Mario Vargas Llosa, 2010 Nobel Laureate and the Atlas Templeton Leadership Fellow
The 2010 Nobel Prize for Literature was awarded to Mario Vargas Llosa of Peru, whose remarkable literary career has included strong critiques of power and corruption in Latin America. Vargas Llosa is famous for writing The Feast of the Goat, The War of the End of the World, and more than 30 other novels, plays, and works of non-fiction. In the early 1980’s, Vargas Llosa created the Freedom Movement, a political party, and in 1990 ran for President of Peru as a candidate for the Democratic Front party. He was awarded the 2005 Irving Kristol Award from the American Enterprise Institute. In 2010, Mario Vargas Llosa joined the Atlas Economic Research Foundation as its Templeton Leadership Fellow.
Leszek Balcerowicz, Polish Deputy Prime Minister
Leszek Balcerowicz is a two-time Polish Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance and the former President of the National Bank of Poland. He successfully implemented the Polish economic transformation program from 1989 to 1991, a package of free market reforms commonly referred to as the Balcerowicz Plan. This rapid transition from central planning to free market capitalism resulted in Poland out-performing all other post-communist economies during the 1990s. Currently, he is professor of economics at the Warsaw School of Economics and chairman of the Civil Development Forum, a leading free market think tank in Poland.
John Blundell, Institute of Economic Affairs
Mr. Blundell is the Distinguished Senior Fellow of the London-based Institute of Economic Affairs, and author of Waging The War Of Ideas and Margaret Thatcher: Portrait Of An Iron Lady. He is a former President of the Atlas Economic Research Foundation, 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.”
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’s work focuses primarily on North American, European and Asian think tanks. Previously, she also worked as the New Media Program Manager from 2009-2010. Cindy also works part-time as the Director of Programs at Americas Future Foundation.
Alejandro Chafuen , Atlas Network
Alex served as President and CEO of Atlas 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 recently became a Trustee for Grove City College, PA.
Tom Clougherty is executive director of the Adam Smith Institute. He previously worked as the Institute’s policy director, and before that was Research Director at the Globalisation Institute – a think tank focused on trade and development issues.
In his current role, Tom takes overall responsibility for all the Adam Smith Institute’s programmes, and divides his time between policy work, management, and fundraising. He regularly represents the Institute in the print and broadcast media, and gives talks on everything from banking reform to drug legalisation. Tom is interested in all things free market and libertarian, but is particularly enthusiastic about the Austrian school of economics. He has a degree in law from the University of Cambridge.
As Distinguished Fellow in Conservative Thought, Lee Edwards, Ph.D., is Heritage’s in-house authority on the U.S. conservative movement. Edwards is the founder and chairman of the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation, which dedicated the Victims of Communism Memorial in 2007. The foundation launched the online Global Museum on Communism in 2009 which has had visitors from 170 nations. It is currently preparing a Curriculum on Communism for high school students. Edwards earned a doctorate in World Politics from the Catholic University of America. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Duke University and completed his graduate work at The Sorbonne, Paris. He has an honorary doctoral degree in humane letters from Grove City College.
Michael Fairbanks, SEVEN Fund
Michael Fairbanks co-founded the SEVEN Fund in 2005. He has been a Senior Advisor since 2001 to President Paul Kagame of Rwanda on private sector development and export competitiveness. Mr. Fairbanks testified to U.S. Congress twice in the last twelve months on enterprise solutions to poverty in Haiti. Other projects of his include advising the President of the Inter-American Development Bank on creating its USD 250 million Opportunities for the Majority private sector initiative; and advising the Minister of Finance of Afghanistan on private-sector reforms. He has collaborated on three books; written for the Christian Science Monitor, Huffington Post and Washington Post; and has had his writing translated into a dozen languages. He studied philosophy and biochemistry at the University of Scranton, a Jesuit university in Pennsylvania and African politics at Columbia University, SIPA ’83, in New York City.
Steve Forbes, Forbes Inc.
