Nancy Wagman, MCP

Kids Count Director, Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center

Nancy Wagman is the Kids Count Director at the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center (MassBudget). Kids Count uses data to help focus policies that improve child wellbeing, particularly for children who face significant obstacles to opportunity. She is also MassBudget’s senior health policy and budget analyst and is responsible for MassBudget’s Budget Browser and Children’s Budget, online tools that allow users to analyze and understand the Massachusetts state budget. Nancy has authored or contributed to numerous papers focusing on poverty and economic opportunity, health care, and the state budget.

Before joining MassBudget, Nancy was a special education advocate and analyst with a school-based mental health program. Prior to that she was the Deputy Director of the Massachusetts Senate Post Audit and Oversight Bureau, overseeing research evaluating the effectiveness of state programs. She came to working for the Legislature from having been a planner and advocate at a large human services agency serving Somerville and Cambridge, a policy and program analyst at the state Department of Public Health, and a WIC program director at a community health center in Boston.

Nancy received a masters in city planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where her thesis focused on the impact of federally-funded food programs on community organizations. She has a B.A. from Oberlin College.