(Posted March 22, 2024)

Amy Hanauer

Amy Hanauer

HUNTINGDON, Pa.—Juniata College will welcome Amy Hanauer, executive director of the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP) and of Citizens for Tax Justice (CTJ), who will present the lecture “Why Taxes Matter to Equity and the Economy” on Tuesday, March 26, at 7 p.m. The talk will be held in the Sill Board Room, located on the second floor of the von Liebig Center for Science at Juniata College.   

This event, supported by the Will Judy Lectureship, is hosted by the Office of the Provost and is free and open to the public.  

Hanauer is a widely published author and pundit whose work has appeared in magazines and periodicals, including The Hill and Ms. Magazine. She joined ITEP in 2020, bringing nearly 30 years of experience in creating economic policy that advances social justice. As director, Hanauer raises resources, guides strategy, and works to make ITEP and CTJ a critical part of the policy conversation around a stronger tax code. The research conducted by ITEP and CTJ promotes policies that raise wages, create jobs, fund public schools and services, and increase economic and racial equality.    

Prior to joining ITEP, Hanauer founded and led Policy Matters Ohio, an Ohio-based policy research institute, for 20 years. Under her guidance, the organization provided research that helped boost Ohio’s minimum wage, establish a state Earned Income Tax Credit, restore collective bargaining rights for public sector workers, and expose how tax cuts for the wealthy have not improved Ohio’s job climate.  

She is the board chair of The American Prospect magazine and served as vice president of the board at the think tank Demos from 2010-2018. She has held board or committee leadership roles at the Economic Analysis Research Network and the State Priorities Partnerships, both networks of state think tanks. A graduate of Rockwood Leadership Institute, Hanauer is the author of several publications on worker justice, green jobs, and racial and economic equity. She received her master of public affairs from the Lafollette Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and holds a bachelor’s degree in government from Cornell University.  

The Will Judy Lectureship provides an annual series of lectures to supplement and enrich the College’s academic program. It was established by Captain Will Judy ‘1911 of Chicago. Each year, the lectureship brings to campus leaders in government, education, the arts, natural sciences, business, or other areas of interest to the College community. 

Contact April Feagley at feaglea@juniata.edu or (814) 641-3131 for more information.