Staff Bios

Marisa Waxman, AICP

Executive Director


Marisa Waxman joined PICA in October 2023 to serve as Executive Director. Previously, as the Budget Director for the City of Philadelphia, she managed its substantial operating and capital budgets, focusing on equity in budget development. Her previous roles included First Deputy Revenue Commissioner, where she dealt with revenue policy, regulation, and communications. Her career began in the City Controller's Office in Philadelphia, and she has worked in various roles with the City of Philadelphia, New York City Department of Finance, the US Department of the Treasury, and the Economy League of Greater Philadelphia. Marisa Waxman is a University of Pennsylvania alumna with a master’s in City and Regional Planning and a proud member of the 255th graduating class at Central High School.

Rob Call

Deputy Director


Mr. Call joined PICA as Deputy Director in February 2023. Prior to joining PICA he worked for Philadelphia City Council. He began working in City Council first as a Housing Policy Fellow and then as a Fiscal Policy Analyst, where he staffed council's Committee on Fiscal Stability and Intergovernmental Cooperation and the Special Committee on Retention and Hiring of Municipal Workers.

A native of the Atlanta area with a background in housing policy and community organizing, Mr. Call came to Philadelphia after receiving his Masters in City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Suzanne Staherski

Research and Policy Analyst


Ms. Staherski joined PICA as a Research and Policy Analyst in May of 2023. Prior to accepting this role, she served as a Research Assistant at Villanova University and the Biden School of Public Policy. She has worked on a variety of economic research projects, studying fiscal policy, monetary policy, and income and wealth inequality.

Ms. Staherski holds an M.A. in Political Science from Villanova University, where she completed a Graduate Research Fellowship, and a B.A. in Sociology and Political Science from Eastern University, where she received the Sociology Award for outstanding scholarship in the field of sociology.

Deidre Morgenstern

Administrative Manager