Nicole Tichon, Executive Director
Nicole Tichon joined TJN-USA in February 2011, shortly after leading a strategic planning retreat that resulted in the formation of the new Financial Accountability and Corporate Transparency (FACT) coalition. Nicole's work, commentary and articles have appeared in many national publications and news outlets, including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Huffington Post, CNBC, MSNBC, ABC News, USA Today, Reuters, Yahoo News and Fox News.
Prior to joining TJN-
Nicole served as the Legislative Assistant for banking, labor and judiciary issues for the late Congressman Norm Sisisky of
Jack Blum, Chairman of the TJN-USA Board
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Brent Blackwelder, Board Member
Dr. Brent Blackwelder served as president of Friends of the Earth from 1994 until his retirement in October of 2009. He was the founding chairman of American Rivers in 1973 and worked for 40 years on environmental issues, testifying over 100 times to Congress. He led many efforts to protect rivers throughout the United States and the world, helping to halt over 200 dam and diversion projects and to increase the national scenic rivers system from only 8 protected rivers in 1973 to over 250 rivers today. He was listed by Vanity Fair magazine as one of the Best Stewards of the Planet in 2005. Blackwelder graduated summa cum laude from Duke University and has a masters degree in math from Yale and a doctorate in philosophy from the University of Maryland. He currently teaches part-time at Johns Hopkins University in Washington, DC. Brent earned a BA from Duke University (Math) in 1964, graduating Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa. He received his MA fromYale University (Math) and PhD from the University of Maryland (Philosophy).
Charles Davidson, Board Member
Charles Davidson is the Publisher of The American Interest, a magazine and website that focuses on policy, politics & culture. He was instrumental in developing the Global Financial Integrity Program at the Center for International Policy, and is Executive Producer of Onshore Productions, which is making a documentary focusing on issues related to TJN concerns. Prior to The American Interest, Mr. Davidson spent most of his career in the information technology industry, most recently in venture capital.
Seamus Finn, Board Member
Rev Séamus P. Finn OMI has been a member of the Justice/Peace and Integrity of Creation Ministry team of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate since 1986. The office supports the mission of the congregation especially the JPIC dimension and is also responsible for the Socially Responsible Investment program both for the U.S. province and for the congregation. The program is grounded in Catholic Social Teaching, on the promotion of the dignity of the human person and on active solidarity with the work of Oblate missionaries throughout the world.
Fr. Finn represents the Oblates on the the board of Jubilee USA and has represented the Oblates at the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility www.iccr.org in New York since 1988. He also represents the Oblates on the executive committee of the International Interfaith Investment Group www.3ignet.org Fr. Séamus believes that the work that faith communities do through their participation in coalitions like Tax Justice USA, a more vital and vigorous message of solidarity is delivered to leaders in both the public and private sectors.
Visiting many of the places where Oblates work, Séamus has worked to create and develop opportunities and resources through which the OMI JPIC office, in collaboration with many faith based and civil society partners, support the mission of the congregation by addressing public policy issues and public officials and through the work of the office with private corporations.
Jo Marie Griesgraber, Board Member
Jo Marie Griesgraber is the Executive Director of the New Rules for Global Finance Coalition, a Washington-based international network of activists and researchers concerned with reforms of the international financial architecture. Previously, Dr. Griesgraber was Director of Policy at Oxfam
Jim Henry, Board Member
James S. Henry is a leading economist, attorney, and investigative journalist, with a strong business background. He has written and spoken widely on key issues in the arenas of development finance and international taxation. Mr. Henry has served as Chief Economist, McKinsey & Co.; VP Strategy, IBM/Lotus; Business Development Manager, Chairman's Office (Jack Welch), GE, and Senior Consultant,Monitor, Dr. Michael Porter's consulting firm.
