MEET THE SFL TEAM



Students For Liberty’s success relies on its incredible team of students and alumni working together to advance the vision of a free academy and a free society. Check out the many individuals who help make Students For Liberty such a vibrant and active organization below. Click here to join the team.


MEET THE SFL TEAM



Students For Liberty’s success relies on its incredible team of students and alumni working together to advance the vision of a free academy and a free society. Check out the many individuals who help make Students For Liberty such a vibrant and active organization below. Click here to join the team.


THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Comprised of SFL’s co-founders and other trusted guardians, Students For Liberty’s Board of Directors oversees the organization’s long-term strategy and legal obligations.

Alexander McCobin

Co-Founder

Alexander McCobin

Co-Founder

Bio: Alexander McCobin is co-founder and president of Students For Liberty. Under his leadership, Students For Liberty has grown into the largest libertarian student organization in the world with over 1,574 leaders trained in the 2015-16 school year and 1,916 active student groups. Previously, Alexander worked at the Cato Institute and ran another nonprofit organization that introduced high school debate programs to underserved youth in the greater Philadelphia area. Alexander also serves on the Board of Advisors of The Atlas Society and is an honorary board member of the Our America Initiative. Alexander received his B.A. in philosophy and economics at the University of Pennsylvania in 2008 and received his M.A. in philosophy at Georgetown University in 2014.

Favorite Figures in Liberty: Ayn Rand, Robert Nozick, & F.A. Hayek

On Students For Liberty in : “This is the libertarian generation.  Whether it is the immense growth of Students For Liberty around the world, polling data showing young people as socially tolerant and fiscally responsible, or articles proclaiming the same point by The Economist, more and more evidence keeps mounting to back up this claim.  Students For Liberty has brought together more impressive young people who are dedicated to the ideas of liberty than anyone thought was possible when we started.  We are empowering the next generation of leaders of liberty to make a difference today, to build a freer world right now.”

Dan Grossman

Board Member

Dan Grossman

Board Member

Bio: Mr. Grossman spent his working career as the founder and owner of various private businesses. He was formerly the Chairman of the Foundation for Economic Education, Irvington, NY. He graduated from Miami University in Oxford, OH, with a degree in Economics, and from Columbia University in New York, NY with an MBA in finance. Mr. Grossman resides in Washington, D.C.

Sam Eckman

Director

Sam Eckman

Director

Bio: Samuel Eckman is a co-founder and director of Students For Liberty. Samuel graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 2008 with a B.S. in Economics and a B.A. in Philosophy and Political Science. In the summer of 2007, he worked in Washington, DC as a Koch Summer Fellow, and spent the next two years working as a Legal Research Aide for Senator Arlen Specter. Samuel recently received his J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School, where he was a member of the Federalist Society and Edmund Burke Society, and a Research Assistant to Professor Richard Epstein. He now works as an associate at the law offices of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP in Los Angeles, California. He previously clerked for the Ninth Circuit Court of the U.S. Court of Appeals as well as the Supreme Court of the United States.

Favorite Figures in Liberty: Robert Nozick, Richard Epstein, P.J. O’Rourke

On Students For Liberty in : “Students on too many campuses across the country have fallen under the misapprehension that the ideals of freedom and equality are best upheld by a collectivist politics that subjugates citizens to the government. Students For Liberty provides an important counterweight to this tradition, reclaiming the radical heritage of individual liberty and reaffirming the role of students at the forefront of the battle for the rights of the individual. By providing community and resources in a manner that upholds the autonomy of the groups we work with, Students For Liberty is helping young people across the United States and around the world to promote the values of liberty and freedom.”

Sloane Frost

Chairwoman & Director

Sloane Frost

Chairwoman & Director

Bio: Sloane Frost graduated from Cornell University in 2008 with a degree in Policy Analysis & Management and concentration in Health Policy. While studying the economics and history of health policy in this country, Sloane became interested in the principles of liberty and individual responsibility that seem to be missing from modern policy initiatives. After serving with City Year, an AmeriCorps program, Sloane saw firsthand the negative consequences of an intrusive government public education system. She returned to academia to earn a Masters in Public Policy and certificate in Health Administration and Policy at the University of Chicago in June 2011.

Various experiences in the university setting quickly taught Sloane that her fellow students are also deprived of many freedoms on campus, and she became dedicated to the student fight for liberty. In 2007, Sloane co-founded Students For Liberty and now serves as the Chairwoman of the SFL Board of Directors.

Sloane is currently a Senior Consultant for Strategic Solutions at Navigant Management Consulting. Before that, she worked as a research analyst at Mathematica Policy and interned at the Cato Institute.

Favorite Figures in Liberty: Ayn Rand, Neal Boortz, Thomas Sowell, and Milton & Rose Friedman

On Students For Liberty in : “The idea for a liberty-oriented conference arose from a discussion between myself and Alexander where we realized the pervasive need for a student-driven, national network to support the student movement.Students For Liberty has therefore been very important to me since its inception, and I am excited to continue working for the cause.A network of students driven to improve academic freedom, activism, and understanding of liberty is essential to a complete education and its environment.With the growth of this organization, more students will hopefully find a way to freely discuss and explore their opinions in academic institutions.”


THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Comprised of SFL’s co-founders and other trusted guardians, Students For Liberty’s Board of Directors oversees the organization’s long-term strategy and legal obligations.

Alexander McCobin

Co-Founder

Alexander McCobin

Co-Founder

Bio: Alexander McCobin is co-founder and president of Students For Liberty. Under his leadership, Students For Liberty has grown into the largest libertarian student organization in the world with over 1,574 leaders trained in the 2015-16 school year and 1,916 active student groups. Previously, Alexander worked at the Cato Institute and ran another nonprofit organization that introduced high school debate programs to underserved youth in the greater Philadelphia area. Alexander also serves on the Board of Advisors of The Atlas Society and is an honorary board member of the Our America Initiative. Alexander received his B.A. in philosophy and economics at the University of Pennsylvania in 2008 and received his M.A. in philosophy at Georgetown University in 2014.

Favorite Figures in Liberty: Ayn Rand, Robert Nozick, & F.A. Hayek

On Students For Liberty in : “This is the libertarian generation.  Whether it is the immense growth of Students For Liberty around the world, polling data showing young people as socially tolerant and fiscally responsible, or articles proclaiming the same point by The Economist, more and more evidence keeps mounting to back up this claim.  Students For Liberty has brought together more impressive young people who are dedicated to the ideas of liberty than anyone thought was possible when we started.  We are empowering the next generation of leaders of liberty to make a difference today, to build a freer world right now.”

Dan Grossman

Board Member

Dan Grossman

Board Member

Bio: Mr. Grossman spent his working career as the founder and owner of various private businesses. He was formerly the Chairman of the Foundation for Economic Education, Irvington, NY. He graduated from Miami University in Oxford, OH, with a degree in Economics, and from Columbia University in New York, NY with an MBA in finance. Mr. Grossman resides in Washington, D.C.

Sam Eckman

Director

Sam Eckman

Director

Bio: Samuel Eckman is a co-founder and director of Students For Liberty. Samuel graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 2008 with a B.S. in Economics and a B.A. in Philosophy and Political Science. In the summer of 2007, he worked in Washington, DC as a Koch Summer Fellow, and spent the next two years working as a Legal Research Aide for Senator Arlen Specter. Samuel recently received his J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School, where he was a member of the Federalist Society and Edmund Burke Society, and a Research Assistant to Professor Richard Epstein. He now works as an associate at the law offices of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP in Los Angeles, California. He previously clerked for the Ninth Circuit Court of the U.S. Court of Appeals as well as the Supreme Court of the United States.

Favorite Figures in Liberty: Robert Nozick, Richard Epstein, P.J. O’Rourke

On Students For Liberty in : “Students on too many campuses across the country have fallen under the misapprehension that the ideals of freedom and equality are best upheld by a collectivist politics that subjugates citizens to the government. Students For Liberty provides an important counterweight to this tradition, reclaiming the radical heritage of individual liberty and reaffirming the role of students at the forefront of the battle for the rights of the individual. By providing community and resources in a manner that upholds the autonomy of the groups we work with, Students For Liberty is helping young people across the United States and around the world to promote the values of liberty and freedom.”

Sloane Frost

Chairwoman & Director

Sloane Frost

Chairwoman & Director

Bio: Sloane Frost graduated from Cornell University in 2008 with a degree in Policy Analysis & Management and concentration in Health Policy. While studying the economics and history of health policy in this country, Sloane became interested in the principles of liberty and individual responsibility that seem to be missing from modern policy initiatives. After serving with City Year, an AmeriCorps program, Sloane saw firsthand the negative consequences of an intrusive government public education system. She returned to academia to earn a Masters in Public Policy and certificate in Health Administration and Policy at the University of Chicago in June 2011.

Various experiences in the university setting quickly taught Sloane that her fellow students are also deprived of many freedoms on campus, and she became dedicated to the student fight for liberty. In 2007, Sloane co-founded Students For Liberty and now serves as the Chairwoman of the SFL Board of Directors.

Sloane is currently a Senior Consultant for Strategic Solutions at Navigant Management Consulting. Before that, she worked as a research analyst at Mathematica Policy and interned at the Cato Institute.

Favorite Figures in Liberty: Ayn Rand, Neal Boortz, Thomas Sowell, and Milton & Rose Friedman

On Students For Liberty in : “The idea for a liberty-oriented conference arose from a discussion between myself and Alexander where we realized the pervasive need for a student-driven, national network to support the student movement.Students For Liberty has therefore been very important to me since its inception, and I am excited to continue working for the cause.A network of students driven to improve academic freedom, activism, and understanding of liberty is essential to a complete education and its environment.With the growth of this organization, more students will hopefully find a way to freely discuss and explore their opinions in academic institutions.”


THE BOARD OF ADVISORS

Comprised of celebrated business leaders, academics, and thought leaders, SFL’s Board of Advisors serves as a wealth of knowledge for SFL’s leadership to turn to for consulting.

Daniel J. Hannan

Advisor

Bio: Daniel J. Hannan is a British journalist, author, and Conservative Member of the European Parliament (MEP), representing South East England. He is also the Secretary-General of the Alliance of European Conservatives and Reformists.  In the European Parliament, he led the campaign for a referendum on the European Constitution. He was also the first Member to write in detail about the allowances and expenses available in Brussels.

In March of 2009, a YouTube clip of his speech to Gordon Brown in the European Parliament attracted 1.4 million hits within 72 hours, making the online video the most watched political clip in British history.  Hannan was educated at Marlborough and Oriel College, Oxford. He worked as a speechwriter for William Hague and Michael Howard. He speaks French and Spanish fluently, and is married with two young children.

