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The New York Education Finance Advocate (NYEFA) website is a resource for anyone that would like to get information about New York City public school budgets. The New York Education Finance Advocate (NYEFA) website is a resource for anyone that would like to get information about New York City public school budgets.

About the Author

Prior to blogging Yolanda first began her career in public finance as a blue-sky paralegal in the law firm of Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe. After a few years of paralegal experience Yolanda obtained a Master of Science degree in public policy at the New School for Social Research located in Greenwich Village.

She incubated her policy development acumen while participating in the highly touted “Lab in Issue Analysis”. Following her graduation, she accepted a position with Standard & Poor’s as a municipal bond rating analyst where she became an Associate Director. While working at S&P Yolanda dedicated her energy to monitoring ratings of bonds that are considered below investment-grade. During her tenure she was also able to assign S&P’s highest rating, AAA, to Chesterfield County, Virginia.

Despite a rewarding career in public finance, six years later Yolanda decided to use her other talents and interests to form a sole proprietorship. After starting a fledgling professional development business, she was quickly hired to work for New York City.

Yolanda started as a budget operations professional but also became a categorical programs specialist before moving on to become a team leader in the Regional Operations Center covering school districts in Brooklyn. For another six years she guided school personnel through the budget process.

Motivated by desire to combine policy analysis with DOE budget expertise, Yolanda accepted a job offer with the New York City Independent Budget Office. While employed at IBO she provided data and analysis of the multi-billion dollar education budget. Today she continues to monitor, question, discuss, highlight, and sometimes critique the financial performance of the largest school system in America.

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Seats and Swings is a small team of non-partisan analysts with experience in political forecasting and election prediction. With a background in mathematics and economics. We utilise quantitative strategies inclusing polling analysis and modelling in conjuction with examination of qualitative factors such as expert opinion and public consensus. We’re on X at @seatsandswings and Reddit at r/seatsandswings.

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