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SPEAKERS
At LibertyCon, we connect you to extraordinary speakers who are changing the world across all sectors — academia, business, crypto, investing, journalism, nonprofits, and policy.

Steve Forbes

Editor-in-Chief, Forbes Media

Steve Forbes

Editor-in-Chief, Forbes Media

Steve Forbes is Chairman and Editor-in- Chief of Forbes Media.

The company’s flagship publication, Forbes, is the nation’s leading business magazine, with a circulation of more than 900,000. Forbes combined with Forbes Asia, Forbes Europe, and the company’s licensee editions together reach a worldwide audience of more than 5 million readers.

Forbes.com has become one of the world’s most influential websites, with more than 80 million unique visitors a month.

Mr. Forbes writes editorials for Forbes under the heading of “Fact and Comment.” A widely respected economic prognosticator, he is the only writer to have won the highly prestigious
Crystal Owl Award four times. The prize was formerly given by U.S. Steel Corporation to the
financial journalist whose economic forecasts for the coming year proved most accurate.
In both 1996 and 2000, Mr. Forbes campaigned vigorously for the Republican nomination for the
Presidency. Key to his platform were a flat tax, medical savings accounts, a new Social Security
system for working Americans, parental choice of schools for their children, term limits and a
strong national defense. Mr. Forbes continues to energetically promote this agenda.

Congressman Justin Amash

U.S. representative for Michigan’s Third Congressional District

Congressman Justin Amash

U.S. representative for Michigan’s Third Congressional District

Justin Amash is the U.S. representative for Michigan’s Third Congressional District. He serves as
chairman of the House Liberty Caucus, and he is a founding member and current board member of the
House Freedom Caucus.

As an ardent defender of Americans’ civil liberties, Justin has been a leading critic of the unconstitutional
mass surveillance of Americans’ communications. He also believes government overspending is one of
the biggest threats to our economic health and national security, and he has introduced an innovative
balanced budget amendment—the Business Cycle Balanced Budget Amendment—to control
government spending and reduce the national debt.

When asked by a New York Times reporter to describe his voting methodology, Justin explained: “I
follow a set of principles, I follow the Constitution. And that’s what I base my votes on. Limited
government, economic freedom, and individual liberty.”

Justin is a member of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform (OGR) and serves on the
OGR subcommittees on National Security and Information Technology.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Michigan and a juris doctor from the
University of Michigan Law School. Justin worked for his family’s business, as a business lawyer, and as a
Michigan state representative before his election to Congress.

Arthur Brooks

President, American Enterprise Institute

Arthur Brooks

President, American Enterprise Institute

Arthur C. Brooks is president of the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), a public policy think tank in Washington, DC, where he is also the Beth and Ravenel Curry Scholar in Free Enterprise.

 

Before becoming president of AEI in 2009, Dr. Brooks was the Louis A. Bantle Professor of Business and Government at Syracuse University, where he taught economics and social entrepreneurship. Prior to his work in academia and public policy, he spent 12 years as a classical musician in the United States and Spain.

 

Dr. Brooks is a contributing opinion writer for The New York Times, host of the podcast “The Arthur Brooks Show,” and the bestselling author of 11 books on topics including the role of government, economic opportunity, happiness, and the morality of free enterprise. His next book, “Love Your Enemies,” and a feature-length documentary, “The Pursuit,” will be released in March 2019. He has also published dozens of academic journal articles and the textbook “Social Entrepreneurship” (Prentice Hall, 2008).

 

Dr. Brooks holds a Ph.D. and an M.Phil. in policy analysis from the Pardee RAND Graduate School. He also holds an M.A. in economics from Florida Atlantic University and a B.A. in economics from Thomas Edison State College.

Bill Weld

Former Governor of Massachusetts

Bill Weld

Former Governor of Massachusetts

William F. Weld is an American attorney, businessman, and politician who was the 68th Governor of Massachusetts from 1991 to 1997. He was the Libertarian Party's nominee for Vice President of the United States in the 2016 election, sharing the ticket with Gary Johnson. Johnson and Weld were together the first presidential ticket since 1948 to consist of two state governors.

Jeffrey Miron

Economics Professor - Harvard University

Jeffrey Miron

Economics Professor - Harvard University

Jeffrey Miron is director of economic studies at the Cato Institute and the director of undergraduate studies in the Department of Economics at Harvard University. His area of expertise is the economics of libertarianism, with particular emphasis on the economics of illegal drugs.

Miron has served on the faculty at the University of Michigan and as a visiting professor at the Sloan School of Management, M.I.T., and the department of economics at Harvard University. From 1992-1998, he was chairman of the department of economics at Boston University. He is the author of Drug War Crimes: The Consequences of Prohibition and The Economics of Seasonal Cycles, in addition to numerous op-eds and journal articles. He has been the recipient of an Olin Fellowship from the National Bureau of Economic Research, an Earhart Foundation Fellowship, and a Sloan Foundation Faculty Research Fellowship.

Miron received a BA, magna cum laude, from Swarthmore College in 1979 and a PhD in economics from MIT in 1984.

Ajit Pai

FCC Chairman

Ajit Pai

FCC Chairman

Ajit Pai is the Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission. He was designated Chairman by President Donald J. Trump in January 2017. He had previously served as Commissioner at the FCC, appointed by then-President Barack Obama and confirmed unanimously by the United States Senate in May 2012.

Regulatory Philosophy

Chairman Pai’s regulatory philosophy is informed by a few simple principles. Rules that reflect these principles will result in more innovation, more investment, better products and services, lower prices, more job creation, and faster economic growth.

  • Consumers benefit most from competition, not preemptive regulation. Free markets have delivered more value to American consumers than highly regulated ones.
  • No regulatory system should indulge arbitrage; regulators should be skeptical of pleas to regulate rivals, dispense favors, or otherwise afford special treatment.
  • Particularly given how rapidly the communications sector is changing, the FCC should do everything it can to ensure that its rules reflect the realities of the current marketplace and basic principles of economics.
  • As a creature of Congress, the FCC must respect the law as set forth by the legislature.
  • The FCC is at its best when it proceeds on the basis of consensus; good communications policy knows no partisan affiliation.

Andrew Yang

2020 Democratic President Candidate

Andrew Yang

2020 Democratic President Candidate

Andrew Yang is an entrepreneur and author running for President as a Democrat in 2020. Andrew has worked in startups and early-stage growth companies as a founder or executive for almost twenty years.  In 2011 he founded Venture for America, a national entrepreneurship fellowship that has helped create almost 3,000 jobs in Detroit, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Baltimore and other cities throughout the country. In his book The War on Normal People, he explains the mounting crisis of the automation of labor and makes the case for the Freedom Dividend, a Universal Basic Income of $1,000 a month for every American as well as other policies to progress to the next stage of capitalism. Andrew was named a Presidential Ambassador of Entrepreneurship by the White House and a Champion of Change for his work with Venture for America. He lives in New York City with his wife and two sons.

