About Us

MDCEP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization committed to ideas that work for everyone and a public climate where they can prevail.

Our Mission

The Maryland Center on Economic Policy advances innovative policy ideas to foster broad prosperity and help our state be the standard-bearer for responsible public policy. We engage in research, analysis, strategic communications, public education, and grassroots alliances promoting robust debate and greater public awareness of the policy choices Maryland residents face together.

Founding Principles

Every Marylander should be able to achieve their full potential in a healthy economy that offers a widely-shared, rising standard of living.

MDCEP believes that:

  • Government that is open, accountable, and responsive has an active role to play to help people reach their full potential;
  • Public debate benefits from evidence-based research; and
  • Maryland should lead the way with fiscally sound policies that support working families, thriving businesses, and a strong social sector.

Our Staff

YNPN-10-XL Benjamin Orr is the Executive Director of the Maryland Center on Economic Policy. From 2011 to 2013 he was Interim Director, Transition Coordinator, and Policy Analyst for the Maryland Budget and Tax Policy Institute.  Mr. Orr also spent three years with the Brookings Institution’s Metropolitan Policy Program, where he worked on policy issues affecting the greater Washington DC region. Prior to his time at Brookings, Ben worked for the CUNY Institute for Demographic Research, the New York Census Research Data Center, and the John Jay College Center on Terrorism.  Mr. Orr holds a Masters in Public Administration from Baruch College, City University of New York.




Email: borr@mdeconomy.org
Phone: 410-412-9105  (x700)

Kali Schumitz

Kali Schumitz is MDCEP’s Director of Communications and Partner Engagement. Prior to joining MDCEP, Kali worked as a newspaper reporter and editor for more than 13 years, most recently covering local and state government in Virginia for Post Community Media. She also has an extensive background in nonprofit communications and management, having provided board and volunteer support to several organizations. She holds a B.A. in Mass Communication from Towson University.

Email: kschumitz@mdeconomy.org
Phone: 410-412-9105  (x701)


Christopher Meyer

Christopher Meyer is MDCEP’s Research Analyst. Prior to joining MDCEP, Christopher worked as a College Aide at the Metropolitan Transportation Authority of New York, where he assisted the Department of Subways with performance measurement and compliance reporting. He has also worked as a Graduate Research Assistant at Baruch College, City University of New York, where he contributed to research in government-nonprofit relations and development economics. He holds a Masters in Public Administration from Baruch College, City University of New York.

Email: cmeyer@mdeconomy.org
Phone: 410-412-9105  (x703)


 headshot-1 Ellen Hutton is MDCEP’s Partner Engagement Associate. Prior to joining MDCEP, Ellen worked as the Media and Communications Director for a state delegate campaign. She is currently completing a Masters in Global Affairs and Human Security at University of Baltimore and serves on the executive board for the Global Affairs and Human Security Student Association. She holds a B.A. in Business Administration from Towson University.

Email: ehutton@mdeconomy.org 
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Contact Us
Maryland Center on Economic Policy
1800 N. Charles Street | Suite 406
Baltimore MD 21201
Twitter: @mdeconomy