David Boaz

Advisor

David Boaz

Advisor

Bio: 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 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. He is the author of Libertarianism: A Primer, described by the Los Angeles Times as “a well-researched manifesto of libertarian ideas,” the editor of The Libertarian Reader, and coeditor of the Cato Handbook For Policymakers. His articles have been published in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, National Review, and Slate. He is a frequent guest on national television and radio shows, and has appeared on ABC’s Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher, CNN’s Crossfire, NPR’s Talk of the Nation and All Things Considered, John McLaughlin’s One on One, Fox News Channel, BBC, Voice of America, Radio Free Europe, and other media. His latest book is The Politics of Freedom.

Dr. Eugene Volokh

Advisor

Bio: Dr. Volokh teaches free speech law, criminal law, tort law, religious freedom law, and church-state relations law at UCLA School of Law, where he has also often taught copyright law and a seminar on firearms regulation policy. Before coming to UCLA, he clerked for Justice Sandra Day O’Connor on the U.S. Supreme Court and for Judge Alex Kozinski on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Volokh is the author of the textbooks The First Amendment and Related Statutes (4th ed. 2011), The Religion Clauses and Related Statutes (2005), and Academic Legal Writing (4th ed. 2010), as well as over 70 law review articles and over 80 op-eds.  He is a member of The American Law Institute, a member of the American Heritage Dictionary Usage Panel, and the founder and coauthor of The Volokh Conspiracy, a Weblog that gets about 20,000 visits per weekday. He is among the five most cited under-45 faculty members listed in the Top 25 Law Faculties in Scholarly Impact, 2005-2009 study, and among the forty most cited faculty members on that list without regard to age. These citation counts refer to citations in law review articles, but his works have also been cited by courts. Six of his law review articles have been cited by opinions of the Supreme Court Justices; twenty-one of his works (mostly articles but also a textbook, an op-ed, and a blog post) have been cited by federal circuit courts; and several others have been cited by district courts or state courts.

Volokh is also an Academic Affiliate for the Mayer Brown LLP law firm; he generally consults on other lawyers’ cases, but he has briefed and argued Ingram v. Battaglia / Rush v. Frank before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, and State v. Drahota before the Nebraska Supreme Court.

Volokh worked for 12 years as a computer programmer, and is still partner in a small software company which sells HP 3000 software that he wrote. He graduated from UCLA with a B.S. in math-computer science at age 15, and has written many articles on computer software. Volokh was born in the USSR; his family emigrated to the U.S. when he was seven years old.

Dr. George Ayittey

Advisor

Bio: Dr. Ayittey is a distinguished economist in residence at American University and founder and president of the Free Africa Foundation. His areas of expertise include economic development, the World Bank, IMF, and democratization of Africa.

Dr. Ayittey is the author of numerous op-eds for the New York TimesWashington Post, and Wall Street Journal. He writes columns for African-owned publications including The African LetterAfrican Continent NewsAfrica News Weekly, and African Forum.  His books include Africa in Chaos, Indigenous African Institutions,  Africa Unchained: The Blueprint for Africa Unchained, and Africa Betrayed for which won the 1992 H. L. Mencken Award for Best Book.Dr. Ayittey has appeared on several television and radio news shows including ABC’s Nightline and CNN’s Crossfire as well as programs on National Public Radio, and the BBC World Service. He has also lectured across the United States, Europe, and Africa. He has testified several times before U.S. congressional committees about the third world debt crisis, foreign aid to Africa, apartheid in South Africa, the World Bank, and debt forgiveness. In addition, Dr. Ayittey has served as a consultant to several organizations including the World Bank, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and the International Council on Metals and the Environment (ICME).
Professor Ayittey holds a BS from the University of Ghana, a MA from the University of Western Ontario, and a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Manitoba.

Dr. Ayittey will be named Students For Liberty’s Alumnus of the Year at the 2014 International Students For Liberty Conference and will serve as the conference’s opening keynote on Friday, February 14th.

Dr. James W. Lark III

Advisor

Bio: James W. Lark, III is a professor in the Department of Systems and Information Engineering and the Applied Mathematics program in the Department of Engineering and Society at the University of Virginia. He has also served as a professor in the Department of Statistics and the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia. In addition, he has served as Assistant to the Athletics Director for Special Projects at the University of Virginia.

He has served as a visiting scholar in the Department of Mathematics at the University of California, Berkeley and the Department of Mathematics at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. In addition, he has served as a visiting scholar at the Center for the Study of Public Choice at Virginia Tech and at the Center for Research in Government Policy and Business at the University of Rochester.

His current research projects include risk analysis in financial markets, collective decision making processes, applications of Markov decision processes, and operator theory. His solution procedure for finite-horizon partially observed Markov decision processes is known in the research literature as the “Lark algorithm” (or “Lark filtering algorithm”).

Dr. Lark serves as the chairman of the Board of Directors of the Advocates for Self-Government. He is the secretary of the Board of Directors of the International Society for Individual Liberty. He is a member of the Board of Advisors of the Freedom and Entrepreneurship Foundation (Fundacja Wolnosci I Przedsiebiorczosci) in Poland.

He is a member of the (United States) Libertarian Party’s national committee, and served as the Libertarian Party’s national chairman during the 2000-2002 term.

Dr. Jo Kwong

Advisor

Bio: Jo Kwong serves as director of economic opportunity programs at The Philanthropy Roundtable.

Prior to joining the Roundtable, Jo worked at the Institute for Humane Studies, the Capital Research Center, and the Property and Environment Research Center, where she frequently combined explorations of philanthropy and markets. Some of her publications in this field include “Philanthropy and Environmentalism” (Capital Research Center, 1987), “Corporate Donors Embrace Free-Market Environmentalism” (Wall Street Journal, 1988); “Environmental Giving Sourcebook for Trust Officers: A Private Property Rights/Free Enterprise Approach” (Institute for Humane Studies, 1988); and Protecting the Environment: Old Rhetoric, New Imperatives (Capital Research Center, 1990), which examined the role of funders in the development of the environmental movement. Jo was also an early contributor to The Philanthropy Roundtable’s magazine, Philanthropy, with the 1993 article, “Creating Eco-Kids.”

Through her work at the Atlas Economic Research Foundation from 1990 to 2010, Jo developed a network of public policy think tanks around the world that embrace individual responsibility and opportunity. As Atlas’s vice president of institute relations, she advised and counseled think tank leaders in nonprofit development, organization, and management.

Jo received her Ph.D. in natural resource economics from the University of Michigan and her Sc.B. in biology from Brown University.

Dr. Nigel Ashford

Advisor

Bio: Nigel Ashford is senior program officer at the Institute for Humane Studies. He joined IHS from the United Kingdom where he was professor of politics and Jean Monnet Scholar in European Integration at Staffordshire University, England. Dr. Ashford has also directed the Principles for a Free Society Project at the Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation in Sweden, and was a Bradley Resident Scholar at the Heritage Foundation and Visiting Scholar at the Social and Philosophy Policy Center in Bowling Green. He is a recipient of the International Anthony Fisher Trust Prize for published work which strengthens public understanding of the political economy of the free society.

Dr. Ashford was also Chairman of the American Politics Group of the United Kingdom. He has lectured in 16 countries. He is author of Principles for a Free Society (Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation, 1999, 2003), which is available in six languages. He is co-author of US Politics Today (Manchester University Press, 1999); Public Policy and the Impact of the New Right (St. Martin’s Press, 1994) and A Dictionary of Conservative and Libertarian Thought (Routledge, 1991), and numerous articles on how ideas influence US politics.

Dr. Ashford is a frequent lecturer at SFL events.

Dr. Tom G. Palmer

Advisor

Bio: Dr. Tom G. Palmer is a senior fellow at the Cato Institute, and director of Cato University, the Institute’s educational arm. Palmer is also the executive vice president for international programs at the Atlas Economic Research Foundation, and is responsible for establishing operating programs in 14 languages and managing programs for a worldwide network of think tanks. Before joining Cato he was an H. B. Earhart Fellow at Hertford College, Oxford University, and a vice president of the Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University.

He frequently lectures in North America, Europe, Eurasia, Africa, Latin America, India, China and throughout Asia, and the Middle East on political science, public choice, civil society, and the moral, legal, and historical foundations of individual rights. He has published reviews and articles on politics and morality in scholarly journals such as the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, Ethics, Critical Review, and Constitutional Political Economy, as well as in publications such as Slate, the Wall Street Journal, the New York TimesDie WeltCaixing, Al Hayat, the Washington Post, and The Spectator of London. He is the author of Realizing Freedom: Libertarian Theory, History, and Practice, published in 2009.

Palmer received his B.A. in liberal arts from St. Johns College in Annapolis, Maryland, his M.A. in philosophy from The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C., and his doctorate in politics from Oxford University.

Doctor Palmer is a tireless supporter of Students For Liberty, serving as an editor of SFL’s books which are co-published with the Atlas Network and include The Morality of CapitalismAfter the Welfare State, and Why Liberty. Additionally, Dr. Palmer is a regular speaker at SFL events internationally.

Frayda Levy

Advisor

Bio: Frayda Levy owned and managed a book distribution business for 18 years.  After selling her business, she co-founded Moving Picture Institute which promotes liberty through film.

Frayda is Chair of the Americans for Prosperity C(4).  (David Koch is chair of AFP Foundation C(3)).  She also co-founded the NJ Chapter of Americans for Prosperity – AFP.  AFP trains conservative grass roots activists on how to lobby their legislators. 

Mrs. Levy is a member of several Boards including, the Club For Growth, American Legislative Exchange Council, and Marijuana Policy Project. Mrs. Levy began her working career as Legislative Aide on Capital Hill and then in the Reagan Bush Administration. She holds an MBA from the Darden School at the University of Virginia and BA from the University of Connecticut.

Gov. Gary Johnson

Advisor

Bio: Governor Gary Johnson, who has been referred to as the “most fiscally conservative Governor” in the country, was the Republican Governor of New Mexico from 1995 until 2003.

A successful businessman before running for office in 1994, Gov. Johnson started a door-to-door handyman business to help pay his way through college. Twenty years later, he had grown the firm into one of the largest construction companies in New Mexico with over 1,000 employees. Not surprisingly, Governor Johnson brings a distinctly business-like mentality to governing, believing that decisions should be made based on cost-benefit analysis rather than strict ideology.

Johnson is best known for his veto record, which includes over 750 vetoes during his time in office, more than all other governors combined and his use of the veto pen has since earned him the nickname “Governor Veto.” He cut taxes 14 times while never raising them. When he left office, New Mexico was one of only four states in the country with a balanced budget.

Term-limited, Johnson retired from public office in 2003. An avid skier, adventurer, and bicyclist, he has reached the highest peak on four of the seven continents, including Mt. Everest.

In 2009, after becoming increasingly concerned with the country’s out-of-control national debt and precarious financial situation, the Governor formed the OUR America Initiative, a 501c(4) non-profit that promotes fiscal responsibility, civil liberties, and rational public policy. He traveled to more than 30 states and spoke to over 150 conservative and libertarian groups during his time as Honorary Chairman.

