Jeffrey Liebman, Director
Jeffrey Liebman, the Malcolm Wiener Professor of Public Policy, became the Taubman Center's director in July of 2014. Liebman teaches courses in public sector economics and American economic policy and focuses his research on tax and budget policy, social insurance, poverty, income inequality, and social innovation. Recent research has examined the impacts of government programs such as the Earned Income Tax Credit, Social Security, housing vouchers, SNAP, and Disability Insurance. Jeffrey also directs the Harvard Kennedy School’s Government Performance Lab and the Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston. During the first two years of the Obama Administration, Liebman worked at OMB, first as Executive Associate Director and Chief Economist and then as Acting Deputy Director. From 1998 to 1999, Liebman served as Special Assistant to the President for economic policy and coordinated the Clinton Administration's Social Security reform technical working group. Liebman received his BA from Yale University and his MA and Ph.D. in economics from Harvard.
Rafael Carbonell, Executive Director
Rafael Carbonell became the Taubman Center Executive Director in August 2017, where he works to advance its mission to support public sector leaders in improving the governance of states, metropolitan areas, and cities. Rafael previously served as Deputy Director of the City of Boston’s Office of Business Development, where he implemented a new small business innovation initiative and led the development of the City’s first-ever small business strategic plan, which was unveiled by Mayor Marty Walsh in 2016. Prior to that, Rafael helped launch, and then as Executive Vice President ran Thrive, the first regional economic development enterprise for the eight-county Madison, Wisconsin region. Rafael also previously served as Director of Regional Economic Development for the Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce, and as Director of Marketing & Business Development for Livra.com, a technology startup he helped launch in Buenos Aires, Argentina, which is now one of Latin America’s largest online market research platforms. Rafael holds a B.S. in Marketing from Boston College, was a Ford Foundation “Regional Sustainable Development Fellow,” and is fluent in Spanish.
Maureen Mahoney, Senior Director of Finance and Administration
Maureen Mahoney is the senior director for finance and administration to the Taubman Center for State and Local Government. She has been with the Harvard Kennedy School of Government since 1990 in various capacities. Maureen is responsible for the management of funds within the Center, which include grants that are part of the major programs that fall under the Taubman Center umbrella. In this role, she works with program managers, assistants, and faculty with budget preparation and management. She develops financial models and prepares analyses to support the Center’s financial operations and strategic planning efforts. Maureen was a 2001 recipient of the Dean's Award for Excellence and has served on several school-wide committees, which include the Staff and Community Engagement Initiatives and the New Work Systems at Harvard Design Team.
Sabrina davis, Program Coordinator
Sabrina Davis is the Program Coordinator at the Taubman Center for State and Local Government. She joined the Taubman Center in November 2020. Previously, Sabrina worked with the North Carolina League of Municipalities conducting survey research on North Carolina’s cities and towns. In addition, Sabrina worked with Durham County Government (NC) on the Strategic Initiatives team. She has also served as an AmeriCorps member in Memphis, TN and a K-12 special education paraprofessional. Sabrina holds a Master of Public Policy (MPP) from Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy and B.A. in Social Work from Eastern Connecticut State University.
Joanne Kenney, Financial Associate
Joanne Kenney is a financial associate in the Taubman Center for State and Local Government. She recently joined Harvard Kennedy School in a full time capacity, though she has been with HKS for several years in temporary assignments for both the Weiner Center and Degree Programs and Student Affairs. Joanne previously worked as a Senior Social Worker at NY Presbyterian Hospital-Westchester Division and most recently worked as the lead customer service associate in the Mail Order Division at Legal Sea Foods Corporate Office Boston, MA. Joanne earned her undergraduate degree from S.U.N.Y. at Purchase and her Master’s in Social Work from Yeshiva University-Wurzweiler School of Social Work, NYC.