As founder of Sag Harbor Group (www.sagharbor.com), a strategy consultant, Mr. Henry's clients have included such top enterprises as ABB, Allen & Co., AT&T/Bell Labs, the Calvert Fund, Cemex, ChinaTrust, Scotland Yard, IBM/Lotus, Intel, South Africa Telecom, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Swedish Power Board, TransAlta, and Volvo.He has also founded several startups, including a private equity firm based in Sao Paulo, an e-commerce company focused on developing countries, an e-payments company, and a cable TV channel. Mr. Henry has served as Senior Advisor, Ashoka; Board member, Long Island University Global College; Fellow, The New School's World Policy Institute; Board member, New York Civil Liberties Union – Suffolk County; Board member, Tax Justice International; and Senior Advisor, Oxfam GB.
Mr. Henry is founder of the Northern Environmental Law Center in Sag Harbor, a non-profit law firm that offers pro bono litigation services to environmental organizations and civil rights in Eastern Suffolk County, New York.
Since the 1970s, Mr. Henry's original ground-breaking economic investigations, focused on international debt, currency demand, capital flight, and tax havens, have
been featured in many leading publications, books, conferences, Congressional hearings, and media interviews. As a founder of Tax Justice USA and a board member of TJN International, he has worked diligently for the reform of secrecy jurisdictions and international transfer pricing.
Mr. Henry's original research on the impact of tax havens on developing countries was featured at the G20 meetings in London in April 2009. At the recent September 2009 G20 meetings in Pittsburgh, he led an NGO panel on development finance and offshore taxation. He is co-author and principal investigator of "The Price of Offshore Revisited," (Tax Justice International, 2011, forthcoming).
In 2009 Mr. Henry was named the "Edward R. Murrow Fellow In Investigative Economics" at the Fletcher School of International Diplomacy, where he also taught a graduate-level seminar on the global financial crisis. Mr. Henry is a columnist for Forbes.com, and an Investigative Fund reporter at the Nation Institute. Mr. Henry's articles have appeared in many leading newspaper, magazines, and professional journals, including Business Week, The Conference Board, The FinancialTimes, El Financiero, Forbes, Fortune, Harpers, International Development Review, Jornal do Brasil, The Manila Chronicle, Manhattan Inc., La Nacion, The New York Times, The Nation, The New Republic, Newsweek, Sabah, Slate, Time, The Tax Lawyer, Tax Notes, US News, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Monthly.
Mr. Henry's books include, with Paul Starr and Ray Bonner, The Discarded Army – A Study of the Veterans Administration and Vietnam Veterans. (NY: Charterhouse, 1976); Banqueros y Lavadolares. (Bogotá: Tercer Mundo, 1996); The Internet's Impact on Financial Services. (NY: AT Kearney, 1999); Prof. Richard Caves, ed., The Economics of Competition (Boston: Prentice Hall,1988); The Blood Bankers (NY:Avalon/ Nation's Books, 2003, 2006), the first investigative history of the Third World debt crisis; and Pirate Bankers. (NY: forthcoming), on havens, private banks, and money laundering.
Mr. Henry is an honors graduate of Harvard College (Magna Cum Laude, Social Studies'72; Detur Prize; Phi Beta Kappa, National Merit Scholar, Chairman, Institute of Politics, Student Advisory Committee); Harvard Law School (J.D., Honors, 1976); Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (M.S..ABD, Economics, 1978); Danforth Fellow; "Nader Raider;" and a member of the New York Bar since 1978. He has a working knowledge of Spanish, Portuguese, German and French.
Conrad Martin, Board Member
Conrad Martin serves as the Executive Director of the Fund for Constitutional Government. Additionally, Mr. Martin is the Executive Director of the Stewart R. Mott Foundation and chairs the Board of Directors of HALT -- Americans for Legal Reform. Mr. Martin also serves on the Boards of the Center for International Policy, the Center for Investigative Reporting, and the American Progressive Caucus Foundation. Mr. Martin served in the Peace Corps from 1981 to 1983 as a Forage Agronomist on the
David Spencer, Board Member
David Spencer is an attorney in