He has two grown children- a daughter Seah and a son Erik and currently resides in a house he built himself in Taos, New Mexico.

In 2012, Gov. Johnson attended the International Students for Liberty Conference and appeared on the live taping of the Stossel program.

His Serene Highness Prince Michael of Liechtenstein

Advisor

Bio: Prince Michael acquired a Master’s degree in Business Administration (Magister der Sozial und Wirtschaftswissenschaft) at the Vienna University of Economics and Business (Wirtschaftsuniversität). While finishing this degree he completed many periods of practical training with banks and manufacturing companies in the US, Canada, and Belgium. He worked in the international food industry with Nestlé from 1978 to 1987. In 1987 he returned to Liechtenstein as Managing Director of Industrie und Finanzkontor Etablissement, a leading financial services and trust company. He is now the Executive Chairman of Industrie und Finanzkontor Etablissement. In addition, he is a member of numerous professional organizations and engages with various free market think tanks within Europe.

In 2011, His Serene Highness spoke at the first annual European Students For Liberty Conference and has supported its growth ever since.

John Mackey

Advisor

Bio: John Mackey, co-founder and co-CEO of Whole Foods Market, has led the natural and organic grocer as it has grown from a single store in Austin, Texas, founded in 1978, to an $11 billion Fortune 300 company, and a top U.S. supermarket with more than 340 stores and 70,000 Team Members worldwide.

While devoting his career to helping shoppers satisfy their lifestyle needs with high quality natural and organic foods, Mackey has also focused on building a more conscious way of doing business. For 15 consecutive years,FORTUNE magazine has included Whole Foods Market on its “100 Best Companies to Work For” list.

Mackey has been the visionary for many successful programs at the core of Whole Foods Market. He founded Whole Planet Foundation to help end poverty in developing nations; he launched the Local Producer Loan Program to help local farmers and food producers expand their businesses; he created the Global Animal Partnership to set standards for humane farm animal treatment; and he laid the foundation for the company’s Health Starts Here initiative, which encourages health and wellness among customers and Team Members.

He has been recognized for his work over the years by being named Ernst & Young’s “United States Entrepreneur of the Year,” Institutional Investor’s “Best CEO in America,” Barron’s “World’s Best CEO,” MarketWatch’s “CEO of the Year,” FORTUNE’s “Businessperson of the Year,” and Esquire’s “Most Inspiring CEO,” among many others.

A strong believer in free market principles, Mackey co-founded the Conscious Capitalism Movement to challenge business leaders to rethink why their organizations exist, and to acknowledge their roles in the interdependent global marketplace. He recently co-authored Conscious Capitalism, Liberating the Heroic Spirit of Business to boldly defend and re-imagine capitalism while encouraging others to implement a way of doing business that is grounded in ethical consciousness.

In 2012, Mackey was named SFL’s Alumnus of the Year at the International Students For Liberty Conference in Washington, DC, where he spoke about conscious capitalism. Additionally, he was a contributor to SFL’s 2012 publication, After the Welfare State.

Lawrence Reed

Advisor

Bio: Larry Reed became president of FEE in 2008. Prior to that, he was a founder and president for twenty years of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy in Midland, Michigan. He also taught economics full-time and chaired the Department of Economics at Northwood University in Michigan from 1977 to 1984.

He holds a degree in economics from Grove City College (1975) and an M.A. in history from Slippery Rock State University (1978), both in Pennsylvania. He holds two honorary doctorates, one from Central Michigan University (Public Administration—1993) and Northwood University (Laws—2008).

A champion for liberty, Reed has authored over 1,000 newspaper columns and articles, dozens of articles in magazines and journals in the U. S. and abroad. His writings have appeared in the Wall Street JournalChristian Science MonitorUSA TodayBaltimore Sun, Detroit Newsand Detroit Free Press, among many others. He has authored or co-authored five books, the most recent ones being A Republic—If We Can Keep It and Striking the Root: Essays on Liberty. He is frequently interviewed on radio talk shows and has appeared as a guest on numerous television programs, including those anchored by Judge Andrew Napolitano and John Stossel on FOX Business News.

Reed has delivered at least 75 speeches annually in the past 30 years—in virtually every state and dozens of countries from Bulgaria to China to Bolivia. His best-known lectures include “Seven Principles of Sound Policy” and “Great Myths of the Great Depression”—both of which have been translated into more than a dozen languages and distributed worldwide.

Mr. Reed is a frequent keynote at SFL events around the country, and a regular speaker the International Students For Liberty Conference in Washington, D.C.

Linda Whetstone

Advisor

Bio: Linda Whetstone is Chairman of Network for a Free Society and a member of the boards of the Institute of Economic Affairs, Atlas Economic Research Foundation, Mont Pelerin Society, Istanbul Network for Liberty and British Dressage. She runs a small business in Sussex with her husband and writes on agricultural, trade, and development issues. She is also daughter of IEA founder, Sir Antony Fisher.

Tyler Cowen

Advisor

Bio: Tyler Cowen is Holbert C. Harris Chair of Economics at George Mason University and serves as chairman and general director of the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. With colleague Alex Tabarrok, Cowen is coauthor of the popular economics blog Marginal Revolution and co-founder of the online educational platform Marginal Revolution University.

A dedicated writer and communicator of economic ideas who has written extensively on the economics of culture, Cowen is the author of several books and is widely published in academic journals and the popular media. He writes the Economic Scene column for the New York Times, has contributed extensively to national publications such as the Wall Street Journal and Money, and serves on the on the advisory boards of both Wilson Quarterly and American Interest. He edited the volume Public Goods and Market Failures, and co-authored Explorations in the New Monetary Economics with Randall Kroszner. Other books include: Markets and Cultural Voices, In Praise of Commercial CultureWhat Price Fame?, and Creative Destruction. His research has been published in the American Economic ReviewJournal of Political Economy, Ethics, Philosophy, and Public Affairs.

In 2011, Bloomberg Businessweek profiled Cowen as “America’s Hottest Economist” after his e-book, The Great Stagnation, appeared twice on the New York Times e-book bestseller list. Columnist David Brooks declared it “the most debated nonfiction book so far this year.” Foreign Policy named Cowen as one of 2011’s “Top 100 Global Thinkers,” and an Economist survey counted him as one of the most influential economists of the last decade.

Cowen graduated from George Mason University with a BS in economics and received his PhD in economics from Harvard University.

Winston Ling

Advisor

Bio: Winston Ling is the co-founder of IEE and founder of the Instituto Liberdade (Brazil). He co-sponsored the first editions of The Virtue of Selfishness, The Fountainhead, and Objectivism: The Philosophy of Ayn Randto be translated into Portuguese and was a member of the Advisory Board of The Templeton Freedom Awards Program (USA, 2004). He sponsored the publication of The China Lectures by Jose Stelle in English, Chinese, Thai and Russian. He also founded The Ouray Initiative For Reason and Individualism in Hong Kong in 2015. Currently, he is dedicated to introducing and popularizing Ayn Rand’s ideas in Brazil and in East and Southeast Asia.


THE BOARD OF ADVISORS

Comprised of celebrated business leaders, academics, and thought leaders, SFL’s Board of Advisors serves as a wealth of knowledge for SFL’s leadership to turn to for consulting.

Daniel J. Hannan

Advisor

Bio: Daniel J. Hannan is a British journalist, author, and Conservative Member of the European Parliament (MEP), representing South East England. He is also the Secretary-General of the Alliance of European Conservatives and Reformists.  In the European Parliament, he led the campaign for a referendum on the European Constitution. He was also the first Member to write in detail about the allowances and expenses available in Brussels.

In March of 2009, a YouTube clip of his speech to Gordon Brown in the European Parliament attracted 1.4 million hits within 72 hours, making the online video the most watched political clip in British history.  Hannan was educated at Marlborough and Oriel College, Oxford. He worked as a speechwriter for William Hague and Michael Howard. He speaks French and Spanish fluently, and is married with two young children.

David Boaz

Advisor

David Boaz

Advisor

Bio: 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 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. He is the author of Libertarianism: A Primer, described by the Los Angeles Times as “a well-researched manifesto of libertarian ideas,” the editor of The Libertarian Reader, and coeditor of the Cato Handbook For Policymakers. His articles have been published in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, National Review, and Slate. He is a frequent guest on national television and radio shows, and has appeared on ABC’s Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher, CNN’s Crossfire, NPR’s Talk of the Nation and All Things Considered, John McLaughlin’s One on One, Fox News Channel, BBC, Voice of America, Radio Free Europe, and other media. His latest book is The Politics of Freedom.

Dr. Eugene Volokh

Advisor

Bio: Dr. Volokh teaches free speech law, criminal law, tort law, religious freedom law, and church-state relations law at UCLA School of Law, where he has also often taught copyright law and a seminar on firearms regulation policy. Before coming to UCLA, he clerked for Justice Sandra Day O’Connor on the U.S. Supreme Court and for Judge Alex Kozinski on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Volokh is the author of the textbooks The First Amendment and Related Statutes (4th ed. 2011), The Religion Clauses and Related Statutes (2005), and Academic Legal Writing (4th ed. 2010), as well as over 70 law review articles and over 80 op-eds.  He is a member of The American Law Institute, a member of the American Heritage Dictionary Usage Panel, and the founder and coauthor of The Volokh Conspiracy, a Weblog that gets about 20,000 visits per weekday. He is among the five most cited under-45 faculty members listed in the Top 25 Law Faculties in Scholarly Impact, 2005-2009 study, and among the forty most cited faculty members on that list without regard to age. These citation counts refer to citations in law review articles, but his works have also been cited by courts. Six of his law review articles have been cited by opinions of the Supreme Court Justices; twenty-one of his works (mostly articles but also a textbook, an op-ed, and a blog post) have been cited by federal circuit courts; and several others have been cited by district courts or state courts.

Volokh is also an Academic Affiliate for the Mayer Brown LLP law firm; he generally consults on other lawyers’ cases, but he has briefed and argued Ingram v. Battaglia / Rush v. Frank before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, and State v. Drahota before the Nebraska Supreme Court.

Volokh worked for 12 years as a computer programmer, and is still partner in a small software company which sells HP 3000 software that he wrote. He graduated from UCLA with a B.S. in math-computer science at age 15, and has written many articles on computer software. Volokh was born in the USSR; his family emigrated to the U.S. when he was seven years old.

Dr. George Ayittey

Advisor

Bio: Dr. Ayittey is a distinguished economist in residence at American University and founder and president of the Free Africa Foundation. His areas of expertise include economic development, the World Bank, IMF, and democratization of Africa.

