AFF Chicago Leadership Team
AFF Chicago is one of America’s Future Foundation’s most successful chapters. Between hosting lively debates and discussions, happy hours, dinners, and more, the AFF Chicago has people interested in advancing the ideas of liberty in the Chicago region a place to gather.
Meet the team that makes the AFF-Chicago chapter possible.
Eric Kohn (email@example.com) is Chairman of the Chicago chapter of America’s Future Foundation. He is the CEO of Curious Task Strategies, Inc. — a dynamic, aggressive communications and public affairs firm — and has been committing politics professionally since 2001. In addition to his work with AFF-Chicago, Eric is a frequent political commentator on TV and radio and a regular fill-in talk radio host for The Guy Benson Show on NewsTalk AM-560 The Answer in Chicago and AM-1260 WRC in Washington, D.C.
Bryant Jackson-Green is the Secretary of Chicago committee of America’s Future Foundation. He is a third-year undergraduate at the University of Chicago, double majoring in Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities and Political Science. He is also a Campus Coordinator with Students For Liberty, an organization whose mission is to provide a unified, student-driven forum of support for students and student organizations dedicated to liberty. Following his undergraduate studies, he hopes to attend law school and pursue a career in law and public policy.
Rebecca Kohn is a member of the Chicago committee of America’s Future Foundation. Rebecca presently serves as the Senior Manager of External Relations at the Illinois Policy Institute. In that capacity, Rebecca works to connect with and foster the Institute’s relationships with its supporters, as well as support the Institute’s policy and outreach events. Before joining the Institute, Rebecca worked as an associate director of advancement for a leading international relief and development organization.
Kate Piercy is a member of Chicago committee of America’s Future Foundation. She is one of the founders of Chicago’s AFF chapter, currently works as a freelance writer and editor for Hartnett Incorporated while staying at home with her son, Keith. Piercy has worked for the Illinois Policy Institute, Heartland Institute, American Enterprise Institute, and Federalist Society, and her policy experience spans a variety of fields, including government reform, transparency, health and welfare, education and foreign policy.
John Yackley is a member of Chicago committee of America’s Future Foundation. He works as a futures and options broker for Rosenthal Collins Group in Chicago. He also has owned and run his own asset management firm, Be Free Investments. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Northwestern University and a Masters of Science in Finance from Loyola University. He ran for the Illinois House in 2002.
Tim Campaigne is a member of AFF-Chicago’s Advisory Council. He is the former chairman of AFF in Chicago and part of the original team that brought it to town. Tim now works in the western suburbs.
Bob Costello is a member of AFF-Chicago’s Advisory Council. He is a managing Director for BBW Capital Advisors. Bob has over 28 years of experience in the financial markets. Bob served as the President of Social Security Choice.org, a group dedicated to reform with personal retirement accounts. From 2006-2008, Bob held leadership positions with Americans for Limited Government and the Sam Adams Alliance. Bob currently serves on the Board of Directors of Wyoming Catholic College, U.S. Term Limits and he is Chairman of Liberty Markets Fund for Freedom. He has served on the boards of the Acton Institute, Chairvalle Montessori School, the St. Athanasius Parish School Board, Americans for Limited Terms, Free Market Society of Chicago, Americans for Limited Government, and the Evanston Police Pension Board.
Richard Lorenc is a member of AFF-Chicago’s advisory council and serves as Senior Advisor to America’s Future Foundation. He is the incoming Director of Programs & Alumni Relations at the Foundation for Economic Education (FEE), which educates future leaders with the economic, ethical, and legal principles of a free society. Richard is a participant in the Charles Koch Institute’s Liberty@Work program and serves on the board of directors of the Coalition to Reduce Spending. He has been published in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, Chicagoist, The Illinois Review, The Rockford Register-Star, The Daily Callerand others. He is a graduate of Emory University and lives in Illinois.
Todd Stump is a member of AFF-Chicago’s Advisory Council. He is an a entrepreneur who has successfully created, developed, and sold a variety of media and entertainment businesses throughout the world, primarily in Central and Eastern Europe as those economies transitioned to free markets . He represented the world’s largest records management company in its negotiations with the strategic oil and gas sector in Russia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, and Norway. Active in conservative politics as an entrepreneur and consultant, he has published articles in political journals and served as Campaign Manager for a state-wide gubernatorial primary race in his home state of Illinois.