Raymond Baker is the Founding President of Global Financial Integrity and the author of Capitalism’s Achilles Heel: Dirty Money and How to Renew the Free-Market System, published by John Wiley & Sons and cited by the Financial Times as one of the “best business books of 2005.” He has for many years been an internationally respected authority on corruption, money laundering, growth, and foreign policy issues, particularly as they concern emerging market and developing countries and impact western economic and foreign interests. He has written and spoken extensively, testified often before legislative committees in the United States, Canada, the European Union, and the United Kingdom, been quoted worldwide, and has commented frequently on television and radio in the the United States, Europe, Africa, Latin America, and Asia on legislative matters and policy questions, including appearances on ABC News’ Nightline, Al Jazeera, BBC, Bloomberg TV, the CBS Evening News, CNN, NPR, PBS, and Four Corners (ABC1 in Australia), among others.
Mr. Baker founded Global Financial Integrity in 2006, and the GFI team has produced more than 25 economic analyses of resource transfers affecting countries, regions, and the world. GFI has led in securing the terminology and the reality of illicit financial flows onto the global political-economy agenda. He also serves on the Policy Advisory Board of Transparency International-USA and on the Advisory Board of the Ethical Research Institute.
In 1996 he received a grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation for a project entitled, “Flight Capital, Poverty and Free-Market Economics.” He serves on the World Economic Forum’s Meta-Council on the Illicit Economy. He traveled to 23 countries to interview 335 central bankers, commercial bankers, government officials, economists, lawyers, tax collectors, security officers, and sociologists on the relationships between bribery, commercial tax evasion, money laundering, and economic growth. From 1985 to 1996 Mr. Baker provided confidential economic advisory services at the presidential level for developing country governments. Activities focused principally on issues surrounding anti-corruption strategies, international terms of trade, and developing country debt. Research was conducted with 550 business owners and managers in eleven countries, concerning import and export mispricing and movement of tax-evading capital, and money laundering.
From 1976 to 1985 Mr. Baker conducted extensive trading activities throughout Latin America and in ten Asian countries including the People’s Republic of China. An affiliated company in London handled transactions in Europe. From 1961 to 1976 he lived in Nigeria and established and managed an investment company which set up and acquired manufacturing and financing ventures, the subject of two Harvard Business School case studies. Educated at Harvard Business School and Georgia Institute of Technology, Mr. Baker is the author of “The Biggest Loophole in the Free-Market System,” “Illegal Flight Capital; Dangers for Global Stability,” “How Dirty Money Binds the Poor,” and other works published in the United States, Europe, Africa, and Latin America.
From 1985 to 2014, Elise Bean worked for Senator Carl Levin (D-MI) conducting investigations, including 15 years at the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations (PSI). Appointed his PSI staff director and chief counsel in 2003, Ms. Bean handled investigations, hearings, and legislation on matters involving shell companies with hidden owners, money laundering, offshore tax abuse, corruption, and corporate misconduct. After Senator Levin retired in 2015, she helped establish the Levin Center at Wayne Law in his honor, and now works for the Center to help strengthen legislative capacities at the national, state, and international levels to conduct oversight investigations. In 2018, she became a published author of a book entitled, Financial Exposure: Carl Levin’s Senate Investigations into Finance and Tax Abuse.
Ms. Bean graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Wesleyan University and received a law degree from the University of Michigan. She clerked for the Chief Judge of the U.S. Claims Court, and worked for two years at the U.S. Department of Justice. In 2018, Ms. Bean was recognized as a leader in tax justice matters by Global Witness. In 2016 and 2015, she was included in the Global Tax 50, a list compiled by the International Tax Review of the year’s top 50 individuals and organizations influencing tax policy and practice. In 2013 and 2011, the Washingtonian magazine named her one of Washington’s 100 most powerful women. In 2010, the National Law Journal selected her as one of Washington’s most influential women lawyers.
He is author of the forthcoming book, The Wealth Hoarders: How Billionaires Pay Millions to Hide Billions (Polity Press), about the wealth defense industry. He is an expert on tax policy, illicit finance, dynasty trusts, family offices, and solutions to individual and corporate wealth hiding. He has written numerous articles about the Panama Papers, illicit finance in real estate, the Luanda Leaks, the wealth defense industry, and how lack of transparency contributes to economic inequality.
He is author of a number of studies examining anonymous shell companies and luxury real estate including Towering Excess: The Perils of the Luxury Real Estate Boom for Bostonians and Who is Buying Seattle?
