AABPA Officers and Directors - 2016-2017

Meet the AABPA Board! This all volunteer group of Executive Committee members, Officers, Directors, Programs Committee members, and interns work together to carry out AABPA's mission to provide educational, networking, and career development opportunities for our colleagues in the budgeting and program analysis community.

If you see an open position on the board and are interested in getting more involved, please do not hesitate to contact us at AABPA@AABPA.org to volunteer or just learn more! Additionally, all of our board meetings are open to all of our members, please check out the event calendar, by clicking here, to find out when the next board meeting is scheduled! 

Executive Committee

President: Darreisha Bates

Darreisha Bates 

Agency/Organization: Government Accountability Office

Position: Senior Analyst/Program Manager

What made you join AABPA?

I joined AABPA 6 years ago because I wanted to connect with likeminded professionals in the budget and program analysis field and learn more about the field.

What do you hope to contribute to AABPA?

I hope to help bring speakers with expertise and innovative ideas in the field to contribute to AABPA’s goal to serve as the key difference between simply having a job and being part of a highly respected and well-trained profession.

What advice would you give to someone just getting started in the budget and program analysis field?

Breakdown your personal career goals down to monthly objectives that lead to yearly goals. From the beginning endeavor to develop a long term roadmap for your professional development and be comfortable adjusting them along the way. I would also give the advice that my family gave me when I entered the federal government: work hard, communicate with people, and continue to be a sponge for information.

What is your go-to coping mechanism when faced with stress or a difficult challenge?

I have two: a good HIIT workout and turn on Judge Judy (I find her hilarious).

President-Elect: Carolyn Brock

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Agency/Organization: Independent consultant doing business as Matrix Consulting Services since 1993

What made you join AABPA?

Although my job titles have varied, I’m an analyst by nature so a professional association focused on analysis appealed to me right away.  I know how important good analysis to decision making at all levels of government, and AABPA connects me to people who enjoy this work and feel challenged by public sector issues.  

What do you hope to contribute to AABPA?

Two areas are particularly important.  One is AABPA's annual Spring Symposium, which is a high priority for all of us on the board.  We want to build on AABPA’s track record of providing excellent speakers and workshops to address the current issues in this field. 

I also hope we can both broaden and deepen the AABPA network. We want to reach out to more people in state and local government and academia.  But it isn’t just about more members.  It's also about helping to strengthen professional relationships among members by creating opportunities for meaningful conversations that help members re-energize and build strong professional relationships over time. 

What advice would you give to someone just getting started in the budget and program analysis field?

Maybe this is an odd recommendation but here it is:  Read the "Administrative Analysis Grade Evaluation Guide" (https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/classifying-general-schedule-positions/functional-guides/gsadmn.pdf). Granted it is old (1990) and has laboriously long sentences but it is worth the investment.  Throughout my career, I've been reading, thinking, and teaching about analysis of public sector issues, and this document is a serious effort to explain what analysts need to know and be able to do at different career levels.    

What is your go-to coping mechanism when faced with stress or a difficult challenge?

I know it is what everyone says you’re supposed to do but I try to remember to take a deep breath.  It actually makes a difference.  An irony of modern life is that stress reduces the flow of oxygen to the brain just when we need to be thinking most clearly. 

But, actually, I like Melissa’s strategy below better -- baking ridiculous sweets things.    

 

Past-President: Melissa Neuman

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Agency/Organization: Office of Management and Budget / George Washington University

Position: Policy Analyst / Adjunct Professor

What made you join AABPA?

I first came to DC as a summer intern, excited to begin my career in Federal budgeting. I attended the summer intern series, and an AABPA board member in my office dragged me to a few more events. Pretty quickly, I knew this was a community of professionals I wanted to be a part of.

What do you hope to contribute to AABPA?

I am excited to help AABPA continue to bridge the gap between practitioners and academics in budgeting and financial management. We have so many opportunities to exchange knowledge and strengthen the field: through the journal, Public Budgeting & Finance; AABPA’s annual symposia; conferences of our sister organization, ABFM; research roundtables; and more!

What advice would you give to someone just getting started in the budget and program analysis field?

Volunteer for special projects every chance you get – try new things, and never stop learning!

What is your go-to coping mechanism when faced with stress or a difficult challenge?

My immediate response to stress is what my family refers to as “maniacal” laughter. This is quickly followed by baking ridiculous sweets and foisting them upon friends and coworkers.

Officers

Vice President for Programs: Genese Harris

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Agency/Organization: Department of Transportation

Position: Financial Specialist

What made you join AABPA?

What made me join AABPA was my passion for collaborating  with budgeting and program analysis colleagues. What also made me join AABPA was the publications.

What do you hope to contribute to AABPA?

I hope to contribute a sense of enjoyment and excitement for AABPA.

What advice would you give to someone just getting started in the budget and program analysis field?

Observe, learn, and understand the relationship needed to create a harmonistic budget and policy environment.

What is your go-to coping mechanism when faced with stress or a difficult challenge?

My go-to coping mechanism is group texting my family members.

