Marcia Howard
Executive Director and Executive Editor


Marcia Howard

State Tax Policy • State Budget Trends • Fiscal Condition • Intergovernmental Finance •
State Policy Reports (SPR)

Marcia Howard has served as the executive director of FFIS since 1998. Before she was the big boss here, she worked for a variety of Washington, DC-based nonprofits, as well as the U.S. Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations prior to its untimely demise. She also had a really good one-year gig in Grenada but she was too young to fully appreciate it. Howard holds a master’s degree in economics from the University of Michigan and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Cincinnati. Born and raised in Toledo, she remains a diehard Mudhens fan. She enjoys traveling to state capitols and helping state budget analysts translate federal “budgetspeak” into English.

Trinity Tomsic
Deputy Executive Director

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Medicaid and Medicare • Other Health Issues • CHIP • Federal Budget Process •
Human Services • TANF

Trinity Tomsic is deputy executive director of FFIS. Before that, Tomsic was a pretty big cheese in the Grants Management Division for Maryland’s Department of Human Resources where she was charged with managing more than $1 billion in federal health and human service funds. Tomsic also analyzed state budget and federal funding issues for the National Conference of State Legislatures and the National Association of State Budget Officers. She is the greenest person in the office, no, in the building, maybe in the city. She’s a vegan, recycles, turns out the lights, and grows her own vegetables. She loves dogs and they seem to love her back. A Utah native, Tomsic holds a master’s degree in economics and a bachelor’s from the American University in Washington, DC.

Matthew Reese
Budget and Policy Analyst


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Agriculture • Food and Nutrition Housing and Community Development • Labor • Natural Resources  Transportation   General Government

Matthew Reese is FFIS’s newest budget and policy analyst. He’s so new, he still wears a tie to the office. That won’t last much longer. Before joining FFIS, Reese worked as a Legislative Fellow on Capitol Hill, as a numbers cruncher at the Social Security Administration, and as a nonprofit manager during his Americorps service. He holds a Master's degree in policy economics from DePaul University, and a Bachelor’s in history from Ohio University. Depending on his mood, Reese may claim to hail from any of six different states, all of them in the midwest, south, southwest, mid-Atlantic, Great Lakes region, or northeast. He has a fiancé and a lizard. (Good thing he listed the fiancé first.)

NIck Jacobs
Budget and Policy Analyst
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Education • Energy • Environment • Homeland Security • Justice

Nick Jacobs is no longer FFIS's newest analyst. (See Matthew's bio.) Since his arrival, he has been double, triple, and quadruple checking his numbers and hoping he doesn’t destroy FFIS’s grants database. He is a born-and-raised Hoosier from Bloomington, Indiana. Jacobs took the scenic route to Washington through Philadelphia where he worked as a public policy intern for the Committee of Seventy, a nonpartisan watchdog organization. A future proud owner of a Pembroke Welsh corgi, he spends too much time looking at photos of dogs on the Internet. Jacobs holds a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University in policy analysis and spent one month at the University of Oxford before he and they realized it was a mistake.

Carol Ryder
Managing Editor

Carol Ryder

General Inquiries • Billing Information • Webmaster • Passwords

Carol Ryder, editor and house mother at FFIS, has been in the publishing/marketing/advertising field for a long time. How long? None of your business. She’s been an editor, account executive, lackey, newsletter writer, production manager, and PTA president. She is very happy to have landed at FFIS more than a dozen years ago, and has no plans to go anywhere else. With luck, her boss feels the same way. A New York City native, Ryder got her degree in journalism at Ohio University, cum laude, no less. She lives in DC and has one son, one dog, and one husband.

Andrew Olson
FFIS Intern

Andrew Olson

Competitive Grants Update • Grants Database

Andrew Olson is a college student and too young to have a biography. (Update: he is now a college graduate, but still no bio. Give us time.)

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