 

Gloria Alvarez

Radio + TV Personality

Gloria Alvarez

Radio + TV Personality

Gloria is a Guatemalan Political Scientist and International Affairs laureate form the Libertarian University Francisco Marroquín with postgraduate studies on International Development and Economics from Georgetown University, Ku Leuven in Belgium and La Sapienza in Rome. With Cuban and Hungarian roots both escaping Soviet communism. She has positioned herself as a reference of libertarianism in the Americas and Europe giving more than 500 conferences and also spreading the ideas of liberty through radio, TV and social media reaching millions of people.

 

She became renowned throughout the American hemisphere and Spain due to a speech denouncing populist regimes that went viral on youtube reaching more than 20 million views in 3 days in 2014. Now she has become the benchmark leader for a new generation that is beginning to see with new eyes the way of doing politics. The renowned journalist Jorge Ramos in his show introduced her as "the future president of Guatemala," the journal of the Americas called her "the whip of the Socialism of the XXI century that seeks the regeneration of democracy across the continent" the journal ABC form Spain referred to her as "the political scientist who has demystify “Podemos", El Pais Uruguay titled one editorial called "Hurricane Gloria" after passing through this nation and the Clarin of Argentina described her as: "The political scientist form Guatemalan Gloria Alvarez is impressive: First for her feminine attributes and her deep sympathy to the utmost. Then, for her solvency oratory and eloquence when transmitting her ideas regardless of whether you share them or not.

 

She has published two books:

  1. El Engaño Populista/ The Populist Deceit why are our countries ruined and how to rescue them. It has become an internacional best seller with more than 50 thousands copies sold in Spain, Colombia, Argentina, Chile, Guatemala and El Salvador so far.
  2. How To Talk To A Progressive: Why Socialism Harms The Poor. 
She's working on a third book called How To Talk To A Conservative: Why instead of increasing it, Conservatism harms  liberties in our societies.  inspired among other works on Hayek´s Why Am I Not A Conservative. 

Jerome Buting

Lawyer, Making a Murderer

Jerome Buting

Lawyer, Making a Murderer

Jerome F. Buting is a partner in the Brookfield, Wisconsin law firm of Buting, Williams & Stilling, S.C. He received his undergraduate degree in Forensic Studies from Indiana University and his law degree from the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill. He is a past board director of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and the recipient of the 2017 NACDL Champion of Justice Legal Award, and a past president of the Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. He was a trial public defender for 9 years in Milwaukee. His present private practice is entirely criminal defense, both trials, and appeals. He has defended the citizen accused in many serious high profile trial cases, including the Steven Avery case as shown in the Netflix documentary, “Making a Murderer” and he obtained the reversal of convictions in the State of Wisconsin v. Ted Oswald and the State of Wisconsin v. Ralph Armstrong (reversing a 29-year-old murder conviction). He lectures worldwide and is frequently sought after for his knowledge in the use of expert witnesses and DNA evidence. His first book is Illusion of Justice: Inside Making a Murderer and America’s Broken System, (Harper 2017).

Shon Hopwood

Associate Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center

Shon Hopwood

Associate Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center

Shon Hopwood is an Associate Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center. Shon’s unusual legal journey began not at law school, but federal prison, where he learned to write briefs for other prisoners. Two petitions for certiorari he prepared were later granted review by the United States Supreme Court, and he won cases for other prisoners in federal courts across the country. Shon’s story has been featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, The New Yorker, NPR, and on 60 Minutes.

Shon received a J.D. from the University of Washington School of Law as a Gates Public Service Law Scholar. He clerked for Judge Janice Rogers Brown at the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. He then served as a Teaching Fellow at the Georgetown University Law Center’s Appellate Litigation Program, where he litigated criminal, immigration, and civil rights cases in federal courts of appeals. Shon co-wrote a memoir entitled Law Man: Memoir of a Jailhouse Lawyer, and his scholarship on courts and the criminal justice system has been published in major law reviews. He is also the co-founder of Prison Professors L.L.C.

Terry Kibbe

Awards Dinner Speaker

Terry Kibbe

Awards Dinner Speaker

Terry spent the first decade of her career working on defense contracts with companies such as EDS and Unisys. Looking for a different challenge, in 1997, she made a career shift and moved into the non-profit and philanthropic world. Since then, she has raised millions in operating capital for various nonprofit and political causes including the Competitive Enterprise Institute, Cato and FreedomWorks. In early 2007, Terry formed Dagny, LLC, offering strategic management services to philanthropic charities and non-profit organizations. From 2009 to 2014, she served as chairwoman of the advisory board of the Rising Tide Foundation in Schaffhausen, Switzerland, and as an advisor to the Global Philanthropic Trust in the Cayman Islands. Terry was president of Curated Innovation, a medical research foundation which used venture philanthropy to develop breakthrough products that save and improve lives. She was co-founder of AlternativePAC, a super PAC which supported Libertarian Gary Johnson’s presidential campaign and during the 2016 GOP primary, she was a fundraiser for a super PAC supporting U.S. Senator Rand Paul for President. She also worked on Capitol Hill as a top aide to Congressman Christopher Cox. She is a member of The Mont Pelerin Society and serves on the board of the Friends of the Austrian Economic Center.

Most recently, she is co-founder and chief executive officer of Free the People, an educational foundation reaching young people with stories about freedom, community, and disruptive innovation. Free the People goes upstream of politics, using pop culture, video, comedy, art and narrative to tell tales of liberty. She is also co-founder and partner at Fight the Power Productions, a strategic communications firm focused on video production, social media branding and distribution, and compelling storytelling.

Terry is a graduate of Grove City College, where she received her B.S. in Industrial Engineering. Terry is often embarrassed by her husband Matt’s facial hair but is always proud of her Anarcho-CATipalists, Roark, Ragnar and Rearden. On those rare occasions when she isn’t working, she can be found practicing yoga, (standing on her head somehow helps her bring her life into balance) traveling and taking photographs.

Randy Barnett

Awards Dinner Speaker

Randy Barnett

Awards Dinner Speaker

Randy E. Barnett is the Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Legal Theory at the Georgetown University Law Center, where he teaches constitutional law and contracts, and is Director of the Georgetown Center for the Constitution.

After graduating from Northwestern University and Harvard Law School, he tried many felony cases as a prosecutor in the Cook County States’ Attorney’s Office in Chicago. A recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in Constitutional Studies and the Bradley Prize, Professor Barnett has been a visiting professor at Penn, Northwestern and Harvard Law School.  

Professor Barnett’s publications includes twelve books, more than one hundred articles and reviews, as well as numerous op-eds. His latest book, Our Republican Constitution: Securing the Liberty and Sovereignty of We the People was published by HarperCollins (which was featured in a program at the National Constitution Center). In 2004, he argued the medical marijuana case of Gonzalez v. Raich before the U.S. Supreme Court. In 2012, he was one of the lawyers representing the National Federation of Independent Business in its constitutional challenge to the Affordable Care Act.  

