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MISSION

LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT

their predecessors constructed. Through our Government to University initiative, universities and government representatives across the country are generating innovative, collaborative projects to strengthen the talent pipeline into government. And the public finance team is empowering public servants with cutting-edge, data-driven budgeting guidance and raising awareness about the imperative of federal oversight in state and local finance. As Mr. Volcker’s example reminds us, it takes time to shift norms and amplify values. Results don’t come overnight, but we keep at it. Three determined, visionary women now lead the Alliance team. We ensure that diversity is front and center in our own hiring and across our programmatic portfolio. With profound motivation and gratitude, we inspire others with Mr. Volcker’s legacy of service and work to advance his vision in ways that would make him proud.

REFLECTING ON THE PAST YEAR, I CONSIDER

The Volcker Alliance empowers the public sector workforce to solve the challenges facing our nation.

PAUL A. VOLCKER

Founder and former chairman

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how a beleaguered nation found resilience in the face of unrelenting challenges. Some were jarring and new—an evolving pandemic, more frequent and extreme weather events, a violent attack on the centerpiece of our democracy. Others were all too familiar— the death of Black men at the hands of police, political toxicity, and inflation hitting our bank balances and sense of financial security. Through it all, our team at the Volcker Alliance, and others around us, drew inspiration from our founder, Paul A. Volcker. Mr. Volcker was a courageous leader who never backed away from doing the right thing because it might be difficult or politically damaging. He was an inimitable player of the long game. At the Volcker Alliance, we are also playing a critical long game. We are doubling down on our conviction that our democracy’s vitality depends on the education and training of a diverse pool of public servants. With the Alliance’s partners at schools of public service, the Next Generation Service Corps is helping rising leaders with fresh perspectives build on the foundations

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Sara Mogulescu

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WHAT WE DO

Our programs are focused on educating, connecting, empowering, and inspiring public servants.

EDUCATE

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CONNECT

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EMPOWER

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INSPIRE

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WHAT WE DO: EDUCATE

and reinforce democratic values on campus. The Deans Summit continued to work to address structural racism in participating schools. As a first step to being more intentional in ensuring that people of color pursue and secure leadership positions in schools of public service, the deans piloted a survey to collect information about the demographics and career pathways of current leaders of those schools. Throughout 2021, the Alliance also hosted

WE PROMOTE INNOVATION IN PUBLIC SERVICE EDUCATION The DEANS SUMMIT provides opportunities for innovation and collaboration among deans and directors of the nation’s comprehensive schools of public service. In 2021, a central priority was developing strategies for the schools to strengthen democratic institutions. In partnership with the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, we brought together students from ten schools of public service for a conversation on the academy’s bipartisan Commission on the Practice of Democratic Citizenship report Our Common Purpose: Reinventing American Democracy for the 21st Century. Students engaged with their peers to identify student-led action to proliferate

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The NEXT GENERATION SERVICE CORPS (NextGen Service) continued to expand in 2021. Thirteen schools in eleven states are launching public service programs for undergraduates in all majors. As more students enroll in NextGen

Service programs, the Alliance is planning and hosting cross-school activities and networking opportunities. We are curating a virtual space for students to connect with one another and find exciting public service internships and job openings.

OUR NETWORK TODAY

CONVERSATIONS FOR LEADERS OF SCHOOLS OF PUBLIC SERVICE, a virtual forum to explore

common challenges and areas for impact.

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WHAT WE DO: CONNECT

WHAT WE DO: EMPOWER

opportunities nationwide. It drew 1,300-plus potential candidates. We have held additional virtual fairs in 2022 and will continue to partner on events segmented by geography, occupation, and level of government.

WE BUILD PARTNERSHIPS BETWEEN GOVERNMENT LEADERS AND UNIVERSITIES The public sector workforce is in crisis. Between aging workers on the verge of retirement—a figure expected to double over the next five years—and a shortage of applications from talented young people, our government institutions are struggling to recruit qualified candidates and keep up with the rapid pace of change. That’s where the GOVERNMENT TO UNIVERSITY initiative (G2U) comes in. G2U is a national program to connect job seekers to public service positions.

