Jason Riddle joined the America’s Future Foundation team in 2012 as the chairman and co-founder of AFF’s Atlanta chapter. Jason is passionate about communicating the principles of sound economics and individual liberty. For two years he was producer and co-host of a business and economics talk-radio program in Atlanta where he had the opportunity to interview a multitude of U.S. senators, political commentators, best-selling authors, policy analysts, economists, and business leaders. His writings have been published in The Freeman and Peachtree Papers and on his blog. Jason has over seven years of management consulting experience where he has worked with a variety of public and private companies to enhance their business performance through risk management, process improvement, and internal control. Jason graduated from the Honors Program at the University of Georgia with a BBA in International Business, including a dual concentration in Finance and Real Estate.
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Roger Custer is the executive director of America's Future Foundation, a position he has held since 2011. Previously, he was Conference Director at Young America’s Foundation, where he oversaw the nation’s leading conservative student conferences. He was also selected for the Koch Associate Program in 2011-2012. He earned a BA at Ithaca College and an MPA in nonprofit management at George Mason University. At Ithaca, his conservative activism was recognized by the Phillips Foundation Ronald Reagan Award, and he was profiled in Time Magazine in 2004. In his free time, he serves on the advisory board of the Castleton Festival, trains for triathlons, and is a deacon at McLean Presbyterian Church.
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Brit Vorreiter is the director of programs and membership at America’s Future Foundation. At AFF, Brit manages program strategy and the paid AFF membership program. She is a native of Louisville, Ky., and graduated summa cum laude from Mercer University in Macon, Ga. with a BBA in Economics and Management. Brit has been working in the free-market arena since the summer of 2012, first as a Koch Summer Fellow at George Washington’s Regulatory Studies Center, then as an intern with the State Policy Network, and recently as an event associate with Mercatus and the Institute for Humane Studies. Brit enjoys running, D.C. brunches, and meeting new people.
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Kathryn Shelton is a research associate at the William J. O’Neil Center for Global Markets and Freedom, a free-market think tank at the Edwin L. Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University. Kathryn spends most of her time assisting economists with research, data collection, and class preparation. She also coordinates the center’s events, including the annual conference. Kathryn is chair of the Dallas chapter of America’s Future Foundation and writes for local and national media outlets.
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In her role of director of special events at America's Future Foundation, Lori plans and organizes Liberty Circle events and provides support with Leadership Dinners and the Annual Gala. Lori is also outreach director and senior fellow at the R Street Institute. In this role, she is responsible for R Street’s coalition efforts, as well as providing public outreach and education about public policy issues to regulators, lawmakers and their staffs. Prior to her work at AEI, Sanders worked at George Mason University’s Mercatus Center, as a participant in the Charles Koch Institute’s Koch Associate Program. A native of Macon, Ga., Sanders is a graduate of Mercer University, where she studied finance and economics.
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Sarah works full time with the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty. She is a recent graduate of Wheaton College where she earned bachelor’s degrees in political science and psychology. She was involved with the school’s rowing team, did work for the Alumni Association, was publicity coordinator for the IJM chapter, and participated in volunteer work oversees. While at Wheaton, Sarah was able to intern in the district Office of congressman Peter Roskam and spent a semester in D.C., participating in the American Studies Program and interning at Bread for the World. During her summers, she spent time in Thailand working with an anti-trafficking organization and also did psychology research for the University of Rochester. She also interned for Edelman.
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Joel Gehrke is the editor of Doublethink Magazine. He is also a commentary staff writer at The Washington Examiner, where he covers campaigns, congressional oversight of the executive branch, and the White House. Among other things, he has covered the Energy Department — with particular reference to the green energy loan program — the State Department, and the Justice Department’s involvement in Operation Fast and Furious and the ensuing investigation. He is a graduate of Hillsdale College.
Katherine Ruddy is a Washington, D.C.-based freelance photographer, staff photographer for America’s Future Foundation and contributing photographer forDoublethink. She was previously the advertising manager of The American Spectator magazine. She holds a B.S. in Studio Art from Florida State University. To see her photos, click here.