Alan Dershowitz

Awards Dinner Speaker

Alan Dershowitz

Awards Dinner Speaker

Professor Alan M. Dershowitz is a Brooklyn native who has been called “the nation’s most peripatetic civil liberties lawyer” and one of its “most distinguished defenders of individual rights,” “the best-known criminal lawyer in the world,” “the top lawyer of last resort.”  He is the Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law, Emeritus, at Harvard Law School, joined the Harvard Law School faculty at age 25.

He has also published more than 1000 articles in magazines.  Professor Dershowitz is the author of 36 fiction and non-fiction works with a worldwide audience, including the New York Times #1 bestseller Chutzpah and five other national bestsellers.  His autobiography, Taking the Stand: My Life in the Law, was published by Crown, a division of Random House.

His writing has been praised by Truman Capote, Saul Bellow, William Styron, David Mamet, Aharon Appelfeld, A.B. Yehoshua, Elie Wiesel, Richard North Patterson, and Henry Louise Gests, Jr.  More than a million of his books—translated in many languages have been sold worldwide.

He has also been the recipient of numerous academic awards including a Guggenheim Fellowship for his work on human rights, a fellowship at The Center for the Advanced Study of Behavioral Sciences and several Dean’s Awards for his books.

He has been the subject of two New Yorker cartoons, a New York Times crossword puzzle, and a Trivial Pursuit question.  A Sandwich at Fenway Park has been named after him—pastrami, of course.

He is married to Carolyn Cohen, a PhD psychologist.

David Boaz

Executive Vice President, Cato Institute

David Boaz

Executive Vice President, Cato Institute

David Boaz is the executive vice president of the Cato Institute and has played a key role in the development of the Cato Institute and the libertarian movement. He is the author of The Libertarian Mind: A Manifesto for Freedom and the editor of The Libertarian Reader.

Boaz is a provocative commentator and a leading authority on domestic issues such as education choice, drug legalization, the growth of government, and the rise of libertarianism. Boaz is the former editor of New Guard magazine and was executive director of the Council for a Competitive Economy prior to joining Cato in 1981. The earlier edition of The Libertarian Mind, titled Libertarianism: A Primer, was described by the Los Angeles Times as “a well-researched manifesto of libertarian ideas.” His other books include The Politics of Freedom and the Cato Handbook for Policymakers.

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Rupert Boneham

President of Rupert's Kids

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Rupert Boneham

President of Rupert's Kids

Rupert Boneham found fame as a survivor on the popular reality TV show where he was voted the most popular player by viewers all across America.  He was able to use his celebrity status to call attention to his mentoring program, Rupert’s Kids. He continues to run this program helping young adults adjust to life after incarceration.

Rupert ran for Governor of Indiana in 2012 and made Indiana history by getting more votes than any other third party candidate.  His views call for common sense and self-reliance. As an advocate for treatment rather than incarceration for addicts, he works tirelessly to set an example of how hard work and determination can change a life.

Joshua Childress

Former Border Patrol Agent

Joshua Childress

Former Border Patrol Agent

Joshua Childress is a US Army veteran and former Border Patrol Agent who resigned after becoming disillusioned with immigration policy. Since resigning, he has been a guest on Unregistered with Thaddeus Russell, appeared on Reason.tv, and has been published in The Daily Beast. Currently, Joshua works to balance his day job with writing and arguing for changes to immigration policy. You can follow him @joshdchildress on Twitter.

David Friedman

Economist, Legal Scholar

David Friedman

Economist, Legal Scholar

David Friedman is an academic economist with a doctorate in physics recently retired from spending the past twenty-three years teaching in a law school. His first book, The Machinery of Freedom: Guide to a Radical Capitalism, was published in 1973 and includes a description of how a society with property rights and without government might function. There as elsewhere, he offers a consequentialist defense of libertarianism.

His most recent non-fiction book, Future Imperfect: Technology and Freedom in an Uncertain World, examines the implications of  a variety of technological revolutions that might happen over the next few decades. His current book project, not yet published, is Legal Systems Very Different from Ours, covering systems from Periclean Athens through modern Amish and Romany. He is also the author of two novels, one commercially published and one self-published, and, with his wife, a self-published medieval and renaissance cookbook and a larger self-published book related to their hobby of historical recreation.

Alex Nowrasteh

Immigration Policy Analyst, Cato Institute

Alex Nowrasteh

Immigration Policy Analyst, Cato Institute

Alex Nowrasteh is a senior immigration policy analyst at the Cato Institute’s Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity. His popular publications have appeared in the Wall Street JournalUSA Today, the Washington Post, and most other major publications in the United States. His peer-reviewed academic publications have appeared in The World Bank Economic Review, the Journal of Economic Behavior and OrganizationEconomic Affairs, the Fletcher Security Review, the Journal of Bioeconomics, and Public Choice. Alex regularly appears on Fox News, MSNBC, Bloomberg, NPR, and numerous television and radio stations across the United States. He is a coauthor of the booklet Open Immigration: Yea and Nay (Encounter Broadsides, 2014).

He is a native of Southern California and received a BA in economics from George Mason University and a Master of Science in economic history from the London School of Economics.

Patrik Schumacher

Principal of Zaha Hadid Architects

Patrik Schumacher

Principal of Zaha Hadid Architects

Patrik Schumacher is based in London and is one of the world’s most prominent architects. He is rather controversial in his field, for all the right reasons: he supports free-market housing policies and advocates for the privatization of all aspects of architecture, planning and urban development.

Dr. Stephen Hicks

Senior Scholar for The Atlas Society

Dr. Stephen Hicks

Senior Scholar for The Atlas Society

Stephen R. C. Hicks PH.D. is the Senior Scholar for the Atlas Society, Professor of Philosophy at Rockford University, and the director of the Center for Ethics and Entrepreneurship at Rockford University. In 2010, he won his university's Excellence in Teaching Award. Professor Hicks has written four books; Explaining Postmodernism: Skepticism and Socialism from Rousseau to Foucault, Nietzsche and the Nazis, Entrepreneurial Living, and The Art of Reasoning: Readings for Logical Analysis.

Lou Perez

Executive Producer, We The Internet

Lou Perez

Executive Producer, We The Internet

Lou Perez is the head writer and executive producer of We the Internet TV (winner of the 2017 Webby Award for Variety in online film & TV) and half of the comedy duo, Greg and Lou. You can follow Lou @LOUontheSUBWAY on Twitter.

Nick Gillespie

Editor-at-Large, Reason

Nick Gillespie

Editor-at-Large, Reason

Nick Gillespie is editor at large of Reason, the libertarian magazine of "Free Minds and Free Markets." A two-time finalist for digital National Magazine Awards, he is co-author, with Matt Welch, of The Declaration of Independents: How Libertarian Politics Can Fix What's Wrong With America (2011/2012). Gillespie, who holds a Ph.D. in American literature from University at Buffalo, served as the editor in chief Reason.com and Reason TV from 2008 through 2017 and was Reason magazine's editor in chief from 2000 to 2008.