Steve Forbes is an American editor, publisher, and businessman. He is the editor-in-chief of business magazine Forbes as well as president and chief executive officer of its publisher, Forbes Inc. He was a Republican candidate in the U.S. Presidential primaries in 1996 and 2000. He is the son of longtime Forbes magazine publisher Malcolm Forbes and the grandson of that publication’s founder, B.C. Forbes.
Nicole Gelinas, Manhattan Institute
Nicole Gelinas is the Searle Freedom Trust Fellow at the Manhattan Institute and a contributing editor of City Journal. Gelinas writes on urban economics and finance, municipal and corporate finance, and business issues. She is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charterholder and a member of the New York Society of Securities Analysts. Her most recent book, After the Fall: Saving Capitalism from Wall Street—and Washington was published on November 2009 by Encounter Books.
Gelinas has published analysis and opinion pieces on the op-ed pages of The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, the San Diego Union Tribune, the New York Sun, the New York Daily News, the New York Post, the Dallas Morning News, the New Orleans Times-Picayune, and the Boston Herald. She has also written for Crain’s New York Business and National Review Online.
Before coming to City Journal, Gelinas was a business journalist for Thomson Financial in New York, where she covered the international syndicated-loan and private-debt markets. She also wrote a regular op-ed column for the New York Post.
Gelinas graduated from the Newcomb College of Tulane University with a B.A. in English literature. She and her husband live in Manhattan.
Richardo Gomes, IEE
Ricardo Santos Gomes is the President of IEE (Instituto de Estudos Empresariais – Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies), and a Vice-President of Instituto Liberdade (Liberty Institute).
He graduated with a degree in Legal and Social Studies from the Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul. He did his post graduate work in Labor Law in the same University. He has occupied different positions at IEE since 2009.
Nouh El-Harmouzi, Editor
Nouh received his Ph.D in Economics, from Paul Cézann University, France, and earned his MA in Economics at King Muhammad V of Al-Rabat, Morocco. He served as a university teacher for five years at Paul Cézann University, teaching Economic Development Theories and Economic Philosophy and Thought. In addition, he published many articles and research papers in various periodicals. Dr. el Harmouzi is also a lecturer in Ibn Toufail University (Morocco) Researcher and Economic at the Economic Analysis Center, University Paul Cézanne, in Aix-en-Provence, France.
Bettina is the former deputy director of Libertad y Desarrollo, a leading Latin American free-market think tank based in Santiago, Chile. She was also the former Chief of the Monetary Area of the Research Department of the Central Bank in Chile. She has a Master of Arts in Economic/Public Policy from the Universidad Catolica de Chile.
Larry Kaufmann is the Executive Director of the American Culture Institute (ACI). He is also a Senior Advisor to Navigant Consulting and Pacific Economics Group, where he developed an international consulting practice advising clients on performance-based regulatory reforms of regulated industries. He has written hundreds of professional studies and reports and submitted expert witness testimony on a variety of economic topics. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Wisconsin.
James Kemp, The Jack Kemp Foundation
The Jack Kemp Foundation, inspired by Jack Kemp is committed to the cause of growth, democracy, freedom and equality of opportunity. As a 501(c)(3) organization, its programs are intended to foster a spirit of principled leadership, expand the impact of the American idea on public policy, and prepare a new generation of leaders who can translate worthwhile ideas into action.
Mr. Kemp co-founded Kemp Partners; a Washington DC based strategic consulting firm representing Fortune 500 companies as well as small and midsized firms before Congress, the White House as well as federal, state and local agencies. Mr. Kemp maintains strong corporate and political relationships which help clients communicate their mission to the highest levels of government and business. Mr. Kemp provides the personal client service that has distinguished the firm since being established in 2003.
Additionally, Mr. Kemp is the Founding Chairman of the Board for the Hope Community Charter School located in NE Washington, DC. The school serves pre-k through grade 8 and has been operating since September 2005. Prior to Kemp Partners, Mr. Kemp spent eight seasons as a quarterback in the Canadian Football League, finishing his career in 2001 with the Toronto Argonauts. Mr. Kemp received his B.A. in History from Wake Forest University in Winston Salem, NC. He is married to Susan with whom he parents four boys.
