Joan Huffer worked in the U.S. Senate for twenty-seven 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 Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle (SD) from 1997 through 2004. She also worked on the personal staffs of Senator Kent Conrad (ND) and Senator Don Riegle (MI).
In 2007, she joined the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) to run a program that works with state non-profits on federal budget, tax, and low-income policies. She left that position in 2014 but retains a consulting relationship with CBPP.
Ms. Huffer also chairs the board of the Commonwealth Institute for Fiscal Analysis which provides credible, independent and accessible information and analyses of fiscal and economic issues in Virginia with particular attention to the impacts on low- and moderate-income people.
Ms. Huffer earned a master’s degree in public policy from Georgetown University, and a bachelor of arts degree from Wellesley College.