Michael Best is the Senior Policy Advocate at the Consumer Federation of America (CFA) where he leads CFA’s tax work with a focus on building and leading a coalition to promote the regulation of paid tax preparers at both the state and federal level. Michael also coordinates the federation’s work on civil justice issues focusing primarily on forced arbitration.
In addition, Michael conducts research and drafts reports on product safety hazards and manages CFA’s annual policy resolution process where CFA’s members come together to discuss and update the policies that serves as a framework of the federation’s work.
Michael has testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade Subcommittee on price disclosure rules in the funeral industry and has served as an expert panelist at the National Taxpayer Advocate Forum and CFED’s VITA Day Capitol Hill Policy Forum on his work promoting the regulation of paid tax preparers.
Prior to joining CFA in 2013, Michael worked as a research consultant on a labor organizing campaign, interned with the Democratic staff on the House Education and the Workforce Committee, and spent four years as an Attorney Researcher at Change to Win, a coalition of labor unions.
A 2006 graduate of Northeastern University School of Law, Michael is a member of the Massachusetts Bar and graduated from Northeastern University in 2002, Summa Cum Laude, with a B.S. in philosophy.