June 1, 2016

AFF Board Updates: Carl Helstrom to Chair and Richard Lorenc Elected

By: Roger Custer

America’s Future Foundation’s Board of Directors elected Carl Helstrom as chairman, and added Richard Lorenc, at their May 27 meeting in Arlington, Virginia.

Carl is Executive Director of the JM and Milbank Foundations in Princeton, NJ. The Foundations support ideas, organizations, and policies that encourage personal responsibility and private initiative. He has been Vice President of Atlas Economic Research Foundation (now Atlas Network), Development Officer of Capital Research Center, Director of Administrative Services of the Foundation for Economic Education, as well as a Program Consultant for The J. M. Kaplan Fund, President of the Cranbury Historical & Preservation Society (Cranbury, NJ), and a Trustee of the Foundation for Economic Education. Currently he is a Director of The Roe Foundation, a Director of the A. P. Kirby, Jr. Foundation, Chairman of State Policy Network, and Chairman of the Leadership Project for America Foundation. A 1984 graduate of Grove City College (Grove City, PA), Carl and his beautiful wife are the proud parents of three sons and live in central New Jersey.

Carl succeeds Jeff Berkowitz, who served as chair for the last three years. Under his leadership, the organization has grown across the country and helped leaders gain the skills they need to become lifelong advocates for liberty. He will continue to serve on the board.

Richard 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 measurement, directs artwork and corporate communications, and participates in fundraising and strategic planning. He is also publisher of the Freeman magazine, published by FEE since 1956. He serves on the board of directors of the Coalition to Reduce Spending, Inc., and Oberg Research, Inc. A dual American-Polish citizen, Lorenc serves on the advisory board of the Freedom and Entrepreneurship Foundation (Fundacja Wolności i Przedsiębiorczości). Lorenc is a graduate of Charles Koch Institute’s Liberty@Work program and the Atlas Network’s Leadership Academy, including the Think Tank MBA. His background includes service at the Illinois Policy Institute, America’s Future Foundation, and Truth in Accounting, where he co-founded the interactive state fiscal database StateDataLab.org. Lorenc has traveled to over 30 countries and has been published widely. He is a graduate of Emory University and lives in beautiful Lake Claire, Atlanta, where he plays the double bass in the Emory University Symphony Orchestra.