Collins is author of the popular book, Born on Third Base (Chelsea Green) and Is Inequality in America Irreversible? is published by the Oxford, UK-based Polity Press. He is co-author, with Bill Gates Sr., of Wealth and Our Commonwealth, (Beacon Press, 2003), a case for taxing inherited fortunes. He is a board member of the Patriotic Millionaires and launched a global call in January 2020, at the Davos World Economic Forum, for millionaires and billionaires to pay their fair share of taxes and stop global tax evasion.
Matt Gardner is a senior fellow at ITEP where he has worked since 1998. He previously served as ITEP’s executive director from 2006 to 2016. Mr. Gardner’s work focuses on federal, state and local tax systems, with a particular emphasis on the impact of tax policies on low- and moderate-income tax payers. He uses ITEP’s microsimulation model to produce economic projections and analyses on the effects of current and proposed federal and state tax and budget policies.
Matt is a noted corporate tax expert and the primary author of ITEP’s regular corporate studies on the tax habits of Fortune 500 corporations (most recently, The 35 Percent Corporate Tax Myth) as well as publications on international corporate tax avoidance. He regularly examines corporate financial filings and writes briefs, blogs and reports on trends in corporate tax avoidance. He monitors and researches federal tax policies and writes about their impact on tax fairness and sustainability, and he is often called on to speak publicly about corporate tax issues and federal and state tax policies.
Matt’s earlier work for ITEP focused on state policy. He is an author of Who Pays: A Distributional Analysis of the Tax Systems in All 50 States (2003, 2009, 2013, and 2015 editions). He has conducted tax analyses for state and local policymakers and advocates in more than 45 states. Matt has degrees from the University of Maryland and the University of Rochester. He resides in Washington, D.C. and originally hails from Raleigh, N.C.
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.
Susan is the deputy director for Public Citizen’s Congress Watch division, where she helps coordinate all aspects of the division’s advocacy across multiple issue campaigns, specializing in financial reform, international tax issues and open government initiatives. Susan received her bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University and received her J.D., cum laude in public law and regulation from MSU’s College of Law. She is a member of the State Bar of Michigan. Prior to joining Public Citizen, she worked as the Michigan policy director of Clean Water Action and Clean Water Fund.
Media Appearances: Susan has been quoted or published in The Wall Street Journal, NPR, Roll Call, The Hill, American Banker, The Nation, TIME, Consumerist, Detroit News, Huffington Post and ValueWalk among other media. Susan has appeared on C-SPAN, Boom Bust, America’s Workforce Radio, The Union Edge, Uprising with Sonali, Living Room, Saturday Morning Talkies, KBOO/Portland and other broadcast media outlets.
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.
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.
Nathan Proctor helped coordinate campaigns to close corporate tax loopholes for multiple organizations, and is the author of Anonymity Overdose, which connects the use of anonymous shell companies to the opioid epidemic. He now leads U.S. Public Interest Research Group’s (PIRG) Right to Repair campaign, working to pass legislation that will prevent companies from blocking consumers’ ability to fix their own electronics. A member of the Grist 50 “list of emerging leaders from across the U.S. who are working on fresh, real-world solutions to our world’s biggest challenges,” Nathan lives in Arlington, Mass. with his wife and two children.
Steve Wamhoff is ITEP’s director of federal tax policy. In this role, he is responsible for setting the organization’s federal research and policy agenda. He is the author of numerous reports and analyses of federal tax policies as well as in-depth policy briefs that outline how the federal income tax and corporate tax code can be overhauled to improve tax fairness.
Just before taking on the role of ITEP’s director of federal tax policy, Steve spent more than two years as the senior tax policy analyst for Sen. Bernie Sanders and as a member of the senator’s Budget Committee staff. In this capacity, he wrote legislation related to personal income and corporate income taxes, financial transaction taxes, estate taxes and tax avoidance.
Before joining Sen. Sanders’ staff, Steve had previously worked for ITEP and its c(4) partner Citizens for Tax Justice for more than eight years. During this time, he built expertise is analyzing tax policies and their effect on federal revenue as well as on people across the income spectrum. Notably, he wrote reports on proposals to extend the George W. Bush tax cuts, as well as proposals to eliminate tax breaks for for investors and corporations as a way of financing health care reform and other initiatives.
Earlier in his career, Steve worked for the Social Security Administration’s Office of Policy and the Coalition on Human Needs. He received a Juris Doctor and Master’s in Public Policy from Georgetown University and a bachelor’s from New York University.