Staff and Board

America's Future recruits and cultivates young professionals to become effective, lifelong advocates who will inspire their peers to embrace freedom

Staff

Phillip Bader

Communications and Social Media Manager

Phillip Bader is the communications and social media manager at America’s Future, where he works to highlight the AF brand while educating, entertaining, and expanding AF’s audience and online presence. Previously he has interned and worked in communications for organizations...more

Cindy Cerquitella

Executive Director

Cindy Cerquitella is executive director at America’s Future. 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 them...more

Natalie Dowzicky

Editor (PT)

Natalie Dowzicky is the part-time editor for America's Future. In her full-time capacity, she is manager of libertarianism.org, a project of the Cato Institute. She currently co‐hosts a popular culture & politics podcast titled Pop & Locke. Formerly she was...more

Emma Erfourth

Office & Development Manager

Emma Erfourth is the Office & Development Manager for America's Future at the headquarters in Washington, DC, where she handles office operations and development processes. She received her B.S. in Political Science with a psychology minor from Florida State University....more

Larry Gillheeney

Northeast Hub Director (PT)

Larry works for the Rhode Island Center for Freedom & Prosperity. He holds an advanced degree in International Relations from Salve Regina University, where he focused extensively on economic development and individual rights. Larry is the editor of the Ocean...more

Austin Jack

Southwest Hub Director (PT)

Austin Jack is the Hub Director of AF-Southwest, and an experienced business and non-profit consultant for organizations throughout the state of Arizona and the Eastern European nation of Montenegro. He is president and CEO to Jack Development Strategies, LLC, founder...more

Jenny Nolette

Event Marketing Coordinator (PT)

Jenny Nolette is the part-time event marketing coordinator at America's Future, where she promotes AF's chapter events across the country. She also serves as assistant director of digital strategy at the Federalist Society and previously worked as a research assistant...more

Lydia Pitea

D.C. Hub Director (PT)

Lydia Pitea is the Marketing and Events Manager at DonorsTrust and the Program Coordinator for its young givers project, Novus Society. Her primary responsibilities include coordinating events, member engagement, communications, content creation, and assisting with client relations. Lydia joined DonorsTrust...more

Matt Purple

Writing Fellows Training Coordinator (PT)

Matt Purple is the managing editor at The American Conservative. His writing has appeared in National Review, The American Spectator, Reason, The National Interest, and elsewhere. A graduate of The Catholic University of America, he lives in Alexandria.

Sarah Silberstein

Texas Hub Director (PT)

Sarah Silberstein is the Texas Hub Director for America's Future. Born and raised in Northern California, Sarah’s family moved their small business to Texas following the state’s economic downturn in 2008. Sarah attended the University of Texas at Austin and...more

Ayana Thomas

Community Programs Associate

Ayana Thomas is the Community Programs Associate at America’s Future. She previously worked at State Policy Network and co-led the Jacksonville chapter of AF. Originally from the Jacksonville, FL area, she graduated from Charleston Southern University with a BS in...more

Rhachel Toombs

Director of Community

Rhachel is the Director of Community at America's Future. She has years of experience in clergy and advocacy, with a focus on community organizing. As a trainer, Rhachel has educated hundreds on important issues and activism. She received her bachelor's...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

Romina Boccia

Romina Boccia is managing director at Stonebrick, LLC curating a community for top global leaders to learn from each other and amplify their impact through conversations and retreats. Previously, Romina launched and directed a research center at The Heritage Foundation...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

Beverly Hallberg

Beverly is the founder and president of District Media Group. An expert media coach, lecturer, and public speaker with 20 years of experience, she trains Members of Congress, CEOs, policy wonks, reporters, non-profit and movement leaders, and politicos. Beverly is...more

Peter Lipsett

Peter Lipsett is director of growth strategies at DonorsTrust, the community foundation of the liberty movement. He also leads the effort to grow DonorsTrust’s Novus Society, a network of donors under 40 committed to growing their philanthropic network and know-how....more

Richard Lorenc

Chairman

Richard N. Lorenc is the executive vice president 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 measurement,...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

John Tillman

Secretary

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

Chris Siddall, AF Founder

Mary Riner, AF Founder

Adam Kaufman, AF Founder

Bob Caldwell, AF Founder

Lisa Caldwell, AF Founder

Samuel Casey Carter, AF Founder

Suzanne Kirby, AF Founder

Scott Lansell, AF Founder