Lisa is ITEP’s director of special initiatives. In this role, she identifies opportunities and supports efforts that advance ITEP’s proactive work in state tax policy. Lisa advises organizations and coalitions on taxation and policy solutions that promote equity, leads multi-state projects, and supports internal capacity-building.
Lisa joined the ITEP team in 2016 as a senior state tax policy analyst. As a state tax policy expert and advocate for economic and tax justice, Lisa is a resource to advocates, lawmakers, and the media on trends and developments in the state tax policy landscape, the impact of proposed or recent tax policy changes on citizens and state budgets, and equitable tax policy design.
Prior to joining ITEP, Lisa promoted state tax and budget policies that improved family economic security, education, and health outcomes for children and their families as an analyst with the Fiscal Policy Center at Voices for Illinois Children. She has also worked on advancing the fair tax campaign with the Shriver Center on Poverty Law, improving federal family tax credits with the National Women’s Law Center, and providing legal services to survivors of domestic violence with LAF. Prior to graduate school Lisa worked in non-profit administration and as a middle school teacher.
Lisa holds a bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University and a Masters in Public Policy Studies and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Chicago.lisa at itep.org
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Read as PDF Testimony of Lisa Christensen Gee, Director of Special Initiatives, Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy Submitted to:…
Promoting Greater Economic Security Through A Chicago Earned Income Tax Credit: Analyses of Six Policy Design Options
A new report reveals that a city-level, Chicago Earned Income Tax Credit would boost the economic security of 546,000 to 1 million of the city’s working families. ITEP produced a cost and distributional analysis of six EITC policy designs, which outlines the average after-tax income boost for families at varying income levels. The most generous policy option would increase after-tax income for more than 1 million working families with an average benefit, depending on income, ranging from $898 to $1,426 per year.