Monica Best James

Office of the Maryland Comptroller Senior Advisor/Director of Legislative Affairs - 2007 – Present. Organize Community based legal and financial education programs. Supervise and train agency directors and managers on legislative policy and strategy. Strategize and participate in legislative and budget hearings. Draft testimony and policy memoranda. Provide legal research and advice for constituents and legislators. Initiated and support the agency’s efforts to obtain statewide financial literacy as a school graduation requirement, which will better prepare students for financial success. Provided strategy and support to ensure that the Comptroller’s e-file legislation passed, which saves the state billions of dollars. Obtained passage of the Tax Preparers Act which requires local preparers to register and obtain training before they can prepare tax returns.