Director, Tax Policy
Alexandra Thornton is the Director of Tax Policy on the Economic Policy team at American Progress.
Most recently, Thornton was the executive vice president for policy, planning, and business affairs at the Jane Goodall Institute, where she advised the founder on international conservation issues. In addition, she functioned as the institute’s general counsel and provided strategic guidance to the communications department. Previously, she was the executive director of a tax and economic policy nonprofit that focused on environmental taxation issues.
Thornton moved to the nonprofit world after spending nearly a decade as tax policy advisor to a U.S. senator who served on the Senate Finance Committee. In that position, she successfully shepherded the senator’s legislative initiatives through nine major tax and budget bills and also provided counsel on trade, banking, and securities issues.
Thornton began her career as a litigator practicing in Washington, D.C. She earned a J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from The College of William & Mary.