What is America’s Future Foundation?

America’s Future Foundation (AFF) is a nationwide network of liberty-minded young professionals. We provide unique opportunities to learn about the ideas of free markets, limited government, and personal responsibility, and to develop the skills necessary to articulate them.

Through our programs, AFF offers young professionals networking and mentoring opportunities, in addition to writing, speaking, and program management experience to help you become a more effective advocate for freedom.

We envision an American culture permeated with a love of liberty, and a society that values free enterprise, personal responsibility, and limited government.

AFF is a 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1995 by a group of liberty-minded leaders in Washington, DC.

Reports and Newsletters

Read about the impact of AFF nationwide. AFF periodically publishes newsletters and reports about the impact of our work to identify and develop young professionals to become effective, lifelong advocates for liberty


Cindy Cerquitella

Executive Director

Cindy Cerquitella is executive director at America’s Future Foundation. Cindy has spent her career empowering champions of freedom across the globe by giving them the skills, support, guidance, and community they need to take the ideas of liberty and spread...more

Kristine Goffos

Director Of Marketing

Kristine Goffos is the director of marketing at America’s Future Foundation. Kristine earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. Previously, she has served as deputy press secretary for U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley and...more

Jason Russell

Writing Fellows Program Manager

Jason Russell is the contributors editor at the Washington Examiner. Prior to that, he was a commentary writer at the Examiner for two years. He also worked as a research associate at the Manhattan Institute. Jason graduated from the University...more

Janene Schmitz

Programs Associate

Janene Schmitz is the programs associate at America's Future Foundation, overseeing programs in the Washington, D.C. area. Janene earned a bachelor's degree in economics from James Madison University. Previously, she worked at the Charles Koch Institute, ensuring that their educational...more

Josh Evans

Writing Program Associate

Josh Evans is the writing program associate at America's Future Foundation, where he helps manage AFF's writing fellows program. Previously, he worked in digital marketing and media relations for TechFreedom and has interned and freelanced for several media outlets, with...more

Leah Whetstone

Community Growth Manager

Leah Whetstone serves as America’s Future Foundation’s Community Growth Manager. Leah has been involved with the AFF-DC Chapter since late 2016 and has served on the board in DC since March 2017. Outside of AFF, she runs a wardrobe consultation...more

Board of Directors

Jeff Berkowitz

Recognized by Politico as “an opposition research and policy ace,” Jeff Berkowitz is Founder and CEO of Delve, a competitive intelligence firm. He's served as Research Director at the Republican National Committee to help shape public opinion on issues including:...more

Chaz Cirame


Chaz is one of the nation’s foremost experts regarding how NGO’s and influencers affect public policy. The company he founded and runs - Cc: External Affairs, Inc. – helps corporations, trade associations, public affairs firms and non-profits develop long-term partnerships...more

Carl Helstrom

Carl Helstrom is Vice President of the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Previously, he was Executive Director of the JM and Milbank Foundations. He has more than 30 years experience in charity and private foundation management, specializing...more

Richard Lorenc


Richard N. Lorenc is the chief operating officer (COO) of the Foundation for Economic Education (FEE). FEE is making the ideas of liberty familiar and credible to the rising generation. As COO, Lorenc supports FEE's business unit leaders, supervises program...more

Kathleen O'Hearn

Vice Chair

Kathleen O’Hearn is the director of policy advancement for State Policy Network. In this capacity she works alongside state-based think tank staff to identify key policy reforms, help craft innovative ideas to advance human flourishing, and connect coalition partners across...more

Roger Ream

Roger Ream has devoted the past 24 years to The Fund for American Studies as executive vice president and president since 1998. In 2013, Roger also became president of the sister organization of TFAS, the Foundation for Teaching Economics (FTE)....more

David Riggs

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...more

Daniel Rothschild


Daniel M. Rothschild is Executive Director 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...more

