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 joined the Empire Center in 2008. Read More

E.J. McMahon, Research Director

Edmund J. McMahon is the Empire Center for Public Policy’s research director. His work focuses on improving New York’s economic competitiveness and promoting greater transparency, accountability and fiscal responsibility in state and local government. Read More

Ken Girardin, Policy Analyst

Ken Girardin is the Empire Center's policy analyst, performing detailed analysis of data and public policy in support of the Center's research. Read More

Bill Hammond, Director of Health Policy

Bill tracks fast-moving developments in New York’s massive health-care industry, with a focus on how decisions made in Albany and Washington affect the well-being of patients, providers, taxpayers, and the state’s economy. Read More

Ann Hughes, Director of Development

Ann Hughes is director of development at the Empire Center for Public Policy. In this role, she is responsible for all development, philanthropy, and outreach activities. Read More

Dan Russo, Director of Operations

Dan manages the daily office operations and human resources for the Empire Center. Dan received a Master of Public Administration degree from the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy at the State University of New York at Albany in 2017. Read More

Abigail Salvatore, Communications Director

Abigail Salvatore is the Communications Director for the Empire Center, overseeing the Center’s external communications operations and maintaining its presence on social media. Read More

Mark Walsh, Data Analyst

Mark Walsh is the Empire Center's data analyst, overseeing the maintenance and operation of the Center's transparency website, SeeThroughNY. Read More