Members of the D.C. Tax Revision Commission
Anthony A. Williams, Chairman
Forrmer Mayor of the District of Columbia and current CEO and Executive Director, Federal City Council
Tony Williams, the former Mayor of Washington, D.C. (1999 – 2007), is the current Chief Executive Officer of the Federal City Council, an organization which serves as a catalyst for progress in the nation’s capital by focusing the creative and administrative talents of Washington’s business and professional leaders on major problems and opportunities that are facing the City. Prior to this he served as the Executive Director of the Global Government Practice at the Corporate Executive Board in Arlington, Virginia. He also serves as the William H. Bloomberg Lecturer in Public Management at the Harvard Kennedy School. In addition, he is a Senior Consultant to the firm McKenna Long and Aldridge, with particular emphasis on its municipal restructuring practice.
During his two terms as Mayor, he is widely credited with leading the comeback of Washington, D.C., restoring the finances of our nation’s capital, and improving the performance of government agencies, all while lowering taxes and investing in infrastructure and human services. Before his election as Mayor, he was the independent Chief Financial Officer of the District from 1995 to 1998, working with and on behalf of local officials, the D.C. Financial Control Board, and the U.S. Congress.
Before his service in local Washington, Tony worked in a variety of positions in federal, state, and local government, including as the first CFO for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, appointed by President Bill Clinton and confirmed by the U.S. Senate. In addition to his work on company boards, Tony devotes his attention to issues of education and the environment, serving on the board of Fight for Children and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. He holds a BA from Yale and an MPP from the Kennedy School and a J.D. from the Harvard Law School, as well as a number of awards and honorary degrees, including Governing Magazine Public Official of the Year in 1997. He is a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration and former President of the National League of Cities.
Research Professor of Public Policy, Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration, George Washington University
David Brunori is a Research Professor of Public Policy at the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration at The George Washington University, where he teaches courses in state and local public finance, administrative law, and fiscal federalism. He serves as executive vice president of Editorial Operations at Tax Analysts. He is also contributing editor of State Tax Notes magazine, and the author of The Politics of State Taxation, a weekly column focusing on state tax and budget politics.
He edited The Future of State Taxation, and has published articles in the National Tax Journal and the State and Local Government Review. His book, State Tax Policy: a Political Perspective, won the 2001 Choice Award for the best public finance book. He has also authored Local Tax Policy: a Federalist Perspective. He has served as an appellate trial attorney with the Tax Division of the United States Department of Justice and practiced with a Washington, DC law firm. He was a David C. Lincoln Fellow at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy.
Interim Associate Director/Research Associate, George Washington Institute of Public Policy, George Washington University
Dr. Catherine Collins (Cathy) is a Senior Research Associate at GWIPP and is currently the project manager for the Significant Features of the Property Tax. The purposes of this project are provision of scholarly research on the property tax, definition of the parameters of the property tax in all fifty states plus the District, and maintaining a publicly available data set regarding those parameters. Her responsibilities include managing GWIPP research assistants and their data collection, research on specific topics related to the property tax, as well as collaborating with Joan Youngman, Semida Munteanu, and Sally Powers of Lincoln Institute of Land Policy.
Cathy comes to GWIPP with an extensive background in public finance and tax policy, having worked both in the public and private sectors. She has also held a teaching position at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York, in the School of Public Management.
Dr. Collins holds a Ph.D. and MPA in Public Administration and Public Finance from the Maxwell School, Syracuse University. Prior to coming to GW, Catherine worked in the private sector in the area of municipal finance. She headed up the risk group for municipal debt in the New York office of Bayerische Landesbank, a German regional bank. She gained her municipal credit experience at Moody’s Investors Service, evaluating local government debt both for U.S. and non-U.S. issuers, traveling extensively throughout Canada, Australia and parts of Asia. Her interest in local finance evolved after working for nearly a decade on tax policy for the City of New York, in various capacities in the Office of Management and Budget, Department of Finance, and the Office of Business Development.
