About Us

Tax Credits for Workers and Their Families (TCWF) is a non-partisan communications initiative working to promote tax credits for low-wage workers, such as the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Child Tax Credit (CTC) and Child and Dependent Care Credit (CDCTC.) We work with policymakers and advocates at both the state and federal levels to develop communications strategies and materials that help raise awareness of and build support for these credits. TCWF is led by The Hatcher Group, a full-service communications and public affairs firm dedicated to inspiring social change for good. We are made possible in part by support from The Annie E. Casey Foundation, the Grantmakers Income Security Task Force Communications Collaborative Rapid Response Fund and other funders.

Who We Are

Lauren Pescatore
Director
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Lauren has been managing the TCWF team since 2012. She brings years of experience working with state and national advocacy groups on both economic and education policy. As director, Lauren develops strategic communications plans to improve tax credits at both the state and federal level, tracks legislation, conducts interviews with key policymakers and thought leaders, provides support for advocacy groups and regularly blogs on key policy developments. She spoke on effective messaging around tax credits for working families at the National Community Tax Coalition’s “March Forward” Conference in 2013.

For support and technical assistance with communications materials involving tax credits for working families, or for general tax credit-related inquiries, please contact Lauren by email at lpescatore [at] thehatchergroup.com or by phone at (301) 656-0348.

Kate Skochdopole
Deputy Director
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As a former press assistant to U.S. Senator John Walsh, Kate brings valuable experience in strategic communications around economic policy to the Tax Credits team. Kate graduated from the College of William and Mary with a bachelor’s degree in Public Policy, an interdisciplinary degree with concentrations in government and economics.

For support and technical assistance with communications materials involving tax credits for working families, or for general tax credit-related inquiries, please contact Kate by email at kate [at] thehatchergroup.com or by phone at (301) 656-0348.

Tyler Bishop
Policy Associate
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Tyler brings experience as a writer and editor to the Tax Credits for Working Families team. He worked as a fellow on the Politics & Policy team at The Atlantic, where he authored a daily newsletter for the magazine, in addition to writing news and researching government affairs. At the Center for American Progress, he aided in media outreach for policy studies and other projects.

Tyler graduated from Vanderbilt University with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science, Communication Studies, and Corporate Strategy. On campus, he served as the editor-in-chief of the university’s flagship newspaper, The Vanderbilt Hustler. The Tennessee Associated Press recognized him as the state’s top student multimedia journalist for his work in that role.

For support and technical assistance with communications materials involving tax credits for working families, or for general tax credit-related inquiries, please contact Tyler by email at tyler [at] thehatchergroup.com or by phone at (301) 656-0348.