Joseph Salerno

Professor, Rutgers University

Joseph Salerno

Professor, Rutgers University

Joseph T. Salerno received his Ph.D. in economics from Rutgers University. He is professor emeritus of economics in the Finance and Graduate Economics Department in the Lubin School of Business of Pace University in New York City. He is the editor of the Quarterly Journal of Austrian Economics and the Academic Vice President of the Ludwig von Mises Institute where he held the inaugural Peterson-Luddy Chair in Austrian Economics.  He also holds the John V. Denson II Endowed Professorship in the economics department at Auburn University.

 
Professor Salerno is on the Board of Editors of five academic journals and has published over 50 articles and essays in refereed journals and scholarly books.  He has edited five books and is the author of Money: Sound and Unsound.  

Matthew Hurtt

Director of External Relationships, Grassroots Leadership Academy

Matthew Hurtt

Director of External Relationships, Grassroots Leadership Academy

Matthew currently serves at Americans for Prosperity Foundation as the Director of External Relationships after nearly five years in fundraising for pro-liberty candidates and organizations. In previous roles, Hurtt worked to raise millions of dollars for causes that helped to further the message of economic prosperity and individual liberty. Hurtt launched his career in the liberty movement at the Leadership Institute where he’s trained thousands of activists across the nation. A Tennessee native, Hurtt attended Middle Tennessee State University.

Tori K. Whiting

Economist, The Heritage Foundation

Tori K. Whiting

Economist, The Heritage Foundation

Tori K. Whiting, Jay Van Andel Trade Economist,
Thomas A. Roe Institute for Economic Policy Studies,
Institute for Economic Freedom, The Heritage
Foundation

Tori K. Whiting is the Jay Van Andel Trade Economist in
The Heritage Foundation’s Thomas A. Roe Institute for
Economic Policy Studies. She provides the conservative true
north on free trade through her research and writing.
Whiting specializes in analyzing the impacts of protectionist
trade policies on American businesses and consumers,
including Buy American and Buy America, steel tariffs, and

trade actions such as Sections 201, 232, and antidumping and countervailing duties.
Upon joining The Heritage Foundation in 2015, Whiting worked in the Center for International
Trade and Economics. She helped to write, edit, and promote Heritage’s premier annual
publication, the Index of Economic Freedom.
Before coming to Heritage, Whiting worked in the Michigan House of Representatives as an
intern and then Legislative Aide. She is a 2014 graduate of Heritage’s Young Leaders Program,
where she worked with the Center for Trade and Economics. Whiting was also a 2016 George C.
Marshall Fellow.
Whiting holds a bachelor’s degree in international relations from James Madison Residential
College at Michigan State University. Whiting is currently pursuing a master’s degree in
international commerce and policy with a focus in global finance, investment, and trade at
George Mason University. Whiting is from Jackson, Michigan, and currently resides in
Washington, D.C.

Katherine Mangu-Ward

Editor-in-Chief of Reason

Katherine Mangu-Ward

Editor-in-Chief of Reason

Katherine Mangu-Ward is editor in chief of Reason, the magazine of "free minds and free markets." She started as a Reason intern in 2000, and has worked at The Weekly Standard and The New York Times. Her writing has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, Slate, and numerous other publications. She is a frequent commentator on radio and television networks such as National Public Radio, CNBC, C-SPAN, Fox Business, Fox News Channel, and MSNBC. She is a Future Tense Fellow at New America.

Andrew Heaton

Standup Comedian, Reason TV

Andrew Heaton

Standup Comedian, Reason TV

Andrew Heaton is a standup comedian, author, and host of the podcast "Something's Off with Andrew Heaton" on The Blaze. He is a member of the New York Friar’s Club, one of the most prestigious groups of comedians and entertainers in the country, and has performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, throughout the United States, and in Germany and Australia. In 2018 he was a finalist in the China International Standup Competition, despite knowing zero Mandarin and despising communism. He is a UCB-trained improviser and the author of the best-selling political satire book Laughter Is Better Than Communism.

Donny Kendal

Graphic Designer, Heartland Institute

Donny Kendal

Graphic Designer, Heartland Institute

Donny Kendal is a graphic designer for The Heartland Institute.

Kendal is responsible for the layouts of Heartland’s four monthly newspapers, Environment & Climate NewsBudget & Tax NewsSchool Reform News, and Health Care News. He is also responsible for laying out other various Heartland publications. In addition, Kendal also produces other graphics, designs, and advertisements for heartland.org.

He is also the host of Heartland's “In the Tank Podcast,” uploaded to the Heartland Daily Podcast iTunes feed every Friday. Prior to becoming a full-time staffer in 2014, Kendal served as an intern in Heartland's Communications Department. He graduated from Benedictine University in 2013 with a bachelor's degree in mass communications and was a staff writer for the university’s newspaper.

Kendal was born and raised in the northwest suburbs of Chicago and is an avid fan of the Chicago Blackhawks.

Mustafa Akyol

Senior Fellow, Cato Institute’s Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity

Mustafa Akyol

Senior Fellow, Cato Institute’s Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity

Mustafa Akyol is a senior fellow at the Cato Institute’s Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity, where he focuses on the intersection of public policy, Islam, and modernity. A Turkish journalist and author, he is a regular contributing opinion writer for the New York Timessince 2013, and has been a regular opinion columnist for Turkish publications such as Hurriyet Daily News, and for the Middle-East focused Al-Monitor.com.

Akyol is the author of Islam without Extremes: A Muslim Case for Liberty praised by The Financial Times as “a forthright and elegant Muslim defense of freedom.” The book was longlisted for the 2012 Lioner Gelber Prize, and has been published in Turkish, Malay and Indonesian. (It was subsequently banned in Malaysia in 2017 after Akyol’s short arrest by the country’s “religious police” merely because Akyol delivered a public lecture defending religious freedom.) He is also the author of The Islamic Jesus: How the King of the Jews Became a Prophet of the Muslims and of six books in Turkish, including Rethinking the Kurdish Question.

Over the past two decades, Akyol’s articles have also appeared in a wide range of other publications such as The Washington PostThe Wall Street JournalThe AtlanticForeign AffairsForeign Policy,NewsweekFirst ThingsThe Weekly StandardThe Financial TimesThe London TimesThe GuardianThe Washington Times, and The Forward. He has appeared frequently on CNN, BBC, NPR, and Al-Jazeera English, and on prominent TV shows such at Fareed Zakaria GPS and HARDtalk. His TED talk on “Faith versus Tradition in Islam” has been watched by more than a million viewers.

Before joining the Cato Institute, between January 2017 and June 2018, Akyol was a senior visiting fellow at the Freedom Project at Wellesley College. He studied political science and history at Bogazici University in Istanbul, Turkey.

Justin Haskins

Executive Editor & Research Fellow, The Heartland Institute

Justin Haskins

Executive Editor & Research Fellow, The Heartland Institute

Justin Haskins is an executive editor and research fellow at The Heartland Institute.

