Americans for Tax Fairness (ATF) is a diverse campaign of more than 420 national, state and local endorsing organizations united in support of a fair 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. Please Read more.
More than 425 national and state-based endorsing organizations have come together to support Americans for Tax Fairness. See who’s a part of the coalition.
Mission & Program
ATF’s primary purpose is to educate and mobilize the public to get policymakers to support comprehensive, progressive tax reform that results in greater federal revenue to reduce inequality and to meet America’s growing needs. If the United States fails to raise sufficient tax revenues, we will face deep cuts to services and benefits that are essential to what makes this country great and be unable to make the investments necessary to create an economy that works for all of us. Read more.
Read about our major activities in 2016.
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.
Edwin Jayne, Associate Director of Federal Government Affairs, American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Ed Jayne has over 30 years of governmental affairs, coalition building and public policy experience. He helps direct the extensive legislative program for AFSCME, the nation’s largest and fastest growing public services employees union with more than 1.6 million working and retired members. AFSCME’s members provide the vital services that make America happen. AFSCME advocates for fairness in the workplace, excellence in public services and prosperity and opportunity for all working families. AFSCME also supports progressive tax policies that help ensure state and local governments can adequately invest in public services. He serves on the board of the Coalition on Human Needs and Citizens for Tax Justice. Prior to joining AFSCME, Jayne worked for more than 15 years in senior staff positions for both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate. He is a graduate of the State University of New York at Cortland.
Margarida Jorge is a 23-year veteran of electoral, union, civic engagement and issue campaigns and a recognized expert in the development of field strategies for local, state and national issue advocacy.
From 2008-2013, Margarida served as the National Field Director at Health Care for America Now, where she pioneered a new field model now widely used across issues and organizations that increased capacity for over 200 grassroots organizations in 44 states to pass, implement and defend the landmark Affordable Care Act.
Over the past 10 years in Washington, DC, Margarida also led SEIU’s Americans for Health Care campaign, developed and implemented field strategy for the Americans for Tax Fairness campaign, and built the intersectional “Stand with Women” campaign to integrate reproductive rights and economic justice at the Women’s Equality Center, where she served as National Director.
Prior to working in DC, Margarida spent over 10 years working for labor unions, community organizations and candidates in states like Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Florida and others. She was been recognized for her contributions to organizing and campaigns with the St. Louis City NAACP Outstanding Leadership & Dedicated Service to Labor Award (2005), the Hershel Walker Peace and Justice Award (2005), the Campaign for America’s Future Nominee for Maria Leavey Tribute Award (2009), and the USAction Progressive Leadership Grassroots Activism Award (2009).
Margarida currently works as a strategic and organizational development consultant for a variety of progressive organizations including Vision First, PICO National Network, Working America, Main Street Alliance, and the Child Care and Early Learning Action Hub.
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.
Craig Johnson, Digital Director
Craig oversees Americans for Tax Fairness online profile including web design, social media and email campaigns. Before that he worked for the Alliance for Retired Americans, a 4.3 million member seniors organization, where he oversaw their many online platforms. He also has experience on various city, state and federal campaigns. Craig received his masters in political science from American University.
Dennis Bailey, Director of Communications
Dennis is a veteran of numerous political and advocacy campaigns. He served as communications director for former U.S. Rep. Tom Andrews and for Gov. Angus King, I-ME (now a U.S. Senator) during their election campaigns and terms in office. A former newspaper reporter, Dennis founded his own public relations firm, Savvy, Inc., where he represented a wide range of clients including businesses, political candidates and referendum campaigns. He holds a BA in journalism from the University of Maine and a master’s degree in strategic public relations from the George Washington University Graduate School of Political Management.
Eileen Toback, Campaign Director
Eileen manages ATF’s public education and mobilization activities with national and state field partners. She has more than two decades of experience as a campaign strategist running national issue campaigns including passing the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, revealing the Koch Brothers’ bi-annual billionaire gatherings with a series of counter-protest events, shedding a spotlight on protecting Social Security and Medicare, fighting for employees to have the right to organize a union with the Employee Free Choice Act, and building a national legislative political action team program at the Communications Workers of America.
Kayla Kitson, Research and Policy Director
Kayla provides research support and writing as well as administrative coordination for ATF. She previously worked for several of ATF’s partner organizations, including the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy, RESULTS, and the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. Kayla holds master’s degrees in public policy from the University of Maryland and in social welfare from UCLA.
Colin Hernandez, Digital & Communications Associate
Colin provides support to both the Digital Director and Communications Director at ATF. He has previously worked in communications for Equality California and Yoga Alliance, as well as doing digital organizing for a California State Senate race. Originally, a California native, Colin moved to Washington, D.C. to pursue his interest in politics. He received his Bachelor’s in Political Science from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
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.