Brett Mandel, M.G.A. is Senior Advisor of Econsult Solutions. Most recently, Brett served as the Executive Director of Philadelphia Forward, a citizens’ organization dedicated to promoting civic engagement to make Philadelphia a vibrant city that is a preferred place to live, work, and visit. The work of Philadelphia Forward’s won national awards and much local attention. Philadelphia Forward successfully advocated for policy changes to improve tax fairness, legislation to reduce wage and business taxes, and Charter change to enact ethics reforms.
Previously, Brett served as Director, Financial and Policy Analysis, in the City of Philadelphia Office of the Controller where he managed the efforts of the Financial and Policy Analysis Unit and oversaw consideration of a wide variety of issue areas relating to municipal governance, budgetary policy, and city government operations. In 2003, Brett served as a member of the voter-established Tax Reform Commission. Brett also served as Assistant Policy Director of the Philadelphia Independent Charter Commission, analyzing reforms for the only post-1951 Commission empowered to place propositions on the ballot for voter approval. Brett received his B.A. from Hamilton College, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Magna Cum Laude, and his M.G.A. from the Fels Center of Government of the University of Pennsylvania.
Brett is the author of Is This Heaven? The Magic of the Field of Dreams (Rowman & Littlefield, 2002) a book that brings readers along on the continuing pilgrimage to the Field of Dreams Movie Site where life imitates art and everyday people find redemption and reconciliation in an Iowa cornfield. He is also the primary author of the City Controller’s Office book, Philadelphia: A New Urban Direction (Saint Joseph’s University Press, 1999), a vision of Philadelphia’s likely future without change and a comprehensive plan designed to make Philadelphia a preferred place to live, work, and visit. The book received the National Association of Local Government Auditors Special Project Award for 1999. Another book, Minor Players, Major Dreams, (University of Nebraska Press, 1997) was written from Brett’s perspective as an author, signed to a minor league baseball player’s contract, to tell the inside story of minor league life.