Justin Haskins is an executive editor and research fellow at The Heartland Institute. As executive editor, he is responsible for ensuring Heartland’s op-eds and serial publications — Budget & Tax NewsEnvironment & Climate NewsHealth Care NewsSchool Reform News, and Research & Commentaries — are ready for publication. He is also involved in the production of Heartland books, policy studies, and other publications.

Haskins has been published hundreds of times in major digital and print publications, including The Wall Street JournalNew York PostForbes, FoxNews.com, Newsweek, and National Review, among many others. His writing has also been featured or discussed by The Rush Limbaugh ShowGlenn Beck Radio Program, the Fox News Channel, The New York TimesDrudge ReportPolitiFact, and Newsmax, which named Haskins one of "Top 30 Republicans Under 30" in 2017. In 2016, Haskins was named to MediaDC’s “30 Under 30” list of young and influential leaders on the right.

Haskins writes regularly for The Blaze and serves as a contributor for the Washington Examiner and columnist for Townhall.com.

Prior to joining The Heartland Institute in 2014, Haskins was the field director for the Rhode Island Republican Party and managing editor of African Conflict and Peacebuilding Review. He graduated summa cum laude from the University of Richmond (Richmond, VA) in 2010. In 2011, Justin earned his M.A. in government with specializations in international relations and American government from Regent University (Virginia Beach, VA), and he earned a second M.A., this time in journalism, from Regent University in 2015.

Jeffrey Tucker

Editorial Director, American Institute for Economic Research

Jeffrey Tucker

Editorial Director, American Institute for Economic Research

Jeffrey A. Tucker is Editorial Director for the American Institute for Economic Research. He is also a columnist at Forbes, founder of the Atlanta Bitcoin Embassy, Senior Distinguished Fellow of the Austrian Economics Center in Vienna, Austria (honorary), Research Affiliate for the RMIT University Blockchain Innovation Hub in Melbourne, Australia, Honorary Fellow of Mises Brazil, affiliate fellow of the Acton Institute and Mackinac Institute, founder and Chief Liberty Officer of Liberty.me, an adviser to blockchain application companies, past editorial director of the Foundation for Economic Education and Laissez Faire Books, founder of the CryptoCurrency Conference, and author of many thousands of articles in the scholarly and popular press and eight books in 5 languages. He speaks widely on topics of economics, technology, social philosophy, and culture.

Lathan Watts

Director of Community Relations, First Liberty Institute

Lathan Watts

Director of Community Relations, First Liberty Institute

Lathan Watts is Director of Community Relations for First Liberty Institute, responsible for all efforts to increase First Liberty Institute’s profile in local and national markets. His focus is on expanding public awareness of First Liberty’s mission, legal matters, and educational projects by coordinating communication with community leaders, influencers, policy makers, and the public at large.

Prior to joining First Liberty Institute, Watts served in various campaign and official staff positions for U.S. Congressman Jeb Hensarling, U.S. Senator John Cornyn, and Texas Governor Rick Perry. His executive leadership roles in non-profit organizations specializing in political affairs and community outreach contributed to the election of numerous members of the U.S. Congress, multiple state legislators, and governors. His work in and around the political process served him well in the four years he spent as a City Councilman in Lewisville, TX.

Watts received his Juris Doctor from the University of Mississippi where he served two terms in the student senate one as President Pro Tempore. He received his Bachelor of Arts in History from Harding University, where he was a member of multiple honor societies and the University Concert Choir.

Sasha Moss

Federal Government Affairs Manager & Policy Counsel, R Street Institute

Sasha Moss

Federal Government Affairs Manager & Policy Counsel, R Street Institute

Sasha Moss is federal government affairs manager and policy counsel with the R Street Institute, handling outreach, coalition building and event coordination for R Street’s technology policy portfolio.

Sasha joined R Street in August 2016 from the Office of U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold, R-Texas, where she was counsel specializing in Judiciary Committee issues. She previously served as legal aid at Caterpillar Inc., assisting the company’s government affairs team’s work on the Coalition for 21st Century Patent Reform.

Earlier in her career, Sasha was a research assistant to Professor Robert Brauneis of George Washington University Law School. In that role, she assisted with the development and construction of the online version of the casebook Copyright, co-authored by Brauneis and Roger E. Schechter. She also served as a legal copywriter and content marketer at Curated Media.

Sasha earned her bachelor’s in English literature from George Washington University in 2010, a master’s in Victorian literature from the University of Glasgow in 2012, a bachelor of laws degree from the University of Glasgow in 2014 and a master of laws degree in intellectual property from George Washington University in 2015.

She was awarded the Luther Rice Undergraduate Research Fellowship in 2008, the Kilgore College Presidential Scholarship in 2009 and was a Google Policy Fellow in 2015. She is a member of the Federalist Society, The Copyright Society of the USA, and Internet Law and Policy Foundry. She is a founding member of the Congressional Tech Staff Association and currently serves as an adviser to the Creative Commons 2018 Summit Committee.

She lives in Washington with a sassy shelter cat named Lola and collects vinyl records.


David T. Beito

Research Fellow, Independent Institute

David T. Beito

Research Fellow, Independent Institute

David T. Beito is a Research Fellow at the Independent Institute and Professor of History at the University of Alabama. He received his Ph.D. in history at the University of Wisconsin, and he is the recipient of the Ellis Hawley Prize. Professor Beito is the author of T.R.M. Howard: Doctor, Entrepreneur, and Civil Rights Pioneer(with Linda Royster Beito), Taxpayers in Revolt: Tax Resistance during the Great Depression, and From Mutual Aid to the Welfare State: Fraternal Societies and Social Services, 1890-1967.

Andrew D. Graham

Executive Director for Policy and Education, First Liberty Institute

Andrew D. Graham

Executive Director for Policy and Education, First Liberty Institute

Andrew D. Graham, Esq., leads First Liberty Institute’s policy and education initiatives. He is also responsible for building coalitions with allied organizations and individuals across the country.

Previously, Andrew was a partner with the law firm of Jackson Walker LLP, where he achieved an extensive record of success in high-stakes litigation in both trial and appellate courts. He has been named a “Super Lawyers–Rising Star” numerous times. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas and is admitted to practice before multiple federal courts, including the United States Supreme Court.

Andrew earned his undergraduate degree in history summa cum laude  from Southern Methodist University (Dallas, TX), where he was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa and the Hyer Society. He then earned graduate degrees in history from Oxford University (Oriel College) and the University of Chicago before returning home to Texas to earn his law degree from The University of Texas School of Law (Hook ‘em!).

Andrew is a National Review Institute Regional Fellow and now coordinates the National Review Institute’s Dallas Regional Fellowship Program. He also proudly chairs The University of Texas School of Law’s Dallas Alumni Steering Committee.

