Programs and Operations Staff

Chelsea Albers, Development and Events Manager

Chelsea joined Atlas in May 2012 after graduating from Florida State University with her Bachelors Degree in International Affairs, a double major in German & Spanish and a minor in business. While studying at FSU, Chelsea interned at the James Madison Institute for five semesters and taught Spinning for two years.

Chantilly Alberti, Development and Events Associate

Chantilly joined Atlas in August 2013. She graduated from Grove City College, where she studied Communications, Political Science, and Marketing. Prior to working for Atlas, Chantilly participated in KIP (Koch Internship Program), interned at the Moving Picture Institute, and worked for the Manhattan Institute. An avid traveler, Chantilly enjoys discovering new cuisines, ideas, and people. Originally from Manhattan, she is delighted to be representing Atlas in her hometown.

Paolo Angelini, Office Manager

Born in Las Cruces, New Mexico, raised in El Paso, Texas, Paolo Angelini is thrilled to now be living on the East Coast, working in the heart of our nation’s capital, and enjoying a career at the Atlas Network since mid 2011. Coming from a background in auto wholesale, Paolo brings with him years of working in a fast-paced environment, making what needs to happen, happen! Working at Atlas has opened the door to many new skills and opportunities. Aside from being the voice of Atlas, Paolo assists everyone at Atlas in everything from accounting to shipping. Paolo makes it happen!


Reza Ansari, Manager, Outreach and Persian Programs

Reza joined Atlas in May 2011 as the manager of Outreach and Persian Programs. He also helps monitor all Atlas foreign language programs. He is a graduate of East Carolina University, where he got his MS in Applied Economics. His previous studies in Iran include a MS in Socio-economic Engineering from Sharif University of Technology, and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from University of Tehran. Back in Iran, he worked as an engineer, an economic analyst, and a freelance translator. He also interned at Association for Liberal Thinking in Turkey in 2009.

Daniel Anthony, Vice President of Marketing & Communications

Daniel Anthony is the Vice President of Marketing & Communications at the Atlas Network. He joined the team in 2014. He received his MBA in International Business from The Johns Hopkins University Carey Business School and his BA in Foreign Languages from Illinois State University. Prior to joining the Atlas Network, Daniel worked with one of the U.S.’s leading state-based, free-market think tanks, the Illinois Policy Institute. During his time there he oversaw all marketing and communications, playing a key role in winning a Templeton Freedom Award and an SPNovation Award. Prior to that, he worked as manager of client strategy and brand activation for Saatchi & Saatchi S, the sustainability division of the global ideas firm Saatchi & Saatchi. While with Saatchi, he worked with Walmart, General Mills, Procter & Gamble and NBCUniversal. Daniel has appeared on various media outlets, including Univision, FOX Chicago News, NBC Chicago and WGN Radio, focusing on topics such as government transparency and marketing and communications analysis. Daniel grew up living in Mexico and Singapore. He currently resides in Arlington, Virginia with his wife Denise, and they spend their free time enjoying all things film, brunch and southern Italian cuisine.

Cindy Cerquitella, Director, Atlas Leadership Academy

Cindy joined Atlas in 2006. She graduated from Hillsdale College, where she received a BA in Political Economy. Prior to attending Hillsdale, Cindy spent four years in Budapest, Hungary where her parents ran an International Christian School. Cindy is the director of the Atlas Leadership Academy, a new program launched in 2012. She develops training programs, both online and in person to serve the needs of the Atlas Network. Previously, she worked part-time as the Director of Programs, planning events for Americas Future Foundation.

Alejandro Chafuen, President

Alex serves as President of Atlas and has previously served as President and CEO from 1991-2009, and was elected to its Board in 2009. He is also the president and founder of the Hispanic American Center of Economic Research and is the author of Faith and Liberty. He serves on the boards of the Chase Foundation, the Acton Institute, and the Fraser Institute. A graduate of the Argentina Catholic University, he was Associate Professor at the Argentine Catholic University, University of Buenos Aires, and The Hispanic American University, CA. He is a Trustee for Grove City College, PA.

In 2010, Atlas recognized Alex for 25 years of service.

Erwin Chaloupka, Economic Policy Associate for Central and Eastern Europe

Erwin joined Atlas Network in February 2013 and currently serves as Economic Policy Associate for Central and Eastern Europe. Erwin received his bachelor’s degree in International Relations with minor in Global Marketing from the University of Southern California and his master’s degree in International Relations and International Economics from Johns Hopkins University. His previous work experiences include internships with the Office of the President of the Czech Republic, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, US House of Representatives, United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs and several private businesses.

Anaïs Clement, Research Assistant

Anaïs joined Atlas in April 2012 as an intern, after graduating from the University of Navarre (Spain) with her Master’s Degree in Political and Corporate Communication. She graduated from college in 2010 in France, where she studied Literature and Political Sciences, spending her last year at a South African university. Anaïs has some experience in radio translations, but also worked as an intern in a French newspaper and she speaks three languages. She has worked full-time at Atlas since September 2012 as a Research Associate to Alejandro Chafuen, President of Atlas.

