Governance

The International Budget Partnership (IBP) is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, formerly a project of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. It is governed by a Board of Trustees that includes:

  • Michael Lipsky, Board Chair, retired in 2018 as a distinguished senior fellow at Demos. Before that, he served for 12 years as a program officer in the Peace and Social Justice program of the Ford Foundation. Responsible for the foundation’s portfolio on “government performance and accountability,” he helped create the State Fiscal Analysis Initiative (now the State Priorities Partnership), a national network of organizations devoted to budget transparency and accountability, as well as the International Budget Partnership. Prior to Ford, Michael taught political science at the University of Wisconsin, and, for 21 years, was a professor of political science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His best-known books are Protest in City Politics; Nonprofits for Hire: The Welfare State in the Age of Contracting (with S.R. Smith); and the award-winning Street-Level Bureaucracy. He holds degrees from Oberlin College and Princeton University.
  • Smita Singh, Vice Chair, is the founding director of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation’s Global Development Program. While she was director, the program carried out extensive international grantmaking and started several new initiatives, including the Think Tank Initiative, the Transparency and Accountability Initiative, and the partnership for Quality Education in Developing Countries. Singh helped create the International Initiative in Impact Evaluation (3ie), a new international agency devoted to improving the measurement of results in development interventions. She also initiated the foundation’s efforts to reform development assistance policy and practices, which included seeding the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network (MFAN) and the International Aid Transparency Initiative. Before joining the Hewlett Foundation, Singh was a scholar at the Harvard Academy of International and Area Studies. Her research interests focus on the comparative political economy of developing countries, and she has lived and worked in several countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America. She has also worked for the Commission on National and Community Service (now called the Corporation for National Service) where she was responsible for developing the commission’s higher education initiatives and funding strategies for dispersing grants to community service and service-learning projects at more than 200 colleges and universities. Before joining the commission, Singh worked at ABC News “Nightline” and prior to that, with community-based women’s organizations in India. Singh also sits on the governing boards of Oxfam America, Revenue Watch Institute, Twaweza, and the Center for Global Development. She is a member of the Aspen Strategy Group.
  • Robert D. Reischauer, Ph.D., a Distinguished Institute Fellow and president emeritus of the Urban Institute, which he led for 12 years before he stepped down in February 2012. From 1989-1995, he served as the director of the U.S. Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and was CBO’s assistant director for human resources and deputy director from 1977 to 1981. Reischauer was previously a senior fellow in the Economic Studies Program of the Brookings Institution (1986-89 and 1985-2000) and senior vice president of the Urban Institute (1981-86). A nationally recognized economist, Reischauer has written and lectured on a wide range of topics, including federal budget policy, health reform, social welfare issues, and the Medicare and Medicaid programs. He is an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Academy of Medicine, the Academy of Social Insurance and the National Academy of Public Administration. Reischauer served on Harvard’s governing boards from 1996-2014, serving as Senior Fellow of the Harvard Corporation from 2010-2014. He served as one of two public trustees of the Social Security and Medicare trust funds from 2010-2015, and serves on the boards of several educational and nonprofit organizations. He was a member of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission from 2000-2009 and was its vice chair from 2001-2008. He also chaired the National Academy of Social Insurance’s project, “Restructuring Medicare for the Long Term.” He holds an A.B. from Harvard and a master’s and Ph.D. from Columbia.
  • Rakesh Rajani is presently on sabbatical. Until April 2018 he served as the Director of Civic Engagement and Government program at the Ford Foundation in New York, responsible for US and global work on voting rights, democratic participation, taxes and budgets, and protecting civic space. From 2008 to 2014 he founded and served as the Head of Twaweza, an East African organization that promotes citizen agency, open government, and basic education. He is also a founding member and past co-chair of the Open Government Partnership, which involves 75 countries covering more than two billion people. From 2001 to 2007 Rakesh served as the founding executive director of HakiElimu, Tanzania’s leading citizen engagement and education advocacy organization. He has also played key roles in establishing the Foundation for Civil Society, the Tanzania Media Fund, Policy Forum and other civil society platforms in Tanzania. He has consulted on issues related to education, human rights and governance for Google.org, the Hewlett Foundation, Hivos and UNICEF, among others. Rakesh serves on several national and international boards and was a fellow of Harvard University from 1998 to 2013. He has written and edited over 400 papers and popular publications in English and Swahili. Rakesh holds a master’s degree in theological studies from Harvard University and a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and English and American literature from Brandeis University, where he graduated summa cum laude and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.