Dr. Caleb Rossiter

Carbon Dioxide Coalition

Dr. Caleb Rossiter

Carbon Dioxide Coalition

Since his days as a draft resister during the invasion of Viet Nam, Dr. Caleb Stewart Rossiter has
worked in opposition to the U.S. policy of dominating developing countries through military,
financial, and covert support for repressive governments. After a 20-year foreign policy career
in and around Congress, in 2002 he became a professor at American University of both foreign
policy and statistics. He retired in 2018. His experiences teaching African politics and climate
modeling led him to become one of the few prominent left-leaning critics of policies restricting
the generation of electricity, in the United States and particularly in Africa, because of fears of
fossil-fueled climate catastrophe.

In 2014 the Institute for Policy Studies fired Professor Rossiter as a fellow for criticizing its
opposition to fossil fuels. He has since traveled widely to speak against climate alarmism, both
as a fellow at the Texas Public Policy Foundation and as a member of the Carbon Dioxide
Coalition, which he is representing in his talk at LibertyCon.

Caleb Rossiter is the author of a number of books, including The Turkey and the Eagle: The
Struggle for America's Global Role (2010) and Ain't Nobody Be Learnin' Nothin': The Fraud and
the Fix for High-Poverty Schools (2015). The last two titles were published by Algora
Publishing, which will release Rossiter's first novel, Patriotism: The Weathermen Bring the War
Home, in 2019.  Patriotism is a legal thriller about 1970’s crimes by a violent anti-imperialist
group that are solved during the Trump administration.

Max Pappas

Public Policy Manager, Google

Max Pappas

Public Policy Manager, Google

Max Pappas is Public Policy Manager at Google where he leads their work with, and financial support of, libertarian, free-market, and conservative organizations.  He is a former chief economist to U.S. Senator Ted Cruz.  Earlier in his career, he was Vice President of Policy at FreedomWorks, Executive Director of FreedomWorks PAC, and worked for P. J. O'Rourke and the Cato Institute.

Matt Welch

Editor-at-Large, Reason

Matt Welch

Editor-at-Large, Reason

Matt Welch is an editor at large of Reason. He served as Reason's editor in chief from 2008-2016 and is co-author, with Nick Gillespie, of The Declaration of Independents: How Libertarian Politics Can Fix What's Wrong with America. Welch also wrote McCain: The Myth of a Maverick. The former co-host of Fox Business's The Independents, he is a frequent guest on MSNBC, Fox News, CNN, and Real Time with Bill Maher.

Leah Whetstone

Community Growth Manager, America's Future Foundation

Leah Whetstone

Community Growth Manager, America's Future Foundation

Leah Whetstone is the Community Growth Manager at America’s Future Foundation. She 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 side hustle that aims to develop
individuals’ personal style. Prior to joining AFF, she worked in partner relations at the Charles
Koch Institute, where she managed 70 DC-based partnerships and assisted with partner talent
strategy. Before moving to DC, Leah worked in marketing at a food development start-up,
coordinating marketing initiatives with brands such as KitchenAid and Nordstrom. She
graduated from Hillsdale College with a Bachelor of Science in marketing and enjoys travel,
workout classes, and helping others see the beauty of their unique style.

Peter Lipsett

Director of Growth Strategies, DonorsTrust

Peter Lipsett

Director of Growth Strategies, DonorsTrust

Peter Lipsett is director of growth strategies at DonorsTrust, the community foundation for
liberty.  He also leads DonorsTrust’s Novus Society, a network of donors under 40 committed to
growing their philanthropic know-how. He has a dual degree in political science and theater from
Davidson College and finally got a practical credential with an MBA from George Mason
University.  He lives with his family in Springfield, Virginia and is an impassioned Atlanta
Braves fan, avid podcast listener, underperforming runner, and steady reader of U.S. presidential
biographies.

Armand Alacbay

Vice President of Trustee & Government Affairs, American Council of Trustees and Alumni

Armand Alacbay

Vice President of Trustee & Government Affairs, American Council of Trustees and Alumni

Armand Alacbay is Vice President of Trustee & Government Affairs with the
American Council of Trustees and Alumni, where he is responsible for trustee and
government relations related projects. He is the author of several published reports
in-state public higher education, and he has appeared on the Wall Street Journal’s
“Opinion Journal” program, and in USA TODAY and the Associated Press. Prior
to joining ACTA, he worked in private practice as a trial attorney and later
managed an educational services startup company.

Mr. Alacbay received a B.A. in Economics and English from the University of Virginia and his J.D. from
George Mason University School of Law, where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the George Mason
University Civil Rights Law Journal. He is a past president of the alumni association for Thomas Jefferson
High School for Science and Technology.

Ashkhen Kazaryan

Director of civil liberties, TechFreedom

Ashkhen Kazaryan

Director of civil liberties, TechFreedom

Ashkhen Kazaryan serves as the Director of civil liberties at TechFreedom.
She manages and develops policy projects on free speech, artificial
intelligence, surveillance reform and sharing economy. Ashkhen also
handles outreach and coalition building for the organization.
Ashkhen is an Internet Law and Policy Fellow and an expert at the
Federalist Society’s Emerging Technology Working Group, part of the
Regulatory Transparency Project. Ashkhen received her Specialist in Law
degree summa cum laude from Lomonosov MSU in 2012, Masters of Law
Degree from Yale Law School and is completing her Ph.D. in Law at the Law
School of Lomonosov Moscow State University (thesis on Legal Regulation
of Art Markets).

At Yale Law, she served as an Articles Editor of the Yale Journal of
Law and Feminism, Senior Editor of the Yale Law and Policy Review and
Editor of the Yale Journal of Law and Technology while also being Co-
Chair of the Public Interest Fellowship. Ashkhen worked as the leading
legal analyst at the High Intellectual Property Court, drafting decisions of
the Presidium of the Court, creating precedents, including on information
intermediaries and use of trademarks. In 2013-2014 she was a Fox Fellow
at Yale.

She is a proud supporter of New England Patriots and Broadway
musical enthusiast.

Bryan Caplan

Economist, George Mason University

Bryan Caplan

Economist, George Mason University

Bryan Caplan is Professor of Economics at George Mason University and blogger for EconLog. He is the author of The Myth of the Rational Voter, named "the best political book of the year" by the New York Times, Selfish Reasons to Have More Kids, and The Case Against Education. Caplan is currently collaborating with Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal’s Zach Weinersmith on Open Borders: The Science and Ethics of Immigration, a non-fiction graphic novel on the philosophy and social science of immigration, and writing a new book, Poverty: Who To Blame.

Shaun Rieley

Program Officer for Trustee & Legislative Affairs, American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA)

Shaun Rieley

Program Officer for Trustee & Legislative Affairs, American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA)

Shaun Rieley is Program Officer for Trustee & Legislative Affairs with the
American Council of Trustees and Alumni where he manages trustee
communications and outreach, coalitions relations, and government relations at
both the state and federal level. Before joining ACTA, he spent several years in
veteran policy as a Policy Analyst and Special Projects Manager for Concerned
Veterans for America, and prior to that as the Assistant Director of the National
Legislative Division of The American Legion’s National Headquarters in Washington, DC.

