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Following the 2016 election, FPWA member agencies expressed grave concern about the impact of federal fiscal policies on New York City’s social services budget and sector. Our members — many of whom have been fighting poverty on the frontlines for more than a century – rely on federal funding to provide care for older adults, children, people living with mental illness, and persons with physical disabilities. They’re stamping out hunger, offering safety and services for survivors of domestic violence, building skills and breaking down barriers for individuals locked out of the workforce, and working to support justice-involved individuals and their families.
In response, we created the FPWA Federal Funds Tracker (Federal Funds Tracker) to foster greater awareness of and engagement in the federal budget process through data, storytelling, and action.
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Derek Thomas leads the fiscal policy team at FPWA. Prior to joining FPWA, Mr. Thomas was a Fiscal Policy Fellow for Connecticut Voices for Children where he analyzed the state budget and advocated for strategic investments in children. Before joining CT Voices in 2015, Mr. Thomas served as Senior Policy Analyst for the Indiana Institute for Working Families since 2012, where he focused on state-level economic analysis and policy work to support mobility for low-income families. Mr. Thomas has accompanied his research with visualizations, video, and other digital media to better communicate complex policy problems and large sets of data. He is an adjunct associate for Data Visualization and Design at Columbia University’s School of Professional Studies’ Applied Analytics program. His research has been cited locally and by The Guardian, the U.S. Department of Labor, Reuters, WBEZ’s Front and Center, The Wall Street Journal, and USA Today.
Gaurav Gupta-Casale joined FPWA in 2018 as a Fiscal Policy Associate. Before FPWA, Mr. Gupta-Casale worked at a series of nonprofits in NYC in the field of development, program development, monitoring and evaluation, and data visualization. At the Khan Foundation, Mr. Gupta-Casale worked as a consultant to quantitatively measure and visualize the current growth and future projections of the Foundation’s College Access Program. Mr. Gupta-Casale completed his undergraduate at The University of Pittsburgh and his Master’s degree at The New School (TNS). At TNS Gaurav studied international affairs, public policy, and advanced his skillset in web-based technologies.
Ana Maria Camelo Vega
Ana Maria Camelo Vega has been part of the Policy team at FPWA since January 2018. Prior to joining the team, Ms. Camelo Vega conducted regional economic analysis in the Minnesota-Wisconsin area. Her research has been utilized by the state of Minnesota’s Council of Economic Advisors and local Chambers of Commerce. She has also served as a Senior Editor of the Middle Ground Journal. Throughout her career, Ms. Camelo Vega has honed advanced quantitative analysis and econometric skills, as well as data visualizations and storytelling. She holds a double B.A. in Applied Economics and International Studies from the College of St. Scholastica, and a M.S. in Public Policy from New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.