The purpose of the Government Finance Research Center at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs (CUPPA) is to shape and inform public policy and scholarly discourse on government and public finance by identifying, planning and executing research, providing periodic reports and informed analyses, and offering venues at which to convene national and local discussion on fiscal and governmental issues.

UIC CUPPA’s Government Finance Research Center brings together the best academic minds with public and private sector experts to address the pressing fiscal issues in our communities and states, large or small. The time is now to bring public financial challenges to the forefront and discuss outcomes that combine pragmatic solutions with rigorous theory.

Michael A. Pagano  |  Director
Amanda Kass

Meet our new Associate Director, Amanda Kass! As Associate Director she designs, conducts, and manages research in the GFRC’s priority areas. Amanda also works with the faculty and external advisory panels to advance the GFRC’s goals and disseminate its research. Amanda has previously worked at the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability and the University of Chicago’s Center for Municipal Finance.

Amanda Kass  |  Associate Director
Barrett and Green

Meet our Senior Advisors and Communications Specialists, Katherine Barrett and Richard Greene, Principals of Barrett and Greene, Inc. and special project consultants to the Volcker Alliance, external advisors at the Government Finance Research Center and fellows in the National Academy of Public Administration. They were founders of the seminal Government Performance Project for the Pew Charitable Trusts. Greene has been named chair of The Center for Accountability and Performance at the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) and both serve as management columnists for Governing Magazine and write occasional major features for the magazine. Barrett and Greene are senior fellows at the Governing Institute, and are currently under contract to write Making Government Work: The Promises and Pitfalls of Government Informed Management, first of a series of books about government finance and management for Rowman & Littlefield.

Katherine Barrett and Richard Greene  |  Senior Advisors and Communications Specialists

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We partner with the following groups to enhance our work at all levels of government.

Michael A. Pagano  |  Director