Dr. Ayittey is the author of numerous op-eds for the New York TimesWashington Post, and Wall Street Journal. He writes columns for African-owned publications including The African LetterAfrican Continent NewsAfrica News Weekly, and African Forum.  His books include Africa in Chaos, Indigenous African Institutions,  Africa Unchained: The Blueprint for Africa Unchained, and Africa Betrayed for which won the 1992 H. L. Mencken Award for Best Book.Dr. Ayittey has appeared on several television and radio news shows including ABC’s Nightline and CNN’s Crossfire as well as programs on National Public Radio, and the BBC World Service. He has also lectured across the United States, Europe, and Africa. He has testified several times before U.S. congressional committees about the third world debt crisis, foreign aid to Africa, apartheid in South Africa, the World Bank, and debt forgiveness. In addition, Dr. Ayittey has served as a consultant to several organizations including the World Bank, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and the International Council on Metals and the Environment (ICME).
Professor Ayittey holds a BS from the University of Ghana, a MA from the University of Western Ontario, and a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Manitoba.

Dr. Ayittey will be named Students For Liberty’s Alumnus of the Year at the 2014 International Students For Liberty Conference and will serve as the conference’s opening keynote on Friday, February 14th.

Dr. James W. Lark III

Advisor

Bio: James W. Lark, III is a professor in the Department of Systems and Information Engineering and the Applied Mathematics program in the Department of Engineering and Society at the University of Virginia. He has also served as a professor in the Department of Statistics and the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia. In addition, he has served as Assistant to the Athletics Director for Special Projects at the University of Virginia.

He has served as a visiting scholar in the Department of Mathematics at the University of California, Berkeley and the Department of Mathematics at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. In addition, he has served as a visiting scholar at the Center for the Study of Public Choice at Virginia Tech and at the Center for Research in Government Policy and Business at the University of Rochester.

His current research projects include risk analysis in financial markets, collective decision making processes, applications of Markov decision processes, and operator theory. His solution procedure for finite-horizon partially observed Markov decision processes is known in the research literature as the “Lark algorithm” (or “Lark filtering algorithm”).

Dr. Lark serves as the chairman of the Board of Directors of the Advocates for Self-Government. He is the secretary of the Board of Directors of the International Society for Individual Liberty. He is a member of the Board of Advisors of the Freedom and Entrepreneurship Foundation (Fundacja Wolnosci I Przedsiebiorczosci) in Poland.

He is a member of the (United States) Libertarian Party’s national committee, and served as the Libertarian Party’s national chairman during the 2000-2002 term.

Dr. Jo Kwong

Advisor

Bio: Jo Kwong serves as director of economic opportunity programs at The Philanthropy Roundtable.

Prior to joining the Roundtable, Jo worked at the Institute for Humane Studies, the Capital Research Center, and the Property and Environment Research Center, where she frequently combined explorations of philanthropy and markets. Some of her publications in this field include “Philanthropy and Environmentalism” (Capital Research Center, 1987), “Corporate Donors Embrace Free-Market Environmentalism” (Wall Street Journal, 1988); “Environmental Giving Sourcebook for Trust Officers: A Private Property Rights/Free Enterprise Approach” (Institute for Humane Studies, 1988); and Protecting the Environment: Old Rhetoric, New Imperatives (Capital Research Center, 1990), which examined the role of funders in the development of the environmental movement. Jo was also an early contributor to The Philanthropy Roundtable’s magazine, Philanthropy, with the 1993 article, “Creating Eco-Kids.”

Through her work at the Atlas Economic Research Foundation from 1990 to 2010, Jo developed a network of public policy think tanks around the world that embrace individual responsibility and opportunity. As Atlas’s vice president of institute relations, she advised and counseled think tank leaders in nonprofit development, organization, and management.

Jo received her Ph.D. in natural resource economics from the University of Michigan and her Sc.B. in biology from Brown University.

Dr. Nigel Ashford

Advisor

Bio: Nigel Ashford is senior program officer at the Institute for Humane Studies. He joined IHS from the United Kingdom where he was professor of politics and Jean Monnet Scholar in European Integration at Staffordshire University, England. Dr. Ashford has also directed the Principles for a Free Society Project at the Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation in Sweden, and was a Bradley Resident Scholar at the Heritage Foundation and Visiting Scholar at the Social and Philosophy Policy Center in Bowling Green. He is a recipient of the International Anthony Fisher Trust Prize for published work which strengthens public understanding of the political economy of the free society.

Dr. Ashford was also Chairman of the American Politics Group of the United Kingdom. He has lectured in 16 countries. He is author of Principles for a Free Society (Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation, 1999, 2003), which is available in six languages. He is co-author of US Politics Today (Manchester University Press, 1999); Public Policy and the Impact of the New Right (St. Martin’s Press, 1994) and A Dictionary of Conservative and Libertarian Thought (Routledge, 1991), and numerous articles on how ideas influence US politics.

Dr. Ashford is a frequent lecturer at SFL events.

Dr. Tom G. Palmer

Advisor

Bio: Dr. Tom G. Palmer is a senior fellow at the Cato Institute, and director of Cato University, the Institute’s educational arm. Palmer is also the executive vice president for international programs at the Atlas Economic Research Foundation, and is responsible for establishing operating programs in 14 languages and managing programs for a worldwide network of think tanks. Before joining Cato he was an H. B. Earhart Fellow at Hertford College, Oxford University, and a vice president of the Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University.

He frequently lectures in North America, Europe, Eurasia, Africa, Latin America, India, China and throughout Asia, and the Middle East on political science, public choice, civil society, and the moral, legal, and historical foundations of individual rights. He has published reviews and articles on politics and morality in scholarly journals such as the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, Ethics, Critical Review, and Constitutional Political Economy, as well as in publications such as Slate, the Wall Street Journal, the New York TimesDie WeltCaixing, Al Hayat, the Washington Post, and The Spectator of London. He is the author of Realizing Freedom: Libertarian Theory, History, and Practice, published in 2009.

Palmer received his B.A. in liberal arts from St. Johns College in Annapolis, Maryland, his M.A. in philosophy from The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C., and his doctorate in politics from Oxford University.

Doctor Palmer is a tireless supporter of Students For Liberty, serving as an editor of SFL’s books which are co-published with the Atlas Network and include The Morality of CapitalismAfter the Welfare State, and Why Liberty. Additionally, Dr. Palmer is a regular speaker at SFL events internationally.

Frayda Levy

Advisor

Bio: Frayda Levy owned and managed a book distribution business for 18 years.  After selling her business, she co-founded Moving Picture Institute which promotes liberty through film.

Frayda is Chair of the Americans for Prosperity C(4).  (David Koch is chair of AFP Foundation C(3)).  She also co-founded the NJ Chapter of Americans for Prosperity – AFP.  AFP trains conservative grass roots activists on how to lobby their legislators. 

Mrs. Levy is a member of several Boards including, the Club For Growth, American Legislative Exchange Council, and Marijuana Policy Project. Mrs. Levy began her working career as Legislative Aide on Capital Hill and then in the Reagan Bush Administration. She holds an MBA from the Darden School at the University of Virginia and BA from the University of Connecticut.

Gov. Gary Johnson

Advisor

Bio: Governor Gary Johnson, who has been referred to as the “most fiscally conservative Governor” in the country, was the Republican Governor of New Mexico from 1995 until 2003.

A successful businessman before running for office in 1994, Gov. Johnson started a door-to-door handyman business to help pay his way through college. Twenty years later, he had grown the firm into one of the largest construction companies in New Mexico with over 1,000 employees. Not surprisingly, Governor Johnson brings a distinctly business-like mentality to governing, believing that decisions should be made based on cost-benefit analysis rather than strict ideology.

Johnson is best known for his veto record, which includes over 750 vetoes during his time in office, more than all other governors combined and his use of the veto pen has since earned him the nickname “Governor Veto.” He cut taxes 14 times while never raising them. When he left office, New Mexico was one of only four states in the country with a balanced budget.

Term-limited, Johnson retired from public office in 2003. An avid skier, adventurer, and bicyclist, he has reached the highest peak on four of the seven continents, including Mt. Everest.

In 2009, after becoming increasingly concerned with the country’s out-of-control national debt and precarious financial situation, the Governor formed the OUR America Initiative, a 501c(4) non-profit that promotes fiscal responsibility, civil liberties, and rational public policy. He traveled to more than 30 states and spoke to over 150 conservative and libertarian groups during his time as Honorary Chairman.

He has two grown children- a daughter Seah and a son Erik and currently resides in a house he built himself in Taos, New Mexico.

In 2012, Gov. Johnson attended the International Students for Liberty Conference and appeared on the live taping of the Stossel program.

His Serene Highness Prince Michael of Liechtenstein

Advisor

Bio: Prince Michael acquired a Master’s degree in Business Administration (Magister der Sozial und Wirtschaftswissenschaft) at the Vienna University of Economics and Business (Wirtschaftsuniversität). While finishing this degree he completed many periods of practical training with banks and manufacturing companies in the US, Canada, and Belgium. He worked in the international food industry with Nestlé from 1978 to 1987. In 1987 he returned to Liechtenstein as Managing Director of Industrie und Finanzkontor Etablissement, a leading financial services and trust company. He is now the Executive Chairman of Industrie und Finanzkontor Etablissement. In addition, he is a member of numerous professional organizations and engages with various free market think tanks within Europe.

In 2011, His Serene Highness spoke at the first annual European Students For Liberty Conference and has supported its growth ever since.

John Mackey

Advisor

Bio: John Mackey, co-founder and co-CEO of Whole Foods Market, has led the natural and organic grocer as it has grown from a single store in Austin, Texas, founded in 1978, to an $11 billion Fortune 300 company, and a top U.S. supermarket with more than 340 stores and 70,000 Team Members worldwide.

While devoting his career to helping shoppers satisfy their lifestyle needs with high quality natural and organic foods, Mackey has also focused on building a more conscious way of doing business. For 15 consecutive years,FORTUNE magazine has included Whole Foods Market on its “100 Best Companies to Work For” list.

Mackey has been the visionary for many successful programs at the core of Whole Foods Market. He founded Whole Planet Foundation to help end poverty in developing nations; he launched the Local Producer Loan Program to help local farmers and food producers expand their businesses; he created the Global Animal Partnership to set standards for humane farm animal treatment; and he laid the foundation for the company’s Health Starts Here initiative, which encourages health and wellness among customers and Team Members.

He has been recognized for his work over the years by being named Ernst & Young’s “United States Entrepreneur of the Year,” Institutional Investor’s “Best CEO in America,” Barron’s “World’s Best CEO,” MarketWatch’s “CEO of the Year,” FORTUNE’s “Businessperson of the Year,” and Esquire’s “Most Inspiring CEO,” among many others.

A strong believer in free market principles, Mackey co-founded the Conscious Capitalism Movement to challenge business leaders to rethink why their organizations exist, and to acknowledge their roles in the interdependent global marketplace. He recently co-authored Conscious Capitalism, Liberating the Heroic Spirit of Business to boldly defend and re-imagine capitalism while encouraging others to implement a way of doing business that is grounded in ethical consciousness.

