Eric Michael Gray
Principal Analyst, Office of Fiscal Analysis, Connecticut General Assembly
Eric Michael Gray is a 2008 graduate of the University of Connecticut’s Master of Public Administration program. He began working for the Office of Fiscal Analysis (OFA) in 2016, after spending more than eight years working for the Legislative Program Review and Investigations Committee. At OFA, he is the lead bond analyst for the legislature. As a non-partisan staff member, Eric serves the needs and interests of elected officials and interacts with a wide variety of stakeholders and interested parties. His coursework and experience from the MPA program have translated directly to his day to day responsibilities, including formal and informal research, and being able to objectively provide analysis and evidence of issues facing the state.
Through the MPA program, Eric worked closely with the faculty and staff. With the help of his advisor, he worked on his capstone project that used advanced statistical techniques to find statistically significant effects within measures of educational achievement. He also assisted in creating a survey to measure the impact of various educational programs and policies on reducing racial isolation and improving cross-racial attitudes. Additionally, working on survey projects allowed him to also work with several other faculty members and student peers, both in and out of the MPA program. This collaboration showed him the power of asking for the advice and assistance of experts in other fields, which has been vital part for him to study a wide variety of topic areas.
Eric regularly uses a wide variety of the professional tools he developed through the the MPA program, including evaluation of public finance, municipal bonds, and state programs, as well as skills like database management and has prepared him for several types of careers in areas such as budgeting, financial forecasting, and educational achievement measurement.
Eric’s plan for the future is to continue working to make a positive impact on government policies and programs, and while trying to improve the public service sector for all involved.