With support from the Volcker Alliance, G2U partners at the Southern California Association of Governments and the RAND Corporation implemented a study to explore why many graduates of colleges and universities do not consider working in the public sector and whether government agencies are doing all they can to attract the next generation of employees. The resulting recommendations are helping bridge these In late 2021, the G2U team launched an gaps by identifying the most promising effort to connect students and job seekers strategies that public sector agencies, with employment openings via colleges and universities, and virtual job fairs. Our pilot event community organizations featured federal agencies— can pursue to increase the including the FBI, the State number of talented people from Department, and the Internal An initiative to link job seekers underrepresented groups in Revenue Service—showcasing government careers. to government jobs

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monthly events, which focus on the fiscal impact of COVID-19 on states and municipalities. With funding from the Century Foundation in 2021, we are developing a podcast series based on the webinars. With support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the INCREASING DIVERSITY IN GOVERNMENT initiative generated new research to improve state government recruitment and hiring practices to attract early-career professionals and underrepresented applicants. A joint effort of the Volcker Alliance, the Behavioral Insights Team, and state government partners, the program leveraged behavioral science insights to increase diversity in state government. It produced a paper, Strategies to Improve Workforce Diversity in the Public Sector, with practical implementation approaches for state agency recruiters and hiring managers to improve hiring practices and policies.

WE DRIVE RESEARCH ON EFFECTIVE GOVERNMENT The Volcker Alliance published Truth and Integrity in State Budgeting: Preparing for the Storm, the culmination of six years of research assessing the fiscal sustainability and transparency of budgeting practices in all fifty states from fiscal 2015 to 2019. In conjunction, we launched an updated and expanded interactive data laboratory. The report, which garnered national and local media coverage, was presented at the Association for Budgeting and Financial Management 2021 Annual Conference. The SPECIAL BRIEFING webinar series, introduced in 2020 in partnership with the University of Pennsylvania Institute for Urban Research, continued to attract top government officials and other influencers as panelists and audience members. More than 8,000 attendees have joined the

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WHAT WE DO: INSPIRE

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

WE INSPIRE OTHERS WITH THE STORY OF MR. VOLCKER’S COMMITMENT TO PUBLIC SERVICE Paul A. Volcker’s (1927–2019) legacy as a dedicated public servant drives our work and our values. The PAUL A. VOLCKER CAREER ACHIEVEMENT MEDAL, supported by Ray and Barbara Dalio, was established in 2019 in honor of the chairman and founder of the Volcker Alliance. The 2021 recipient was Evan Kwerel, who has spent more than three decades as an economist at the Federal Communications Commission. Mr. Kwerel pioneered the use of competitive spectrum auctions to allocate the public airwaves for sound, data, and video transmissions, helping fuel the digital revolution while adding over $200 billion to the government’s coffers. On October 16, 2021, Mr. Volcker was inducted into the New Jersey Hall of Fame. At the ceremony, former Governor Thomas H. Keane

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described him as “one of the greatest economists we’ve ever had.” Mr. Volcker’s accomplishments were celebrated alongside those of other inductees, including founding father Alexander Hamilton, late Supreme Court associate justice Antonin Scalia, and retired four-star Army General Gustave Perna. In December, the Alliance launched the JUSTINE RODRIGUEZ KILPATRICK LEGACY SOCIETY in honor of Ms. Kilpatrick’s life of

public service and her generous bequest of her estate to the Volcker Alliance. Ms. Kilpatrick worked for over thirty years at the federal Office of Management and Budget and was passionate about government accountability and budgeting for results. For the Volcker Alliance, a small organization with a big mission, Ms. Kilpatrick’s gift was transformative. The Legacy Society welcomes like-minded benefactors whose gifts ensure a bright future for the Volcker Alliance.

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BILL BRADLEY Chairman SARA MOGULESCU President

ANTHONY J. DOWD Treasurer THOMAS W. ROSS Senior Adviser

SHEILA BAIR

STEPHANIE MINER

CHARLES BOWSHER*

NORMAN J. ORNSTEIN

THOMAS M. DAVIS

RICHARD RAVITCH

WILLIAM H. DONALDSON*

WILLIAM RHODES

T. ELOISE FOSTER

JAMES P. VOLCKER

ANTHONY FOXX

ANTONIO WEISS

SHIRLEY CLARKE FRANKLIN *Emeritus

FRANCIS FUKUYAMA

JAMES VOLCKER joined the board of directors of the Volcker Alliance

in January 2022. Mr. Volcker is a grants management specialist in data science at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. Senator Bill Bradley, chairman of the board of directors, said, “The board of the Volcker Alliance is delighted to have James join us in leading this great organization, dedicated to advancing his father’s vision of an empowered public sector workforce. James not only has keen insight into his father’s passion for this issue but also brings his own training and expertise in public administration.”