Vice President for Symposia: Justin Ryan Riordan

Justin Riordan

 

Agency/Organization: Congressional Budget Office

Position: Analyst

What made you join AABPA?

When I was in grad school I heard about AABPA from a co-worker, and decided to attend the fall symposium. I learned so much and met so many great people that really cared about financial management, that I stuck around to see what else I could learn from them!

What do you hope to contribute to AABPA?

I'm hoping to put on a great and largest symposium AABPA has ever put on. Ideas are welcome!

What advice would you give to someone just getting started in the budget and program analysis field?

Take advantage of every opportunity to learn. Go to every training or seminar possible. Become a source of knowledge on your program and budget issues to all of your peers.

What is your go-to coping mechanism when faced with stress or a difficult challenge?

Push ups in my office. I find exercising extremely effective to relieve stress.

Vice President for Communications:
Melissa Flottman

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Agency/Organization: DOJ, US Attorney's Office

Position: Budget Officer

What made you join AABPA?

When I joined the National Science Foundation, I was very new to the budget analysis field. Many of my colleagues were members of AABPA and encouraged me to attend the fall symposium. After making numerous connections and learning a great deal, I knew that I had to be a part of the organization!

What do you hope to contribute to AABPA?

I hope to keep our current members engaged and excited by offering newsletters, relevant updates, and other useful information. I'm also excited to develop new ideas for reaching prospective members to expand our organization.

What advice would you give to someone just getting started in the budget and program analysis field?

Never stagnate. Always work to learn new skills, make new connections, and seek new opportunities. This profession can be thankless at times, so it's important to remain fulfilled and excited.

What is your go-to coping mechanism when faced with stress or a difficult challenge? 

Now that I live on an island (St. Thomas), I head straight to the beach after work for some snorkeling or stand-up paddleboarding. The soothing sound of waves and warm salt water seem to wash away all my cares!

Vice President for Membership: Dan Singer

 

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Agency/Organization: US Department of Housing and Urban Development, OCFO, Assistant Chief Financial Officer for Budget

Position: Senior Budget Analyst

What made you join AABPA?

To attend conferences and network.

What do you hope to contribute to AABPA?

I hope to increase membership and visibility so that new and mid-career analysts will have access to our programs.

What advice would you give to someone just getting started in the budget and program analysis field?

1) Join AABPA.
2) Get your MAX Account.
3) Keep your eye out for free training through the BFELOB.
4) Learn your agency congressional justifications as if you are taking an exam on them.
5) All the answers to all your questions are in the OMB Circular A-11.

What is your go-to coping mechanism when faced with stress or a difficult challenge? 

Avoiding AABPA, MAX, BFELOB, CJs, and the OMB Circular A-11.

Treasurer/Secretary: Navneeta Chandra

Navneeta Chandra

Agency/Organization: U.S. Department of Treasury

Position: Senior Budget Analyst

What made you join AABPA?

I started attending AABPA symposiums about 10 years ago. I love that AABPA is a great forum for keeping up-to-date on Federal budgeting news and information as well as an avenue for staying connected with other budget and policy professionals.  When I was asked to join the Board, I quickly took the opportunity, knowing how exciting it would be to work on the Board of one of the best forums in Washington DC.

What do you hope to contribute to AABPA?

Having been in Federal budgeting for almost 20 years and being on the Board would allow me to share what I have learned over the years and to provide platforms for others to come, learn and network with their peers as well as form lifelong professional friendships.

What advice would you give to someone just getting started in the budget and program analysis field?

Learn as much as you can and take charge of your career.

What is your go-to coping mechanism when faced with stress or a difficult challenge? 

I take a break to read a good book or go for a walk!

General Counsel: Sheila Rajabiun

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Agency/Organization: United States Courts

Biography coming soon...

 
Board of Directors

Ed Brigham

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Agency/Organization: Federal Consulting Alliance (FCA)

Position: Executive Consultant

What made you join AABPA?

I was recruited in 1982 by colleagues on the House Budget Committee and acquaintances at the HUD budget office.  I wanted to get to know and interact with other people in the Federal budget process outside of the strictly defined roles that I had served in until that point.

What do you hope to contribute to AABPA?

I hope I can help, as a team member, continue making progress in AABPA's educational activities.

What advice would you give to someone just getting started in the budget and program analysis field?

Our job is to ensure policymakers know as many of the options available to them as possible and to know as much as possible about the consequences of those options, not to make decisions.  Learn as much as you can from those who are making a career of budget and policy.

What is your go-to coping mechanism when faced with stress or a difficult challenge? 

Trying to spend more time with my wife or daughter, a good thriller book, or if all else fails, ice cream.

 

Sandra Beattie

Sandra Beattie

Agency/Organization: State of New York

Position: Deputy Budget Director

Sandra Beattie is currently serving as Deputy Director at the New York State Division of the Budget.  Sandra’s career began at DOB, working both in Albany and as DOB’s Washington, D.C.-based representative in the New York State Office of Federal Affairs. Before her return to DOB, she worked for the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) in Washington, where she oversaw the conceptualization, design, analysis and production of quality research products designed to improve government programs and operations. Prior to joining GAO, she served as a Manager with Deloitte Consulting where she focused on budgeting, forecasting and financial processing needs for both public sector and private sector clients. Sandra holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the State University of New York at Albany, and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Emmanuel College in Boston, Massachusetts.

