Seasoned Policy Strategist Looks to Elevate Coalition in Wake of Panama Papers
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The FACT (Financial Accountability and Corporate Transparency) Coalition today welcomed aboard Gary Kalman as FACT’s new executive director, effective Monday, April 11, 2016.
“We are excited to have Gary rejoin the FACT community,” said Conrad Martin, the head of the Fund for Constitutional Government and a member of the Executive Committee of the FACT Coalition. “Gary has been involved with FACT since our inception. We really don’t think we could have found a more capable executive director to carry on the mission of the FACT Coalition. Gary joins FACT at the perfect time—as we discuss and develop a strategic response to the new opportunities provided by ICIJ’s remarkable Panama Papers disclosures.”
Background on Gary Kalman
Mr. Kalman is the former executive vice president of the Center for Responsible Lending (CRL), where he oversaw CRL’s federal policy and legislative work across all of their issues, including mortgage and homeownership, small-dollar loans, and other forms of predatory lending. Politico has called the Center, “the intellectual engine” behind financial reform.
Prior to joining CRL, Mr. Kalman 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 sat on a special bipartisan task force convened by then-Speaker Nancy Pelosi. He was a founding member and executive committee member of Americans for Financial Reform, a coalition of more than 200 organizations, which, in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis, led the successful fight for the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform bill. He was also a founding member of the FACT Coalition and currently serves on the executive committee of the Coalition for Sensible Safeguards.
Mr. Kalman has testified before Congress on tax and budget issues and he and his work have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Today, Fox News, MSNBC and elsewhere.
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Deputy Director, FACT Coalition