Students For Liberty originally began in North America back in 2008. Despite growing into a vast international organization since then, our North American programs remain a key part of our efforts towards creating a freer and more prosperous society. Our passionate team of 123 Campus Coordinators work hard to organize their own Regional Conferences and activism events with the help of our leadership retreats and various grant programs. Students also grapple with advanced libertarian theory in our Virtual Reading Groups.
Some highlights of 2016 include our nationwide Deep Web screenings, the 2016 Campus Coordinator Retreat, the Get Out The Liberty campaign, and our ongoing Speak Freely Advocate Program.
THE NORTH AMERICA EXECUTIVE BOARD
Bio: Alana Voechting attends the University of California, Irvine and will receive a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Anthropology in June 2018. In her free time, she enjoys listening to music, cooking, and making organic skin products.
Favorite Figures in Liberty: F. A. Hayek, John Stuart Mills, Justin Amash
On Students For Liberty: “I think SFL is an incredible organization that seeks to actually do something about spreading liberty. They appeal to every kind of person, and every person can find an issue SFL talks about and agree. It has a place for everyone, and is very peaceful."
Bio: Originally from Oshkosh, WI, I have been involved in the liberty movement, formally, since freshman year of college. Though I have been liberty oriented since high school. I am chapter president of Young Americans for Liberty and now my only goal has become to spread the principles of liberty through each organization I am involved in. I am a senior at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, my major is International Studies and Public Diplomacy. In my free time, I enjoy hiking, boating, attending concerts, and doing yoga.
Favorite Figures in Liberty: Walter Block, Ron Paul, Ludwig von Mises, Isabel Paterson
On Students For Liberty: “SFL is an amazing organization that cares enough to train the leaders of liberty and leave its mark in a positive way in this pessimistic era."
Position: Campus Coordinator
Country/State: North America / East Carolina
School: East Carolina University
Email: [email protected]
Bio: Bobby Fortune is a NC native and NC Army National Guard veteran. He's currently a student at East Carolina University majoring in Security Studies and Political Science. He is passionate about foreign policy.
Favorite Figures in Liberty: Ron Paul, Rand Paul, and Scott Horton
Bio: Caroline is originally from Baltimore, Maryland and is currently pursuing her bachelor's degree in Political Science while being on a Pre-Law track at Manhattan College in New York City. Caroline is a passionate advocate of criminal justice reform. When Caroline is not learning and debating politics, philosophy, and law then you can most likely find her getting involved with theatre arts or exploring New York City with her friends.
Bio: I am currently pursuing my Bachelors in Political Economy and Philosophy at Tulane University. I'm currently one of three Recruitment Directors for the state of Louisiana for Young Americans for Liberty, as well as the president of Tulane's chapter of YAL. I hope to devote my life to the ideas of liberty, both through activism and non-profit research in my career.
Favorite Figures in Liberty: Robert Nozick, Ludwig von Mises, Ron Paul,
On Students For Liberty: “Students for Liberty is one of the premier organizations within the liberty movement. It has and will continue to equip activists with the training, education, and resources that they will need to better spread liberty throughout the world. SFL's focus on developing young people is why it will continue to carry the torch for liberty for years to come."
Bio: Natalie Bao Tram Le has a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy with a Concentration in Politics, Philosophy & Law. Natalie always had these ideas of liberty but never knew what to classify herself politically, until she attended a meeting organized by the Political Economy Club, which is now a chapter of Young Americans for Liberty, that she came to discover that she falls under the libertarian umbrella. She is currently a Development Associate for the Independent Women’s Voice and the South Carolina State Chair for Young Americans for Liberty.
Favorite Figures in Liberty: Ayn Rand and Ron Paul
On Students For Liberty: “SFL is truly dynamic. Not only have they been helpful by assisting me with learning more about the ideas of liberty but they also provide me the opportunity to meet other libertarians. I am honored to be selected as a Campus Coordinator and look forward to grow as a lover of liberty.”
Bio: Pietro got his start in the Liberty Movement by joining his Young Americans for Liberty (YAL) chapter as a freshman at Vassar College in 2014. He served as chapter president during his sophomore year. During his tenure, he restored the executive board, increased membership, and executed several events, including several lectures and a documentary screening. That year's debate against the College Democrats landed Pietro on the front cover of Vassar's school newspaper, the Miscellany News. He served as the chapter's treasurer, and will be serving as president again next year.
