Ed Bolen

Ed Bolen joined the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities in 2010 as a Senior Policy Analyst. His work focuses on state and federal issues in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

Prior to joining the Center, Bolen was Senior Policy Analyst at California Food Policy Advocates. While there, he advocated for administrative and legislative improvements to food assistance programs and provided training and technical assistance to community-based organizations. He also has worked in public health law, most recently consulting on legal strategies to combat childhood obesity with the National Policy and Legal Analysis Network. Prior to that, Bolen was senior staff attorney at the Child Care Law Center, specializing on licensing, subsidy and legislative issues affecting low-income families in child care and early education settings.

He received his law degree from University of California Hastings.

Dottie Rosenbaum is a Senior Policy Analyst who joined the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities in 2000.

Her work focuses primarily on federal and state issues in SNAP as well as issues that involve the coordination of food stamps and other state-administered health and income security programs, such as Medicaid, TANF, and child care.

In addition, Rosenbaum has expertise on the federal budget and budget process.

Before joining the Center, Rosenbaum was a budget analyst at the Congressional Budget Office for six years.

She projected federal spending and provided Congress with cost estimates for a variety of programs including: SNAP, Medicaid, the State Children’s Health Insurance Program, Child Nutrition, and Elementary and Secondary Education.

She has a Masters degree in Public Policy from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.

Robert Greenstein is the founder and President of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. He is considered an expert on the federal budget and a range of domestic policy issues, from anti-poverty programs and various aspects of tax policy to health reform and Social Security. He has written numerous reports, analyses, book chapters, op-ed pieces, and magazine articles on these issues.

In 1996, he was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship for making “the Center a model for a non-partisan research and policy organization.” In 2008, he received both the Heinz Award for Public Policy for his work to “improve the economic outlook of many of America’s poorer citizens” and the 2008 John W. Gardner Leadership Award, given annually by Independent Sector, which said “Mr. Greenstein has played a defining role in how people think about critical budget and tax policies…. [and] help[ed] the nation address fiscal responsibility, reduce poverty, and expand opportunity.” In May, he received the 2010 Daniel Patrick Moynihan Prize from the American Academy of Political and Social Science, which has cited him as “a champion of evidence-based policy whose work at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities is respected on both sides of the aisle.”

Prior to founding the Center, Greenstein was Administrator of the Food and Nutrition Service at the U.S. Department of Agriculture under President Carter, where he directed the agency that operates the federal food assistance programs, such as the food stamp and school lunch programs, and helped design the landmark Food Stamp Act of 1977, generally regarded as the Carter Administration’s principal anti-poverty achievement. He was appointed by President Clinton in 1994 to serve on the Bipartisan Commission on Entitlement and Tax Reform and headed the federal budget policy component of the transition team for President Obama. He is a graduate of Harvard College and has received honorary doctorates from Tufts University and Occidental College.