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. 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. Outside of work, he relishes family time, trains for triathlons, and is a deacon at McLean Presbyterian Church.
Director of Programs and Membership — Email
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.
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.
Director of Special Events - Email
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.
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.
Director of Student Outreach – Email
Greta Pisarczyk is director of student outreach at America’s Future Foundation. In her full-time capacity, Greta is a fundraiser at the Cato Institute. Prior to Cato, Greta worked with Americans for Prosperity and is a graduate of the University of Michigan. 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.
Writing Programs Director – Email
Adam O’Neal is the writing programs director at America’s Future Foundation. He also works as a reporter for RealClearPolitics, where he covers politics, campaigns, and national security. In particular, he has reported extensively on Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and politics in the Western United States. He also belongs to the 2015 Class of Paul Miller Washington Reporting Fellows at the National Press Foundation. Adam came to Washington in 2013 after being selected as the Student Free Press Association’s Fall Fellow. A Pomona, Calif. native, he previously worked as a producer at KFI AM 640 and as News Director at KUCI 88.9 FM. He freelanced for several magazines while studying journalism at the University of California, Irvine.
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.
Philip Rohrer, Marketing Officer - email
Philip Rohrer is the Marketing Officer at America’s Future Foundation. He manages social media, branding, and relationships with hiring managers for AFF. He hails from Richmond, VA and graduated from Wake Forest University this year with a degree in Communication and Entrepreneurship & Social Enterprise. Along with working at AFF, Philip participates in The Capital Fellows program through Mclean Presbyterian Church. In his spare time you will find him playing basketball, unicyling, enjoying theatre, or picking his mandolin.
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.
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.
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. 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. 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.
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.
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.
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.
Arthur Brooks, American Enterprise Institute
Michael Gleba, The Sarah Scaife Foundation
Carl Helstrom, The JM Foundation
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