Patrick Lester: Director, Federal Fiscal Policy
Patrick Lester joined the Center for Effective Government as the Director of Federal Fiscal Policy in August 2012. He is an expert on federal budget and revenue issues and has been cited by numerous media outlets, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, USA Today, The Chronicle of Philanthropy, and Nonprofit Quarterly.
Prior to coming to the Center for Effective Government, Patrick was the Vice President for Social Impact, Social Solutions; Senior Vice President of Public Policy for the Alliance for Children and Families; and Director of Public Policy at the United Way. Previous to that, he was a Senior Policy Analyst at the Maryland Budget and Tax Policy Institute and Legislative Director at the Coalition on Human Needs. Patrick started his nonprofit career in the 1990s as a policy analyst at the Center for Effective Government (then known as OMB Watch), and he also spent time as a White House aide and a legislative analyst for the Maryland General Assembly.
Patrick has a Master of Public Policy from Georgetown University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Michigan.