Brittany Cobb, Development Associate

Brittany joined Atlas in 2014. Originally from Manhattan, she received her MA in International Political Economy and Development from Fordham University and her BA in Economics from Grove City College. Brittany has worked in policy research for the Reason Foundation and also for the Startup Cities Institute at Universidad Francisco Marroquin. She also participated in the Liberty@Work program by the Charles Koch Institute. Over summers and semesters, Brittany lived in Panama, Guatemala, China, and England, and she continues to travel regularly. Brittany is based in New York City.

Grace Courter, Marketing & Communications Associate

Grace Courter joined Atlas Network in 2014 as Marketing & Communications Associate. She is a graduate of the University of Florida, where she received a bachelor’s degree in public relations. Upon moving to D.C., she worked for Adfero Group, a strategic communications firm, focusing on media outreach and public affairs campaigns; and Conservation International, a nonprofit environmental organization, managing all of the company’s social media channels. Prior to that, Grace worked in Jacksonville, Fla., as the practice liaison for a large medical practice, overseeing all marketing and communications efforts. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in international affairs from the Elliott School of International Affairs at the George Washington University. Grace grew up in Jacksonville, Fla., and spends her weekends discovering new running paths and cheering on the Florida Gators.

Kristina Crane, Operations Manager

Kristina began her career at the Cato Institute as assistant to the president and was responsible for coordinating the Institute’s move from San Francisco to Washington, D.C. She spent five years as a manager for the Unisys Corporation, supervising tradeshows, corporate and customer meetings, advertising and publications. She holds a degree in education from the University of Alabama, and studied business administration at the University of West Florida.

Stephanie Giovanetti, Director of Outreach

Stephanie joined Atlas in 2007 and currently serves as Atlas’s Director of Outreach. Additionally, Stephanie oversees Atlas’s flagship events, which include Freedom Dinner, Liberty Forum and the Think Tank MBA. She previously served as Atlas’s Director of Communications and Events. Before joining Atlas, Stephanie served as a meeting and event planner for a variety of for profit and nonprofit organizations. Currently, she serves on several community boards. Mother of two and originally from New York, she earned her BA degree from Marymount University in Virginia.

Harry Kalsted, Development and Operations Associate

Harry Kalsted joined Atlas in 2013 and works as the Development & Operations Associate. Harry oversees donations and helps in some accounting areas. He graduated with a BA in political science from Indiana University in 2012. He is very interested in sound money and loves the Sound Money Project run by Atlas.

Autumn Lansford, Program Associate for the Atlas Leadership Academy

Autumn Lansford joined Atlas in October 2013 as a Program Associate for the Atlas Leadership Academy. Originally from Texas, she earned her BA from the University of Texas at San Antonio in 2012 with a double major in political science and French language, and minor in international studies. Prior to joining Atlas, she interned at the Institute for Humane Studies and French Embassy in Washington, working on new media and communications.

Leonard P. Liggio, Executive Vice President of Academics

Since the 1950s, Leonard Liggio has been one of the greater builders of the classical liberal movement. He has served as a past President of the Mont Pelerin Society, the Philadelphia Society, and the Institute for Humane Studies where he continues as its Distinguished Senior Scholar. He is a trustee of Liberty Fund, among many other institutional affiliations. Since 1994, he has been the Executive Vice President of Atlas. A detailed bio, and collections of Leonard’s contributions to the freedom movement are archived at The Liggio Living Legacy Project.

Brad Lips, Chief Executive Officer

Brad Lips is the CEO of the Atlas Network, a non-profit that strengthens the freedom movement by connecting and providing services to more than 400 free-market think tanks in 90 countries. He joined Atlas in 1998 believing sound policy ideas are best spread by organizations using sound business practices. Brad received his MBA from Emory University and his BA from Princeton University. Prior to joining Atlas in 1998, he worked on Wall Street at Smith Barney Inc. Earlier in his career, he worked with online businesses and dabbled in music journalism. Brad is a member of the Mont Pelerin Society and the John Templeton Foundation. He coauthored The Reagan Vision, published by the Goldwater Institute in 2004, and contributed to Freedom Champions, published by Atlas in 2011. More recently, his articles have appeared in American Thinker, RealClearPolitics, National Review Online, Forbes, Fox News, American Spectator and The Daily Caller. He speaks widely on the morality of free enterprise and the international freedom champions connected by the Atlas Network.

Rómulo López, Director of Finance

Romulo is an economist from Universidad Francisco Marroquín in Guatemala and holds a MA in business from ITESM Monterrey (Mexico). Originally from Guayaquil, he is a proud husband and father. A technology enthusiast in charge of finance and accounting at Atlas, Romulo has held several positions at Atlas since 2001. Romulo is a member of the Mont Pelerin Society.

