Americans for Tax Fairness (ATF) is a diverse campaign of national, state and local organizations united in support of a tax system that works for all Americans. It has come together based on the belief that the country needs comprehensive, progressive tax reform that results in greater revenue to meet our growing needs. ATF believes we can start by forcing big corporations and the wealthy to pay their fair share in taxes. Lawmakers need to stop allowing the richest people and companies to have their own set of rules. Closing these special loopholes is the first step in achieving greater tax fairness.
Americans for Tax Fairness was established to help make the economy work for all — with adequate levels of investment in critical areas that create and sustain jobs and a balanced and equitable approach to decisions on the federal budget challenges we face. This requires raising sufficient revenues with everyone, including corporations, paying their fair share of taxes. Read more.
More than 325 national and state-based organizations have come together to support Americans for Tax Fairness. See who’s a part of the coalition.
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Chuck Loveless has served as the Director of Federal Government Affairs for the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), Washington, D.C. since 1993. In this position, he represents AFSCME in the nation’s capital on a wide variety of issues affecting state and local government and health care employees.
He received his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and an M.A. degree in political science from the University of California, Berkeley. He is a member of the Bar Association of the District of Columbia. He is a past chairman of the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plan’s Public Employees Committee and currently serves as chairman of the Foundation’s Government Liaison Committee. He has written and spoken extensively on employee benefit and health care issues.
Neera Tanden, President, Center for American Progress
Neera Tanden has served in the Obama and Clinton administrations as well as presidential campaigns and think tanks. Most recently, she served as the Chief Operating Officer for the CAP, leading strategic planning of the organization, managing all operations, and serving as a key member of the executive team.
Neera previously served as senior advisor for health reform at the Department of Health and Human Services, advising Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and working on President Obama’s health reform team in the White House to pass the bill. Prior to that, she she was the director of domestic policy for the Obama-Biden presidential campaign, where she managed all domestic policy proposals. Neera also served as policy director for the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign where she directed all policy work.
Before the presidential campaign, Neera was Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at CAP, and was legislative director for Sen. Clinton, where she oversaw all policy in the Senate office. In 2000 she was Hillary Clinton’s deputy campaign manager and issues director for her Senate campaign in New York. Neera also served as associate director for domestic policy in the Clinton White House and senior policy advisor to the First Lady.
George Goehl, Executive Director, National People’s Action
George is the executive director of National People’s Action, a network of metropolitan and statewide membership organizations dedicated to advancing economic and racial justice. George has been an organizer and strategist for 17 years, crafting city, state and federal campaigns on issues ranging from preventing foreclosures, outlawing predatory lending and advancing immigration reform.
Under George’s leadership National People’s Action has helped lead the fight to hold big banks accountable, advance financial reform and prevent foreclosures. He is a co-founder of The New Bottom Line, a national alignment designed to restructure our relationship with Wall Street and the financial sector, and advance a vision of a more equitable and sustainable economy.
Frank Clemente, Campaign Manager
Frank helped found Americans for Tax Fairness in 2012. Previously he was Campaign Manager for the Strengthen Social Security Campaign, a coalition of 320 organizations. Prior to that he managed a health care campaign for the Communications Workers of America in support of the Affordable Care Act.
He was Issue Campaigns Director at the Change to Win Labor Federation and Director of Public Citizen’s Congress Watch, a national consumer watchdog organization. Frank also has been senior policy advisor to the U.S. House Committee on Government Operations and Issues Director for Jesse Jackson’s 1988 presidential campaign. Frank edited Keep Hope Alive: Jesse Jackson’s 1988 Presidential Campaign.
Jay Davis, Digital Director
Jay oversees and executes ATF’s digital strategy, and he coordinates the coalition’s digital efforts.
Prior to ATF, he was a part of Obama for America 2012’s digital team, where he managed the part of the email program that supported the campaign’s field efforts and drafted fundraising and other emails. He previously directed the digital efforts of Equality California, the largest LGBT organization in the state, and he was a consultant at Spitfire Strategies, where he advised numerous advocacy organizations on their digital, media and coalition strategies to advance their policy goals.