In 2012, Mackey was named SFL’s Alumnus of the Year at the International Students For Liberty Conference in Washington, DC, where he spoke about conscious capitalism. Additionally, he was a contributor to SFL’s 2012 publication, After the Welfare State.

Lawrence Reed

Advisor

Bio: Larry Reed became president of FEE in 2008. Prior to that, he was a founder and president for twenty years of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy in Midland, Michigan. He also taught economics full-time and chaired the Department of Economics at Northwood University in Michigan from 1977 to 1984.

He holds a degree in economics from Grove City College (1975) and an M.A. in history from Slippery Rock State University (1978), both in Pennsylvania. He holds two honorary doctorates, one from Central Michigan University (Public Administration—1993) and Northwood University (Laws—2008).

A champion for liberty, Reed has authored over 1,000 newspaper columns and articles, dozens of articles in magazines and journals in the U. S. and abroad. His writings have appeared in the Wall Street JournalChristian Science MonitorUSA TodayBaltimore Sun, Detroit Newsand Detroit Free Press, among many others. He has authored or co-authored five books, the most recent ones being A Republic—If We Can Keep It and Striking the Root: Essays on Liberty. He is frequently interviewed on radio talk shows and has appeared as a guest on numerous television programs, including those anchored by Judge Andrew Napolitano and John Stossel on FOX Business News.

Reed has delivered at least 75 speeches annually in the past 30 years—in virtually every state and dozens of countries from Bulgaria to China to Bolivia. His best-known lectures include “Seven Principles of Sound Policy” and “Great Myths of the Great Depression”—both of which have been translated into more than a dozen languages and distributed worldwide.

Mr. Reed is a frequent keynote at SFL events around the country, and a regular speaker the International Students For Liberty Conference in Washington, D.C.

Linda Whetstone

Advisor

Bio: Linda Whetstone is Chairman of Network for a Free Society and a member of the boards of the Institute of Economic Affairs, Atlas Economic Research Foundation, Mont Pelerin Society, Istanbul Network for Liberty and British Dressage. She runs a small business in Sussex with her husband and writes on agricultural, trade, and development issues. She is also daughter of IEA founder, Sir Antony Fisher.

Tyler Cowen

Advisor

Bio: Tyler Cowen is Holbert C. Harris Chair of Economics at George Mason University and serves as chairman and general director of the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. With colleague Alex Tabarrok, Cowen is coauthor of the popular economics blog Marginal Revolution and co-founder of the online educational platform Marginal Revolution University.

A dedicated writer and communicator of economic ideas who has written extensively on the economics of culture, Cowen is the author of several books and is widely published in academic journals and the popular media. He writes the Economic Scene column for the New York Times, has contributed extensively to national publications such as the Wall Street Journal and Money, and serves on the on the advisory boards of both Wilson Quarterly and American Interest. He edited the volume Public Goods and Market Failures, and co-authored Explorations in the New Monetary Economics with Randall Kroszner. Other books include: Markets and Cultural Voices, In Praise of Commercial CultureWhat Price Fame?, and Creative Destruction. His research has been published in the American Economic ReviewJournal of Political Economy, Ethics, Philosophy, and Public Affairs.

In 2011, Bloomberg Businessweek profiled Cowen as “America’s Hottest Economist” after his e-book, The Great Stagnation, appeared twice on the New York Times e-book bestseller list. Columnist David Brooks declared it “the most debated nonfiction book so far this year.” Foreign Policy named Cowen as one of 2011’s “Top 100 Global Thinkers,” and an Economist survey counted him as one of the most influential economists of the last decade.

Cowen graduated from George Mason University with a BS in economics and received his PhD in economics from Harvard University.

Winston Ling

Advisor

Bio: Winston Ling is the co-founder of IEE and founder of the Instituto Liberdade (Brazil). He co-sponsored the first editions of The Virtue of Selfishness, The Fountainhead, and Objectivism: The Philosophy of Ayn Randto be translated into Portuguese and was a member of the Advisory Board of The Templeton Freedom Awards Program (USA, 2004). He sponsored the publication of The China Lectures by Jose Stelle in English, Chinese, Thai and Russian. He also founded The Ouray Initiative For Reason and Individualism in Hong Kong in 2015. Currently, he is dedicated to introducing and popularizing Ayn Rand’s ideas in Brazil and in East and Southeast Asia.


THE INTERNATIONAL EXECUTIVE BOARD

Composed of students from across the world, the International Executive Board carries out large-scale organizational direction of student support.

Abeed Khader

South Asian Chair

Abeed Khader

South Asian Chair

Bio: Born and grew up in Kerala, India. Abeed completed his mechanical engineering from KMEA Engineering College. He was introduced to the ideology of Libertarianism through Tom G Palmer’s ‘Why Liberty’. He created ‘Students For Liberty – Kerala’ in 2014 to promote classical liberalism throughout his state prior to being contacted by SFL. He was taken in as a South Asia Local Coordinator in the same year. He also served as the head of B. Pokker Sahib Memorial Legal Study Centre at his college. He continues volunteering in SFL along with his designing job in Priedemann Building Envelope Consultants.

Favorite Figures in Liberty: David Friedman, Ayn Rand, Murray Roathbard, Frédéric Bastiat

On Students For Liberty: “The direct use of force is such a poor solution to any problem; it is generally employed only by small children and large nations.” – David Friedman

Ahmed Suliman

Australia/NZ Chair

Ahmed Suliman

Australia/NZ Chair

Bio: Ahmed Suliman is the Chairperson of Australia and New Zealand Students For Liberty, and an Engineering and Economics student from the University of Western Australia (UWA).  He discovered the philosophy of libertarianism through a friend and has been hooked ever since. In 2014 he co-founded the UWA Libertarian Society, and is also president of that club.

He is also the Treasurer of the Economics and Commerce Students’ Society  (ECOMS) in WA. Ahmed is a passionate about striving towards free markets, civil liberties, and peace in any way feasible.

Favorite Figures in Liberty: Fredrick Hayek, Milton Friedman, Robert Higgs

Eyð Áradóttir Hammer

European Chair

Eyð Áradóttir Hammer

European Chair

Position: ESFL Executive Board Chairwoman

Country/State: Denmark

School: University of Copenhagen

Email: [email protected]

Bio: Studying economics and working as Research Assistant at the Danish free-market think tank, CEPOS within public choice.

Favorite Figures in Liberty: 

Friedrich August Von Hayek
David Friedman
Ayn Rand
Milton Friedman

On Students For Liberty Europe:

"I love the fact that ESFL is dedicated to empowering students all across the continent. You start out in this organization as a little seed and come out on the other side as a full grown leader ready to make the world a freer place."

Olufemi Ogunjobi

African Chair

Olufemi Ogunjobi

African Chair

Oluwafemi Ogunjobi graduated from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria in 2014, and he is a committed advocate for liberty. He came across Students For Liberty in Lagos, Nigeria, through Alexander McCobin who gave him one of Tom Palmer’s books: ‘Politicians, Dependence, and The Bubble That Broke The World Economy’. There, he invited him to the 2013 West African Students For Liberty Regional Conference at the University of Ibadan.

Reading through the gift, Oluwafemi was moved by Palmer’s first introductory paragraph where he wrote: ‘‘Young people today are being robbed. Of their rights. Of their freedom. Of their futures. The culprits? My generation and our predecessors, who either created or failed to stop the world-straddling engine of theft, degradation, manipulation, and social control we call the welfare state.’’

This spurred his interest to study more, and join the network in promoting the ideas that lead to a freer society. Early 2014, he co-founded a chapter of African Liberty Students Organization (ALSO) alongside four colleagues on campus. He has helped in spreading the ideas of liberty through frequent articles in national dailies and international blogs, and also through discussion panels and book fairs.

A freelance journalist and Editor, he is Nigeria’s Correspondent to Commonwealth, where he shares ideas with young minds from across Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Europe and the Pacific.

Ogunjobi, a Young Voices Advocates, is also a Guest Contributor on World Review, a global media that provides analysis and insights on world affairs, written by leading global experts in politics, economics, defense & security and energy.

Favourite figures of liberty: Ayn Rand, Frederic Bastiat.

On Students For Liberty: ‘’Since I came in contact with SFL in July 2013, I have been able to understand the connection between free markets, liberty, and as well the creation of a character that makes a free society work’’

Wade Craig

North American Chair

Wade Craig

North American Chair

Bio: Wade Craig is a senior at the University of Oklahoma (OU) pursuing a chemical biosciences and economics major with minors in Spanish and Philosophy. His pro-liberty sentiments began in middle school as a general opposition to government intervention, shifted right and left through high school, and by his freshman year of college landed in the left libertarian market anarchism represented by contributors to the Center for a Stateless Society. He is president of Students For Liberty at OU.

Favorite Figures in Liberty: Roderick Long, Friedrich Hayek, Israel Kirzner, David Friedman, Dierdre McCloskey

On Students For Liberty: "If the future of a people is to be free, the ideas of liberty must be understood, internalized, and advocated by those who will comprise the future society. Because of this, no group is so perfectly suited to bring about change as students. Students For Liberty represents the best kind of hope the world has for a prosperous culture built by individuals."

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THE EXECUTIVE TEAM

Frederik Roeder

Chief Financial Officer

Frederik Roeder

Chief Financial Officer

Bio: Fred loves pro-liberty activism and is also an advocate for free-market healthcare reform. He joined the Mises Forum at the University of Bayreuth in Germany during his first semester and enjoyed learning more about human action and monetary policy. He is also a junior-scholar of the Hayek Foundation in Germany, which provides an academic forum for young Austrian Economists and Classical Liberals. Fred also loves to combine his two major passions: Liberty and traveling. Thus you will most likely see him in some spot in Europe, North America or Asia working with libertarian friends there, planning new activism groups or brainstorming about business ideas in emerging markets.

Favorite Figures in Liberty: The writings of Ludwig von Mises helped me a lot to understand many things in the world, but Milton Friedman’s “Free to Choose”  and Robert Nozick’s “Anarchy, State and Utopia” were the initial books, which inspired me. Though I am not a big fan of politicians, I would also consider Maggy Thatcher as one of my favorite figures in liberty.

On Students For Liberty: “Best thing ever! No seriously SFL brings so many great people together and provides students all over the world with resources. I know so many people (and I was one of them) who thought that they are the only libertarian in the world and that they are crazy. SFL helps to get in touch with other liberty-minded people and helps them to outreach even more on their campuses.”

Laura Cheplak

Chief Operating Officer

Laura Cheplak

Chief Operating Officer

Bio: Laura is the Chief Operating Officer at Students for Liberty and joined the team in December of 2015. Laura joins us after over a decade at the Institute for Humane Studies where she served a number of roles including Director of Conference Management and, most recently, Senior Director of Operations. Laura is a graduate of Boston University where she received a B.A. in philosophy. While there, she founded the Boston University Libertarian Society and hosted interdisciplinary libertarian conferences for students in the area.

