Alexandra Thornton

Senior Director, Financial Regulation

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Alexandra Thornton is the senior director of financial regulation for Inclusive Economy at American Progress.

Before joining American Progress, 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 and functioned as the institute’s general counsel. 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 adviser 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 and Mary.

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CFPB v. CFSA: How the Supreme Court Could Harm Consumers and Financial Markets Report

CFPB v. CFSA: How the Supreme Court Could Harm Consumers and Financial Markets

The U.S. Supreme Court is considering a case challenging the autonomy of the single most important agency for the protection of consumers in the financial markets—and its decision could spread uncertainty and harm far beyond the agency.

CAP’s Comments on Proposed Amendments to Auditing Standards Related to a Company’s Noncompliance With Laws and Regulations Sign-On Letter

CAP’s Comments on Proposed Amendments to Auditing Standards Related to a Company’s Noncompliance With Laws and Regulations

The Center for American Progress submitted comments to the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board supporting critical updates and enhancements to auditing standards aimed at helping investors avoid misplacing their trust in companies that are not complying with laws and regulations.

Alexandra Thornton

How Exemptions From Securities Laws Put Investors and the Economy at Risk Report
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission seal hangs on the facade of its building.

How Exemptions From Securities Laws Put Investors and the Economy at Risk

Congress and the SEC should roll back public registration and reporting exemptions that undermine the basic bargain of the securities laws; companies seeking to raise capital from the public must first disclose reliable information about their operations, finances, and governance.

Tyler Gellasch, Alexandra Thornton, Crystal Weise

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