October 2, 2019
The U.S. Department of the Treasury has had a large influence on the Opportunity Zone program. After all, Treasury designated the 8,700 target zones and, in conjunction with the IRS, continues to issue guidance on O-Zone investments.
And, Daniel Kowalski, Counselor to the Secretary of the Treasury, will shed additional light on the program during his keynote address at Connect Media’s first Opportunity Zones Conference. The event takes place on Wed., Oct. 23, 2019 at the Harvard Club in New York City.
Since the program has been introduced, Kowalski has been a regular speaker at Opportunity Zone conferences nationwide, consistently clarifying the rules and regulations surrounding the program. His upcoming talk at the Connect Media event will focus on the current status of Opportunity Zones, as well as the program’s early benefits.
In his role as Counselor to the Secretary of the Treasury, Kowalski’s many duties include spearheading development of IRS guidelines and reporting for the Opportunity Zone program. He also advises Treasury’s efforts to drive the Administration’s domestic policy agenda. His particular areas of focus are budget and fiscal policy; health, education and welfare policy; tax policy; and infrastructure policy. From June through November, 2016, he served in several roles in the Trump campaign in New York City, with an emphasis on these domestic policy issues.
Kowalski’s 30 years of experience include positions such as Deputy Staff Director of the Republican staff of the Senate Budget Committee. He also served as the Director of Budget Review for the Republican staff of the House Budget Committee. In those two positions, he helped shepherd several balanced budgets and reconciliation bills through the U.S. Congress.
His Washington, DC experience began in 1995, as Principal Analyst with the Congressional Budget Office. Previous to that, Kowalski was Director of the Legislative Budget Office for the Missouri General Assembly, and as senior individual income tax analyst with the Republican staff of the Finance Committee for the New York State Senate. He started his career as a management analyst for the Deputy Commissioner for Audit in the New York City Department of Finance.
Kowalski earned a master’s degree in Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government in Cambridge, MA, and a bachelor’s degree from St. John’s College in Annapolis, MD.
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