who we are

The California Taxpayers Association was established in 1926 by taxpayers as a nonpartisan, nonprofit tax research and advocacy association.

CalTax members include individuals, small businesses and Fortune 500 companies operating in every sector of the California economy. We are the state’s largest and oldest organization representing taxpayers, with a mission to promote sound tax policy and government efficiency.

Located just one block from the Capitol in Sacramento, we have a team of experts who actively represent taxpayers before the Legislature. Our team also serves on the advisory councils for the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration, Franchise Tax Board, Office of Tax Appeals, and State Board of Equalization.

CalTax also engages in state and local ballot measures by providing analysis and making recommendations to voters.

Board of Directors

The CalTax Board of Directors is composed of tax policy experts and public affairs representatives who seek to improve California and advance CalTax’s mission. Each director brings a unique set of skills, expertise, and diversity to our organization.

Jon Almeras

Airlines for America

Carlos Anguiano


Jim Asay


John Barnes


Delia Besio

Franklin Templeton Investments

Nicolaus Blackburn

Granite Construction

Michael Brown

Abbott Laboratories

John Cmelak


Cheyanne Cook


Joseph Coughlin


Mardiros 'Marty' Dakessian

Dakessian Law, Ltd.

Calli Daly

Koch Industries

Kristine Dankenbrink


Ben Elliott


Meredith H. Garwood

Charter Communications

Martin Guenther

Tenet Healthcare

Tim Gustafson

Eversheds Sutherland

Tyler Henderson


Christopher Hayes

RAI Services

Melanie Hoskins


Fran Inman

Majestic Realty Company

Trini Jimenez

Watson Land Company

Kevin Keane

American Beverage Association

Erica Kenney

NextEra Energy

Thomas Klingler

Enterprise Mobility

Stephen Konig

Marathon Petroleum

Jason Lane

California Bankers Association

Michael Langford

Farmers Insurance

Michael Lebeau

Bewley Lassleben & Miller, LLP

Clara Lee

The Wonderful Company

Martin Loeber

Valero Energy

Kevin Miller

Dry Creek Corporation

Ocean Mills


Josh Mishoe


Charles Moll

McDermott Will & Emery, LLP

Jeffrey S. Moreno

Wells Fargo & Company

Omar Munoz


Sabina Nussipov


Cris K. O'Neall

Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Curtis Raulinaitis


Carley Roberts

Pillsbury Law

Gina Rodriquez


Terry Ryan


Shane Simpson

United Parcel Service

Daniel Smith


Jon A. Sperring


Mark Stefan

Ernst & Young

Jeremy Stohs

H&R Block

John Stowell

The Walt Disney Company

Joe Strong


Martha Terrazas

Aera Energy

David Uphaus

BNSF Railway

Steve Utech

Union Pacific Railroad

Barry Weissman


Jana Wells

Solar Turbines

Patricia Wong

Edison International

William Wright

Bank of America

Michelle Wright Conn

Cisco Systems

Elena Xu

Meta Platforms

Andrew Zalewski


Becky Zhu

Pacific Gas & Electric Company


CalTax has the most experienced tax policy and tax-lobbying staff in Sacramento. When working on tax policy issues before the Legislature, the tax agencies, local governments, in court, or on statewide ballots, the CalTax policy team is an effective partner to CalTax members. We closely monitor legislative, tax agency, and local government tax policy deliberations, and coordinate with CalTax members and industry representatives to promote tax policy changes that would reduce the cost of doing business and encourage job growth in California – changes that would have a positive impact on CalTax members and the state economy.
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Robert Gutierrez

President and CEO

David Kline min x

David Kline

Vice President of Communications & Research

Peter Blocker min x

Peter Blocker

Vice President of Policy

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Bart Baer

Chief Tax Counsel

Joan Armenta Roberts min x

Joan Armenta-Roberts

Sales Tax Consultant

Tobias Wolken min x

Tobias Wolken

Policy Advocate

Blake Stassi min x

Blake Stassi

Tax Policy Fellow

Annie Lor min x

Annie Lor

Publications & Website Specialist

Krissy Looney x

Krissy Looney

Office Manager / Assistant Bookkeeper

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