Andrew Parks is the programs manager for AFF and organizes Roundtables, lunches, and happy hour programs in DC. He is also the program coordinator in lectures and seminars at The Heritage Foundation. He was born and raised in Palmer, Alaska and studied Political Philosophy at the University of Alaska Anchorage. As a student he became passionate about reducing poverty globally and began studying the most effective poverty reducing force in history, free market capitalism, and has been an advocate for liberty ever since. He has worked at Heritage since 2010 planning public events. Before that he worked at The Leadership Institute as a Field Representative in California, the United States Election Assistance Commission for Commissioner Donetta Davidson, and Congressman Steve King from Iowa as an intern. He has worked on political campaigns in Alaska, California, Maryland, Missouri, and Virginia.
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Greta Pisarczyk is director of student outreach at America’s Future Foundation, where she promotes programs designed to engage AFF’s growing undergraduate network—the rising generation of young leaders for liberty. Greta coordinates student recruitment activities at conferences and events within and without Washington, builds strategic coalitions with constituency groups, and conducts collaborative events with liberty-minded, student-oriented partner organizations. Greta is a fundraiser at the Cato Institute. Prior to Cato, Greta was enthusiastically embroiled in Michigan’s Right to Work fight as an Americans for Prosperity staffer. Greta is a graduate of the University of Michigan, where she studied English and Political Science. During her undergraduate tenure,Greta served as Publicity Chair of the UM College Republicans and interned on Governor Rick Snyder’s 2010 campaign. She is an alumnus of the Charles Koch Institute’s Koch Internship Program, and an active member of the Junior League of Washington.
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Jeff Berkowitz is the principal of Berkowitz Public Affairs, which provides strategic and crisis communications, policy analysis and investigative research. Previously, Jeff served as research director for the Republican National Committee. He has worked on campaigns throughout the country, including Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s presidential campaign, where he served as deputy communications director and research director, and President Bush’s re-election campaign. In government, he was the Associate Director for Research in The White House Office of Scheduling and he also served at the State Department as an advisor on international information programs and public-private partnerships. In addition to serving America’s Future Foundation, Berkowitz is on the board of the Hamilton Foundation and a member of the Young Leadership Board of the Republican Jewish Coalition. A resident of Washington, D.C., Jeff is a graduate of American University’s School of International Service and a member of the Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity.
David White is the COO of Keybridge Communications, a public affairs firm. In addition to his work at Keybridge, David is the founder and editor of Terroirist.com, a critically acclaimed wine blog, and writes a twice-monthly column for Grape Collective that appears in nearly 100 newspapers. David began his career in the George W. Bush administration, where he worked as chief speechwriter at the Department of Housing and Urban Development. He has also worked at the American Enterprise Institute. In addition to serving on AFF’s board, David serves as president of the American Wine Consumer Coalition and vice chairman of Heart’s Delight, a wine auction benefitting the American Heart Association. David is a graduate of Yale University, where he rowed on the crew team and co-edited The Politic, Yale’s nonpartisan political magazine.
Joanna started her first business in April 2009. Lunar Massage is a network of neighborhood massage studios with affordable, accessible massage for busy professionals and area residents in DC. It now has three locations and 15 employees. In addition to being CEO of Lunar Massage she does operations consulting for other business owners and is working on launching a local floral design service called Tin Can Flowers. She switched to being an entrepreneur after four years of fundraising for school choice and other libertarian causes. She was AFF’s membership director from 2005 - 2007 before joining the board. Prior to coming to Washington D.C., Joanna managed a congressional campaign in District 26 in Texas (Dallas), worked in the importing business for the craft industry, and also worked at a financial planning firm. She comes from an Army family and her degree is in English literature. She and partner Rob Montz are car-less urbanophiles who love the sharing economy and taking long walks with their corgi, Bronson.
Cheryl Miller works for the Hertog Foundation and directs WhatSoProudlyWeHail.org. Previously, she managed the AEI Program on American Citizenship and worked as head news clerk and editorial researcher at The New York Times. She has also served as deputy director of research in the White House Office of Presidential Speechwriting. Her work has appeared in such publications as the The Wall Street Journal, The Weekly Standard, Commentary, and the Claremont Review of Books. She is the author of the AEI report, "Underserved: A Case Study of ROTC in New York City", and co-author (with Robin Lake) of "Strengthening the Civic Mission of Charter Schools."
