Tracy Gordon is the Okun-Model Fellow in Economic Studies at the Brookings Institution and an assistant professor in the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland, College Park. Her research is in state and local public finance, political economy, and urban economics, as well as topics related to fiscal stimulus and state and local governments. Previously, Tracy was a research fellow at the Public Policy Institute of California, where she is now an adjunct fellow. She is also an affiliated scholar at the Urban Institute and the Tax Policy Center. Tracy has authored reports and journal articles on state and local budgeting, local property taxes, the local initiative process, and so-called “private governments” or common interest developments. Some recent publications include: “Addressing Local Fiscal Disparities,” in the Oxford Handbook of Urban Economics and Planning (forthcoming), and “The Best of Times and the Worst of Times? Effects of Changing Revenues on Local Governments” (with Kim Rueben), in Municipal Revenues and Land Policies (2010). Tracy earned her Ph.D. in public policy with a concurrent M.A. in economics from the University of California, Berkeley.