The work of the FACT Coalition and its staff is directed by a Steering Committee of core member organizations, which meet quarterly. A subset of four individual representatives from the Steering Committee are known as the Executive Committee. The day-to-day research, analysis, advocacy, and educational work of the coalition is organized by the Strategy Working Groups, which each meet every other week.
The Steering Committee is the main decision-making body of the coalition, and it is comprised of representatives from the following organizations:
Gary Kalman directs the U.S. office of Transparency International, the global anti-corruption coalition. He oversees the organization’s U.S. operations focusing on illicit finance and the U.S. role in global anti-corruption efforts.
He is a founding member of the Financial Accountability and Corporate Transparency (FACT) Coalition and served as its Executive Director from 2016 through 2019. In that capacity he worked with the more than 100 state, national and international member organizations to promote policies to combat the harmful impacts of corrupt financial practices.
Gary was an executive vice president with the Center for Responsible Lending (CRL), where he oversaw CRL’s federal policy and legislative work. He directed the federal legislative office for the U.S. Public Interest Research Group (PIRG). While at U.S. PIRG, he was a leading voice for congressional ethics and lobbying reform having served on a bipartisan task force convened by the Speaker of the House which led to the creation of the independent Office of Congressional Ethics. He was a founding member and executive committee member of Americans for Financial Reform, a coalition which, in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis, led the successful fight for the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform law.
He has testified in Congress on numerous occasions on financial accountability. He previously taught at LaSalle University and Temple University in Philadelphia and he continues to be a regular speaker and commentator on anti-corruption and transparency issues at conferences and events around the world. His comments and work have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, and on NPR, Fox News, and MSNBC among other outlets.
Lakshmi Kumar is the Policy Director at Global Financial Integrity with several years of experience working on issues of financial policy, securities investigation, regulatory governance, anti-corruption, and anti-money laundering/terrorist financing.
Prior to joining GFI, Ms. Kumar was a lawyer and policy professional in India, working with governments and regulatory agencies across South Asia, East Africa, and Eurasia to investigate money laundering and terrorist financing risks to their financial systems. Her prior work includes drafting legislation to identify beneficial ownership for the financial sector in India, assessing and evaluating the robustness of the securities market in the Eurasian region for the Eurasian Group on Combating Money Laundering (EAG), and conducting investigations on sovereign wealth funds, procurement procedures, and other off-shore investment entities for fraud and terrorist financing risks. She received a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School at Tufts University, and a B.A, LL.B from the NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad, India. Lakshmi Kumar is the Policy Director at Global Financial Integrity (GFI), a Washington, D.C. based think tank specializing in research, advocacy, and advisory services. Ms. Kumar works on issues of illicit finance and trade, and the vehicles, systems and institutions that facilitate movement of illicit money across borders. She has spoken as a subject matter expert on issues including trade-based money laundering, kleptocracies, the abuse of anonymous shell companies, and the integrity risks of Sovereign Wealth Funds. Ms. Kumar has spoken publicly on these subjects at Capitol Hill, and various other think thanks in D.C., as well as venues in Africa and South America. Prior to joining GFI, Ms. Kumar was a lawyer and policy professional in India, working with governments and regulatory agencies across South Asia, East Africa, and Eurasia to investigate money laundering and terrorist financing risks to their financial systems. Her prior work includes drafting legislation to identify beneficial ownership for the financial sector in India, assessing and evaluating the robustness of the securities market in the Eurasian region for the Eurasian Group on Combating Money Laundering (EAG), and conducting investigations on sovereign wealth funds, procurement procedures, and other off-shore investment entities for fraud and terrorist financing risks. She received a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School at Tufts University, and a B.A, LL.B from the NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad, India.
Eric LeCompte is the Executive Director of Jubilee USA Network and represents a coalition of 75 US member organizations and 400 faith communities that works with 50 Jubilee global partners. Jubilee USA Network wins critical global financial reforms and won more than $130 billion in debt relief to benefit the world’s poorest people.
Eric leads a network that includes relief, labor, environmental, human rights and religious organizations and he advocates for policies that will eliminate extreme poverty. His member network includes American Jewish World Service, the leadership of Catholic Religious Orders and the Episcopal, Presbyterian, United Methodist, Evangelical Lutheran, Unitarian Universalist and United Church of Christ Churches.
He serves on expert working groups to the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner on Human Rights. He consulted UNCTAD on the creation of the recently released road map for sovereign bankruptcy. Eric has more than 16 years of experience working with faith-based organizations to impact global policy on poverty, conflict and human rights.
Eric serves on several boards of faith-based and antipoverty organizations as well as institutions that work for greater financial transparency, including the Financial Accountability and Corporate Transparency (FACT) Coalition, where he serves on the executive board.