Peter Suderman is a senior editor at Reason magazine and Reason.com, where he writes regularly on health care, the federal budget, tech policy, and pop culture. He is also a film critic for The Washington Times and a 2010 Robert Novak Journalism Fellow. Before joining Reason, Suderman worked as a writer and editor at National Review, the Competitive Enterprise Institute, FreedomWorks, Doublethink, and Culture11. His writing has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, the New York Post, Newsweek.com, theAtlantic.com, the Washington Examiner, The New Atlantis, The American Conservative, the Orange County Register, and numerous other publications. He lives in Washington, D.C.
Gary is chief financial officer for the Mercatus Center and the Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University where he is responsible for their combined $30 million budget. Previously he was director of development for both IHS and Mercatus, and prior to that, program director for IHS Liberty & Society summer seminars. Before joining the Institute for Humane Studies, he was a Charles G. Koch Summer Fellow at the Tax Foundation. A renowned expert on airline, hotel, and credit card loyalty programs, Gary is co-founder of frequent flyer community Milepoint.com, chair of nominations for the Freddie Awards, and author of the ViewFromTheWing.com blog which reaches over 500,000 people each month. Gary has appeared on ABC World News Tonight, CNN's Business Traveler, Good Morning America, The Colbert Report, and numerous other television and radio shows. He is regularly quoted in the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and USA Today. He holds a B.A. (summa cum laude) in economics from California State University, Fresno.
Kristine Esposo joined Direct Impact (DI), a wholly owned subsidiary of Burson-Marsteller and a member of the WPP family, in June 2013. She manages a nationwide grassroots communications program for one of the firm’s largest clients and draws from her experience in public affairs campaigns, coalition management, issue advocacy, and stakeholder outreach. Prior to joining DI, Kristine worked in Strategic Alliances at DCI Group, where she served clients in the technology, education, retail pharmacy, and agriculture industries. In her role at DCI, Kristine built and maintained relationships with think tanks, advocacy groups, and issue experts from across the political spectrum. Previously, Kristine worked in corporate relations, external affairs, and event planning for public policy research and advocacy organizations. Originally from Frederick, Md., Kristine graduated from The George Washington University with a B.A. in Political Science and completed graduate coursework in international commerce and policy at George Mason University. She currently serves on the board of directors of The George Washington University Alumni Association and resides in Arlington, Va., with fiance Erik Telford.
Kathleen O’Hearn is the director of coalitions for State Policy Network. In this capacity, she is responsible for overseeing and developing relationships with D.C.-based organizations in order to promote state-focused strategies. She previously served as a program associate for SPN from 2006—2007. Prior to joining SPN for the second time, she served as the associate director for State Outreach and External Relations at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. She also spent time as a staff assistant on Capitol Hill and working as a research intern for the Texas Public Policy Foundation. She earned her BS in Biomedical Sciences at Texas A&M University, as well as a minor in Business Administration. She is also a graduate of George Mason University. She currently lives in Arlington, Va., with husband Jerry Brito.
Whitney Garrison Athayde is the director of development at The Independent Women’s Forum as well as an owner of Meticulous Events. Previously, she was a part of the fundraising teams at The American Spectator Foundation, The Atlas Economic Research Foundation and the Center for Excellence in Education. She got to know D.C. well early in her career as a program instructor for the Close Up Foundation. She is also a founding member of the Network of Enlightened Women (NeW) and currently serves on their advisory board. Whitney earned her bachelor's in political science from the University of Virginia and her master's in public policy from George Mason University, where she studied as a Seymour Martin Lipset Scholar. She and husband John Athayde are active members of Trinity Presbyterian Church and enjoy spending time with their son, John Quincy.
Arthur Brooks, American Enterprise Institute
Michael Gleba, The Sarah Scaife Foundation
Carl Helstrom, The JM Foundation
Roger Ream, Fund for American Studies
Leonard Liggio, Atlas Economic Research Foundation
Edwin Meese, Heritage Foundation
Edwin Feulner, Heritage Foundation
Gene Meyer, Federalist Society
Grover Norquist, Americans for Tax Reform
Ron Robinson, Young America’s Foundation
Chad Thevenot, Institute for Humane Studies