Uri Monson - Secretary of the BudgetGovernor Josh Shapiro appointed Uri Monson to serve as the Secretary of the Budget in January of 2023. Monson grew up in Philadelphia and has served in a variety of public service roles for nearly 30 years. Previously he served as Deputy Superintendent of Operations and Chief Financial Officer for the School District of Philadelphia. During this time period, the School District of Philadelphia improved its fiscal outlook to allow for a return to local City control and achieve an investment level credit rating for the first time since 1977. Monson has also served as the Chief Financial Officer of Montgomery County, PA; Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority; and, as Assistant Budget Director for the City of Philadelphia. Prior to returning to Philadelphia, Monson worked for the US Department of Education in Washington, DC as a Congressional Liaison and as a policy analyst and program manager for the Office of Postsecondary Education.
Monson began his public service through the Presidential Management Internship (PMI) Program, during which he served as a program analyst at the US Department of Education and worked in the Office of the Vice President of the United States and the NYC Office of the Superintendent for Alternative High School Programs.
Monson has a master's degree in Public Policy, from the Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs. He has a bachelor's degree in Political Science from Columbia University, as well as a bachelor's degree in Midrash from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America.
Monson is an active member of his synagogue, served as a Vice President and Treasurer of Camp Ramah in the Poconos, and is a former President of the Philadelphia Committee on City Policy. He was named as a person to watch in Philadelphia Magazine's 2009 "Best of Philly" Issue, and cited as the top "Wonk" in the City. Monson currently resides in Wynnewood, PA with his wife and three children.