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STAFF OF THE VOLCKER ALLIANCE

FINANCIALS

SARA MOGULESCU President

SARA MOGULESCU

MELISSA AUSTIN

YESENIA MARTINEZ

EMILY S. BOLTON

ANDREW MEKHAIL

ADAM CIAMPAGLIO

MAGGIE MELLO

MAYA CORRIN

SARAH MORNINGRED

GRAHAM DOWD

PETER MORRISSEY

EMILY EATON

KATE NICOLETTI

WILLIAM GLASGALL

ADAOBI OGUAGHA

BRETT HUNT

ANNA WALLMAN

NAOMI MAJOR

NOAH A. WINN-RITZENBERG

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was appointed president of the Alliance in January 2022. Ms. Mogulescu had been serving as the executive vice president. Emily Bolton, previously chief strategy officer, was promoted to the role of executive vice president. Melissa Austin, former director of operations, has been elevated to chief operating officer. Our team is stronger than ever, advancing the Alliance’s mission with intellect, dedication, vigor, and creativity.

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Statements of Financial Position

Statements of Activities

December 31, 2021, and 2020

December 31, 2021, and 2020

2021

2020

$1,531,870

$2,617,219

20,980,302

16,289,552

2021

ASSETS

2020

REVENUE, GAINS, AND OTHER SUPPORT

Cash and cash equivalents Investments

Grants and contributions

29,000

32,847

With donor restrictions

450,000

208,276

96,083

Prepaid expenses

50,947

29,841

Security deposits

84,736

155,063

Total Assets

1,707,651

1,414,737

45,084

66,268

309,400

$8,921,062

$8,576,122

$3,319,547

$3,619,586 887,646

Other income

Fiscal sponsor receivable

Property and equipment, at cost, net of accumulated depreciation and amortization

$7,095,117

Net investment income

Grants and contributions receivable Without donor restrictions

$6,858,927

Loan forgiveness Net assets released from restrictions Total Revenue, Gains, and Other Support EXPENSES

326,563

233,749

$23,661,694

$19,454,354

Program services Supporting services Management and general

714,069

LIABILITIES

Development

370,693

395,516

Accounts payable and accrued expenses

Total supporting services

1,084,762

1,283,162

$4,404,309

$4,902,748

Grants payable Loan payable Deferred rent Total Liabilities

132,296

65,875

200,000

311,702

309,400

45,268

$377,564

$686,977

21,286,059

17,662,060

Total Expenses Change in net assets

4,516,753

3,673,374

18,767,377

15,094,003

$23,284,130

$18,767,377

Net assets, beginning of year Net Assets, End of Year

NET ASSETS Without donor restrictions With donor restrictions

1,998,071

1,105,317

Total Net Assets

$23,284,130

$18,767,377

Total Liabilities and Net Assets

$23,661,694

$19,454,354

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Published May 2022 Don Besom, art director; Michele Arboit, copy editor. Robert Neubecker, cover illustrator.

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OUR SUPPORTERS

PAUL A. VOLCKER

Founder

FOUNDER’S CIRCLE

The Volcker Alliance established the Founder’s Circle to recognize, in perpetuity, all donors who have contributed $25,000 or more to the Alliance. These donors have been essential to building and sustaining the Alliance since its launch in 2013. VISIONARY

CHAMPION

PARTNER

2021 DONORS

The Volcker Alliance also wishes to thank our donors from January 1 to December 31, 2021 for their generosity and commitment to the mission of the Volcker Alliance.

ALLY

SUPPORTER

FRIEND

($5 million and above)

($100,000–$1 million)

($25,000–$99,999)

($10,000–$24,999)

($1,000–$9,999)

(Less than $1,000)

Ray and Barbara Dalio

Anonymous

Anonymous

Stephen and Patricia Oxman

Anonymous

Anonymous

Justine Rodriguez Kilpatrick

The Challenger Foundation

The Century Foundation

Sheila C. Bair and Scott P. Cooper

Anonymous

Thomas Chan-Soo Kang

First Dollar Foundation

William Lovatt

The Volcker Family Foundation

William and Jane Donaldson

Mark H. Dalzell

T. Eloise Foster

Robert Morris

The Debs Foundation

Shirley Clarke Franklin

Edwin and Tracy Truman

STEWARD

The New York Community Trust Lise Strickler and Mark Gallogly Charitable Fund

Anthony J. Dowd

Philip Weintraub

The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

The Lee and Juliet Folger Fund

Francis Fukuyama and Laura Holmgren

($1 million–$5 million)

Laura and John Arnold Foundation

The Samuel Freeman Charitable Trust

Anonymous

Richard Ravitch Foundation

Carnegie Corporation of New York

William Rhodes

Henry and Elaine Kaufman Foundation

Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

Cheryl and Glen Lewy

Peter G. Peterson Foundation

Anke Volcker

The Mallinckrodt Foundation Robertson Foundation for Government Thomas W. Ross

J. Patterson Lawson Charitable Fund Bevis and Clara Longstreth Norman Ornstein The John and Barbara Vogelstein Foundation David and Irene Waddill Denham Wolf Real Estate Services

The Sedoric Family James and Martha Volcker Antonio Weiss

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