Mohammad is an assistant professor of Economics at East Carolina University. He is a past fellow of the Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University and a faculty affiliate of the John Locke Foundation, Raleigh, North Carolina. He holds a B.S. in Economics with highest distinction from Beheshti University (National University of Iran), an M.S. in Applied Economics from Illinois State University, an M.S. in Statistics and a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Kaetana Leontjeva joined LFMI in 2007 as a policy analyst. Her fields of expertise are public finances (budget and taxes) and pension reform. Her major studies accomplished while working at LFMI include a Conceptual Framework for Social Security Reform in Lithuania and an Analysis of the Challenges of the Weaknesses and Strategic Planning of the State Budget. Kaetana’s daily task at the Institute is to monitor the existing and new taxes and to propose solutions on how to lower taxes in Lithuania.
Kaetana graduated from Tufts University (Boston, USA) in 2007 with cum laude Bachelor’s double degree in International Relations and Economics. She also holds an MA in Religion studies from Vilnius University.
She is author of more than 50 articles and commentaries on social, budget and tax policies and sovereign debts.
Luis Larrain, Libertad y Desarrollo
Mr Larrain serves as the Executive Director of Libertad y Desarrollo, a public policy think tank in Chile. He is a published author with articles appearing in Newspaper El Mercurio, El Diario Financiero and Capital magazine. He earned a degree in Economics from the Universidad Católica de Chile.
Joseph Lehman, Mackinac Center for Public Policy
Mr. Lehman first joined the Mackinac Center in 1995. He later became vice president for communications at the Cato Institute in Washington, D.C. In 2000 he returned to the Mackinac Center as its executive vice president. He became its president in 2008.
Mr. Lehman is an author and commentator on public policy. He has been interviewed on broadcast outlets ranging from National Public Radio to the Glenn Beck Program. His comments have been published in The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, National Journal, National Review, Investor’s Business Daily, Detroit Free Press, The Detroit News, and nearly every daily Michigan newspaper.
He has addressed audiences at the National Conference of State Legislatures annual meeting, the Detroit Regional Chamber’s annual Mackinac Conference, the Asian Resource Bank meeting in Hong Kong, and the African Leadership Conference in Nairobi.
Through the Mackinac Center’s biannual Leadership Conference, he has trained more than 590 think tank executives from 47 states and 47 countries in strategic planning, communications, and fundraising.
Lewis Lehrman, L. E. Lehrman & Co
Lewis E. Lehrman has written widely about economic and monetary policy. He has co-authored the book Money and the Coming World Order (1976) with renowned M.I.T. Economist Charles Kindleberger and others. Lehrman has written about economics in publications such as Harper’s, The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Weekly Standard, Crisis, Policy Review and National Review. His writings about monetary economics earned him an appointment by President Ronald Reagan to the Presidential Gold Commission in 1981. Along with Congressman Ron Paul, Lewis Lehrman collaborated on a minority report of the Commission, which was published as The Case for Gold (1982).
Born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, August 15, 1938, he received his Bachelor of Arts degree at Yale University in 1960, after which he won a Carnegie Teaching Fellowship as an instructor on the Yale faculty. Subsequently, he received his master’s degree as a Woodrow Wilson Fellow from Harvard University. He chaired the Yale University Humanities Council. He was a recipient of the 2005 National Humanities Medal at the White House for his scholarly contributions, and in 2010, he received the William E. Simon Prize for Lifetime Achievement in Social Entrepreneurship. He also has been awarded Honorary Degrees from Babson College (Babson Park, MA), Gettysburg College (Gettysburg, PA), Lincoln College (Lincoln, IL), Marymount University (Arlington, VA) and Thomas Aquinas College (Santa Paula, CA).
Leonard is Distinguished Senior Scholar at the Institute for Humane Studies. He is Senior Vice President of The Mont Pelerin Society, a Trustee of the Philadelphia Society, and a Research Professor in George Mason University’s School of Law. According to Alejandro Chafuen, “Leonard’s hard work and generosity have made him one of the most respected figures in the international movement for liberty. He is perhaps the person best-suited to strengthen Atlas’s position as a promoter of independent think tanks.”
