About Us

The Idaho Center for Fiscal Policy is a private, not-for-profit, and non-partisan organization committed to offering Idahoans high-quality research and analysis to help the state make informed policy decisions and contribute to a prosperous Idaho for years to come. 

Our Mission

The Idaho Center for Fiscal Policy believes in making the right investments today so our state will thrive tomorrow.

The mission of the Idaho Center for Fiscal Policy is to produce accurate information and analysis to inform public decisions with a focus on state budget, tax, and economic issues that impact Idahoans with low to moderate income. We believe Idaho’s economy is strongest when all Idahoans have the opportunity to participate, including members of our communities who face many barriers. 

We aim to be an essential source for understanding Idaho’s state budget and tax policies. 

Our Work

Our research, analysis, and commentary are organized into several main topic areas – represented by the icons to the right – and we conduct our work with the following values in mind: 

 

Credibility. Our work is non-partisan, fact-based, and Idaho-specific. We are trusted because we hold our work to a high standard of accuracy and integrity.  

Accessibility. Our work is available free of charge to the public, media, and policymakers. We believe all Idahoans deserve access to information on state policy decisions. 

Leadership. We recommend policies that align with a vision for a more equitable Idaho where all people can thrive.  

Housing

Education

Criminal
Justice

Economic
Security

Tax &
Revenue

Staff

Alejandra Cerna Rios
Director

Alejandra became the Center’s director in January 2020, and holds a decade of experience in state policy research and advocacy in Idaho and Texas. She leads the strategic direction of the Center and works with community partners, stakeholders and decision makers as well as the Center team to implement our vision and mission. Previously, she was an analyst for the Center specializing in state tax, housing and economic policy. She was also an education policy associate for Idaho Voices for Children where she was involved in crafting the state’s literacy initiative. She has also analyzed workforce and education policy at a Texas policy group. Alejandra served as a research lead on the Mayor of Austin’s Task Force on Aging and has been an invited speaker at the annual gathering of the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM) and other national conferences.

In her earlier social work career, she served families experiencing homelessness and youth at risk of social disconnection in Texas and Illinois. Alejandra earned a Master of Public Affairs – with a specialization in social and economic policy – and a Master of Social Work from the University of Texas at Austin. She holds a B.A. from Brown University.     

Kendra Knighten
Policy Associate

Kendra focuses on housing and criminal justice policy in Idaho. She conducts in-depth research and creates detailed reports on state policy and its effect on all Idahoans. 

Kendra previously served as the Criminal Justice Policy Advisor to former Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter, and also served a two-year appointment to the Idaho Criminal Justice Commission. While on the governor’s staff, she also advised on healthcare, professional licensure and drug policy. Kendra has also worked with a non-profit in rural Bangladesh committed to assisting impoverished Bangladeshi women attain economic independence and security. She earned her B.A. in International Political Economy from the College of Idaho. 

May Roberts

May Roberts
Policy Analyst

May focuses on revenue and budget policy in Idaho at the Idaho Center for Fiscal Policy. She previously served as the Assistant to the City Manager at the City of Ontario. In that role, she most notably led public projects, managed media relations, and prepared reports for management and city council. May earned a Master of Public Policy, with a specialization in local government, from Portland State University. She holds a B.A. in International Political Economy from the College of Idaho.

Angelica Moran

Angelica Moran
Policy Specialist

Angelica is a Policy Specialist at the Center and focuses on housing and tax policy. Angelica earned her Associate of Social Work from the College of Southern Idaho and her Bachelor’s and Master’s of Social Work from Boise State University. She focused her Master’s program on Macro Social work by taking on an Internship with Idaho Voices for Children. As an intern, Angelica spearheaded the planning and execution of an incredibly successful Virtual Foster Care Awareness Day at the Capitol and helped advance legislation aiming to support foster youth transitions into adulthood.  

In her previous role, Angelica worked as a Community Outreach Educator for a non-profit in Twin Falls.  In this role, Angelica taught high school teens about the legislative process and how to connect with their lawmakers; actively developed professional partnerships with other community organizations in southern Idaho; and taught inclusive community lessons about sex education, healthy relationships, race, and oppression to English and Spanish speaking youth and adults.  

Angelica enjoys watching Parks and Rec, The Office, Game of Thrones, Grey’s Anatomy and anything Marvel-related. 

Advisory Board

Todd Achilles

Chief Executive Officer, Edge Networks Inc.

Don Coberly

CEO, RISE

Sue Lovelace

Step Ahead Idaho

Charlene Taylor

Senior Researcher, Evident Change

Steve Burgos

Director, Boise Public Works Department

Christine Loucks

Professor Emeritus, Boise State University

Rich Toney

Retired, Senior Vice President, Bank of the Cascades

Johanna Kalb

Dean, University of Idaho College of Law

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Your gift funds fiscal policy analysis and leadership that supports an Idaho where all people can thrive. We would love to have your support. 

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