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Cortney Sanders


Cortney Sanders is Senior Manager of State and Policy Analysis at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, where she focuses on state fiscal policy through a racial equity lens.

Since joining the Center as a State Policy Fellow, and later as a Senior Policy Analyst, Sanders has researched a range of state fiscal policy issues, including K-12 and early childhood education funding, juvenile justice reform and reinvestment, criminal justice fines and fees, and broader fiscal policies to help raise state revenue. She also provides technical support to our State Priorities Partnership to build partners’ capacity to conduct research and analysis through an equitable lens.

Prior to joining the Center, she worked for Poverty Solutions in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and the Aspen Institute as a William Randolph Hearst Fellow.

Sanders holds a Bachelor’s degree in Government from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Public Policy from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.