Featured Speakers

We have invited local and national tax policy and racial justice experts to discuss the racist impacts of Washington’s broken tax code and how repairing the tax code can be a tool for advancing racial equity. So far, our featured speakers are:

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Misha Hill

Misha is a policy analyst at the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy. Her research and analyses focus on a variety of state tax policy issues, including the tax contributions of undocumented immigrants. She is also the lead author of the ITEP report: The Illusion of Race Neutral Tax Policy.

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Michael Mitchell

Michael is the senior director and counselor for equity and inclusion at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities’ State Fiscal Policy division, where he focuses on criminal and juvenile justice reform and reinvestment as well as state higher education funding and affordability. He also co-authored the CBPP report: Advancing Racial Equity With State Tax Policy.

Sameth Mell

Sameth (Sah-MATE) is the policy/advocacy manager of Coalition of Immigrants, Refugees & Communities of Color (CIRCC). He also works rigorously to help support the development of the Khmer community to be more involved in civic engagement and to help shape policy work.

Andy Nicholas

Andy is the senior fellow at the Washington State Budget & Policy Center. He specializes in state budget and tax policy. Since joining the Budget & Policy Center in 2009, he has served on a Legislative Task Force on Tax Preference Reform and has conducted numerous analyses of Washington state’s tax code.

Brenda Rodriguez Lopez

Brenda is the Eastern Washington network coordinator for Washington Immigrant Solidarity Network (WAISN) and a board member of Central Washington Justice For Our Neighbors (CWJFON).  Through her work in CWJFON, Brenda organizes to provide low-bono and free direct services to immigrants and refugees in rural communities, and empowers impacted communities to defend themselves against the deportation machine.

Ramon Torres

Ramon is the president of Familias Unidas por La Justicia (FUJ), an independent farmworker union of indigenous families located in Burlington, WA representing over 500 Triqui, Mixteco, and Spanish speaking workers. FUJ is the third independent farmworker union formed in WA and the first union led by indigenous workers.

Maketa Wilborn

Maketa (pronounced “Ma-KAY-ta”) is an organizational development consultant, master facilitator, artist and educator. For over 15 years he has been leading individuals and groups toward their objectives and their highest potential through his innovative and integrated approach using visual mapping, experiential learning the belief that creating and sustaining exceptional relationships is the core of successful outcomes.

Also speaking at Budget Matters

  • Juan Jose Bocanegra – Director, All In For Washington
  • Kirsten Harris-Talley – Political and Programs Director, Progress Alliance.
  • Martin Negrete – Lead organizer, All In For Washington
  • Misha Werschkul – Executive director, Washington State Budget & Policy Center
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