ORA Team

Chief – Matt McCabe 

Matt McCabe is the Chief of the Office of Revenue Analysis (ORA) in the Rhode Island Department of Revenue, a position he’s held since May 2022.

Prior to joining ORA, Matt spent seven years in the Rhode Island Office of Management and Budget (OMB). While at OMB, Matt took the lead on budget-related revenue issues, including heading the office’s revenue forecasting efforts and participating in the biannual Revenue Estimating Conference. During this time, Matt also managed OMB’s executive branch regulatory review process, overseeing hundreds of regulatory submissions annually across more than 50 executive branch agencies.

Matt has a Master’s Degree in Public Policy and a B.A. in History, both from Brown University. Prior to joining Rhode Island state government, Matt’s work experience includes the Program of Corporate Governance at Harvard Law School and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

Deputy Chief – Madiha Zaffou, Ph.D. 

Madiha Zaffou is Deputy Chief of the Office of Revenue Analysis (ORA) in the Rhode Island Department of Revenue. Madiha has worked for ORA since August 2016. She served as Acting Chief of ORA for six months prior to her current position. Previously, she was a Chief Economic and Policy Analyst with ORA and a Principal Economic and Policy Analyst. Prior to her employment at ORA, Madiha worked as a research assistant and an instructor in the University of Connecticut.

Madiha earned her Ph.D. in Agricultural and Resource Economics from University of Connecticut and her M.S. degree in Agricultural and Applied Economics from Texas Tech University. 

Madiha’s current work focuses on performing cost-benefit analyses to evaluate a variety of State tax incentives, forecasting revenue and budget drivers to assist with budget development, and estimating the impact of proposed policy changes on general revenue. Madiha is a proficient user of the REMI PI+ and Tax-PI economic modeling software used by ORA to measure the economic impacts of state polices and tax programs.

ORA’s work on state tax incentive evaluations is highly regarded and nationally recognized. Madiha was invited by the Pew Charitable Trusts to lead a training session on how to incorporate cost-benefit analyses into economic development tax incentive evaluations. During this training session, Madiha shared her expertise with economists and policy analysts from around the country and the training was made available for more than 30 state evaluation offices. In addition, Madiha has presented her work multiple times at conferences and meetings such as the REMI users conference and the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) evaluators roundtable.

Principal Economic & Policy Analyst – Bethany I. Scanlon

Bethany Scanlon is a Principal Economic and Policy Analyst in the Office of Revenue Analysis (ORA) in the Rhode Island Department of Revenue. She has worked for ORA for the past 11 years, starting as a Budget Analyst/Economist in 2010. Prior to working for the State, Bethany worked in the Planning and Development Division for the City of Woonsocket.

Bethany earned her Master’s in Economics from the University of Connecticut and her B.A. in Mathematics and Economics from Assumption College.

Current primary duties in the Office of Revenue Analysis include monitoring and calculating aid associated with the motor vehicle phase-out, project leader for the production and writing of the biennial tax expenditure report, fiscal notes, personal income tax model simulation and working in the Office’s sales and use tax model.

Principal Economic & Policy Analyst – Stephanie L. Hume

Stephanie L. Hume is a Senior and Economic Policy Analyst in the Office of Revenue Analysis in the Rhode Island Department of Revenue.  She started with the Office of Revenue Analysis in November 2015 as a Revenue Policy Analyst. 

Stephanie earned her M.S. in Social and Applied Economics in 2015 from Wright State University, where she was a graduate assistant. Her B.A. degree was in International Studies and Sociology from Baldwin-Wallace College.  Prior to her work for the state, she was employed by the Wright State University Department of Management and International Business and Huntington National Bank.

Stephanie’s current work focuses on estimating the fiscal impact of proposed policy changes on general revenue, writing and editing monthly cash and revenue reports, and assisting with the completion of the biennial Tax Expenditures Report.  She is responsible for programing the Rhode Island Personal Income Tax Simulation Model using SAS software and producing sales tax estimates using the Rhode Island Sales Tax Simulation Model from Chainbridge Software.