Matt Waters

Director of Development

Matt Waters

Director of Development

Bio: Matt Waters is the Director of Development at Students For Liberty. Matt is responsible for raising funds using multiple fundraising mediums: direct response mail, email, foundations, major gifts, combined federal campaign, monthly donors and special events. Matt is a veteran copywriter and non-profit development expert who has served as a consultant to over 50 non-profits, candidates, and PACs, over the last 20 years. Additionally, he has served as a Major Donor Gifts Officer, Vice President, and Executive Director on the non-profit side. Matt is a graduate of George Mason University and currently serves as adjunct faculty at the Leadership Institute. Matt lives in Alexandria with his wife and five homeschooled kids.

Favorite Figures in Liberty: Declaration of Independence, Bill of Rights, George Mason, Sen. Barry Goldwater, Rep. Ron Paul.

Wolf von Laer

Chief Executive Officer

Wolf von Laer

Chief Executive Officer

Bio: Wolf von Laer is Chief Executive Officer at Students For Liberty. Wolf will receive his PhD in Political Economy from King’s College London in the Fall of 2016. His academic work focuses on entrepreneurship, the political economy of crisis, public choice and Austrian economics. You can find some of his publications, including a book, several book chapters and a peer-reviewed journal article on his website www.wolfvonlaer.com. He co-founded European Students For Liberty and served as its chairman. In his free time, Wolf enjoys improvisation theater and Krav Maga.

Favorite Figures in Liberty: Elinor Ostrom, Peter Boettke, Ludwig von Mises, Friedrich A. Hayek

On Students For Liberty: “SFL provided the supportive environment that made me a better advocate for the ideas of liberty and a better person. I am deeply grateful to the organization. SFL continues to change people’s lives and the world for the better. I cannot imagine spending my time in a more meaningful way than working for SFL.”

 

THE SFL STAFF

Comprised of young professionals dedicating their careers to liberty, SFL’s staff oversees the day-to-day operations of the organization.

Aleksandar Kokotović

European Programs Director

Aleksandar Kokotović

European Programs Director

Bio: Aleksandar graduated from the University of Belgrade with a Bachelors degree in Political Science. He is also a Marketing Coordinator for the libertarian club, Libek, in Serbia. Aleksandar first got in touch with libertarian ideas during his first year of studies in the Faculty of Political Science, although he believes he was always a libertarian he was not aware that that is the name for someone who wants to live without having the government regulating his life. After a lecture from Radovan Durana from INESS Aleksandar applied for a Language of Liberty camp in Slovakia and his international pro-liberty activism started. He doesn’t want this to end anytime soon.

Favorite Figures in Liberty: Murray Rothbard, Frédéric Bastiat

On Students For Liberty: "Changes and new ideas grow fastest when they are well accepted by students. Being a part of an organization which has the tools to provide students with the help needed to spread the ideas of liberty is a great honor. I believe that in the years to come we will see what an important task SFL has been doing all these years. It’s exciting to be a part of that."

Alex McHugh

North American Communications Associate

Alex McHugh

North American Communications Associate

Bio: Alex grew up in southeast Michigan with two younger brothers. He moved to Washington, DC to study economics and international relations at American University. During undergrad, Alex was an SFL Campus Coordinator and then a Senior Campus Coordinator and also led the AU Debate Team.  After graduation, Alex completed the Koch Associate Program while working at the American Council of Trustees and Alumni. He’s a huge nerd when it comes to philosophy, economics, and political theory, and his current pet interests include informal economic institutions, free cities, and alternative property rights regimes. He likes to spend his free time outdoors and is a sucker for strategy games.

Favorite Figures in Liberty: Frederic Bastiat, F. A. Hayek, Lysander Spooner, Robert Nozick, Max Stirner, Benjamin Tucker

On Students For Liberty: "Students For Liberty has really changed the game when it comes to organizing young people. By taking a global perspective, SFL is able to take advantage of major advances in communications to build a long-lasting constituency for liberty. Young people are realizing that state borders mean very little and SFL’s massive growth is a direct result of this new global perspective. People are realizing that we as individuals must work together to end the abuse and overreach of governments world wide."

André Freo

Brazilian Programs Associate

André Freo

Brazilian Programs Associate

Bio: André is a 20-year-old law student in the south of Brasil. Since 2014, he has been part of the libertarian movement in the country. He’s served as former Chairman of the Clube Farroupilha, an Events Associate of SFL Brasil and Operations Assistant for the Brazilian Mises Institute. He now works as the Programs Associate for Students For Liberty Brasil.

Favorite Figures in Liberty: Murray Rothbard and Ludwig von Mises

On Students For Liberty: “SFL is the most effective way to change a statist mentality in the academy not only by creating the next generation of libertarian leaders but also by creating the hugest family I’ve ever seen.”

Bernardo Shamash

Brazilian Development Associate

Bernardo Shamash

Brazilian Development Associate

Bio: My name is Bernardo I’m from the city of Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil. I joined Ibmec Business School to study Law. In my first year, I had classes with a libertarian teacher that introduced me to the ideas of liberty. I found the topic very interesting and researched about the the liberty movement in Brazil. That is when I first came in contact with Students For Liberty, which I quickly got involved as a local coordinator.

Favorite Figures in Liberty: Ludwig von Mises, Friedrich Hayek, and Adam Smith

On Students For Liberty: “I think that fighting for liberty is the best way we have to ensure a free world for the generations to come.”

Bernardo Vidigal

Online Education & Training Manager

Bernardo Vidigal

Online Education & Training Manager

Bio: Bernardo is from the city of Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil. Born and raised there, Bernardo joined Ibmec Business School to study International Relations, there he had contact with a libertarian study group called Liberalismo e Democracia and discovered the liberty movement. There he first came in contact with Students For Liberty, where he was later hired. Within SFL, Bernardo first worked with the Brazilian Coordinator Program and now he works with international online education and training.

Favorite Figures in Liberty: Joaquim Nabuco, Ludwig von Mises, Friedrich Hayek.

On Students For Liberty: "Joining Students for Liberty in Brazil changed not only my world view, but all of my career prospects. I got the chance to work with brilliant young leaders from around the world who are motivated by the same ideal. The community that SFL creates is not only the best way to disseminate de ideas of liberty, but also one of the best work environments I ever got work in."

Chukwuemeka Ezeugo

African Programs Associate

Chukwuemeka Ezeugo

African Programs Associate

Bio: Chukwuemeka G. Ezeugo has a Bachelors Degree in International Relations and is currently a graduate student of Public Administration at Nasarawa State University, Nasarawa State, Nigeria. As an undergraduate, he organized and participated in Model United Nations conferences during which he honed his leadership and people skills. He became interested in the promotion of liberty in 2011 after studyingThe Road To Serfdom by F.A Hayek, a gift from Olumayowa Okediran, an International Executive Board Member of Students For Liberty. Chukwuemeka has continued to work with the African Liberty Students Organisation in Nigeria, and is currently a member of the International Executive Board of Students For Liberty.

Favorite Figures in Liberty: F.A Hayek, Ludwig Von Mises and Frederic Bastiat

David Clement

Director of North American Programs

David Clement

Director of North American Programs

Bio: David is the North American Programs Director with SFL and is based out of Oakville, Ontario. David has been involved in SFL since 2012, first as a Campus Coordinator, then later as a North American Executive Board member and an International Board member. David holds a B.A in Political Science, and a M.A in International Relations from Wilfrid Laurier University. Outside of SFL, David has been involved in a variety of projects that focus on electoral politics and immigration reform. Most recently, David ran for Canadian Parliament in the riding of Oakville North-Burlington.

Favourite Figures in Liberty: F.A Hayek, Michael Shermer, David Leyonhjelm

On Students For Liberty: “I could not be happier to be a part of SFL. The organization has grown so much since I first got involved, and I am excited to see what new heights the organization can reach.”

Edson Limos

Brazilian Graphic Designer

Edson Limos

Brazilian Graphic Designer

Bio: Edson Lima Lemos, graphic designer and illustrator, works Students For Liberty. Previously, he worked as editor of covers and texts of books and magazines, as a developer of visual identities and other graphic pieces focused on the web and print communications. He also works as an illustrator and designer of comics.

Favorite Figures in Liberty: Adam Smith

On Students For Liberty: “To be a member of Students For Liberty is to participate in the struggle for liberty.”

Elizabeth Hayes

North American Leadership Manager

Elizabeth Hayes

North American Leadership Manager

Bio: Elizabeth graduated from the University of Iowa with a B.A. in Political Science and minors in International Relations and Arabic. Elizabeth previously served as the Vice President of the University of Iowa Young Americans for Liberty chapter, as well as an Iowa State Chair for YAL. Prior to joining Students For Liberty’s Academic Programs team, Elizabeth worked at Young Americans for Liberty as the Director of Free Speech as well as the Northeast Regional Director. In addition to her work, Elizabeth is also a current participant in the Koch Associate Program at the Charles Koch Institute.

Favorite Figures in Liberty: Ayn Rand, Frederic Bastiat, Ron Paul

On Students For Liberty: “Students For Liberty has effectively educated thousands of students around the world on the ideas of liberty, and has also trained and empowered countless youth activists dedicated to advocate for a free society within their communities. It is truly inspiring to see all of SFL’s hard work effect real change within today’s world, and I am honored to work at such a passionate and fruitful organization.”

Fabrizio Ramos

Programming Associate

Fabrizio Ramos

Programming Associate

Bio:  Fabrizio was a student of computer science at the Autonomous University of Asuncion and previously worked at a small local startup that helps entrepreneurs with cheap software management. He then worked at a local pharmaceutical company. He became a libertarian through friends and reading and believes libertarianism is the best framework to give people agency and let society flourish in the most diverse ways. He’s very interested in technology that helps achieve that vision like cryptocurrencies, decentralized services, and cryptography.

Favorite Figures in Liberty: Bryan Caplan, Steve Horwitz and F.A. Hayek

On Students For Liberty: "Students For Liberty has broadened the scope of my understanding and love for liberty through the views of it’s diverse collaborators, and I’m grateful to help SFL keep doing it for so many other young people around the world."

Fernando Henrique Miranda

Brazilian Programs Manager

Fernando Henrique Miranda

Brazilian Programs Manager

Bio: Fernando Henrique Miranda is the Brazilian Programs Manager at Students for Liberty. He graduated in Financial Management and has five years’ experience in the financial market, figuring in the top 1% of managers by performance for several years. As a student, Fernando was state coordinator for EPL in the year of 2013.

Favorite Figures in Liberty: Barão de Mauá, Roberto Campos, Ludwig von Mises

On Students For Liberty: "SFL showed me that I was not alone in the fight for liberty, it helped empower many libertarian leaders in my country, that lead to real change."