Elisa Martins, Institute Relations and Grants Manager

Elisa Lucena Martins started as the External Relations Coordinator in January 2012 and is the Editor of – Atlas’s Portuguese language platform. She was the winner of the VI Donald Stewart Jr. Award presented by Instituto Liberal (Atlas’s partner in Rio de Janeiro) in 2009. In 2010, she was a Charles G. Koch Summer Fellow, placed at the Atlas Economic Research Foundation. Elisa works closely with Atlas’s partners in Portuguese speaking countries and began leading the Freedom on the Road caravan in 2011. She also organized the first liberty summer seminar in Brazil in 2012. Elisa received her bachelor’s degree in Economics from Universidade Federal de Santa Maria (Brazil).

Kelly McGonigal, Development Manager

Kelly joined Atlas in June 2011 as the Development Associate. She is a graduate of the University of Virginia where she received a BA in Religious Studies. Kelly is a native of Virginia. Before joining Atlas, Kelly interned at the Cato Institute and at Freedom Alliance. She also attended The Fund for American Studies International Institute on Political and Economic Studies in Greece.

Tom G. Palmer, Executive Vice President for International Programs

Tom G. Palmer is the executive vice president for international programs at Atlas Network and is responsible for establishing operating programs in 14 languages and managing programs for a worldwide network of think tanks. He is also a senior fellow at Cato Institute and director of Cato University. Before joining Cato, he was an H. B. Earhart Fellow at Hertford College, Oxford University, and a vice president of the Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University. He frequently lectures in North America, Europe, Eurasia, Africa, Latin America, India, China and throughout Asia, as well as the Middle East on political science, public choice, civil society, and the moral, legal, and historical foundations of individual rights. He has published reviews and articles on politics and morality in scholarly journals such as the Harvard Journal of Law and Public PolicyEthicsCritical Review, and Constitutional Political Economy, as well as in publications such as Slate, the Wall Street Journal, the New York TimesDie WeltCaixingAl Hayat, the Washington Post, and The Spectator of London. He is the author of Realizing Freedom: Libertarian Theory, History, and Practice (expanded edition 2014), and the editor of The Morality of Capitalism (2011), After the Welfare State (2012), Why Liberty (2013), and Peace, Love & Liberty (2014). Palmer received his B.A. in liberal arts from St. Johns College in Annapolis, Maryland, his M.A. in philosophy from The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C., and his doctorate in politics from Oxford University.

Johannes Schmidt, Program Associate, Grants and Awards

Johannes was born in Guayaquil, Ecuador but grew up in the Washington, D.C., metro area. Having spent time living and working in Latin America, he has not lost the ability to view issues through the lens of the developing world. Johannes is a recent graduate of the George Washington University where he studied international affairs and Latin American literature. He has worked and interned at various free-market institutions and currently serves as a translator for the U.S. government.

Jeremy Schofield, IT Manager

Jeremy Schofield joined Atlas Network in 2014 as the IT Manager, bringing the organization a wealth of knowledge about new technology. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in management information systems from the University of Tampa and now resides in Northern Virginia. Jeremy spends his free time fishing and boating in the area.

Gonzalo Schwarz, Director, Grants and Awards

Gonzalo manages the Awards and Grants program that include the prestigious Fisher Memorial Award and Templeton Freedom Awards.  Additionally he manages the Latin American Program. He currently holds an MA in Economics from George Mason University and is looking to pursue other graduate studies. He is originally from Uruguay and has lived in four other countries throughout his life. In the past he worked in academics and other non profits. He enjoys participating in academic seminars and was also part of the Koch Foundation Fall internship in 2009. His main hobbies are sports, reading and spending time with his family.

Alexander Skouras, Program Associate for International Relations

Alexander Skouras is a Greek-American free-market advocate and a political manager. He has been involved in local and national elections in Greece and a Republican Presidential Primary campaign in the US. Most notably, he was the Washington State Executive Director for the Ron Paul 2012 Presidential Campaign, and a Campaign Manager of a successful 2012 parliamentary campaign in Greece. Recently he joined the Atlas Network as Program Associate for International Relations where he is leading a project that aims to strengthen the pro-liberty movement in Greece, manages our Global Outreach social media campaigns, operates a global syndication project, and cultivates network relations. Alexander holds a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing from the American College of Greece and a Master’s degree in Political Management from the George Washington University.

Matt Warner, Vice President of Programs and Institute Relations

Matt Warner is Vice President of Programs and Institute Relations and works with the programs and institute relations teams to strategically and effectively deliver Atlas’s many services designed to strengthen pro-liberty think tanks throughout the world. Prior to joining Atlas, Matt served in several policy and leadership positions at free-market organizations including the James Madison Institute in Florida and the American Legislative Exchange Council in Washington, D.C. His work has been published in the Washington Times,, Budget & Tax News, as well as many daily and weekly newspapers throughout the U.S. He has testified before several state legislative bodies on issues related to expanding liberty for individuals, particularly in educational choice and energy policy. Matt holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Florida State University and a master’s degree in economics from George Mason University.

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