Robert “Bob” Friedman

General Counsel, Founder, & Chair Emeritus, CFED

“The Budget Center provides thought leadership, first-rate analysis, and bold policy solutions. The Budget Center simultaneously exemplifies scrupulous research, objective analysis, courageous advocacy, and a unique capacity for timing and strategic thinking. They are great collaborators and generous partners. Anyone seeking to advance economic opportunity in California should be following and working with the Budget Center.”

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Surina Khan

CEO, The Women’s Foundation of California

“For many years, the Budget Center has been an important partner in all dimensions of our work. From trainings to gender analysis of the state budget, we are thrilled to be taking our collaboration to a new level and institutionalizing our partnership with the release of the California’s Women’s Well-Being Index.”


Moira Kenney

Executive Director, First 5 Association

“Our Association relies on the critical analysis provided by the Budget Center, not just in the areas of early learning and other childhood issues. Their work is essential for understanding the broader context that underlies our policy and communication agenda.”

Sandra J. Martinez

Director of Public Policy, The California Wellness Foundation

“State budgets are complicated, and how the state manages money has real impact on the wellness of our California communities. The work of the California Budget & Policy Center helps us understand how resources are allocated and the implications of those decisions. The Budget Center is an essential resource for anyone working to support equity across our diverse state.”

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Senator Holly J. Mitchell

California State Senator, 30th District

“State leaders seeking to improve conditions for Californians living in deep poverty, advance opportunities for women and children, and strengthen California’s weakened safety net, look to the Budget Center first for advice, analysis, and technical assistance on policies that will make a difference in the lives of low-income Californians. Through evidence-based policy work, the Budget Center raises up the voices of those often left behind in state budget and policy debates.”

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Nicole Vazquez

Deputy Chief & Human Services Consultant, Assembly Budget Committee

“Congratulations on California’s first-ever EITC! The Budget Center’s work over the years gave legitimacy to the idea of a California Earned Income Tax Credit and built understanding of how it could mitigate the effects on poverty, ultimately elements that were critical to its success. The Budget Center’s work is invaluable in bringing thoughtfulness, research, and progressive viewpoints to the public policy-making conversation.”