Executive Director - Email
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 is a 2012 graduate of the prestigious Koch Associate Program. In 2014, he was chosen for the William F. Buckley, Jr. Award from the Young Conservatives Coalition. He earned a BA at Ithaca College and an MPA in nonprofit management at George Mason University. At Ithaca, his conservative campus activism was profiled in Time Magazine. Outside of work, he enjoys family time, trains for triathlons, and is a deacon at McLean Presbyterian Church.
Development Officer — Email
Brit Vorreiter is the development officer at America’s Future Foundation. At AFF, Brit manages direct mail and the paid AFF membership program, and previously served as AFF's director of programs and membership. 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 reading, D.C. brunches, and meeting new people.
Director of Programs - Email
Leah Hughey serves as Director of Programs where she coordinates AFF's suite of DC-based networking, educational, and professional development events. She previously worked for the Charles Koch Foundation, where she served as a Program Coordinator for Academic Programs. She completed the Koch Associate Program in May 2014 and held various roles with the Koch Institute and Foundation for more than two years. She interned twice with the Foundation for Economic Education and there discovered her passion for educational programs dedicated to liberty and free societies. Leah earned her bachelor’s degree in government from Regent University.
Director of Chapter Advancement – Email
Kathryn Shelton manages the chapter program for America's Future Foundation. She formerly worked as 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. There she spent most of her time assisting economists with research, data collection, and class preparation. She also coordinated 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.
Online Director – Email
Gregory Fitton is the online director for America’s Future Foundation. A graduate of Syracuse University, Greg loves to study and discuss politics, economics and history. He is also passionate about digital media, and enjoys helping small businesses and organizations create compelling and engaging online content. In his free time, he enjoys sports, film and music. Greg lives in New York City.
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.
Writing Program Manager - Email
Stephanie Slade is the deputy managing editor of Reason magazine. Prior to that, she worked as a speechwriter, a pollster, and a regular contributor to U.S. News and World Report. She's a proud graduate of the University of Florida, where she studied economics.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
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.
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.
Kristine Esposo is a senior director at The Herald Group, where she provides strategic communications, public affairs, and issue advocacy consulting to Fortune 500 companies, industry associations, foreign governments, non-profit entities and grassroots organizations. Previously, Kristine worked for Burson-Marsteller and DCI Group. Kristine has also worked in corporate relations, external affairs, and event planning for public policy research and issue advocacy organizations. Originally from Frederick, Maryland, Kristine graduated from The George Washington University with a B.A. in Political Science and completed graduate coursework at George Mason University. She currently serves on the board of directors of The George Washington University Alumni Association and resides in Alexandria, VA with her fiancé, Erik Telford, and their dog, Scout.
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, 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.
David Riggs joined The Philanthropy Roundtable in 2014 as vice president of philanthropic strategy. Mr. Riggs previously served as executive vice president at the John William Pope Foundation, a private grantmaking foundation in Raleigh, North Carolina. He also worked as an environmental program officer at the Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation in Washington, D.C., and has held senior fellow positions at the Capital Research Center, the Competitive Enterprise Institute, and the Center of the American Experiment. Mr. Riggs earned a B.A. at UNC Wilmington and a Ph.D. in applied economics at Clemson University. He has taught economics at George Mason University.
Whitney Garrison Athayde is the director of foundations and donor relations 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.
John Tillman is one of the nation's most prominent leaders of a state-based think tank. As CEO of the Illinois Policy Institute, he has transformed what many wrote off as a blue state into a place ripe for free market reform. John also serves as the President of Think Freely Media and is the founder of the Great Communicators Foundation. In 2011, John won the prestigious Roe Award for his leadership, innovation and accomplishments in the world of public policy. John is regularly featured in the media, and has appeared on FOX News Channel, FOX Business, the BBC and NPR, as well as in The Wall Street Journal, the Washington Times and other news outlets. John is former president of Americans for Limited Government and was co-founder of the Sam Adams Alliance. Before joining the world of public policy, John was a successful businessman and entrepreneur. He resides in Chicago's north suburbs with his wife, Julie, and daughter, Lauren.
Daniel M. Rothschild is senior vice president and chief operating officer of the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. Prior to serving in this role at Mercatus, Mr. Rothschild was director of state projects and a senior fellow with the R Street Institute. He joined R Street in October 2013 after two years as the first-ever director of external affairs and coalitions at the American Enterprise Institute. Previously, he spent six years in a variety of policy, communications, and project management positions at the Mercatus Center. His popular writing and articles and reviews have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Reason, Weekly Standard, Roll Call, The Hill,& Chicago Policy Review, Economic Affairs, and many other publications. Dan has testified before the U.S. Congress and several state legislatures on tax and fiscal policy, government reform, and disaster recovery policy. Rothschild has a bachelor’s degree from Grinnell College, a master’s degree from the University of Manchester, and a master’s degree in public policy from the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan.
Chaz Cirame is the Founder and Managing Principal at Cc:External Affairs. Cc:External Affairs is a public affairs firm that works with corporate, trade association and non-profit clients to build and leverage relationships in the areas of strategic alliances, public affairs, and fundraising. Previously, Chaz worked as Senior Director of Membership and Public Affairs for the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), the nation’s largest nonpartisan individual membership association of state legislators. Prior to joining ALEC, Chaz served as Director of Development for S4, a nonprofit dedicated to Social Security reform, and as a Major Gifts Officer for the Leadership Institute. He is an alumnus of the University of Maine Augusta and past President of the Washington Area State Relations Group.
Carl Helstrom is Executive Director of the JM and Milbank Foundations in Princeton, NJ. The Foundations support ideas, organizations, and policies that encourage personal responsibility and private initiative. Before becoming a foundation administrator, Carl was Vice President of Atlas Economic Research Foundation (Fairfax, VA), Development Officer of Capital Research Center (Washington, DC), and Director of Administrative Services of the Foundation for Economic Education (Irvington-on-Hudson, NY). He has been a Program Consultant for The J. M. Kaplan Fund (New York, NY), a Trustee and President of the Cranbury Historical & Preservation Society (Cranbury, NJ) and a Trustee of the Foundation for Economic Education. Currently he is a Director of The Roe Foundation (Greenville, SC), a Director of the A. P. Kirby, Jr. Foundation (Mendham, NJ), and Chairman of the Board of State Policy Network (Arlington, VA). A 1984 graduate of Grove City College (Grove City, PA), Carl and his wife, Jane, are the proud parents of three sons and live in central New Jersey.
Arthur Brooks, American Enterprise Institute
Michael Gleba, The Sarah Scaife Foundation
Robert Levy, Cato Institute
Roger Ream, Fund for American Studies
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