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Gary Kalman was a founding member of the FACT Coalition in 2011 and joined as Executive Director in 2016. In at capacity he works with the more than 100 state, national and international member organizations to promote policies to combat the harmful impacts of corrupt financial practices. He has testified in Congress on numerous occasions on financial accountability. He is 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.
Prior to joining FACT, 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 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.
Gary has served as a political consultant and taught advocacy and development at LaSalle University’s Nonprofit Center and at Temple University in Philadelphia. He is the recipient of a New Executives Fund Award from the Open Society Institute.