He served as an infantryman in the Maryland Army National Guard’s 175th Infantry Regiment and 158th
Cavalry Regiment for nine years, attaining the rank of Sergeant. His military service included a tour in Iraq as
part of Operation Iraqi Freedom and a tour in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba in support of Operation Enduring
Freedom.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Delaware, and a Master of Arts from
St. John’s College in Annapolis, MD where he studied Philosophy, Political Theory, and Literature. He also
holds a Master of Arts in Teaching from Wilmington University, a Master of Arts in Political Theory from
the Catholic University of America, and an Executive Certificate in Nonprofit Management from
Georgetown University. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Political Theory and American Government at
the Catholic University of America.

A native of Delaware, he currently resides in Maryland with his wife Leigh and daughter Amelia.

Joyce Lee Malcolm

Joyce Lee Malcolm, Patrick Henry Professor of Constitutional Law and the Second Amendment at the Antonin Scalia Law School of George Mason University

Joyce Lee Malcolm

Joyce Lee Malcolm, Patrick Henry Professor of Constitutional Law and the Second Amendment at the Antonin Scalia Law School of George Mason University

Joyce Lee Malcolm, Patrick Henry Professor of Constitutional Law and
the Second Amendment at the Antonin Scalia Law School of George Mason
University.

Professor Malcolm is an historian and constitutional scholar
active in the area of constitutional history, focusing on the development
of individual rights in Great Britain and America. She has been an engaged
supporter of ACTA through her years of service on the Council of Scholars,
a distinguished group of academics who advise ACTA on academic policy
matters. Professor Malcolm has previously taught at Princeton University,
Bentley College, Boston University, Northeastern University, and Cambridge
University.

She has written many books and peer-reviewed articles on British
constitutional and criminal law, U.S. constitutional law, individual rights, and
the Second Amendment. Professor Malcolm’s essays have appeared in a wide
range of national publications, including the Wall Street Journal, the Financial
Times, and USA Today. She is a fellow of the Royal Historical Society. Her
2009 book, Peter’s War: A New England Slave Boy and the American Revolution,
was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in 2010. Her newest book is The Tragedy of
Benedict Arnold: An American Life.

Christina Hoff Sommers

Resident Scholar, American Enterprise Institute (AEI)

Christina Hoff Sommers

Resident Scholar, American Enterprise Institute (AEI)

Christina Hoff Sommers is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), where she studies the politics of gender and feminism, as well as free expression, due process, and the preservation of liberty in the academy. Before joining AEI, Dr. Sommers was a philosophy professor at Clark University.

She is best known for her defense of classical liberal feminism and her critique of gender feminism. Her books include “Freedom Feminism—Its Surprising History and Why It Matters Today” (AEI, 2013); “One Nation Under Therapy” (St. Martin’s Press, 2005), coauthored with Sally Satel; “The War Against Boys” (Simon & Schuster, 2001 and 2013), which was named a New York Times Notable Book of the Year in 2001; and “Who Stole Feminism?” (Simon & Schuster, 1995). Her textbook, “Vice and Virtue in Everyday Life,” currently in its ninth edition, is a bestseller in college ethics.

Her writings have appeared in publications such as The Atlantic, The New York Times, and The Washington Post. In addition to frequent radio and television appearances, Dr. Sommers is the host of the popular video blog, The Factual Feminist.

Dr. Sommers has a Ph.D. in philosophy from Brandeis University and a B.A. from New York University.

Dr. Rainer Zitelmann

Historian, Author

Dr. Rainer Zitelmann

Historian, Author

Dr. Rainer Zitelmann holds doctorates in history and sociology. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, he worked at the Central Institute for Social Science Research at the Free University of Berlin. He was then appointed section head at the leading German daily newspaper "Die Welt". In 2000, he founded a real estate public relations company. Having established the company as the market leader, he sold it in 2016. Zitelmann is the author of 22 books, which have been very successful in Europe and Asia. His two most recent books, "The Wealth Elite"  and "The Power of Capitalism" were both published in 2017. 

Brendan O’Neill

Journalist

Brendan O’Neill, a self-declared “free-speech absolutist”, is editor of the online magazine Spiked. He is also a writer for The Sun, The Spectator and Reason and host of The Brendan O’Neill Show podcast. The Daily Telegraph calls him “one of Britain’s sharpest social commentators”, while The Guardian says he is an “obnoxious intellectual wind-up merchant”. A selection of his essays — Anti-Woke — was published at the end of 2018.

Faisal Al Mutar

Founder & President, Ideas Beyond Borders

Faisal Al Mutar

Founder & President, Ideas Beyond Borders

Faisal Al Mutar is an Iraqi-born award-winning counter extremism advocate, satirist, and speaker. He is an advocate for Universal Human Rights, secularism and the free market of ideas, and is enthusiastic about the intersection of technology and advocacy. He is founder and president of Ideas beyond borders, a nonprofit organization that translates the works of enlightenment into Arabic and He is also the founder of multiple online platforms that together have more than 400,000 subscribers and millions of visitors.

Robby Soave

Associate Editor, Reason

Robby Soave

Associate Editor, Reason

Robby Soave is an associate editor at Reason and a 2018 Novak Fellow at the Fund for American Studies. He enjoys writing about free speech, higher education, and television. He has penned articles for The New York Times, New York Post, CNN, The Daily Beast, The Orange County Register, and The Detroit News. Forbes named him to the 2016 "30 Under 30" list in the category of law and policy. In 2016, Soave won the Alumnus of the Year Award at the International Students for Liberty Conference. He was also appointed to the D.C. Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.

Peter Suderman

Managing Editor, Reason.com

Peter Suderman

Managing Editor, Reason.com

Peter Suderman is the managing editor of Reason.com. He writes regularly about health care, the federal budget, pop culture, and other issues. In addition to Reason, his work has appeared in The New York Times,The Wall Street Journal, Politico, Vox, and other publications. He lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife and dog, and he makes a pretty mean Negroni.  

Amanda Kathryn Roman

Chief Strategy Officer, Conscious Capitalism, Inc.

Amanda Kathryn Roman

Chief Strategy Officer, Conscious Capitalism, Inc.

