AFF- Chicago has grown by leaps and bounds over the past four years thanks to both our dedicated membership and our talented volunteer committee members. We are sincerely thankful to every person who has contributed to making AFF the place where Chicago’s young conservative and libertarian professionals go to socialize and discuss the ideas of liberty.
As our chapter enters its fifth year, we are proud to announce our 2012-2014 leadership team.
Richard Lorenc is the chairman of the Chicago chapter of America’s Future Foundation. He is the co-founder of the Liberty Markets Fund for Freedom, an organization offering small donors the opportunity to support among the finest non-partisan liberty-based causes. Richard also serves as the National Chapter Coordinator for AFF. His work has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune, Huffington Post, and others, and he is a contributor to the Center for American Vision and Values at Bellevue University.
Eric Kohn is vice chairman of the Chicago chapter of America’s Future Foundation. He is the President & 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 serves as communications director for the Chicago Tea Party Patriots and is a frequent political commentator on TV and radio and fill-in talk radio host.
Laura Ullman is treasurer of the Chicago chapter of America’s Future Foundation. She graduated from Elmhurst College in 2008 and now manages a portfolio of not-for-profit entities in the commercial lending division of BMO Harris Bank.
Amanda Griffin-Johnson is secretary of the Chicago chapter of America’s Future Foundation. She moved to Chicago from Anchorage, Alaska in 2005 to attend the University of Chicago, where she graduated with a B.A. in economics in 2009. She is now the senior budget and tax policy analyst for the Illinois Policy Institute.
Bryant Jackson-Green is a member 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.
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.
Heather Wilhelm is a member of Chicago committee of America’s Future Foundation. Heather is a Chicago-based writer and regular contributor to RealClearPolitics.com. Her work has also been featured in the Wall Street Journal, the National Review Online, and the Washington Examiner. She sits on the board of governors of Opportunity International and is a senior fellow at the Illinois Policy Institute.
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.
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.