John Cape

National expert on state budgets and public policy, advocate for fiscal integrity and transparency

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John Cape

Senior Fellow
Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy
Department: Rockefeller Institute of Government

State and local government finance and policy

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Cape is a national expert on state budgets and public policy, with more than 30 years of experience in the public sector. He is managing director at the PFM Group, where he specializes in state and local government finances and policy.

He previously served as New York's budget director, acting as the state's chief financial officer and the principal fiscal advisor to the Governor, and heading the Division of the Budget, whose 350 staff members oversaw a $113 billion operating budget and $50 billion debt portfolio.

The author of major budget reform and debt reform statutes, Cape is recognized as an advocate for fiscal integrity and transparency.