For the past four years, Brian Fessler has served as a specialist with the State Aid and Financial Planning Service at Questar III BOCES (Board of Cooperative Educational Services) in Castleton, New York. As the largest BOCES service in the state, State Aid Planning helps more than 600 public school districts negotiate their way through the complex and multifaceted world of school finance. In this role, Mr. Fessler helps districts analyze and understand state school aid projections, budget comparisons and the recently enacted property tax levy cap as these districts face some of the most trying times in their funding history. He has focused much of his effort on developing and implementing a proactive legislative monitoring and notification system to better inform schools of legislation that may impact district finances and other education operations across the state.
Prior to joining Questar III, Mr. Fessler was a legislative associate for The College Board in Albany. He assisted the not-for-profit education organization's government relations efforts in state capitals throughout the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic.
Brian Fessler earned his Master of Public Administration at Rockefeller College in 2007 and a Bachelor of Science in Political Science and History from the University at Albany in 2006, graduating magna cum laude. He was a Presidential Scholar and recipient of the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence. While an undergraduate at the University, Brian also served as the student trustee on the SUNY Board of Trustees.
As a University at Albany alumnus, Mr. Fessler volunteers much of his time to the University through a variety of roles. He serves as a member of the UAlbany Alumni Association Board of Directors and as chair of the Graduates of the Last Decade (GOLD) Committee.
Brian Fessler lives in Guilderland, New York with his longtime girlfriend Kathryn DiLello, also a Rockefeller College alumnus.