Staff and Board - America's Future

Staff and Board

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


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, a project of the Cato Institute. She currently co‐hosts a popular culture & politics podcast titled Pop & Locke. Formerly she was...more

Josh Evans

Community Programs Manager

Josh Evans is the community programs manager at America's Future. 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 coverage. Originally from Plant...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

Jenny Nolette

Event Marketing Coordinator (PT)

Jenny Nolette is the part-time event marketing coordinator at America's Future, 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 assistant...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. 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...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


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

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