Team

TED BOETTNER, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

As the co-founding Executive Director of the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy, Ted brings a wealth of experience and understanding of state fiscal and economic issues. In addition to running the Center, Ted is the author of numerous reports on state tax and budget issues, economic development, and family economic security, including the annual “State of Working West Virginia.” Ted frequently presents policy proposals to the West Virginia Legislature and testifies before committees. He also regularly addresses statewide civic groups on state tax, budget and economic policies and is frequently quoted in news stories from a variety of state and national publications. In 2011, The State Journal named Ted “one of the most influential businesses leaders” in West Virginia. Ted also serves on the board of directors of Legal Aid of West Virginia, The Dunn Foundation, and is a commissioner on the Charleston Urban Renewal Authority. He has also taught at West Virginia University Institute of Technology and West Virginia University. Ted holds a bachelor’s in journalism from West Virginia University and a master’s in political science from the University of New Hampshire. Email Ted.

KELLY ALLEN, DIRECTOR OF POLICY ENGAGEMENT AND INTERIM DEPUTY DIRECTOR

Kelly Allen is Director of Policy Engagement and Interim Deputy Director for the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy. She is a native West Virginian who resides in Morgantown and joined the WVCBP team in 2018. She holds a B.A. in political science and communications from West Virginia University and a Master of Public Administration from Penn State University. Kelly engages with residents, stakeholders, and lawmakers on health policy and issues that impact women and families. She leads the WVCBP’s federal safety net work to protect Medicaid and other vital public programs. Kelly represents the WVCBP on several coalitions and manages the Summer Policy Institute and the WVCBP’s advisory committee. Email Kelly.

SETH DISTEFANO, POLICY OUTREACH DIRECTOR

Seth DiStefano is Policy Outreach Director for the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy. A native of Randolph County, WV, Seth is a graduate of Tygarts Valley High School and holds a B.A. in Liberal Arts and Sciences from West Virginia University. Seth leads the government affairs work at the Center and is especially passionate about food security, tax justice issues, and building a better future for working families through policy change. Email Seth.

LINDA FRAME, OPERATIONS MANAGER

Linda Frame is Operations Manager with the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy. She is responsible for managing the WVCBP’s grants and fundraising activities, financial functions and special projects. She has worked in Washington, DC and Charleston, West Virginia for non-profit organizations and has served on the board of West Virginia- based groups. Linda holds a B.S. in Psychology from St. Lawrence University and an M.S. in Environmental Science and Public Policy from George Mason University. She currently serves as President for the West Virginia Environmental Council. Email Linda.

QUENTON KING, CRIMINAL JUSTICE POLICY ANALYST

Quenton King is the Criminal Justice Policy Analyst with the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy. Before joining WVCBP, Quenton worked for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People’s Environmental and Climate Justice Program as a field organizer and policy specialist. Most recently he served as the Policy Director for a mayoral campaign in Baltimore, MD. Quenton is a native West Virginian and holds bachelor’s degrees in criminology and spanish from West Virginia University and a Master of Public Health in Sociomedical Science from Columbia University. Email Quenton.

SEAN O’LEARY, SENIOR POLICY ANALYST

Sean O’Leary is a Senior Policy Analyst with the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy. Since joining the Center in 2010, Sean has authored numerous reports on working family issues, economic development, and state and federal budget and tax policy, including annual reports on the state budget and the State of Working West Virginia. In 2011, Sean co-authored “The Importance of Federal Earmarks to State Coffers” that appeared in the Journal of Public Budgeting, Accounting & Financial Management. Sean also collaborates with West Virginia Kids Count for the annual West Virginia Kids Count Data Book. Sean holds a B.A. in political science and economics and a Master of Public Administration from West Virginia University. Email Sean.

BRYAN PHILLIPS, SUMMER RESEARCH ASSOCIATE

Bryan Phillips is the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy’s Summer Research Associate. He is a current master’s student in Political Science in the John D. Rockefeller IV School of Politics and Policy at West Virginia University. He is the current Philip V. McGance Civic Fellow and focuses his studies on American Politics and Public Policy. He graduated from the West Virginia University in 2019 magna cum laude with honors, and he was involved in the university’s student government association. In the spring of 2020, he served as a Rollins-Burk Graduate Fellow with the West Virginia Legislature where he worked with the House Committee on Health and Human Resources and with the Office of Medical Cannabis within the Bureau for Public Health. Here, he focused on bill drafting, tracking, regulation, research, and served in support capacities to elected officials and government regulators. In the fall, he will join WVU’s newly established Science and Technology Policy Initiative as a Graduate Assistant. Upon completing graduate school, he hopes to work in research and policy in the state. He has special interests in bureaucratic politics, legislative processes, Marvel films, and home cooking. Email Bryan.

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