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Missouri Budget Project Staff
Amy Blouin is the founder and Executive Director of the Missouri Budget Project. Amy has a Master of Social Work from St. Louis University (1996), and a BA in Political Science and Religious Studies from Loras College, Dubuque Iowa (1991). Amy previously served as the Director of Advocacy for Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of St. Louis and as Government Relations Staff for the United Way of Greater St. Louis. Amy has also served as an Adjunct Professor at Saint Louis University, spent time working in Central America and with the Iowa Department of Economic Development European Office in Frankfurt, Germany.
Amy has worked on state tax and fiscal policy issues for 15 years. She has received regional and statewide recognition for her work including a "40 Under 40" award from the St. Louis Business Journal and the Missouri Women's Network 2010 Award for Advancing Women's Equality.
Director of Fiscal Policy and Chief Economist
Tom joined the Missouri Budget Project in 2005, after having served as chief economist in Missouri's Office of Administration- Division of Budget and Planning. During his 26-years with the state budget office, Tom worked in the administrations of six governors, both Democrat and Republican.
Tom earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics and History in 1975 and a Master of Arts Degree in Economics in 1977 from the from University of Missouri-St. Louis. In 1990, he earned a Master of Arts Degree in Political Science from the University of Missouri-Columbia.
Director of Communications and Public Engagement
Traci joined the Missouri Budget Project in November, 2010. Traci has considerable experience in both the public and non-profit sectors, having worked on public policy issues at the federal, state, and municipal levels. Her experience includes serving as a federal representative for the State of California, as well as positions with the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance and the City of Kansas City, Missouri.
Traci earned a Master of Public Policy from the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California-Berkeley and Bachelor's Degrees in Psychology and Mathematics from Creighton University.
Director of Policy
Jay Hardenbrook joined the Missouri Budget Project in November, 2011. For over a decade, Jay has worked in public policy in the public and non-profit sectors. He has experience crafting and impacting budgets, revenue and health policy at the state and federal level, and has worked for Legislators, both Republican and Democrat, and non-profits large and small.
Jay has worked as a Finance Aide for the Alaska State Legislature, a Child Advocate with the Partnership for Children in Kansas City, and a Senior Advocate with AARP in Missouri and Arizona.