FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 13, 2015
Rebecca Wilkins Named New FACT Executive Director
Washington, DC – The FACT (Financial Accountability and Corporate Transparency) Coalition today announced that Rebecca Wilkins has been named as the organization’s new Executive Director.
A leading voice on tax justice issues, Wilkins has served as Senior Tax Counsel of Federal Tax Policy at Citizens for Tax Justice (CTJ) and the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP) for the past six years, focusing on all aspects of federal tax policy. Prior to that, she spent more than 20 years as a practicing CPA specializing in tax, including many years at the international accounting firm of KPMG and an assignment in KPMG’s National Tax Office.
“It’s an understatement to say I am thrilled with Rebecca’s acceptance of the FACT position,” noted Eric LeCompte who is the executive director of the religious anti-poverty coalition, Jubilee USA Network and a member of FACT’s Executive Committee. “She is the right person to lead us as we continue to win policies on transparency and ending tax avoidance.”
The FACT Coalition has won several victories in its work on corporate tax avoidance, incorporation transparency, and anti-money laundering, bringing issues such as inversions, corporate offshore profit shifting, and the use of tax havens and anonymous shell companies into the national discussion. It has successfully worked with Members of Congress on the introduction of legislation including the Stop Tax Haven Abuse Act and the Incorporation Transparency and Law Enforcement Assistance Act.
“Rebecca brings boundless passion and deep expertise to her new role,” said Mike Russo, Federal Program Director for U.S. PIRG and also a member of FACT’s Executive Committee. “I’m looking forward to the great things FACT will accomplish under her leadership.”
Founded in 2011, the Financial Accountability and Corporate Transparency (FACT) Coalition unites civil society representatives from small business, labor, government watchdog, faith-based, human rights, anti-corruption, public-interest, and international development organizations. We seek an honest and fair corporate tax code, greater transparency in corporate ownership and operations, and commonsense policies to combat the facilitation of money laundering and other criminal activity by the legitimate financial system.