 

 

 

George Krumbhaar 

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Agency/Organization: Carnegie Mellon University

Position: Adjunct Professor of Public Policy

What made you join AABPA?

I was searching for an organization that would match my interests – went to an AABPA reception some years ago and had a very interesting time chatting with some members, who have been friends since.

What do you hope to contribute to AABPA?

AABPA has been very helpful to me in introducing me to budget/policy experts and helping me understand budget technicalities.  I would like to be able to help pass this favor along to others.

What advice would you give to someone just getting started in the budget and program analysis field?

Don’t get stuck in a rut; look to the long term; remember that friendships and contacts are everything.

What is your go-to coping mechanism when faced with stress or a difficult challenge? 

Taking the dog out for a run in the park.

Joe Kull

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Agency/Organization: Price, Waterhouse, and Coopers

Biography coming soon...

Karen Kunz 

Karen Kunz

Agency/Organization: West Virginia University

Position: Associate Professor

What made you join AABPA?

I was introduced to the organization by my dissertation chair, Pat Mullen, who was a board member at the time.  I loved the camaraderie and, being an academic and former professional in the private sector, and I loved being able to talk with budget professionals about how the process functioned in the real world. My first real conversation was with Ed Brigham about transportation funding.  He went on to be so helpful to me as I did my dissertation research and later as a guest lecturer in my classes.  I am constantly learning from him and everyone else in the organization, which shows how generous the members are as well.

What do you hope to contribute to AABPA?

I was membership director for a bit and would take that on again if needed.  I continue to partner with colleagues in federal, academic and corporate sectors to develop panels for AABPA symposia and AABPA representation at ABFM conferences.  I would serve in any capacity needed.

What advice would you give to someone just getting started in the budget and program analysis field?

The advice I give my grad students is to put their cell phones away.  Learn to communicate and take the time to communicate with colleagues face to face, rather than by text and email, whenever possible. Relationship building is the key to being able to learn new skills and finding mentors to help you grow.  And constantly question everything – my favorite questions are ‘why?’ and ‘so what?’.

What is your go-to coping mechanism when faced with stress or a difficult challenge? 

It depends – is pot legal in DC yet?  Seriously, yoga, deep breathing, walking, and wine.  And talking with friends and my long-time mentor.

Michael Sieverts

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Agency/Organization: U.S. National Science Foundation

Position: Division Director, Budget

What made you join AABPA?

I first became aware of AABPA early in my career when I was working at CBO -- during Marvin Phaup's term as AABPA President. After I moved to an agency, I remained involved, as AABPA has been the best forum to bring together budgeteers from the Congressional side as well as agencies and OMB.

What do you hope to contribute to AABPA?

I like to connect the work we do day-in and day-out as budget professionals to the broader issues and policy questions our work addresses.  It’s often easy to lose sight of that in our spreadsheets, but at the root of everything we do are important issues that resonate across society.  Our work as a community through AABPA helps us appreciate that.

What advice would you give to someone just getting started in the budget and program analysis field?

I often cite a twist of the phrase “80% of life is showing up on time.”  That in itself is good advice, but my twist on it is: “80% of analysis is formatting.”  It’s always valuable to step back and think about how the information is organized and structured.  That makes it more usable by senior leaders.  Less is more; simpler is better.

What is your go-to coping mechanism when faced with stress or a difficult challenge? 

I’ve learned throughout my career that I need to share my headaches.  This didn’t come naturally to me (as an introvert).  I tried to solve problems on my own.  It’s much better to reach out to others, discuss issues, challenges, and concerns, and hopefully learn that someone has already solved that problem – or has better ideas for solving it than I do.  And, I do lots of yoga.

Jon Stehle

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Agency/OrganizationMITRE

Biography coming soon...

 

Juliet Vargas

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Agency/OrganizationU.S. Department of Agriculture

Biography coming soon...

 

Patrick Washington

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Agency/Organization: U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Biography coming soon...

Tony DiGiovanni

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Agency/Organization: U.S National Science Foundation

Biography coming soon...

   

Programs Committee

 

Programs Committee Member: Steve Wilson

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Agency/Organization: Custom and Border Protection, DHS

Biography coming soon...

 

Programs Committee Member: Matthew Bright

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Agency/Organization: Department of Justice

Position: Budget Analyst

What made you join AABPA?

I joined AABPA because I wanted to get more involved with the budget community. It also has been a great opportunity to expand my network and discuss relevant issues with seasoned professionals.

What advice would you give to someone just getting started in the budget and program analysis field?

Be sure to leverage the budget community since they can help you learn more about the profession; find a mentor; and make sure to network

Communications Intern - Social Media  Cara Guballa, Washington & Jefferson College