CEO, Venturehouse Group
Mark Ein is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Venturehouse Group, LLC, a technology holding company that creates, invests in and builds technology and telecommunications companies. He is also the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Capitol Acquisition Corporation (AMEX: CLA.U), a special purpose acquisition vehicle (SPAC) formed for the purpose of making an acquisition of a growth company, that completed a $265 million initial public offering in November 2007. Through Leland Investments Inc, his personal investment holding company, Mr Ein is the Co-Chairman and Principal Shareholder of Kastle Systems, LLC, one of the country’s leading provider of building and office security systems acquired in January, 2007. He is also the Founder and Owner of the Washington Kastles, the first World Team Tennis franchise in Washington DC in the league's 33 year history. The Kastles enjoyed a very successful inaugural season in July 2008 and were recognized by the City Council of the District of Columbia with “Washington Kastles Day” for their outstanding impact on the community and substantial contributions to many charitable organizations. Mr. Ein is an Executive Producer of “Kicking It”, a documentary film about the Homeless World Cup of soccer, that was shown at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival and that has formed distribution deals with both ESPN and Netflix. Earlier in his career, Mr. Ein worked for The Carlyle Group, Brentwood Associates and Goldman Sachs.
A native of the Washington area, Mr. Ein actively supports many community, charitable and cultural organizations. Through both his professional and philanthropic activities, he is committed to bringing his community together as well as helping those in need and particularly the youth of the city. He serves on the Board of Directors of The Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), The Economic Club of Washington D.C., The District of Columbia College Access Program (DC-CAP), The Tennis Center at College Park and The Potomac Officers Club. He also serves on the, the Steering Committee for the Business Executives for National Security (BENS) DC, the Advisory Board of the Hoop Dreams Scholarship Fund, the Donor Advisory Group for the FasterCures Philanthropy Advisory Service, and the Selection Committee for the George J. Mitchell Scholarship program. He previously served on the Trustees Council of The National Gallery of Art, the Executive Committee of the Federal City Council as well on the Boards of Directors of the SEED Foundation, The Washington Tennis & Education Foundation and The Wolf Trap Center for the Performing Arts. In July, 2000, Mr. Ein was named one of Washington Business Forward’s “Forward 40” – a list of the top 40 business people in Washington, D.C./Northern Virginia region – after being named one of its “Next Network” of 40 “rising stars” in October, 1999. He received his BS in Economics with a concentration in finance from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and his MBA from The Harvard Business School.
Executive Director, Community Tax Aid Inc.
Teresa D. Hinze is the Executive Director of Community Tax Aid, a non-profit organization established in 1987 to ensure that low-income taxpayers have access to quality tax preparation assistance. She has been involved with Community Tax Aid since 1995, starting as a volunteer tax preparer and subsequently joining the Board of Directors as Secretary and Director of Volunteer Administration. She became CTA's first paid staff member in 2001 and first Executive Director in 2002. Ms. Hinze is a recognized leader in national and local efforts focused on delivering quality tax services to low-income taxpayers. She serves the Quality Working Group of the National Community Tax Coalition (NCTC). Ms. Hinze was previously employed by the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty where she assisted with public education campaigns, including a campaign to raise awareness about the Earned Income Tax Credit.
Executive Director, D.C. Fiscal Policy Institute
Ed Lazere has led the work of the DC Fiscal Policy Institute since it was established in 2001. Prior to that, he was a policy analyst for 12 years at DCFPI’s parent organization, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. At CBPP, he worked on numerous issues at both the state and federal level, including state spending choices under the TANF block grant and other issues related to welfare reform implementation; state-level tax policy, particularly State Earned Income Tax Credits; and affordable housing. Lazere holds a Master of Public Policy degree from the University of Maryland.
Senior Fellow, Tax Policy Center
Kim Rueben is an expert on state and local public finance and the economics of education. Her research examines state and local tax policy, fiscal institutions, state and local budgets, issues of education finance and teacher labor markets. Current projects include work on state budget shortfalls, financing options for California, the fiscal health of cities and examining higher education tax credits and grants. In addition to her position at Tax Policy Center, Rueben is an adjunct fellow at the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) and a member of the Strategic Planning Group of the Center for the Analysis of Longitudinal Data in Education Research (CALDER).
