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Joan Huffer

Former Staff Member, U.S. Senate

Joan Huffer worked in the U.S. Senate for 27 years. She served on the Senate Budget Committee, first as an analyst on major entitlement programs including social security, income security, and Medicaid, and later as senior analyst for education and appropriations issues. Ms. Huffer handled income security and education issues for former Sen. Minority Leader Tom Daschle (D-SD) from 1997 through 2004. She also worked on the personal staffs of former Sen. Kent Conrad (D-ND) and former Sen. Don Riegle (D-MI).

After retiring from the Senate, she joined the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities to run a program that provides technical assistance to state nonprofits on federal budget, tax, and low-income policy advocacy. 

Ms. Huffer started a donor collaborative called Virginia Plus to support civic engagement in Virginia and serves on the boards of the Democracy Alliance and Committee on States. 

Ms. Huffer earned a master’s degree in public policy from Georgetown University and a Bachelor of Arts from Wellesley College.