Staff

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 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

Dan Russo, Director of Operations

Dan manages 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, Development Associate

Mark Walsh is the Empire Center's development associate, assisting in development, philanthropy and outreach activities. He was previously the data analyst, overseeing the Center’s transparency website, SeeThroughNY. Read More

Benjamin Sano, Research Analyst

Benjamin Sano is the Empire Center’s Research Analyst, running the Center’s government transparency website, SeeThroughNY, as well as aiding in analysis for other research projects. Read More