Two new additions to the ACA Executive Committee in 2023
This year ACA added to its Executive Committee two new members to help with ACA's advocacy work, Carmelan Polce and John York. Both bring expertise in taxation, finance and investment and will work on developing strategies for our advocacy efforts.
Carmelan was born in New York City and raised in Allentown, PA. She has a Bachelor of Business Administration from Temple University and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Following more than two decades in the finance industry in Philadelphia, Melbourne and Sydney, Carmelan became the Executive Director of Jubilee Australia, a Sydney based anti-poverty NGO. She left Jubilee when her family relocated to Singapore for a work assignment. At that point she became a fulltime advocate for expat tax reform as Chair of the Democrats Abroad Taxation Task Force. She held that position from 2011 through 2021, publishing 6 major research papers, numerous position papers and briefing documents and dozens of campaigns for grassroots activists. She has met extensively over that time with Congress, the IRS and the DOT. In 2022 Carmelan was delighted to join ACA in support of its expat tax reform initiatives. She lives in Sydney with her partner and daughter.
John is originally from Portland, OR where he earned a bachelor's in accounting from the University of Oregon and a master's in financial analysis from Portland State University. John started his career doing tax and audit work at Geffen Mesher & Co., where he's forever grateful for the relationships he formed and the mentoring he received. Throughout his public accounting career in Oregon and then New York City, he got introduced to the nuanced obstacles expatriates face. By the end of 2019, he moved to Berlin where he focused entirely on international tax and financial issues. Passionate about helping expatriates navigate these complex rules as well as advocating for them to be simplified for the sake of all stakeholders, John originally joined the ACA as a member in 2021. John speaks German and currently resides in Germany with his wife, daughter, and dog working as a Cross-Border Financial Planner for White Lighthouse Investment Management.
Carmelan recently joined ACA Executive Director, Marylouise Serrato, for a series of meetings on Capitol Hill talking tax reform, Residence-based taxation, Same Country Exemption and the need for Congressional Hearings with legislators and administrative offices. John is working alongside ACA Legal Counsel Charles Bruce on a number of initiatives to increase the reach and awareness of ACA and ACA Global Foundation (ACAGF).