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Romina Boccia

  • Deputy Director, Thomas A. Roe Institute for Economic Policy Studies and Grover M. Hermann Research Fellow
The Institute for Economic Freedom and Opportunity at The Heritage Foundation

Romina Boccia focuses on federal spending and the national debt as the Grover M. Hermann research fellow in federal budgetary affairs, and research manager, in the Roe Institute for Economic Policy Studies at The Heritage Foundation. 

Boccia’s research and writing includes Social Security, retirement accounts, and the effects of federal spending on economic growth.  Among her signature products are Heritage’s Federal Budget in Pictures and Federal Spending by the Numbers, two highly visual and popular chart books. She is a frequent contributor to the Daily Signal and The Hill’s contributors’ section. Boccia has been published and quoted in magazines and newspapers such as The Atlantic, The Washington Post, Bloomberg, The Washington Times, The Washington Examiner, Die Welt (German), and The National Interest, and by online news venues such as The Blaze.com and Townhall.com. She frequently appears on national and international television, including Fox News, NBC, PBS, and SkyNews.

Before her promotion to Hermann fellow and senior policy analyst in July 2013, Boccia was assistant director of the Roe Institute and her stable of issues encompassed taxes, entitlements and other spending, energy and environment, and regulation. 

Joining Heritage in May 2011, Boccia became an associate at the Charles Koch Institute, where she immersed herself for a year in market-based management, the holistic approach that built the world's largest private company. She previously worked as a policy analyst at the Independent Women’s Forum, covering the gender wage gap, internet freedom, and energy policy. She also interned at the Cato Institute’s Center for Trade Policy Studies, focusing on immigration policy.

Boccia received her master’s degree in economics from George Mason University (GMU) in Fairfax, Va. She also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in economics from GMU with a minor in data analysis. She was honored with the Richard J. Ernst Award for Scholastic Achievement.

She was a fellow in the GMU Writing Center’s “Writing Across the Curriculum” program, rated one of the top 20 such programs in America. Her essay on the financial crisis of 2008 won the F.A. Hayek Essay Award.

Boccia serves on the Foundation for Economic Education Alumni Board. Moreover, Boccia is a founding member and former president of Liberty Toastmasters, an organization to develop public speaking and leadership skills for the advancement of liberty.

Boccia, who was born and grew up in Augsburg, Germany, currently resides with her husband in Clinton, Md.


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