Frederik Roeder

Chief Financial Officer

Frederik Roeder

Chief Financial Officer

Bio: Fred loves pro-liberty activism and is also an advocate for free-market healthcare reform. He joined the Mises Forum at the University of Bayreuth in Germany during his first semester and enjoyed learning more about human action and monetary policy. He is also a junior-scholar of the Hayek Foundation in Germany, which provides an academic forum for young Austrian Economists and Classical Liberals. Fred also loves to combine his two major passions: Liberty and traveling. Thus you will most likely see him in some spot in Europe, North America or Asia working with libertarian friends there, planning new activism groups or brainstorming about business ideas in emerging markets.

Favorite Figures in Liberty: The writings of Ludwig von Mises helped me a lot to understand many things in the world, but Milton Friedman’s “Free to Choose”  and Robert Nozick’s “Anarchy, State and Utopia” were the initial books, which inspired me. Though I am not a big fan of politicians, I would also consider Maggy Thatcher as one of my favorite figures in liberty.

On Students For Liberty: “Best thing ever! No seriously SFL brings so many great people together and provides students all over the world with resources. I know so many people (and I was one of them) who thought that they are the only libertarian in the world and that they are crazy. SFL helps to get in touch with other liberty-minded people and helps them to outreach even more on their campuses.”

Iryna Havryliuk

Website Associate

Iryna Havryliuk

Website Associate

Bio: Iryna has completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Translation and Interpreting Studies and is currently studying web-development. She has been involved in libertarian movement since 2015 and is primarily interested in freedom, privacy and security on the Internet as well as entrepreneurship ideas. Iryna strives for constant self-improvement and self-education, growing her knowledge and developing skills in the fields of technology, philosophy and politics. She believes that every man is an architect of his own fortune and that taking on challenges is the only true path to success.

Favorite Figures in Liberty: Edward Snowden, Ayn Rand, Immanuel Kant

On Students For Liberty: “SFL is an organization of bright, open-minded and truly free-thinking individuals. While we may come from different countries and backgrounds, we all share the common cause of liberty, and there’s nothing more inspiring than that.”

Ivanildo Terceiro

Brazilian Programs Associate

Ivanildo Terceiro

Brazilian Programs Associate

Jan Škapa

IT Director

Jan Škapa

IT Director

Bio: Jan Škapa grew up in a small Moravian town in the Czech Republic and is currently working at SFL as an IT Director. He has an undergraduate degree in Management in IT and is pursuing a graduate degree in Brno, CZ. He was an occasional freelance web developer and programmer in high school and during university. He is a permanent self-learner – being interested in IT, tech, economics, business, law and things that combine them (e.g. cryptocurrencies).

In 2013 he co-founded Students for Liberty Czech Republic, now a fast-growing, nation-wide student organization dedicated to connecting students while spreading the ideas of liberty. He loves to ride a bike, play tennis and floorball.

Favorite Figures in Liberty: Fredéric Bastiat, Lawrence Reed, Henry Hazlitt, Ludwig von Mises, Friedrich Hayek, Murray Rothbard, Matt Ridley, Ludwig von Mises Institute, FEE.org

On Students For Liberty: "Students For Liberty is about bringing people together. It is about showing others that borders really don’t mean anything at all. It is about individuals and their vast variety of different talents and skills. It is about living one’s life and respecting the right of others to do the same. It is about good morality, strength of character and one’s own opinion. In other words, it is about friendship, fun and freedom."

Jessica Michael

Design Associate

Jessica Michael

Design Associate

Bio: Jess Michael supports the Director of Design in creating SFL’s printed and digital materials and publications. She joined SFL's staff in 2015 after working for herself as an independent design and illustration consultant. Prior to that, she was on staff as a  graphic designer and administrator for three different higher educational institutions. When she is not designing for Students for Liberty, Jess can be found spending time with her friends and family, creating something, or engaged in a great book or movie.

Julio Clavijo

Es Libertad Program Director

Julio Clavijo

Es Libertad Program Director

Bio: Julio has a B.S in Economics and a minor in International relations from UEES in Ecuador with a year of studies abroad a Sciences Po Paris. He also, finished recently the GCL program at Georgetown University.  After getting involved with freedom ideas through an essay contest sponsored by Fundación Ecuador Libre, Julio started to study in depth topics related to Austrian economics, public choice, economic freedom and education. Nowadays, he considers these topics as key topics to achieve a free society and from that moment, he has been participating actively in promoting these topics through Fundación Ecuador Libre as an Economic Researcher and fellow among other pro liberty institutions.

 Favorite Figures in Liberty: Friederich Hayek, George Orwell, Israel Kirzner

On Students For Liberty: “EsLibertad is the biggest and most important pro liberty student network in Latin America, and its main purpose is to prepare and empower the next generation of student leaders that will guarantee the future of liberty. We are doing it, and we will not stop until the debate is permanently on the table and every student leader has a platform to be heard all over Latin America, may the sound of freedom crumble down the base of status quo.”

Kevin Coombes

European Programs Manager

Kevin Coombes

European Programs Manager

Bio: Kevin holds a Bachelor Degree in Law and Society and plans to pursue a Masters in Politics, Philosophy and Economics next semester. He has a particular interest in legal philosophy, societal reform, and justice. Driven by his belief that a freer more just world is possible, he has been actively involved in the promotion of personal freedom since 2009 having founded Ireland’s first pro-freedom forum. Upon graduating he founded the Brehon Law Academy, has given talks, written articles and developed an online course as a means to teach others about early Irish law, mythology and culture; a topic he is almost as passionate about as he is for spreading freedom.

Favorite Figures in Liberty: Frederic Bastiat, Lysander Spooner, Larken Rose, Alan Watts

On European Students For Liberty: “Being part of European Students For Liberty has accelerated my efforts to promote personal freedom and a freer world. Connecting with such bright, genuine and committed people from all over the world has been an inspiration – knowing there are 1000’s of others out there working for liberty fuels the fire in my belly and drives me to work towards worthwhile change. I can promote the ideas of liberty professionally and with purpose and thanks to the training, expertise and resources available through (E)SFL my efforts become much more effective.”

Kyle Walker

Senior Director, Academic Programs

Kyle Walker

Senior Director, Academic Programs

Bio: Kyle Walker is the Senior Director of Academic Programs at Students For Liberty. In this role he is responsible for curriculum and programs that train students to be more effective advocates for liberty. Prior to joining SFL, Kyle worked for three years as an instructor at the Charles Koch Institute. He also spent two years with AmeriCorps in Los Angeles helping middle and high school students prepare for college admissions. Kyle is a former Fulbright Fellow at the University of Vienna. He received his bachelor’s degree in philosophy and psychology from Canisius College and his master’s degree in philosophy from Georgia State University.

Favorite Figures in Liberty: Timothy Leary, Lysander Spooner, Adam Smith

Laura Cheplak

Chief Operating Officer

Laura Cheplak

Chief Operating Officer

Bio: Laura is the Chief Operating Officer at Students for Liberty and joined the team in December of 2015. Laura joins us after over a decade at the Institute for Humane Studies where she served a number of roles including Director of Conference Management and, most recently, Senior Director of Operations. Laura is a graduate of Boston University where she received a B.A. in philosophy. While there, she founded the Boston University Libertarian Society and hosted interdisciplinary libertarian conferences for students in the area.

Luca Bertoletti

European Development Associate

Luca Bertoletti

European Development Associate

Bio: Luca graduated with a degree in Political Science from the University of Milan in December 2014. He is primally interested in Public Choice Theory and his research interests also include the relationship between social sciences and the analysis of long run historical processes and the theory of complex phenomena.

Since November 2013 he has been an advocate of Young Voices Advocates. He was also a student of the Institute for Humane Studies.

Favorite Figures in Liberty: James Buchanan, Friedrick Von Hayek, Milton Friedman, Robert Nozick

On Students For Liberty: “Students for Liberty is a fantastic organisation for providing intellectual resources for all students and help the newcomers to understand better the libertarian ideas. Students for Liberty gives me a lot of resources and helps me to understand better the libertarian movement; SFL gives me the opportunity to fight for freedom in a very strong way.”

Maria Wer

Latin America Leadership Program Associate

Maria Wer

Latin America Leadership Program Associate

Bio: María studied Economics at Universidad Francisco Marroquín in Guatemala City. It was through Students For Liberty that she first got involved in activism. Since 2015, she has also been an active member in the anti-corruption student and civil movement in Guatemala. She is a member of Global Shapers Guatemala City Hub and Bastiat Society Guatemala. María is interested in local government development and market solutions to social problems, particularly criminal justice and penitentiary systems. She worked and still volunteers for Hope Renewed Enterprises, a for-profit organization that rehabilitates inmates through a work program.

Favorite Figures in Liberty: Frederic Bastiat, Carl Menger, Eugene Böhm-Bawerk, Frederic Hayek, and Giancarlo Ibárgüen

On Students For Liberty: "Students For Liberty is the single most effective platform for young liberty leaders to develop and grow professionally and academically, while advancing liberty and developing a network of like-minded people to make lifelong friendships with."

Mariana Matos

Brazilian Groups Associate

Mariana Matos

Brazilian Groups Associate

Bio: Mariana is from Belo Horizonte, a big city in Brazil, where she started to work very young and understood the importance of a free market. At age seventeen she decided to study Management, but then realized it wasn’t her ideal career and changed her degree to International Relations – a decision that was driven by her new discovery of the Libertarian movement with the Libertopia study group and Estudantes Pela Liberdade. She joined EPL as a local coordinator and, a year later, became staff at SFL as Brazilian Groups Associate, developing and overseeing the Groups Program.

Favorite Figures in Liberty: Tom Woods and Ludwig von Mises

On Students For Liberty: "Meeting and joining SFL has changed my entire view of the world. Not only it has given me an amazing opportunity to work with very talented people, but it has shown me how great it is to see that there are so many individuals fighting for a freer future.”

Mary Crane

External Relations & Membership

Mary Crane

External Relations & Membership

Bio: Mary graduated from the University of Alabama in 2013 with degrees in History and Political Science. Prior to joining the Students For Liberty team she worked for Rep. Ron DeSantis. She completed summer internships for Sen. Rand Paul, Sen. Jeff Flake and the Cato Institute, working on Cato’s National Police Misconduct Reporting Project. This experience sharpened her appreciation for the importance of civil liberties in the overall libertarian worldview.

Matej Avsenak Ogorevc

North American Programs Associate

Matej Avsenak Ogorevc

North American Programs Associate

Bio: Matej studied business and economics at the University of Ljubljana and majored in the psychology of selling in 2010. He also served first as a Local Coordinator in 2012-2013 and then on the Executive Board of European Students For Liberty in 2013-2014. He is co-owner and co-director of Lango, a family business he took over with his brother in 2009 at the age of 24. Matej has lectured on topics of entrepreneurship and economics, and is a staunch libertarian and a proponent of the Austrian school of economics.

