President and CEO, GBPI

Taifa Smith Butler

Taifa Smith Butler is president and CEO of the Georgia Budget and Policy Institute, where she leads and inspires the GBPI team to accomplish the organization’s mission and vision to improve economic opportunity for all Georgians. She is a problem solver, tireless champion for equity, working families and investing early in children — Georgia’s greatest asset.

Over 20 Years of Experience

Strategy | Public Policy | Data Analysis

Taifa brings more than 20 years of experience in strategic communications, public policy research and data analysis in the public, nonprofit and private sectors. Prior to joining the GBPI team as deputy director in 2011, she served as the policy and communications director for Georgia Family Connection Partnership where she co-managed the Georgia KIDS COUNT project and monitored public policy and its impact on children, families and communities.

Taifa has served on various local, state and national committees and boards. She is member of Leadership Georgia Class of 2016 and is a Rockwood Leadership Institute Leading from the Inside Out Fellow, Class of 2017.

Taifa graduated from Mount Holyoke College and holds a master’s in public management and policy from the Heinz School of Public Policy and Management at Carnegie Mellon University, with a concentration in economic development and financial management.

Recent Posts by Taifa

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Overview: 2019 Fiscal Year Budget for Human Services

Foster Care Services Get Increases for Foster Parents, Child Placement Agencies Gov. Nathan Deal’s proposed $788 million Department …

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Make a $1 Billion Investment in Georgia’s Youth, Workers, Families and Communities

As published by SaportaReport You’ve no doubt heard many times Georgia is the No. 1 place to do …

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Help Rural Georgians’ Health and Pocketbook

Originally posted in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Lawmakers appear poised to try something new to help struggling communities in …

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Albany, Georgia: Good people, great community, tremendous needs

Ursula looked me in my eyes and said “When you go back to Atlanta, the first thing that …

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Georgia’s Revenue Increase Trails Needs of Growing Population

For most Georgians July 1, 2017 was just another steamy summer day in the south. For state lawmakers …

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Many Georgia Families Get Raw Deal in President’s Callous Budget

Georgians stand to lose a lot if the president’s proposed budget released this week is approved. Not only …

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Stabilizing Georgia’s Health System Tops 2017 Legislative To-do List

As published in the Atlanta Journal Constitution A reeling state health care system. Chronically underfunded public schools. Working …

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When HOPE Falls Short, Georgia Loses

When I read more than 10,000 financially-strapped students were dropped off Georgia’s college rolls in the 2014-2015 school …

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New GBPI Budget Primer Previews 2017 as State Closes Out 2016

State tax collection rose 9.4 percent in the just-ended 2016 fiscal year, or nearly $1.8 billion more than …

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Time to Remedy Georgia’s Health Care Provider Shortages

As published in the AJC June 26, 2016 Georgia needs a health care system that is sustainable. The …

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State Revenue Gain Offers Possibilities

As we near the close of the 2016 fiscal year, we can breathe a sigh of relief. The …

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Lawmakers Made Small Progress, Avoided Big Budget Mistakes

As Published in the AJC Former drug offenders and their families who struggle financially could get better access …

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