I’m happy to announce that my friend and retired tax expert LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson has joined the Board of Advisors of the Center for New Revenue. LaBrenda and I worked together for the Joint Committee on Taxation in the 1980s, where she handled (among many things) the rules governing the tax treatment of transactions involving foreign currency that were adopted as part of the Tax Reform Act of 1986. She went on to a successful career in private practice, and also serves on the board of her undergraduate alma mater, which has this short bio:
LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson graduated magna cum laude from John Jay College in 1975, after which she earned both a J.D. and an LL.M. in taxation from the New York University School of Law. She began her legal career in 1978 at the New York Office of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson, which she left to join the staff of the nonpartisan Congressional staff of the Joint Committee on Taxation in 1982. In the early 1990″s she turned her attention to tax legislative and regulatory work and became a founding partner of the highly regarded boutique law firm of Washington Counsel, PC. She became a Principal of Ernst & Young LLP in 2000 when this Big Four Accounting firm acquired Washington Counsel. After a distinguished 35-year career as a tax lawyer, she retired from Ernst & Young in June 2013.