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Executive Director and Executive Editor
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.
Deputy Executive Director
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.
Senior Policy Analyst
Agriculture • Natural Resources • Education • Labor • Food and Nutrition •
Melissa Loeb is a senior policy analyst at FFIS and one smart cookie. Before coming here, she was a policy intern in the Colorado Treasurer’s Office and had a short stint analyzing polling and focus group data in DC. She holds a master’s degree in public policy from the University of Chicago and a bachelor’s in political science from Washington University in St. Louis. Growing up in Denver, she has never (and will never) get used to the humidity in DC. She’s engaged to be married to a lovely young man; let her know if you want to take a look at the gift registry.
Areas of Research
Energy • Environment • Homeland Security • Housing and Community Development • Justice • Transportation
Nick Jacobs is FFIS’s newest fiscal analyst. 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.
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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, 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.
Competitive Grants Update • Grants Database
Andrew Olson is a college student and too young to have a biography.
Lauren Rava is a graduate student studying public policy and economics at American
University. Born and raised in New Jersey, she attended Rutgers
University as an undergrad, as did her parents and almost everyone on both
sides of the family. At FFIS, she is researching grants to be added to the
database. She has a dog named Charlie and refuses to eat pizza or bagels unless
they are from New Jersey.
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