Managing Fiscal Risks


Meet the Team

Sara Dube Director

Sara Dube directs the Fiscal 50 project and the managing fiscal risks initiative for The Pew Charitable Trusts. These projects examine key trends in state finances and help policymakers develop and adopt evidence-based strategies that strengthen the finances of state and local governments.

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Jimmy Einsiedler Associate

Jimmy Einsiedler is an associate with Pew’s managing fiscal risks project, coordinating the team’s lines of work and contributing to research on state management of federal funds as well as the effects of new and emerging risks on a state’s fiscal stability. Before joining Pew, Einsiedler directed constituent services for U.S. Senator Susan Collins (R) in his home state of Maine. He holds a bachelor’s degree in international relations from Johns Hopkins University.


Colin Foard Senior Manager

Colin Foard is a senior manager with Pew’s managing fiscal risks project, heading the team’s work on natural disaster budgeting and other new and emerging risks. He leads research and engages stakeholders to improve understanding of budget practices to ensure that policymakers have data and evidence to inform their decision-making.

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Peter Muller Senior Officer

Peter Muller is a senior officer with Pew’s managing fiscal risks project and conducts research and engages policymakers on topics such as natural disaster budgeting, other new and emerging risks, and state management of federal funds.

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Laura Pontari Associate Manager

Laura Pontari is an associate manager with Pew’s managing fiscal risks project. She manages research projects aimed at helping states to prepare for new and emerging fiscal risks and manage federal funds. Before joining Pew, Pontari interned for the Philadelphia Department of Finance and the Georgia House of Representatives. Pontari holds a bachelor’s degree in economics, political science, and Spanish and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Georgia.

Ronojoy Sen Officer

Ronojoy Sen is an officer with Pew’s managing fiscal risks project and leads state policy engagements on topics including natural disaster budgeting. He previously was an officer with Pew’s Results First initiative. Before coming to Pew, Sen worked with the StateStat performance management program in Governor Martin O’Malley’s office in Maryland, and he also was a case manager with the Court Appointed Special Advocates of Montgomery County, Maryland. Sen holds a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Maryland. 

Andrea Snyder Senior Associate

Andrea Snyder works with Pew’s managing fiscal risks project, providing research and analysis on federal and state budgeting for natural disasters and on other new and emerging fiscal risks. Before joining Pew, Snyder was an assistant director for the Atlantic Council, where she helped to implement climate adaptation initiatives and developed a climate risk and social vulnerability tool. Earlier in her career, she interned for the United Nations, the Department of State’s Bureau of African Affairs, and Human Rights Watch, among other organizations. Snyder holds a bachelor’s degree in diplomacy and world affairs from Occidental College.

Rebecca Thiess Manager

Rebecca Thiess is a manager with Pew’s managing fiscal risks project. She oversees and conducts research and analysis on improving state management of federal funds to account for uncertain and volatile funding. Thiess’ expertise includes federal grants to states and the role that federal funds play in state budgets.

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