Mattea Kramer is the former research director and current senior advisor at National Priorities Project, a federal budget think tank, where she was the lead author of the organization’s book, A People’s Guide to the Federal Budget. In that capacity she regularly spoke as a commentator about federal budget policy on radio and television. She has served as the managing editor of the Women’s Policy Journal of Harvard, and in 2011 she was awarded a News21 journalism fellowship by Harvard’s Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics, and Public Policy, which led to her reporting on the economics of food safety in The Washington Post. In 2014 she became an independent writer, turning her focus to such topics as grief, empathy, and the inner critic. She writes regular commentary for TomDispatch, Salon, Guernica, The Huffington Post, The Nation, and others, and she is a staff reviewer for The New York Journal of Books. She holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Amherst College and a master’s degree in public policy from Harvard.