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Jean M. Ross

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Jean M. Ross

Executive Director
California Budget Project
policy and advocacy for low- and middle-income Californians
health and human services for Californians
research and analysis on public health policy
policy presentations to California state government leaders


Jean M. Ross is the founding executive director of the California Budget Project, a policy organization working to improve public policies affecting economic and social well-being of low- and middle-income Californians. The CBP presents research findings and policy analyses to state and local policymakers in the form of testimony, written reports, and briefing materials. Ross' prior professional experience includes serving as principal consultant to the California Assembly's revenue and taxation committee; senior consultant to the Assembly's human services committee, where she staffed the California Legislature's Joint Select Committee on the Changing Family; and assistant research director of the Service Employees International Union in Washington, D.C., where she was responsible for coordinating the union's research on tax, budget and employment policy issues. Ross serves on the board of the Washington, D.C.-based Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy, the advisory committee of California's Franchise Tax Board, and the board of the California Tax Reform Association. Ross is a frequent speaker on workforce and fiscal policy issues and has published numerous reports and articles on fiscal and economic policy issues. Ross graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz and holds a master's degree in city and regional planning with a concentration in regional economics from the University of California, Berkeley. She was selected as a senior fellow of the UCLA School of Public Policy and Social Research in 2000-2001.

1107 9th Street, Suite 310
Sacramento  California  95814
United States
Office Phone: 
(916) 444-0500
Office Fax: 
(916) 444-0172


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