Expertise: Tax and fiscal policy, individual and corporate taxation, tax administration, environment and energy taxes

Alexandra Thornton is the Senior 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.

By Alexandra Thornton
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Tax Simplification That Works for EveryoneCenter for American ProgressSeptember 22, 2016
Ending the Pass-Through Tax Loophole for Big BusinessCenter for American ProgressAugust 10, 2016
3 Reasons Why We Should Certify All Paid Tax PreparersCenter for American ProgressApril 20, 2016
Getting Beyond Rhetoric on Corporate Tax ReformCenter for American ProgressNovember 20, 2015
Who Wins and Who Loses?Center for American ProgressOctober 22, 2015
Congress’ Tax Agenda: Businesses Before Working FamiliesCenter for American ProgressSeptember 17, 2015
A Carbon Tax and the Clean Power Plan Would Work Together to Cut Greenhouse Gas EmissionsCenter for American ProgressJune 12, 2015
Patent Tax Dodge: Why the Patent Box Does Not Answer America’s Need for Tax ReformCenter for American ProgressJune 1, 2015
Laying the Foundation for Inclusive ProsperityPeter G. Peterson FoundationMay 19, 2015
Congress Needs to Get Its Priorities Straight on the Tax ExtendersCenter for American ProgressDecember 4, 2014
The Skinny on Corporate InversionsCenter for American ProgressSeptember 25, 2014
The Growing Consensus to Improve Our Tax CodeCenter for American ProgressSeptember 23, 2014
Repatriation Holiday: It’s Time To Drop It For GoodCenter for American ProgressJuly 7, 2014