Phyllis Resnick, PhD., Executive Director and Lead Economist
Phyllis Resnick, Executive Director and Lead Economist
Phyllis Resnick is a one of the co-founders of the Colorado Futures Center and currently serves as both Executive Director and Lead Economist. Her most recent research focuses on macro/fiscal forecasting, fiscal sustainability, economic impact analysis, and the political, economic and distributional effects of fiscal rules such as tax and expenditure limitations. Her fiscal forecasts have been integral to budget decisions for the states of Colorado and Hawaii, in the cities of Boulder, Arvada, Denver, and Aurora, for the state transportation budget, and for public enterprises including Xcel Energy and many of Colorado’s metropolitan planning organizations. Together with Jennifer Newcomer, Phyllis’ most recent research portfolio has expanded to include work on family economic security and community economic health.
Internationally in the developing world, she works as both a consultant and a volunteer with central and local governments on issues of macro-fiscal forecasting, tax policy analysis, open budgets and transparency, and fiscal decentralization. Her most recent international projects include working as a consultant with Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) in the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning in Kigali, Rwanda and on the East Africa Technical Assistance Team with the International Monetary Fund. She has served as a volunteer expert with the Financial Services Volunteer Corps in Angola, Eswatini, Lesotho, Jordan, Bangladesh, Morocco and Tunisia.
Phyllis completed her master’s and doctoral degrees at the CU-Boulder and CU-Denver, respectively. Her dissertation research explored the effect of tax and expenditure limitations on tax reform efforts in the states. She has been recognized with awards for both her domestic research and international work, including the prestigious Most Distinguished Research award from the Governmental Research Association and the Volunteers for Economic Growth Alliance Volunteer of the Year Award. Phyllis also served four years as a volunteer representing the Governmental Research Association on the Government Accounting Standards Advisory Council. In May 2021, she was invited to join the Regional Economic Development Institute (REDI) as a Colorado State University Research Associate.