Melissa Labant is the Director of Tax Policy & Advocacy for the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) in Washington, DC. In this role, she leads the development and implementation of the AICPA’s tax advocacy strategy which centers on the review, formulation and submission to Congress, the Department of the Treasury, and the Internal Revenue Service of technical and policy recommendations. She also oversees the development of AICPA testimony for tax-related Congressional hearings.Ms. Labant obtained her law degree and B.S. in Business Administration (with an emphasis in accounting) from St. Louis University in St. Louis, Missouri. She is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and has earned the Certified Financial Planner (CFP®) designation from the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards. Ms. Labant has also earned her Personal Financial Specialist (PFS) and Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) designations. Ms. Labant has appeared on Fox and Friends, Fox Business, and Al Jazeera America and has been quoted in several business and trade publications, including the Wall Street Journal, Wall Street Journal China, USA Today, NY Times, Chicago Tribune, LA Times, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, The Huffington Post, among others. Ms. Labant is a frequent speaker at national and state society tax conferences and webcasts.