Brad joined Atlas in 1998 and became its Chief Executive Officer in 2009. He received his MBA from the Goizueta Business School of Emory University and his BA from Princeton University. In 1997-1998, Brad was researching regulatory issues for The Progress & Freedom Foundation before being persuaded by Alex Chafuen in 1998 to come to Atlas. Previously, Brad was a research associate for Smith Barney Inc. He is a member of the Mont Pelerin Society and the John Templeton Foundation. He has written on classical liberal ideas, including The Reagan Vision, published by the Goldwater Institute, and two chapters in Freedom Champions, published by Atlas in 2011.
Kurt Loder, Reason.com
Kurt Loder currently writes about movies for Reason Online. He was staff writer and senior editor at Rolling Stone for nine years, where he remains a contributing editor; writer and host of MTV’s The Week in Rock for more than a decade; and movie reviewer for MTV.com. He is the co-author of Tina Turner’s autobiography, I, Tina, a New York Times bestseller.
Elisa Lucena Martins, Atlas Network
Elisa Lucena Martins is the Editor of OrdemLivre.org, Atlas’s Portuguese language platform. She was the winner of the VI Donald Stewart Jr. Award presented by Instituto Liberal (Rio de Janeiro). In 2010, she was a Charles G. Koch Summer Fellow and a Koch Intern, having been placed at the Atlas Economic Research Foundation. Elisa received her bachelor’s degree in Economics from Universidade Federal de Santa Maria (Brazil).
Fred McMahon, The Fraser Institute
Fred McMahon is the Vice President International Research and the Director of the Centre for Trade and Globalization Studies at The Fraser Institute. He manages the Economic Freedom of the World Project and examines global issues, such as development, trade, governance, and economic structure. McMahon is the author of numerous research articles and several books. He has a MA in Economics from McGill University, Montreal.
Ignacio Munyo, Center for the Study of Economic and Social Affairs
Ignacio Munyo is a Senior Economist of CERES (Center for the Study of Economic and Social Affairs) since February 2009. CERES is a non-for-profit independent public policy research institution, in Montevideo, Uruguay; specialized in the economic analysis of Latin America. He is also consultant to the Research Department of the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) on global and regional macroeconomic and financial affairs since February de 2009. Ignacio is Lecturer at the University of Montevideo since August, 2009.
He is member of National Academy of Economics since 2008 and LACEA since 2009. His areas of interest include Emerging Markets Macroeconomics; Economic Growth and Education and Crime. He obtained his Master of Arts in Economics from the University of Chicago in 2007 where he also completed several Ph.D. courses in Economics during 2007 and 2008. Heis currently working in his Ph.D. thesis at Universidad de San Andrés (Buenos Aires,Argentina).He holds the degree of Licenciado in Economics from the University of the Republic (Montevideo, Uruguay) and he also holds a Bachelor of Sciences in Accounting and Management from the University of the Republic (Montevideo, Uruguay).
Iain Murray, CEI
Mr. Murray is Vice President for Strategy at CEI. He is the author of the best-selling book on environmental policy, “The Really Inconvenient Truths,” and more recently “Stealing You Blind: How Government Fatcats Are Getting Rich Off of You.” He specializes in public sector reform, environment, finance, trade, and science and technology policy. He is also an expert on the role of government, the EU and the UK, and the role of liberty in political thought.
He writes regularly for print and online sources, his CEI articles having appeared in The New York Post, Investors Business Daily, the Financial Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Examiner and many other newspapers. His column appears weekly at the American Spectator online. He has appeared on Fox News, CNN Headline News, the BBC and Al-Jazeera among other broadcast appearances. He has also given testimony to the US Senate.
Before coming to CEI, Mr. Murray was Senior Analyst and then Director of Research at the Statistical Assessment Service, a nonpartisan nonprofit that looked at how scientific and statistical information were used or misused by the media and policy-makers.
Originally from the United Kingdom, Mr. Murray immigrated to the US in 1997, after having worked at the British Department of Transport, advising Ministers on railroad privatization, the role of private finance in infrastructure investment and the role of transportation in the economic development of London.
