ABOUT

Vision

Let’s build a financial system for working people, white, Black, and brown, not big Wall Street banks.

Mission

We train activists, cultivate champions, and push for policy change to restore the financial sector to its rightful place – in service of the real economy and white, Black, and brown working people.

History

The Take On Wall Street campaign was founded in spring of 2016 to go beyond the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act and build a financial system that works for most Americans, not against them. Take on Wall Street is a campaign supported by a coalition of over 50 national organizations — including community-based organizations, labor unions, consumer advocates, faith groups, and more — organized around moving a financial reform agenda to address the predatory economic power of Wall Street banks and billionaires and build a financial system for working families, white, Black, and brown.

Members

ACCE Action, AFL-CIO, American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, American Federation of Teachers, Agenda Project, American Family Voices, American Federation of Government Employees, American Federation of Teachers, Americans for Financial Reform, American Postal Workers Union, Campaign for America’s Future, California Reinvestment Coalition, Catholics in Alliance, Center for Popular Democracy Action, Communications Workers of America, Consumer Action, Consumers Union, Courage Campaign, Center for Popular Democracy, CREDO, Communications Workers of America, Daily Kos, Demand Progress, Democracy for America, Economic Policy Institute, Franciscan Action Network, Friends of the Earth US, Hedge Clippers, Institute for Policy Studies, Jubilee USA, Main Street Alliance, Media Voices for Children, MO Jobs with Justice, MoveOn, The Nation, National Education Association, NETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social Justice, New York Communities for Change, Citizen Action of New York (CANY), The Other 98%, People for the American Way, People’s Action, Presente.org, Public Citizen, RootStrikers, SEIU, Strong Economy for All Coalition, UNITE HERE, United Auto Workers, United Food and Commercial Workers, Working Families Party.

Staff

Porter McConnell

Porter is the Take on Wall Street Campaign Manager for Americans for Financial Reform. She previously ran the Financial Transparency Coalition, a global network of civil society, governments, and experts working to stop illicit financial flows out of developing countries. She has advocated on foreign aid policy and domestic resource mobilization at Oxfam America and the ONE Campaign. Before coming to Washington, Porter was based in Bogotá, Colombia, where she created a network of Latin American NGOs implementing social enterprise activities. Prior to her international work, she was a legislative aide for a Massachusetts State Senator and a program analyst for a small foundation making grants in education and climate change. She has lived in Central America and the Caribbean and traveled in sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia. She has a Master’s in Public Policy from the University of Michigan and a B.A. from Williams College. She has contributed policy analysis to media outlets including National Public Radio, The Guardian, Reuters AlertNet, Daily Nation Kenya, EU Observer, Fusion, and Voice of America.

Luisa Abbott

Luisa Abbott Galvao is the Take on Wall Street Campaign Coordinator. Prior to joining, she was the Climate Colonialism campaigner for Friends of the Earth US, focused on the United States’ role in international climate negotiations and trade policy, and then worked as a campaigner for homicide reduction in Brazil (her home country). But what brought Luisa into campaign work was her early experience working directly with survivors of sexual assault at a rape crisis center in North Carolina. This inspired her to do a Master’s in gender and development at the London School of Economics, and to work initially as a researcher on violence against women for the Inter-American Development Bank, and for a global family planning initiative with the United Nations Foundation. In her free time, Luisa has organized remotely around democracy, and truth and justice issues in Brazil.