Prior to joining the Urban Institute, Rueben was a research fellow at the PPIC. She has served as an adjunct professor at the Georgetown Public Policy Institute and the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley, a visiting scholar at the San Francisco Federal Reserve Bank, and a member of the executive board of the American Education Finance Association.
Special Counsel, Ballard Spahr LLP
Pauline A. Schneider has more than 25 years of experience serving as bond counsel, underwriter’s counsel, special counsel, or disclosure counsel and has provided legal advice on billions of dollars' worth of public finance transactions. Ms. Schneider focuses on transactional public finance matters, including the representation of state and local governments, borrowers, underwriters, investment bankers, and credit enhancement providers on a wide range of complex general obligation and revenue bond financings. Before entering private practice, Ms. Schneider served in the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs/Secretary to the Cabinet during the Carter administration and as was director of the Office of Intergovernmental Relations for the District of Columbia.
Partner, Venable LLP
Stef Tucker represents a wide variety of clients, from the entrepreneur and the professional, on the one hand, to publicly traded enterprises, such as real estate investment trusts, on the other hand. His practice encompasses the entire range of subjects from mergers and acquisitions, to entity planning, structuring and formation, to asset protection and preservation, to business transactions, to family business planning and wealth preservation. In addition, Stef has extensive experience in Federal and state income, estate and gift taxation, including tax audits.
In many respects, Stef is a generalist, even in today’s world of specialists. His clients look to him to apply his breadth of experience and general knowledge in arriving at solutions to a wide range of business-oriented problems and issues and in structuring complex business arrangements and transactions. They also seek his assistance in connection with their personal financial matters and wealth preservation planning.
Vice President of Government Affairs, Apartment and Office Building Association
Nicola Y. Whiteman, Esq. joined AOBA as the Vice President of Government Affairs, District of Columbia in January 2005. From February 2003 to December 2004, she served as the Subcommittee Clerk for the Subcommittee on Public Interest at the Council of the District of Columbia under the Chairmanship of Councilmember Phil Mendelson (D-At Large). The Subcommittee had primary jurisdiction over utility, labor, and voting rights issues. Prior to her tenure with the Council, she was an Associate in the law firm of Quagliano & Seeger, P.C. in Washington, D.C. While at Quagliano & Seeger, she co-authored Researching Bankruptcy Law on the Internet, The Construction Lawyer (Spring 2002). Ms. Whiteman is a District resident and resides in the Kingman Park neighborhood of Ward 7.
As the Vice President of Government Affairs, D.C. for AOBA, Ms. Whiteman advocates on behalf of real estate owners and managers before the legislative and executive branches in the District of Columbia. Ms. Whiteman’s responsibilities include developing and implementing policy objectives pertinent to AOBA; developing and maintaining effective relationships with governmental agencies and officials; developing and maintaining strategic partnerships with other business groups and stakeholders; and serving as the staff representative to the AOBA D.C. Tax Policy and Legislative and Regulatory Affairs Committees.
Ms. Whiteman received her B.A. in Government from Georgetown University in 1995 and her J.D. from the Villanova University School of Law in 1999.
Deputy CFO, Office of Revenue Analysis, OCFO, D.C. Government (ex-officio)
Fitzroy Lee was appointed Deputy Chief Financial Officer and Chief Economist for the Office of the Chief Financial Officer (OCFO) in October 2009.
Prior to becoming the Chief Economist, Lee was the Director of Revenue Estimation. Lee has worked for the Economic Research Service of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), where he co-authored a paper on the efficacy of user-fees for funding the meat inspection program. He was also an Assistant Professor of Economics at Tulane University in New Orleans.
Lee has published papers on revenue forecasting and tax policy in nationally recognized academic journals. He is a member of the board of directors of the National Tax Association.
Lee holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Physics and Computer Science from the University of the West Indies (Jamaica) and earned his Ph.D. in Economics at The Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University.