  • Atila Roque,  a social and environmental justice advocate and one of the founders of the World Social Forum. He is the executive director of Amnesty International, Brazil, and was executive director of INESC (Institute for Economic and Social Studies), one of Brazil’s best-known NGOs, until 2011. In addition to his long-time involvement with many social movements, NGOs, and communities, Atila has coordinated a program on public policies and globalization at the Brazilian Institute of Economic and Social Analyses, served as director of the Brazilian Association of NGOs, and, as executive director of Action Aid USA in the 2000s, initiated an intensive effort to link with grassroots constituencies in the U.S. He has been a member of the International Coordinating Committee of Social Watch and on the Coordinating Committee of the Brazilian Network on Trade and Regional Integration (Rebrip), and is a trustee for, among others, the Brazil Human Rights Fund and the Center for Studies on Public Security and Citizenship (Brazil). Atila has a Bachelor’s Degree in History, a Master’s Degree in Political Science, and a strong belief in “the power of feminism to disturb the collective and to reveal deeply rooted authoritarianism.”
  • Julie McCarthy is director of the Open Society Fiscal Governance Program. From 2011 to 2012, she served as director of the support unit at the Open Government Partnership, and prior to that, she was a senior adviser at the Transparency and Accountability Initiative, working with the Obama administration and the Brazilian government to develop and launch the Open Government Partnership. In 2009, McCarthy was selected as a Franklin Fellow and Peacebuilding Adviser at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations, helping to launch a multimillion dollar peacebuilding program in Liberia. Prior to this, McCarthy directed the Open Society Foundations’ Revenue Watch Program and then cofounded the Revenue Watch Institute, serving as its deputy director until 2009. She was also previously the researcher/writer for the Open Society Foundations’ award-winning Iraq Revenue Watch Project, and coordinated the Open Society Foundations work on the Millennium Challenge Account. McCarthy has a BA in philosophy from Cornell University and an MA in international relations from Yale University.
  • Tim Dixon is the co-founder of More in Common, an initiative to counter the growing threats to open and inclusive societies in Europe and the United States. Since 2010 he has co-founded seven social movement organizations, including social change agency Purpose Europe, civil protection and democracy group The Syria Campaign, and peace advocacy and citizen engagement group Movilizatorio in Colombia. He has also worked on initiatives to combat modern day slavery, promote gun control in the U.S., reduce inequality, and engage faith communities in social justice issues. Tim trained as an economist and tech sector lawyer at Baker & McKenzie. Between 2007 and 2010 he was the chief speechwriter and senior economic adviser for Prime Ministers Kevin Rudd and Julia Gillard and was responsible for developing the Australian Labor Party platform for two successive elections. In his twenties he founded an educational publishing business, Leading Edge Education, which was acquired by Pearson in 2004. He is the co-author of Australia’s two best-selling economics textbooks. Tim also serves on the boards of Purpose Europe, The Syria Campaign, the Chifley Research Centre and faith-based justice organization Sojourners (U.S.).
  • Rajesh Mirchandani is the Chief Communications Officer at the United Nations Foundation, leading the Foundation’s strategic communications work supporting the United Nations and UN causes. Prior to joining the United Nations Foundation, he was Vice President of Communications and Outreach at the Center for Global Development (CGD), a leading international development think tank based in Washington, D.C. and London, working to change the policies and practices of rich countries and powerful institutions through evidence-based policy innovation to reduce global poverty and inequality. Prior to joining CGD, Mirchandani was with BBC News, where he garnered more than two decades’ experience as a journalist and broadcaster, reporting and anchoring from around the world for the BBC’s global television and radio networks, including BBC World News and the World Service. He has covered a wide range of stories and issues, from two US presidential elections to the Haiti earthquake, AIDS in India to oil exploration in the Arctic, education for displaced children in Colombia to green energy investments in California. Mirchandani has been honored with two Los Angeles Press Club awards, an Asian Jewel award, and a Race in the Media award for his journalistic work. Mirchandani brings a passion for international development and climate change issues – and says his most rewarding journalistic assignments were stories of solutions to development problems. He is regularly invited to participate at high-level events around issues such as the post-2015 agenda, girls’ empowerment, and changing media landscapes. In 2012 he completed an MA in public diplomacy at USC in Los Angeles, where he focused on communication strategies of state and nonstate actors, and the power of social movements as agents of change. He describes himself as an occasional triathlete, unapologetic sci-fi nerd and food adventurer, who cooks with passion rather than talent.
  • Maria Gracia P. Tan is the Chairman of the UN Independent Audit Advisory Committee for 2018. She was formerly the Chairperson of the Philippine SAI (Commission on Audit), and introduced the Citizen Participatory Audit (CPA) as a priority program for citizen engagement in public audit. This program won the Bright Spot award in the Open Government Summit in London in 2013. A staunch advocate of government accountability and transparency, she is credited with the audit on the pork barrel which led to the Philippine Supreme Court declaring it unconstitutional and the indictment of several  high level legislators for graft and plunder. Prior to the Commission on Audit, she served as Undersecretary of Finance for Revenue Operations, exercising oversight of the internal revenue and customs services.  She was also Commissioner of Good Government, the agency tasked with recovering the Marcos ill-gotten wealth. She is a lawyer and a certified public accountant by profession and established, with her husband, the Tan Venturanza Valdez law offices in the Philippines. She obtained her LlM in Tax from New York University as a Gerald Wallace scholar, and her degrees in law and accountancy from the University of the Philippines where she is also a professor in tax.