Mr. Albers is a private investor, residing in Sarasota FL, with nearly four decades of experience as a security analyst and equity mutual fund portfolio manager at the Guardian Park Avenue Fund and the Oppenheimer Main Street Fund. He is a director of Parents in Charge Foundation, Ivy League Club of Sarasota, and the Downtown Sarasota Condo Association. He studied Economics and Finance at Kenyon College and Columbia University, and he is a Chartered Financial Analyst.
Mr. Blundell is the Distinguished Senior Fellow of the London-based Institute of Economic Affairs, and author of Ladies for Liberty, Women Who Made a Difference in American History: A portrait of the Iron Lady. He is also a Visiting Fellow at The Heritage Foundation in Washington DC and has honorary Ph.D. degrees from both the University of Buckingham in the UK and Universidad Francisco Marroquin in Guatemala where he is also an honorary professor. He followed the late Sir Antony Fisher as President and CEO of Atlas from 1987 to 1991, and is a former President the Institute for Humane Studies and the Charles G. Koch Foundation. Between 1993 and 2009, he served as Director General and Ralph Harris Fellow of the Institute of Economic Affairs, described by Andrew Marr of the BBC as “undoubtedly the most influential think tank in modern British history.
Mr. Browne is a private investor and independent consultant with experience in Latin America, Europe and the United States. He is a Director of the Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University, a member of the Mont Pelerin Society, and the recent past President of the Orinoco Foundation. He received a degree in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Dr. Chafuen became President of Atlas in 1991, and was elected to its Board in 2009. He joined Atlas in 1985 and worked alongside Sir Antony Fisher. He is also the president and founder of the Hispanic American Center of Economic Research. He is the author of Faith and Liberty, which has been published in Spain, Poland and Italy. He serves on the boards of the Chase Foundation of the Commonwealth of Virginia, the Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty, the Fraser Institute, and Grove City College.
Debbi Gibbs is the owner of Just Managing, a music agency, and has worked as an executive director in the broadcasting and entertainment industry for many years. In addition to her own business, Debbi serves on the board of two national non-profits and a corporation that produces High Speed Amphibious vehicles. She holds an Architecture degree, collects contemporary art, and lives in New York with her son.
Peter Goettler was formerly managing director at Barclays Capital, where he served as Head of Investment Banking, Americas, Head of Global Leveraged Finance and Head of Global Loan Syndications. He was also Chief Executive, Latin America for Barclays plc. His primary philanthropic interests are the freedom movement and multiple sclerosis research and patient services. He is also a trustee of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, New York City Chapter, where he serves as Board Chair.
Mr. Grossman is the Chairman of the Board for Atlas. He spent his working career as the founder and owner of various private businesses. He was formerly the Chairman of the Foundation for Economic Education, Irvington, NY. He graduated from Miami University in Oxford Ohio with a Degree in Economics, and from Columbia University in New York, NY with an MBA in Finance. Mr. Grossman resides in Washington, D.C.
Gerry Ohrstrom is a private investor in New York City and former chairman of the Ohrstrom Foundation which was founded by his grandfather in 1953. In recent years Gerry has spent much of his time in the nonprofit sector. Prior to that, he worked in manufacturing, investment banking, and private equity. He is or has been a director of various corporations and nonprofit organizations, including the Reason Foundation, the Santa Fe Institute, the Property and Environment Research Center, Africa Fighting Malaria, the International Policy Network, the Gruter Institute, the Intelligence Squared debate series, the Booker T. Washington Learning Center, the Museum of the Rockies and the Yellowstone Park Foundation. He has been Co-Chairman of the President’s Council at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and is a member of the New York Academy of Science.
Mr. Pearson worked for nearly three decades for the Koch family as manager of various Koch Foundations and for Koch Industries in various corporate positions including Director of Public Affairs. He is involved in real estate development and investment as a principal in Industrial Development Investors, LLC. Mr. Pearson has served as an officer or director of various non-profit organizations, including the Institute for Humane Studies, the Cato Institute, and the Kansas Policy Institute.
Andrea Millen Rich
Mrs. Rich is the President of Center for Independent Thought, a non-profit organization whose current projects include Stossel in the Classroom, the annual Thomas Szasz Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Cause of Civil Liberties, and the Roy A. Childs Jr. Fund for Independent Scholars. She headed Laissez Faire Books for 23 years until her retirement in 2005.
Mr. Scull has extensive international experience, having worked in Asia as Vice President of Philip Morris; in South America, as Chairman of the Board of United Distillers Venezuela & Chairman of the Board of Abal Hermanos in Uruguay; and in Central America, as Managing Director of Tabacalera El Salvador. He has a journalism degree from the U.C.A.B. University in Venezuela and a M.A. from the Escuela Contemporanea de Humanidades in Madrid. He also completed an Advanced Management Program in the Kellogg School of Northwestern University. He is a member of the Mont Pelerin Society.
Mr. Sumner has been a part of Atlas from its founding in 1981. He started as treasurer, and has been a director for more than a quarter century and served as chairman of the board for 20 of those years. He is a director emeritus of the Institute for Humane Studies, and a trustee emeritus of the University of San Francisco. He is also a member of the Mont Pelerin Society and the Philadelphia Society.
Mrs. Whetstone is the daughter of Atlas’s founder, the late Sir Antony Fisher. In addition to her role on the Atlas Board of Directors, she serves as Chairman of the Network for a Free Society, and as a member of the Boards of the Institute of Economic Affairs, the Mont Pelerin Society, the Istanbul Network for Liberty and British Dressage. She runs a small business in England with her husband and writes on agricultural and development issues.
Ambassador Curtin Winsor, Jr.
Curt Winsor served as a career foreign service officer in the U.S. State Department and then as Special Assistant and Foreign Policy Advisor to the Chairman of the Republican National Committee, Senator Bob Dole, in 1972. He was the Washington Representative of the Chase Manhattan Bank; and, under President Reagan, as U.S. Ambassador to Costa Rica. Subsequently, he served as a Senior Consultant to the Department of Defense, and President of the Legislative Studies Institute. Winsor built and has owned the American Chemical Services Company of Marmet, WV, since 1980. He received his B.A. from Brown University and his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the School of International Service at American University.
Atlas Advisory Council:
Luis Henrique Ball
Leo Kayser III
Warren Lammert III
Jon Basil Utley