Amanda Kathryn Roman has been called a cultural translator, a catalyst for creativity, an innovative designer, a dynamic high-energy speaker, a rockstar facilitator, a maven network- builder, and a transformational coach. She is a wanderlust woman who travels the world training, speaking, and connecting leaders from a variety of sectors for sustainable impact in their field; an adventure-seeking wife that has enjoyed living on both coasts with her husband and countless joyful road trips; and a fierce momma of three who schedules dance parties and road-trips with her magical children. Amanda lives in passionate pursuit of service to others and for more than two decades has been traveling in planes, trains, automobiles, buses, boats -- and even a gondola -- while successfully navigating the board meetings of countless service organizations; the green rooms of local and national media outlets; the halls of Congress; the inner sanctums of Fortune 500 companies; the offices of international policy organizations and elected officials in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Switzerland, Romania, and Germany; the West Wing of the White House and the chambers of state legislatures; as well as the homes of philanthropists to deliver sustainable results imbued with love and legacy. Amanda has trained thousands and is recognized as a trailblazer in the fields of leadership, government, and community engagement having worked in every state in the US. She has undergone extensive training in the science of happiness, the proven strategies of high performance, and holistic lifestyle practices in which she roots her offerings through coaching, training, speaking, and event design. Amanda’s work has been profiled in a variety of outlets including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and New York Post.
At Conscious Capitalism, Inc. Amanda is building on her twenty-five years in executive leadership where she bridged significant divides and created numerous alliances between the public and private sectors by connecting stakeholders from the arenas of business, investment, academia, government, community and media to unleash the potential of each individual in the ecosystem. Now she drives global innovation and strategic alignment for Conscious Capitalism while directing the incubation of learning and development experiences that support business leaders in integrating and implementing conscious business principles through mastermind gatherings, on-site workshops, site visits, online curriculum, and a series of experiential conferences around the world. Amanda also leads the initiative to support a diversified representation of business leaders in the growing global movement of leaders who live and lead according to the Conscious Capitalist Credo. Internally, she provides organization-wide coaching and serves as a member of the Conscious Capitalism, Inc. executive leadership team to support organizational development.
Based in the New York City metropolitan area, Amanda enjoys spending time in the great outdoors; adventuring with family and friends; running marathons; dancing whenever the mood strikes her; practicing yoga every damn day; drinking espresso, whiskey & mezcal {not all at the same time}; reading voraciously; traveling to satisfy her wanderlust soul; and listening to classic rock while she is on the go.

Jeremy Unruh

Director - Public and Regulatory Affairs, PharmaCann LLC

Jeremy Unruh

Director - Public and Regulatory Affairs, PharmaCann LLC

Jeremy Unruh serves as the PharmaCann director of regulatory and external affairs. He brings a
fifteen-year track record as a government prosecutor and big firm lawyer to the nascent medical
cannabis industry.

Mr. Unruh is responsible for external matters, including lobbying, legislative policy, and public
affairs; media relationships; interface with state and local regulators; and developing investor and
banking relationships. He manages lobbyists in seven statehouses and Washington, D.C., and is
at the tip of the spear as PharmaCann works to develop licensed facilities in Maryland,
Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and Ohio.

He was PharmaCann’s first general counsel and chief compliance officer, helping to manage the
buildout, security, and warehousing functions of the three existing PharmaCann cultivation
centers and eight operational dispensaries:
- Developed two 70,000 ft.2 cultivation centers and four dispensaries in Illinois and a
130,000 ft.2 manufacturing center and four dispensaries in New York. Responsible for
commissioning and obtaining state operational approval of these eleven facilities.

- Managed interaction between the company and the regulatory agencies of New York,
Illinois, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Ohio and Massachusetts relating to the licensed
cultivation and distribution of medical cannabis.

- Responsible for developing legal and regulatory compliance systems for all eleven
operational facilities with more than 220 employees.

Beginning his career as a prosecutor, Mr. Unruh distinguished himself as a solid courtroom
advocate with a highly developed common-sense approach to the justice system respected by his
colleagues, judges, and defense lawyers alike.

Mr. Unruh went into private practice for a firm that would reach the American Lawyer Top 100
during his tenure. Joining the firm’s Chicago office in 2006, Mr. Unruh helped grow the
Chicago presence from a handful of lawyers to a powerhouse office of more than 100 lawyers
when he left to join the medical cannabis industry. Mr. Unruh’s practice focused on commercial
litigation, internal compliance investigations in the financial services and healthcare sectors, and
product liability defense. Mr. Unruh was the lead trial attorney on the national product liability
trial team for a Fortune 100 industrial company for many years.

Jeremy has a B.S. from Kansas State University. He earned a Juris Doctor from Washburn
University School of Law where he was an inaugural recipient of the Environmental Law
certificate. While serving as an assistant state’s attorney in Chicago, Jeremy attended DePaul
University Kellstadt School of Business Management at night and earned his M.B.A. Jeremy
lives in Winnetka, Illinois with his wife and three children.

Austin Bragg

Producer, Reason TV

Austin Bragg

Producer, Reason TV

Austin Bragg is a producer at Reason TV, and is at least partially to blame for such content as "Libertarian Game of Thrones," "Desperate Mayors Compete for Amazon HQ2," "Groundhog Day 2018," and "Best Political Speech by an Entertainment Celebrity."

Rebecca Gasca

Founder & CEO of Pistil + Stigma, Inc.

Rebecca Gasca

Founder & CEO of Pistil + Stigma, Inc.

Rebecca Gasca is the founder and CEO of Pistil + Stigma, Inc., a community and government affairs
consulting group that assesses and assists organizations in public, private, and non-profit sectors on
groundbreaking policy issues nationwide. Her firm is most noted for empowering cannabis companies, from
conception through build-out and operations, build sustainable and socially conscious businesses founded in
innovative ideas and vested in social change. Previously, Ms. Gasca served as the first in-house lobbyist for
the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Nevada, advocates across the spectrum of civil liberties issues
including comprehensive drug policy and criminal justice reform. Ms. Gasca was a former Rotary Goodwill
Ambassador to Chile and traveled to Nepal and Turkey as a US Department of State’s Bureau of Education
and Cultural Affairs Fellow to study policymaking and civic participation. Bilingual in English and Spanish, Ms.
Gasca holds a B.A. in Economics and a B.S. in International Business, as well as professional certificates in
mediation and conflict resolution.

Craig Biddle

Editor, The Objective Standard

Craig Biddle

Editor, The Objective Standard

Craig Biddle is editor of The Objective Standard and author of Loving Life: The Morality of Self-Interest and the Facts that Support It; Understanding Rational Egoism; and the forthcoming Forbidden Fruit for Teens: Moral Truths Your Parents, Preachers, and Teachers Don’t Want You to Know. His book in progress is “Thinking in Principles.” Biddle also serves on the board of directors of the Prometheus Foundation.

Craig Rucker

President & Co-Founder, CFACT

Craig Rucker

President & Co-Founder, CFACT

A native of Buffalo, New York, who received his Masters of Public Administration from the State University of New York at Albany, Craig Rucker is a co-founder of CFACT and currently serves as its president. For over 30 years, Craig has provided expertise to a wide range of government, academic, media, and industry forums. Rucker has written extensively on numerous environmental policy issues, and his work has been featured in such media outlets as CNN, the BBC, USA Today, the Des Moines Register, the Cleveland Plain-Dealer, The Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post. Rucker has had primary responsibility for helping build CFACT’s Collegians program on more than 40 campuses across the country, and has attended or brought student delegations to major United Nations conferences in Copenhagen, Istanbul, Kyoto, Bonn, Marrakesh, Cancun, and Montreal. Rucker has a wife and four sons, and currently resides in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.

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