Associate Professor Lori L. Taylor holds the Verlin and Howard Kruse ’52 Founders Associate Professorship at the Bush School, and is also an adjunct associate professor in Texas A&M University's Department of Economics. She is a member of the Children At Risk Institute in Houston, Texas, a nonprofit organization that drives change for children through research, education, and influencing public policy.
Dr. Taylor holds a BA in economics and a BS in business administration from the University of Kansas, and a master's and PhD in economics from the University of Rochester. Prior to joining the Bush School, Dr. Taylor spent fourteen years as an economist and policy advisor in the Research Department of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas and served as an adjunct faculty member at Southern Methodist University.
Dr. Taylor has written extensively on variations in the cost of education and has served as a consultant on school finance issues for a variety of legislative committees and state and federal agencies. She recently served as an expert consultant for the Texas Comptroller's Financial Allocation Study for Texas (FAST), and developed the Comparable Wage Index for the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). Her current projects explore differences in teacher quality between charter and traditional public schools, the impact of school facilities on teacher turnover, and the effects of performance pay in education.
Dr. Taylor's research on school finance issues has been published in several key economic and education finance journals. A former member of the American Education Finance Association's Board of Directors and the NCES' Finance Technical Review Panel, she also served for five years as a program area leader for School Finance, Facilities, and Organizations in the State of Texas Education Research Center at Texas A&M University.
A 1992 Texas A&M University graduate in political science, Jennifer Hartman Moore is now the assistant director of the Mosbacher Institute for Trade, Economics, and Public Policy. Moore brings extensive legislative and administrative experience in both the public and private sectors to her work at the Institute. She has spent more than ten years in the legislative and political arena, during which time she worked for state and federal legislators, including US Congressmen Joe Barton (TX) and Jay Dickey (AR), as well as Texas State Senator Florence Shapiro. Moore also worked in the White House during the administration of President George H.W. Bush.
As a legislative consultant for the Texas Hotel & Lodging Association in Austin, Moore educated members on legislative issues, and monitored and analyzed legislation. Her responsibilities as Senator Shapiro's chief-of-staff included supervising the capitol and all district offices, administering the senator's legislative agenda, and developing district outreach and press strategies. While working for U.S. Representative Dickey as legislative director, she supervised legislative staff and coordinated legislative agendas, as well as activities relating to the congressman's committee work. Moore also assisted in representing clients on telecommunications issues at The Dutko Group (now Dutko Grayling), a multidisciplinary, global government affairs, public relations, and management consulting firm.
Cynthia Gause is a graduate of Amherst College with a BA in physics. She spent her early career in the fledgling field of computer science, starting as a computer programmer and software designer on various government contracting projects around Boston and Washington, DC. She then worked for several years as an Information Systems Manager at The Bank of New York in New York City. Before moving to Texas and joining the Mosbacher Institute, she spent 19 years as the Administrative Assistant to the principals of the Williston School District in Williston, Vermont. In that position she was responsible for the schools’ data management and reporting, personnel coordination, community and school communications, and general organizational support.
James M. Griffin holds the Bob Bullock Chair in Finance and Public Policy. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Pennsylvania ('70) and an undergraduate degree from Southern Methodist in economics and mathematics. Griffin's research on energy policy and the effects of technological change on various industries has been published in numerous scholarly articles and books, and he co-authored the leading textbook in his field. He serves on the editorial boards of three journals specializing in energy economics. Most recently, he wrote A Smart Energy Policy: An Economist's Rx for Balancing Cheap, Clean, and Secure Energy published by Yale University Press. Griffin also has considerable experience as a consultant on antitrust and regulatory matters.