phillip Oliff

Senior Manager

Phillip Oliff leads Pew’s work 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, the role that federal and state finances play in higher education, and surface transportation.

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Colin Foard

Associate Manager

Colin Foard is an associate manager with the fiscal federalism initiative at Pew, helping to lead the project’s research into state and federal spending on natural disasters. Before joining Pew, Foard spent five years on the staff of a senior member of the U.S. House of Representatives’ appropriations and budget committees, handling committee work as well as a broad policy portfolio that included homeland security, transportation, housing, and immigration issues. He also served as a congressional constituent caseworker and field representative in Oakland, California. Prior to that, he worked as a legal assistant in a criminal defense law firm in the San Francisco Bay Area. Foard has a master’s degree in Latin American studies from the University of California, Berkeley and a bachelor’s from Union College in Schenectady, New York.

Rebecca Thiess

Associate Manager

Rebecca Thiess is an associate manager on Pew’s fiscal federalism initiative. She oversees and conducts original analyses of the federal and state fiscal relationship, with a focus on higher education. Before joining Pew, Thiess worked as a policy analyst at nonprofit and advocacy organizations, including the Economic Policy Institute and Americans for Financial Reform. She completed her bachelor’s degree at Occidental College and earned her master’s in public policy at Duke University.

Matthew Reese


Matthew Reese is an officer for the fiscal federalism and broadband research initiatives. Before joining Pew, Reese was the senior budget and policy analyst at Federal Funds Information for States, a research organization that aims to help states manage their federal funds. Reese holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Ohio University and a master’s in policy economics from DePaul University.

Brakeyshia Samms

Senior Associate

Brakeyshia Samms researches tax policies and public programs at the intersection of the federal-state fiscal relationship. Previously, she was a state policy fellow with the Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP) in Austin, Texas, through the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities’ post-graduate fellowship program. At CPPP, she conducted research on Texas’ budget and tax policy. She holds a master’s degree in public policy from George Mason University and a bachelor’s in political science and history from the University of Texas at Tyler and is pursuing a master’s degree in applied economics at George Washington University.