Eric is a regularly featured commentator in mainstream and financial sector media outlets. His views on debt, tax, trade and finance regularly appear in the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, the Associated Press, Bloomberg, McClatchy News Service, National Public Radio, Agence-France Presse, Market Place, CNN Money,the Financial Times, the Inter Press Serviceand more.
Conrad Martin is the Executive Director of the Stewart R. Mott Charitable Trust. Additionally, Mr. Martin serves as the Executive Director of the Fund for Constitutional Government (FCG) and chairs the Board of Directors of HALT — Americans for Legal Reform. FCG is the fiscal sponsor for the FACT coalition’s education and outreach work.
Mr. Martin also serves on the Boards of the Center for International Policy, the Center for Investigative Reporting, and the American Progressive Caucus Foundation. Mr. Martin served in the Peace Corps from 1981 to 1983 as a Forage Agronomist on the island of Barbados. He is a graduate of Utah State University where he studied Agronomy and International Agricultural Development with a focus in Agricultural Economics.
Zoe Reiter is Director of Civic Engagement for POGO, where she leads a new line of work to engage stakeholders and communities affected by corruption to push for better laws and practices from our federal government. Prior to coming on board at POGO, Zoë worked as the International Secretariat of Transparency International, responsible for development and implementation of numerous international initiatives with anticorruption activists and reformers from around the world to tackle the mechanisms that foster national and international corruption, including anonymous shell companies.
Zoe is an expert in the role that BO and AML plays in undermining national and international corruption, undue influence, trafficking, and abuse of power.
The day-to-day research, analysis, advocacy, and educational work of the coalition is organized by the Strategy Working Groups. Membership in the Strategy Working Groups is open to all FACT Coalition member organizations. Currently, FACT's working groups are specializing in the following fields: 1) beneficial ownership, 2) private equity and real estate opacity, 3) tax transparency, and 4) tax loopholes.
The current Working Group chairs are:
Erica Hanichak is the government affairs director at the FACT Coalition, where she leads the group’s engagement with federal policymakers.
Erica is an advocacy professional dedicated to ending global corruption and the abuses it perpetuates. Before joining FACT, Erica spent five years working with U.S.-based nonprofits focused on advancing transparent governance, accountability, and rule of law in the Middle East. From 2017-2020, Erica served as government relations director at Americans for a Free Syria, where she partnered with lawmakers, administration officials, and other grassroots nonprofit organizations to pass and implement bipartisan legislation targeting the networks that fuel mass human rights violations in Syria and the region. She likewise campaigned to augment counterterror financing measures and prevent the diversion and abuse of U.S. humanitarian aid. She previously worked as an analyst of U.S.-Turkish relations in Washington, D.C.
Erica has appeared on Fox News, CBN News, and international television media, and her work and comments have been featured in The Hill, The Daily Beast, and the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, among others. She holds a Bachelors of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University in International Politics, with a focus on International Security and Eurasian Studies.
Kaisa de Bel is a Policy Analyst with Global Financial Integrity (GFI), focusing on illicit financial flows, (trade-based) money laundering and beneficial ownership. Prior to joining GFI, she conducted and published research on the connection between human rights and the financial housing market, and worked on projects related to human rights for the government of the Netherlands. Ms. de Bel graduated from Leiden University with a Bachelor of Science (BSc) in International Relations and a Bachelor of Laws (LLB). She also earned a Master’s degree in Law (LLM) from the University of Amsterdam, with a Certificate in International Criminal Law from Columbia Law School, as well as a Diploma in Legal Studies from Oxford University.
Robert Stewart is a Tax and Disclosure Advocate with Public Citizen. Previously, he served as a district staffer in the U.S. House of Representatives where he was responsible for a variety of constituent stakeholder concerns with the IRS, VA, government/municipal relations, and community outreach. Prior to that position, he had a wide range of accounting experiences being employed in the nonprofit, state government, corporate, and regional public accounting firm sectors. He was awarded a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Tuskegee University and earned a master’s degree in accounting from Kennesaw State University. Additionally, he is a 2019 graduate of the Congressional Black Caucus Institute Boot Camp, which trains emerging leaders for public service.
Didier Jacobs is Senior Policy Advisor at Oxfam America focusing on inequality and tax justice. He was previously Special Advisor to the President and a policy researcher at Oxfam America specializing in global governance and international finance. He authored the book Global Democracy: The Struggle for Political and Civil Rights in the 21st Century (Vanderbilt University Press, 2007). Before joining Oxfam, Mr. Jacobs was a researcher at the London School of Economics and Catholic University of Louvain, as well as an aid worker for Médecins Sans Frontières in Liberia. He earned a Master in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and a Master in Economics from the Catholic University of Louvain.