Jay holds a Bachelor’s degree from Pomona College and a Master’s degree from San Francisco State University. He lives in Washington, D.C. with his German shepherd.
Harry Gural, Communications Director
Harry is in charge of communications strategy and relationships with the print and broadcast press.
Before joining ATF, he was the communications director for the House Financial Services Committee and for Congressman Barney Frank.
Harry also worked for more than 14 years in documentary television, spending most of his career at public television station WGBH in Boston. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Wesleyan University and a master’s degree from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.
Margarida Jorge, Field Director
Margarida Jorge works with ATF’s national and state coalition partners as well as allied organizations to develop and implement the campaign’s field strategy in a dozen states. In addition to leading ATF’s field, Margarida is the current National Field Director of Health care for America Now (HCAN), a national coalition of 1000 organizations that worked to pass the Affordable Care Act and continues to defend, promote and implement this landmark law nationally and in the states. At HCAN, Margarida built and led a forty-four state field operation, the largest funded field advocacy effort to date, and pioneered a new field model designed to build permanent capacity for partners by apply campaign tactics to traditional advocacy. Margarida has successfully adapted HCAN’s effective field model to ATF’s campaign with the help of many of the same partners.
Margarida relocated to Washington, DC in 2007 to become National Director of Americans for Healthcare, a project of SEIU that focused on building public demand for health care reform in battleground states and early primary states. Previous to that, Margarida led union, issue advocacy and candidate campaigns in the states for almost 14 years working on issues like health care, medical debt, raising state minimum wage laws, school vouchers and workplace rights.
Margarida is a graduate of Columbia University in NY, NY. She speaks fluent Portuguese and Spanish.
Taylor O’Brien, Operations Manager & Policy Specialist
As Operations Manager and Policy Specialist at Americans for Tax Fairness, Taylor makes sure that everything runs smoothly at the ATF offices, coordinates with coalition partners on policy and communications, and manages the social media accounts. Prior to joining Americans for Tax Fairness, Taylor worked in national operations as the Compliance Manager for Obama for America 2012. At OFA she ensured that every contribution the campaign received complied with Federal Election Commission regulations and internal standards. Her team’s work helped create the most effective and efficient fundraising processes in presidential politics.
Taylor has a BA in Political Science and Spanish from DePaul University, speaks fluent Spanish and is a certified yoga instructor. She lives in Washington, DC.
William Rice, Policy Consultant
Will authors a lot of ATF’s communications, including media opinion pieces, press releases, fact sheets, and blog posts.
He is a free-lance writer and consultant, who in recent years has focused on the issue of tax fairness. Other clients and partners have included Americans for Democratic Action, the Maine People’s Alliance, Coffee Party USA, and the Coalition on Human Needs. Will has also been active in the political arts scene, creating parody videos and singing with the D.C. Labor Chorus.
Will received a Bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Maryland. He lives in Washington, D.C.
Christine Sloane, National Field Coordinator
Before joining the team at ATF as the National Field Coordinator, Christine worked with Americans United for Change as their National Rapid Response Director. There, Christine managed the “Romney Roadshow”, a nation-wide earned-media press “bracketing” program by working with a coalition of national and local progressive groups, labor organizations, the Democratic National Committee, and Obama for America. That program generated more than 600 viable earned media events that garnered national and state-level coverage.
Christine has spent her career working for progressive issues and spent the years before Americans United working with groups like the Human Rights Campaign and NARAL Pro-Choice North Carolina. At HRC Christine’s work as a regional organizer helped to usher in the end of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell and marriage equality in New York State. At NARAL, Christine lead the second door-to-door fundraising team for choice in the nation.
Christine holds a Bachelor’s degree from Pikeville University in Kentucky, and a Master’s degree from the University of Southampton, in the U.K. She lives in Washington, D.C. with her wife and two cats.