John Tillman

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...more

Advisory Board

Arthur Brooks, American Enterprise Institute

Michael Gleba, The Sarah Scaife Foundation

Robert Levy, Cato Institute

Edwin Meese, Heritage Foundation

Edwin Feulner, Heritage Foundation

Christopher Malagisi, Conservative Book Club

Gene Meyer, Federalist Society

Grover Norquist, Americans for Tax Reform

Chad Thevenot, Institute for Humane Studies

Chris Siddall, AFF Founder

Mary Riner, AFF Founder

Adam Kaufman, AFF Founder

Bob Caldwell, AFF Founder

Lisa Caldwell, AFF Founder

Samuel Casey Carter, AFF Founder

Suzanne Kirby, AFF Founder

Scott Lansell, AFF Founder


What kind of work does AFF do?

AFF is a 501(c)(3) non-partisan, educational organization that does not lobby or endorse (for or against) any candidate or legislation. Topics discussed by AFF speakers and writers involve a wide variety of public policy issues from many perspectives.

Can I start and AFF chapter in my city?

Yes! Our team will help you start your chapter and provide resources and opportunities to ensure your chapter launch is a success. Furthermore, we will continue to offer guidance and support as you grow and establish your chapter, so you can focus on hosting quality programs to build the liberty movement in your city. See our Chapter Leader Guidelines and Expectations to learn more.

What kinds of programs does AFF host?

AFF events include everything from happy hours, policy debates, professional development workshops, speeches from experts, sporting events, and more where young professionals can network, learn more about the ideas of liberty, and practice professional skills. Check out our Events Calendar to see what’s happening near you.

Can I intern at AFF?

Yes! AFF regularly hosts interns in Washington, DC, but only through partner programs as we are able. If interested, please apply to the Koch Internship Program or The Fund for American Studies. We also seek regular volunteers for events. To volunteer in DC or at a local chapter, fill out and submit our Volunteer Form.

Is AFF libertarian or conservative?

AFF members generally self-identify as conservatives, libertarians, and independents because what binds us are simple principles that result in a society where free enterprise, limited government, and personal responsibility prevail. Those principles include private property, integrity, and the rule of law as understood in the U.S. Constitution and by classical liberal thinkers such as Milton Friedman, Friedrich Hayek, and Ludwig Von Mises. There are debates about what these ideas mean in modern times – but AFF provides a unique venue in which to discuss and debate these ideas with your peers. We work to maintain a balance of libertarians and conservatives among our staff, board, advisors, and executives. However you self-identify, you will find friends at AFF who are passionate about ideas like you.

What does AFF mean by leadership?

AFF defines leadership as the action of leading followers toward a common goal. AFF’s notion of leadership is situational—that is, time and place dependent. Ultimately, AFF cannot make leaders. But AFF can enhance the probability that when a leadership situation arises, when the challenge calls, people who embrace free market solutions will be ready to lead. AFF recognizes that not all leadership must be done with authority. Leadership can be exerted from within organizations, outside politics, and through media — not just from the top. Accordingly, AFF succeeds when its members become effective, lifelong advocates as policy analysts, writers, media strategists, campaigners, parents, negotiators on Capitol Hill, philanthropists, and managers—not just when an AFF members become congressmen or CEOs.

How can I give to America’s Future Foundation?

Thank you for considering a tax-deductible donation to support the work of America’s Future Foundation. There are several options to give. You can:

  1. Send a check to 3434 Washington Blvd 1st Floor, Arlington, VA 22201
  2. Contribute online
  3. Make a donation of stock. Please call 202.331.2261 or email Bitcoin donation.
  4. Ensure a legacy of liberty by placing this language in your will: “I give, devise, and bequeath to America’s Future Foundation, tax identification number 52-1928321, 3434 Washington Blvd 1st Floor, Arlington, VA 22201 (insert percentage, amount or nature of gift, or remainder of estate) to be used for educational purposes.”