Mr. Murray is also a Visiting Fellow of the British think tank The Adam Smith Institute. Mr. Murray holds a BA and MA from the University of Oxford, an MBA from the University of London and the Diploma of Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine.
Arpita Nepal, Samriddhi, The Prosperity Foundation
Arpita Nepal is an associate of Samriddhi, The Prosperity Foundation, a think tank that envisions the creation of a free and prosperous Nepal. She is one of the founders of the think tank and later was working as a Manager for the past 3 years. During her time, she designed several educational programs on Entrepreneurship and Economics and has been a crucial part of designing one of Samriddhi’s very successful campaign on the right to earn a living called ‘Campaign for a Livable Nepal’. After having initiated a think tank and worked in the industry, she is now, working on enhancing her economic policy analysis skills and is currently a graduate student at the Department of Economics at George Mason University.
David Nott, Reason Foundation
David Nott is president of Reason Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing free minds and free markets. Nott’s professional experience includes six years as president of the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, where he is credited with developing and implementing a business plan that led to a 250 percent increase in revenue. Nott also spearheaded the construction of Mercatus’ new Capitol Hill Campus.
Nott has written on privatization for the Institute of Economic Affairs, lectured to federal judges on the need for drug policy reform, and written commentary for the Los Angeles Times, Orange County Register, San Diego Union-Tribune, Los Angeles Daily News, and many other publications.
Nott earned a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences, with Distinction, in Economics and Petroleum Engineering from Stanford University.
Mary O’Grady is a member of the editorial board at The Wall Street Journal and writes editorial columns on Latin America, trade and international economics. She is also editor of “The Americas,” a weekly column that appears every Monday and deals with politics, economics and business in Latin America and Canada.
Ms. O’Grady joined the paper in August 1995 and became a senior editorial page writer in December 1999. She was appointed an editorial board member in November 2005. She previously worked as an options strategist, first for Advest Inc. and then for Thomson McKinnon Securities in 1983. She moved to Merrill Lynch & Co. in 1984 as an options strategist and was also a product manager and a sales manager for Merrill Lynch Canada and Merrill Lynch International during her 10 years with the company.
Ms. O’Grady, who was born in Bryn Mawr, Pa., received a bachelor’s degree in English from Assumption College and an M.B.A. in financial management from Pace University.
Tom G. Palmer, Atlas Network
Tom is the Executive Vice President for International Programs at Atlas. He previously served as Vice President for International Programs at the Cato Institute and Director of the Center for Promotion of Human Rights. He is a Senior Fellow at the Cato Institute and Director of Cato University, the Institute’s educational arm. He is the author of Realizing Freedom: The Theory, History, and Practice of Liberty. He received his BA from St. Johns College, MD, his MA in philosophy from The Catholic University of America, and his doctorate from Oxford University.
Veronique de Rugy, Mercatus Center
Veronique de Rugy is a senior research fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. She was previously a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, a policy analyst at the Cato Institute, and a research fellow at the Atlas Economic Research Foundation. Her primary research interests include the federal budget, homeland security, taxation, tax competition, and financial privacy issues. She is the co-author of Action ou Taxation, published in Switzerland in 1996. She is currently on the board of directors of the Center for Freedom and Prosperity. She received her M.A. in economics from the University of Paris IX-Dauphine and her Ph.D. in economics from the University of Paris-Sorbonne. She previously directed academic programs for the Institute for Humane Studies-Europe in France.
Corinne Sauer, Jerusalem Institute for Market Studies
Corinne Sauer co-founded with Robert Sauer the Jerusalem Institute for Market Studies in 2003. Today she serves as the executive director of the institute. Ms. Sauer earned a MA in economics at the University of Aix-Marseille III in 1987 and was an Austrian economics fellow in the economics PhD program at New York University during the years 1988-1990. Prior to forming JIMS, Ms. Sauer was a senior economic consultant for Integral Research, an expert witness consulting firm located in New York City. She lives in Jerusalem with her husband Robert and five daughters.
