The Empire Center for Public Policy, Inc. is an independent, non-partisan, non-profit think tank based in Albany, New York. The Empire Center has been recognized as a tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code, so contributions to the Center are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.
Our mission: Make New York a better place to live and work by promoting public policy reforms grounded in free-market principles, personal responsibility, and the ideals of effective and accountable government.
Our vision: A growing economy and a vibrant private sector throughout the Empire State, creating new opportunities for an informed and engaged citizenry grounded in strong local communities and civic institutions.
Edmund J. McMahon, president
Edmund J. McMahon is president of the Empire Center. He also is a senior fellow with the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research.
Tim Hoefer, executive director
Tim Hoefer is executive director of the Empire Center. In addition to managing all aspects of the Center's operations, Hoefer oversees its government transparency and public outreach projects. Hoefer first joined the Empire Center in 2008 and has ...
Michael H. Wright, senior research analyst
Michael Wright is a senior research analyst at the Empire Center. He joined the Center in February 2013. Previously, Wright worked as legal and legislative counsel to a Massachusetts State Senator and to the Massachusetts Legislature’s Joint Committee ...
Daniel Russo, research analyst
Daniel Russo is a research analyst at the Empire Center. Russo provides assistance on research projects, papers and assists in maintaining the Center's government transparency website, SeeThroughNY.net. He first joined the Center in ...
Kimberlee Peabody, development manager
Kimberlee Peabody is development manager for the Empire Center. She joined the Center in December 2013. Previously Ms. Peabody was director of annual giving and donor relations at Hudson Valley Community ...
Missy Millett, office manager
Missy Millett is office manager of the Empire Center, overseeing event planning and administrative support for the Center's Albany-based activities. Before joining the Empire Center in 2008, Ms. Millett spent more than ...