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. This requires big corporations and the wealthy to pay their fair share in taxes, not to live by their own set of rules.
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 425 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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Mary Kusler, Director of Government Relations, National Education Association
Mary Kusler is the Director of Government Relations for the National Education Association. In her role at NEA she oversees NEA’s advocacy with Congress and serves as its chief lobbyist on Capitol Hill representing over 3.2 million educators across the country.
Prior to joining NEA, Kusler served as the assistant director of policy and advocacy for the American Association of School Administrators for almost a decade. In her role with AASA, she represented more than 13,000 school superintendents and local educational leaders before members of Congress. Kusler has served as an executive committee member and past president for the Committee for Education Funding, chair of the National Coalition for Public Education, a national coalition of education and religious liberty organizations dedicated to fighting against vouchers and on the National Forest County and Schools Coalition Board of Directors.
A native of New York, Kusler graduated from Fairfield University with a bachelor’s degree in theatre and politics. She completed her master’s degree in public policy at George Mason University in Virginia.
Kim Fellner, Associate Director, Working America
Kim Fellner is associate director of Working America, the community affiliate of the AFL-CIO. Starting out at SEIU in the distant 1970s, she worked at the Screen Actors Guild and directed the National Writers Union, before helping to found and direct the National Organizers Alliance. She wrote a book about Starbucks and believes organizing is improved by chocolate.
Lawrence Mishel, President, Economic Policy Institute
Lawrence Mishel is a nationally recognized economist and president of the Economic Policy Institute, the nation’s premier research organization focused on U.S. living standards and labor markets. Mishel joined EPI in 1987 as research director and became president in 2002.
Mishel has written extensively on wage and job quality trends in the United States. He co-authored all 12 editions of The State of Working America, a book that former U.S. Labor Secretary Robert Reich called “the most-trusted source for a comprehensive understanding of how working Americans and their families are faring in today’s economy.” He co-edited a research volume on emerging labor market institutions for the National Bureau of Economic Research. His 1988 research on manufacturing data led the U.S. Commerce Department to revise the way it measures U.S. manufacturing output. This new measure helped accurately document the long decline in U.S. manufacturing, a trend that is now widely understood.
Prior to joining EPI, Mishel held a fellowship at the U.S. Department of Labor, served as a faculty member at Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations, and served as an economist for several unions, including the United Auto Workers, United Steelworkers, AFSCME, and the Industrial Union Department of the AFL-CIO. Mishel holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Wisconsin at Madison.
Frank Clemente, Executive Director
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.
Jose Martinez Diaz de Rivera, Digital Director
Jose oversees and executes ATF’s digital strategy, and he coordinates the coalition’s digital efforts.
Before ATF, he was part of the New Media department at SEIU, first as Campaign Manager and later as a Deputy Director. Jose has been part of several local and national campaigns and is a long time advocate for comprehensive immigration reform and Latino civic participation.
Jose holds a bachelor’s degree from the Universidad de las Americas, Puebla and a master’s degree from the American University in Washington, DC.
Peter Knudsen, Communications Director
Peter has worked for federal, state and city government officials and also has extensive electoral campaign experience as a media strategist, spokesperson and campaign manager. Most recently Peter spent two years in the U.S. House of Representatives as communications director for a prominent member of the tax-writing committee.
Prior to that he worked for a national direct mail firm where he developed campaign messaging, wrote and helped design mail pieces, and managed the day-to-day execution of mail plans for clients running for office across the country. His most recent electoral experience was managing a successful, statewide, open-seat campaign in his home state of Wisconsin.
Mandy McClure, Deputy Communications Director
Mandy serves as the assistant to the communications and digital directors and helps provide policy research for relevant issues.
Prior to joining Americans for Tax Fairness, Mandy served as the Iowa Press Secretary for Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA).
Mandy holds bachelors’ degrees in Journalism and International Relations from the University of Iowa.
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.