I now am privileged to undertake one of the most pleasant tasks of the NTA presidency—the presentation of the 2017 Davie-Davis Public Service Award. As most of you know, the Davie-Davis Award was created in memory of two long-time National Tax Association members, Bruce F. Davie and Albert J. Davis, who spent their full and illustrious careers as tax economists in public service, in the Treasury and at the Congress. The award honors NTA members who have followed Bruce Davie and Albert Davis in similarly serving the public through the provision of insightful analyses and objective advice on issues of taxation and government finance. In assessing candidates for this prestigious honor, the committee consider persons who similarly have long careers in public service in the area of tax policy; have made significant contributions to analysis and institutions in the area; and have also made contributions to the NTA itself, though their papers and participation in NTA events.
I am delighted today to present this year’s Davie-Davis Public Service Award to Geraldine Gerardi. Geraldine “Gerry” Gerardi served as the director of the Business Division of the Treasury’s Office of Tax Analysis for 25 years. From 2005 until her retirement in 2012, she also served as director of the International Taxation Division. After receiving her PhD from American University, and prior to joining OTA, Gerry earlier served in management positions in the Department of Energy, the GAO, and the Congressional Research Service. She has been a long-time, active member of the NTA, publishing in, and serving as a referee for, the National Tax Journal and participating in NTA events. I can think of no more deserving candidate to honor the memory of Bruce Davie and Albert Davis.
Victoria Perry, President, National Tax Association (2016-2017)