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Amanda Kass

Amanda Kass

Primary Affiliation: Associate Director of the Government Finance Research Center, College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs | University of Illinois Chicago

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Associate Director of the Government Finance Research Center, College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs | University of Illinois Chicago

Policy Expertise

COVID-19’s Fiscal Impact
Local Government Finance
Coronavirus Relief Funds
Pension Sustainability

Milestones

Anti-discrimination legislation

Anti-discrimination legislation 2

2007

2019

Experience & Background

Amanda Kass
About
Experience & Background

Amanda Kass is the associate director of the Government Finance Research Center in the College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs at the University of Illinois Chicago and is a member of the IGPA Fiscal Health of Illinois Working Group. 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’s research focuses on state and local finance, with sub-specialties in pensions, housing, and fiscal analysis. Her work has been published in Chicago Magazine and Urban Affairs Review. She has appeared in various media outlets, including Bloomberg, the Bond Buyer, Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago Tribune, Crain’s Chicago Business, Reuters, Tax Analysts, and WTTW’s Chicago Tonight.

Professional Affiliations

American Association of Geographers (AAG)

Association for Budgeting & Financial Management (ABFM)

American Society for Public Administration (ASPA)

Scholars Strategy Network (SSN)

Urban Affairs Association (UAA)

Education

University of Illinois, Chicago, Illinois; Ph.D. in Urban Planning and Policy, 2021.

University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado; M.A. in Geography, 2011.

The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio; B.A. in Geography and International Studies, 2018.

Recent Publications

Replenish, Replace, Repair: How Illinois is Using its ARPA Aid
Replenish, Replace, Repair: How Illinois is Using its ARPA Aid

Policy

Policy Work

Fiscal Futures Project
Policy Work
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Policy Work
Fiscal Futures Project
Policy Work

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