Lowenstein re-appointed as director of NYC IBO

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Ronnie Lowenstein has been reappointed as director of the New York City Independent Budget Office, the IBO Advisory Board announced on Wednesday.

“At a time when objective analysis is missing from so many discussions of public policy, it is especially gratifying to continue leading an agency created to embody these standards,” said Lowenstein. “It is also a privilege to be granted four more years to work with such a talented staff that is so committed to transparency and public service.”
The New York City Charter authorizes the comptroller, the public advocate, City Council speaker and a borough president representative to appoint the IBO director after the advisory board nominates a candidate.

“Under Ronnie Lowenstein’s leadership, the Independent Budget Office has provided taxpayers and policymakers with unbiased budget assessments that are indispensable in ensuring New York City’s financial future,” said Comptroller Scott Stringer. “Over the last 18 years, Ronnie has displayed great skill and the utmost professionalism as an independent reporter of city finances. I congratulate her on reappointment as director and look forward to more of IBO’s thoughtful and informative analysis.”

Public Advocate Letitia James said that "in recent years, the IBO has only grown more impactful and more groundbreaking under Ronnie Lowenstein's leadership. Ronnie has done this city an immense service by consistently pushing the IBO to provide credible and critical information in relation to the city's complex budget and overall financial interests. I look forward to continue working with Ronnie to better address the needs of all New Yorkers."

City Council Speaker Corey Johnson said that “the Independent Budget Office plays an integral role in the oversight of New York City’s economy and government. I am pleased Ronnie Lowenstein has been reappointed as IBO’s director and look forward to working with her as we continue serving the residents of our city.”

Lowenstein joined IBO at its inception in 1996, first serving as deputy director and chief economist. She became IBO’s second director in 2000. Prior to joining IBO, she was an economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and taught economics at Barnard College.

She earned a Ph.D. in economics from Columbia University and a B.A. from Guilford College. Lowenstein lives in Manhattan with her husband Ken, an attorney. They have two sons and three grandchildren.

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