Parth J. Shah is founder president of the Centre for Civil Society, an independent, nonprofit think tank in New Delhi. Parth taught economics at the University of Michigan before returning to India to start CCS. He has published academic articles in the areas of development economics, welfare economics, business-cycle theory, free or laissez-faire banking, and currency-board systems. He has edited Morality of Markets, Friedman on India, Profiles in Courage: Dissent on Indian Socialism, Do Corporations have Social Responsibility?, and co-edited Law, Liberty, and Livelihood, The Terracotta Reader, and Agenda for Change. He writes regularly in newspapers and magazines. He is also the youngest Indian member of the Mont Pelerin Society, the premier international association of classical liberals.
Judy Shelton, Atlas Fellow – Sound Money Project
Judy Shelton is an economist with expertise in global finance and monetary issues. She is co-Director of the Sound Money Project at the Atlas Economic Research Foundation. Author of The Coming Soviet Crash (1989) and Money Meltdown (1994), her international economics articles have been published by The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, Financial Times, Nihon Keizai Shimbun and El Economista. Dr. Shelton holds a Ph.D. in business administration from the University of Utah.
Jim Stergios, Pioneer Institute
Jim Stergios is Pioneer’s Executive Director. Prior to joining Pioneer, he was Chief of Staff and Undersecretary for Policy in the Commonwealth’s Executive Office of Environmental Affairs, where he drove efforts on water policy, regulatory and permit reform, and urban revitalization. His prior experience includes founding and managing a business, teaching at the university level and in public and private secondary schools, serving as headmaster at a preparatory school, and writing for newspapers. Jim holds a doctoral degree in Political Science.
Gonzalo Schwarz, Atlas Network
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 currently pursuing a phD. 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.
Adedayo Thomas, AfricanLiberty.org
Adedayo received a BA in Theatre Arts from the University of Jos and a graduate degree in Public Relations from the Nigerian Institute of Journalism. He has undertaken field research related to the provision of public services and has presented several papers on economic development, conflict, good governance and democracy. He has published the African edition of In Defense of Global Capitalism by Johan Norberg, Selected Essays on Political Economy by Frederic Bastiat, Twenty Myths about Markets by Tom G. Palmer and A Letter from Jonathan Gullible by Ken Schoolland.
Hâkan Tribell is Timbro’s director of program development and a member of the organization’s senior administration. Hâkan has run Timbro’s youth leadership program, The Sture Academy, since 2006. Prior to joining Timbro, Hâkan was long-time member of Upsala Nya Tidning’s editorial page, as well as an editor of the public affairs magazine Neo and a project manager at the Center for Business and Policy Studies in Stockholm. He also serves on the board of directors of the Bertil Ohlin Institute. Hâkan earned a Master of Political Sciences degree from Uppsala University. He currently resides in Uppsala, where his hobbies include singing in the Orphei Drängar choir.
Margaret Tse, Instituto Liberdade
Margaret Tse holds a D.B.A. in International Management. She is CEO, senior researcher and public policy expert of Instituto Liberdade, Brazil. She is also member of the Councilor of the Chamber of Commerce from the State of Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil) and honorary member of Instituto de Estudos Empresariais (Brazil).
Billie Tucker, First Coast Tea Party
Billie Tucker has spent her entire career working with CEOs and executives. She has earned a reputation for her keen understanding of the motivations, challenges and goals of executives and her experience in coaching them to become more effective. Because of her experiences, she has emerged as a key source for the media and others who want to understand important insights about executives, management teams and Board dynamics. In 2009, Billie woke up with a patriotic renewal and joined millions of others in establishing the Tea Party Movement in America. She is honored to be a part of the Tea Party movement and although it was birthed because of bailouts, she believes it was really birthed because of the erosion of principled men and women in leadership.
Matt served as director of the American Legislative Exchange Council’s (ALEC) Natural Resources Task Force. In this position, Matt worked closely with state legislative leaders to champion free market energy and environmental policy priorities. Before joining ALEC, Matt was director of public affairs for the James Madison Institute (JMI), a Florida-based think tank where he managed media and legislative affairs. Matt is a graduate of Florida State University and is a graduate student in economics at George Mason University.