Officers

Chair, National Executive Committee | Jim Bishop

James J. Bishop, Chairman, National Executive Committee of Americans for Democratic Action, Inc, joined ADA in 1966 as a member of its Boston Chapter. He was  a member of the Southeastern Pennsylvania chapter, and joined the National Board in the late 1970s . He is a member of the Ohio Franklin County Democratic Party Executive Committee, former Dean of Students Amherst College, former Director of Ohio State University Young Scholars Program,  Trustee Emeritus,former Interim President and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of LeMoyne-Owen College, former Vice Provost for University Life at the University of Pennsylvania, and former Secretary of Inter-group Relations to Governor of Massachusetts,  His wife Rudine Sims Bishop is  Professor Emeritus, Teaching and Learning,  College of Education,  The Ohio State University. They live in Columbus Ohio.

Treasurer | Allen Kukovich

ADA Treasurer, Allen Kukovich, is a former member of the Pennsylvania State Senate, where he represented the 39th senatorial district from 1996 through 2004. He was also a member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives from 1977 through 1996. He served as the Pennsylvania Democratic State Chairman from June 2002 through March 2003. He has served as chair of the ADA National Executive Committee and a Pittsburgh Area ADA Chapter leader. His is a founding board member of Smart Growth, an organization that enables communities to enhance their viability, quality of life, and long-term sustainability.

Secretary | Cliff Tasner

ADA Secretary Clifford J. Tasner also serves as President of the Southern California chapter of ADA.  He began his life of activism as an intern on the Mondale/Ferraro campaign while he was at Tufts in Massachusetts.  When he moved out to Los Angeles in 1987, he got involved with the Pro-Choice Movement, defending women’s clinics against attacks by operation rescue.  He writes and produces the songs for the political satire group, The Billionaires and works as a film composer.  He serves as a delegate to the California Democratic Convention.  He has been a member of the ADA SoCal board of directors since 1999. He served as Chair of the Endorsement Committee since then and Secretary of the chapter from 2001 to 2014.

Counsel | Jack Blum

Jack Blum is an expert on white-collar financial crime, international tax evasion and one of this country’s premier advocates for victims of financial fraud. He spent fourteen years as a staff attorney with the Senate Antitrust Subcommittee and the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. He played a central role in the Lockheed Aircraft bribery investigation of the 1970’s – which led to the passage of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act – and in the investigation of the Bank of Credit and Commerce International (BCCI). Blum has been a consultant to the United Nations Centre on Transnational Corporations, the United Nations Office of Drug Control and Crime Prevention, and served as the chair of the experts group on international asset recovery, which was convened by the United Nations Centre for Drug Control and Crime Prevention. He often testifies about money laundering and tax evasion before U.S. congressional committees. Currently, Blum serves as ADA Counsel and is Chair of Tax Justice Network USA, and the Violence Policy Center.

HONORARY PRESIDENTS

Joseph Duffy, former President, American University
Don Edwards, former Member of Congress
Barney Frank, former Member of Congress
Donald M. Fraser, former Member of Congress
John Lewis (D-GA), U.S. House of Representatives
Jim McDermott , former Member of Congress
Charles Rangel (D-NY), U.S. House of Representatives
Lynn Woolsey, former Member of Congress