Staff and Board - America's Future Foundation

Staff and Board

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


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

Christopher Devine

Operations Coordinator (PT)

Christopher Devine is the part-time operations coordinator at America's Future Foundation. Christopher has an array of political and entrepreneurial experience, starting his first company at age 13 and eventually selling it when he moved to Washington, DC, to attend college....more

Josh Evans

Writing Fellows Program Manager

Josh Evans is the manager of the Writing Fellows Program at America's Future Foundation. Previously, he worked in digital marketing and media relations for TechFreedom and has interned and freelanced for several media outlets, with a focus on technology policy...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

Mary McPherson

Director of Development

Mary McPherson has had the pleasure of fundraising for nonprofits for the last 12 years. Her former places of work include the Koch Associate Program, The Institute for Justice, and most recently the Heritage Foundation as their Membership Programs Manager....more

Emily Mishler

Donor Relations Manager (PT)

Emily Mishler is the part-time donor relations manager. Born and raised in the rural Midwest, Emily is a pathologically intrepid optimist with a keen sense of adventure, eye for design, hand in fundraising, entrepreneurial spirit, and heart for philanthropy. In...more

Jenny Nolette

Event Marketing Coordinator (PT)

Jenny DeMarco is the part-time event marketing coordinator at America's Future Foundation, where she promotes AFF'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...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.

Rhachel Toombs

Director of Grassroots and Community Growth

Rhachel is the director of grassroots and community growth at America's Future Foundation. 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....more

Kristin Underwood

DC Programs Manager (PT)

Kristin Underwood is the part-time DC programs manager at America's Future Foundation, where she supports AFF’s growing presence in Washington, DC, by planning monthly and quarterly activities and flagship events. In 2015, Kristin earned a bachelor’s degree in strategic communication...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

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


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

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

Brian Wilson


Brian Wilson is an entrepreneur, Marine Corps veteran, and works in the tech startup industry. He is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy and St. John's College. He's also active in the charity world having founded CrossFit Walter...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, Hillsdale College

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