Pietro became a New York State Chair for Young Americans for Liberty in January 2016. Since joining YAL's Leadership Team, he has started and activated several chapters across the state, and has gotten several chapters to hold events on campus. He is also working to overturn unconstitutional speech codes and is trying to get his school's student government to pass a free speech resolution and adopt the Chicago Principles as part of YAL's Fight for Free Speech initiative. As a State Chair, Pietro has traveled to other schools to meet with chapters or recruit students to start new ones.
Outside of YAL and SFL, Pietro is a Student Ambassador with Prager University, Co-Vice-President of Finance for Vassar Mock Trial, Treasurer for Vassar Rotaract Toastmasters Club, and Music Coordinator for the Vassar Catholic Community.
Pietro plays bass clarinet in the Vassar College Wind Ensemble and sings bass in the Vassar College Choir. He has performed with the Hudson Valley Philharmonic and toured Cuba with the choir. He is currently preparing to give a senior recital next year, featuring Jonathan Russell's 2014 bass clarinet concerto and Mozart's clarinet concerto.
Pietro attained the rank of Eagle Scout in 2014, after completing a project that involved renovating a dilapidated shed at the Town of Newburgh Animal Shelter.
Pietro is a rising senior studying astronomy and earth science at Vassar. He is from Newburgh, NY. In his free time, he enjoys board games, video games, reading, cycling, swimming, hiking, kayaking, camping, acting, and model railroading.
Favorite Figures in Liberty: Ron Paul, Justin Amash, Rand Paul, Ronald Reagan, and Judge Napolitano
On Students For Liberty: “I'm thrilled to be part of SFL's Campus Coordinator Program. SFL does great work advancing liberty around the world, and the opportunity to be a part of that is incredible! I can't wait to see how far I and my SFL groups (particularly YAL chapters that I already oversee as a State Chair) can fly."
Bio: Roland is currently in his final year of a history major at Ambrose University. He is dedicated to the preservation and increase of freedom of religion/conscience, education, and speech. He believes that the greatest society is one that is both free and moral. Roland’s interests lie primarily in the interplay between organized religion and politics, as well as examining the role religion plays in social order and social cohesion.
Favorite Figures in Liberty: Lord John Acton, Os Guinness, and Friedrich Hayek
On Students For Liberty: “Students for Liberty spreads the ideas of liberty by practicing them. SFL educates and empowers students to develop their social entrepreneurial skills both to grow the movement and enrich the individual."
Bio: I am a first year law student who received my bachelors in Political Science from Florida Gulf Coast University. I have been involved in the liberty movement and Students for Liberty for the past three years. I have been the Florida State Chair of the Blue republicans movement and interened at the Mercatus Center through KIP. Upon graduation of law school i hope to work for the Institute for Justice before going on to get my PhD in Economics.
Favorite Figures in Liberty: John Stuart Mill, Frederick Bastiat, F.A. Hayek, James Buchannan, Adam Smith, and Judge Napalitano
On Students For Liberty: “Students For Liberty as fundamentally changed my life. It has altered my political and social philosophy as well as changed the direction of my career goals. I cannot speak highly enough of it as an organization. I am truly grateful for the massive influence that sfl has played on my personal development."
Mid-Atlantic Regional Director
Mid-Atlantic Regional Director
Bio: Yusuf was born and raised in the Baltimore area, and currently attends the University of Maryland at College Park where he is pursuing a degree in economics and philosophy. Yusuf previously served as a Campus Coordinator with Students For Liberty and President of the Young Americans for Liberty chapter on his campus, and is now the Maryland State Chair of Young Americans for Liberty and Mid-Atlantic Regional Director with Students For Liberty. In addition to a deep interest in politics and philosophy, he is also interested in general issues of science, religion, and the human mind. When he’s not buried in books, you will find Yusuf singing, playing music, or engaging in a friendly debate.
Bio: My name is Zack Lunetta and I'm so excited to be working as the Campus Coordinator for Queen's University this year. I began getting involved with politics in the 8th grade when I volunteered my local MP and ever since I've been introduce to more and more theories on liberty and the more I read the more hooked I got. Since coming to Queen's I had so many wonderful opportunities get presented to me to meet like minded people. I hope to meet even more people with SFL and share ideas to help change the world.
Favorite Figures in Liberty: Ben Shaprio and Jordan Peterson are my two personal favourites but, Nozick will always have a special place in my heart
On Students For Liberty: “I never realized the scope of SFL until I joined it. I didn't realize how big it was. They truly do help so many students and give them a wonderful opportunity to network and meet likeminded students. I excited to be a representative."