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Equity is a Better Path to Prosperity


 Taifa Smith Butler
  Executive Director
  Georgia Budget and Policy Institute



Taifa Smith Butler joined GBPI in 2011 as the organization’s deputy director. She provides GBPI’s organizational vision, inspiration and strategic management. Taifa provides leadership and guidance to accomplish GBPI’s mission and vision to improve economic opportunity for all Georgians.

Taifa brings more than 20 years of experience in strategic communications, public policy research and data analysis in the public, nonprofit and private sectors. Prior to joining the GBPI team, she served as the policy and communications director for Georgia Family Connection Partnership where she co-managed the Georgia KIDS COUNT project and monitored public policy and its impact on children, families and communities. Additionally, Taifa has held various positions with the Georgia Academy for Children and Youth Professionals and MBIA Muni Services/Municipal Tax Bureau Company in Philadelphia.

Taifa was an education policy fellow with the Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education’s Class of 2009 Education Policy Fellowship Program, and is a graduate of the Georgia Academy for Economic Development. Taifa holds a bachelor’s in politics and economics from Mount Holyoke College and a master’s in public management and policy from the Heinz School of Public Policy and Management at Carnegie Mellon University, with a concentration in economic development and financial management.

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