Omar is a researcher for the Program on Inequality and the Common Good. He graduated from the University ofMassachusetts Boston with a B.A. in Political Science and holds a Masters in International Relations from the American University in Cairo. His thesis focused on the politics of international oil and humanitarian intervention in Libya.

Prior to joining IPS, Omar was an intern for Congressman Stephen F. Lynch. He later entered the nonprofit sector where he worked in direct human and social services.

He is an arepa enthusiast and passionate about the Boston Celtics.

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Report: “Extreme Wealth: The growing number of people with extreme wealth and what an annual wealth tax could raise”

An annual wealth tax on the world’s richest could raise $1.7 trillion globally.

For Lula, Fighting Against Fascism and For Economic Justice is Nothing New

Having fought for labor rights under a dictatorship, the Brazilian president once again faces a violent far-right movement bent on blocking his pro-worker, pro-democracy agenda.

How Colombia Will Tax the Wealthy

President Gustavo Petro’s government plans to raise $20 trillion Colombian pesos through a hyper-targeted tax on less than one percent of the country’s top earners. Other nations should take notice.

Colombia’s First Leftist President Charts a New Path on Venzuela

Gustavo Petro has rejected the failed “diplomatic siege” of his predecessors. But he also wants to see a more democratic Venezuela.

Inequality-Fighting Ballot Initiatives Win Big

Voters approved proposals to tax the rich, build worker power, and make housing and education more affordable.

The High Cost of Beacon Hill Inaction

IPS Report Documents Missing Millions as Massachusetts State Legislature Fails to Act on Boston’s Luxury Transfer Tax

A Proposed Wealth Tax on Colombia’s 4,700+ Richest Would Raise $1 Billion

An Institute for Policy Studies analysis of the progressive tax proposed by incoming Colombian President Gustavo Petro would impact a small percentage of the nation’s wealthiest while raising millions to address widening inequality.

Gustavo Petro’s Victory Brings an Opportunity to Reverse Inequality in Colombia

Running on a platform of gender equity, progressive taxation, and environmental protection, Colombia’s first leftist president could bring much-needed change to a deeply unequal nation.

Bay State Billionaires

Massachusetts billionaires’ wealth surges 46 percent during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Debunking the Myth of the Fleeing Millionaire

As it turns out, high-earners won’t leave if you increase their taxes.

Billionaire Wealth up $1.7 Trillion as U.S. Passes 1 Million COVID Deaths Milestone

The U.S. has recorded 1 million COVID deaths. In the time it took to reach that grim milestone, billionaire wealth is up $1.7 trillion.

An Oligarchy Expert Answers Our Questions About Wealth and Empowerment

Northwestern professor Jeffrey Winters says he knows how to get billionaires to jump off the Forbes list of richest Americans.

Billionaire Wealth Is Spiraling out of Control

Omar Ocampo joins Harrison’s Reality Check to discuss a modest annual tax on the world’s richest, and what we could accomplish with that revenue.

REPORT: Silver Spoon Oligarchs

How America’s 50 Largest Inherited-Wealth Dynasties Accelerate Inequality

Don’t Let the Rich Avoid Taxes

A progressive tax system is one of the few tools we can deploy to slow and reverse the growth of billionaire power.

Global Billionaire Wealth Surges $4 Trillion Over Pandemic

A Warren-Jayapal style wealth tax on global billionaires would raise $345 billion in its first year. The cost of vaccinating the world is estimated at $141.2 billion.

Frist Family Leads Pandemic Profiteer Parade in Health Sector

For-profit hospital billionaire owners see their wealth increase by $8.1 billion since March 2020.

Financial Reserves and the Racial Wealth Gap

Black and Latinx households have less to fall back on when the times get tough.