Favorite Figures in Liberty: Murray Rothbard, Ludwig von Mises, Tom Woods, Ron Paul, Frédéric Bastiat

On Students For Liberty: “The tracks of history will be laid wherever our ideas have prepared the groundwork for them and SFL provides a great platform for spreading the kind which lead to peace and prosperity.”

Matt Waters

Director of Development

Matt Waters

Director of Development

Bio: Matt Waters is the Director of Development at Students For Liberty. Matt is responsible for raising funds using multiple fundraising mediums: direct response mail, email, foundations, major gifts, combined federal campaign, monthly donors and special events. Matt is a veteran copywriter and non-profit development expert who has served as a consultant to over 50 non-profits, candidates, and PACs, over the last 20 years. Additionally, he has served as a Major Donor Gifts Officer, Vice President, and Executive Director on the non-profit side. Matt is a graduate of George Mason University and currently serves as adjunct faculty at the Leadership Institute. Matt lives in Alexandria with his wife and five homeschooled kids.

Favorite Figures in Liberty: Declaration of Independence, Bill of Rights, George Mason, Sen. Barry Goldwater, Rep. Ron Paul.

Michael R. Hall

North American Communications Associate

Michael R. Hall

North American Communications Associate

Bio: Michael Hall hails from the Buckeye state where he attended Hiram College and graduated with a double major in Philosophy and Political Science. He came to Washington armed with a mission to contribute to the liberty movement. Previously an intern at the organization, he is now proud to be employed by Students For Liberty. In his free time, Michael can often be found reading dense philosophical texts.

Favorite Figures in Liberty: Alexis de Tocqueville, John Locke, John Stuart Mill, Marcus Tullius Cicero, Lao Tsu

On Students For Liberty: “Something great about Students For Liberty is that it’s not just a network, it’s not just a team — it’s a family. People here support each other in a rare way and that love inspires me every single day. It’s an honor to be here.”

Michal Šindlář

European Events and Communciations Associate

Michal Šindlář

European Events and Communciations Associate

Bio: Michal is currently working at ESFL as an Events and Communications Associate. He has an undergraduate degree in History and is now completing his master’s degree in Modern History. His second area of interest is online marketing and analytics. Prior to joining SFL, he worked for two years as an online marketing specialist in an online IT agency based in Brno, Czech Republic. Michal got involved with ESFL as a local coordinator in 2014 and joined the executive board a year after that. From 2013 to 2015, he was also the chairman of the Students For Liberty Czech Republic.

Favorite Figures in Liberty: Thomas Clarkson, Henry David Thoreau, John Milton, Murray Rothbard

On Students For Liberty: "Students For Liberty is not just about spreading ideas. It is also a global project through which individuals become part of an amazing community and get to know like-minded friends all around the world."

Milica Kostic

European Events and Communications Associate

Milica Kostic

European Events and Communications Associate

Bio: Milica graduated from the Faculty of Political Science, International Relations at the University of Belgrade in 2013. Since 2009, Milica has been a member of Libertarian club Libek, a Serbian think-tank, where she worked as a Communications and Events Manager. She is currently completing her master’s degree at the Faculty of Political Science in Belgrade on a course in Political Theory, Political Sociology and Institutions. She got involved with ESFL as a local coordinator in 2013 after she took part in the organization of the first Regional Conference in Belgrade. After that, she joined the executive board where she served as a Regional Director of the Black Sea Region (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Georgia, Israel, Turkey and Romania).

Favorite Figures in Liberty: Lysander Spooner, David Friedman

On Students For Liberty: "Since my first encounter with SFL I saw that this organization is different than any other I’ve seen before. SFL creates a network of not only freedom-loving individuals, but also a network of friends around the globe trying to make this world a freer place. I feel privileged to work for a great cause with some of the best people one can hope to meet."

Olumayowa Okediran

African Programs Director

Olumayowa Okediran

African Programs Director

Bio: Olumayowa graduated from the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Nigeria in 2013 and is a committed advocate of liberty. In 2010, he came across the works of Frederic Bastiat, Bruno Leoni and Ludwig von Mises, and developed an appetite for the study of the ideas that lead to a free society. In 2010, he co-found the African Liberty Students’ Organization (ALSO) and served as the vice president for strategy at the first ALSO chapter in his school. Olumayowa has been instrumental in the establishment of the student movement for liberty across Africa. In 2011 he became an ALSO Outreach Assistant and was responsible for ALSO’s expansion in English-speaking African countries.

Favorite Figures in Liberty: Frederic Bastiat, Bruno Leoni, Ludwig von Mises

On Students For Liberty: "I came across SFL in 2010 just after the establishment of ALSO and I have been so impressed by the high level of professionalism exhibited by SFL leaders, the sheer enthusiasm they exhibit is outstanding. Joining the SFL team has been a wonderful experience."

Robyn Harberger

Brand & Creative Director

Robyn Harberger

Brand & Creative Director

Bio: Robyn Patterson Harberger serves as SFL's Brand & Creative Director, joining the team in February of 2014. Robyn joins us after spending five years at the Institute for Justice where she served as the Assistant Director of Production and Design. Prior to her time at IJ, Robyn spent 2 years working at an advertising agency in Lafayette, Louisiana. Robyn is a graduate of Loyola University in New Orleans where she earned a B.A. in graphic design. She began her college years at University of Louisiana at Monroe, where she was a member of the NCAA Division 1 swimming team. Robyn currently resides in Baltimore, Maryland and spends her spare time looking for any excuse to take a road trip.

 

Favorite Figures in Liberty: Chip Mellor

Shaun Curry

Pacific Northwest Programs Associate

Shaun Curry

Pacific Northwest Programs Associate

Bio: Shaun graduated from California State University, Chico with a BA in Social Sciences with a primary in Political Science and secondary in International Relations. He then got his MA from Norwich University in Diplomacy where he specialized in International Terrorism and International Relations. He was a college pitcher for two years and was a college Republican president at CSU, Chico where the group adhered to a classical liberal ideology.

Favorite Figures in Liberty: Niccolo Machiavelli, Ludwig von Mises, Frederic Bastiat

On Students For Liberty: “In the true pursuit of liberty and social change, SFL and the environment it has created make this endeavor entirely possible. It is a privilege to be a part of such a critical effort.”

Shree Agnihotri

South Asia Programs Associate

Shree Agnihotri

South Asia Programs Associate

Bio: After getting a law degree in 2015, Shree has worked as practicing advocate in the High Court and as a Research Fellow at Free A Billion - a libertarian think tank established in Mumbai, India. She joined the libertarian movement in 2014 as a Local Coordinator for South Asia Students For Liberty. She also served as a member of the Executive Board and swears by the time she spent interacting with libertarian academicians. Besides political philosophy, Shree is interested in Constitutional Law and the relationship between strong constitutional rules and prosperity.

Favorite Figures in Liberty: Nani Palkhiwala, John Stuart Mills, Robert Nozick

On Students For Liberty: SFL has helped me develop as a scholar and as a person. At SFL, I have found some of my closest friends and the best teachers. It is the single most important community of libertarian students in the world and it will be hard for anybody to remain unfazed by the passion with which an SFLer talks about their cause.

Victoria Ramirez

Latin America Leadership Associate

Victoria Ramirez

Latin America Leadership Associate

Bio: Victoria Ramírez has a B.A. in political science and international relations at Universidad Casa Grande in Guayaquil, Ecuador. She started her activism career in Students For Liberty almost at the same time she started working on a political project that bases its policy proposals in libertarian ideas. She is a founding member and current national representative of the Latin American Youth Network for Democracy, an activist organization that promotes democracy and human rights, which are two big interests in Victoria’s activism. She is also a member and the curator of the Guayaquil Hub of the Global Shapers community.

Favorite Figures in Liberty: F.A. Hayek, Frederic Bastiat, John Locke, Ludwig von Mises

On Students For Liberty: "More than an organization, SFL is an opportunity for personal and intellectual growth. Not only does it prepare activists to engage in the battle of ideas in favor of liberty during their college and university years, but throughout their lives, which is the only way to hope for a genuinely free society."

Wolf von Laer

Chief Executive Officer

Wolf von Laer

Chief Executive Officer

Bio: Wolf von Laer is Chief Executive Officer at Students For Liberty. Wolf will receive his PhD in Political Economy from King’s College London in the Fall of 2016. His academic work focuses on entrepreneurship, the political economy of crisis, public choice and Austrian economics. You can find some of his publications, including a book, several book chapters and a peer-reviewed journal article on his website www.wolfvonlaer.com. He co-founded European Students For Liberty and served as its chairman. In his free time, Wolf enjoys improvisation theater and Krav Maga.

Favorite Figures in Liberty: Elinor Ostrom, Peter Boettke, Ludwig von Mises, Friedrich A. Hayek

On Students For Liberty: “SFL provided the supportive environment that made me a better advocate for the ideas of liberty and a better person. I am deeply grateful to the organization. SFL continues to change people’s lives and the world for the better. I cannot imagine spending my time in a more meaningful way than working for SFL.”

Yaël Ossowski

Senior Development Officer

Yaël Ossowski

Senior Development Officer

Yaël Ossowski is public relations director for the Consumer Choice Center, and senior development officer for Students For Liberty.

He was previously Watchdog.org’s Florida Bureau Chief, chief Spanish translator, and national investigative reporter from 2012-2015.

Yaël has worked as a multimedia journalist across the United States, Canada, and Europe, and his writings have appeared in the The Washington Examiner, The Huffington Post, South African Business Day, L’AGEFI, The Charlotte Observer, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Human Events, Reason Magazine, American Spectator, Independent Journal Review, Metropole Magazine, 4Liberty.eu, CapX, The Gaston Gazette, FoxNews.com, Townhall.com, Le Minarchiste Québécois, Sunshine State News, and Wisconsin Reporter.

He is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists, and hosts a weekly podcast on life abroad called The Innocents Abroad.

He studied at Concordia University in Montréal, the University of Vienna, and is currently seeking a Master’s Degree in Philosophy, Politics, Economics (PPE) at the CEVRO Institute in Prague.

Born in Québec and raised in North Carolina, he currently lives in Vienna, Austria. You can follow his written work on Yael.ca.

 


THE SFL INTERNS

Garett Roush

North American Programs Intern

Garett Roush

North American Programs Intern

Bio:Garett derives from the Great Lake State of Michigan, and is an avid Detroit sports fan. He dove into the liberty movement after starting a Young Americans for Liberty (YAL) chapter at his university. He worked on Senator Rand Paul's presidential campaign as the Michigan Youth Director, and helped secure a strong victory at the Mackinac Straw Poll. Following the campaign, Garett became the Northeast Regional Director for YAL. Later, he decided it was best to finish his degree at Syracuse University, and work on Gary Johnson's youth campaign as the Northeast Regional Director. Garett enjoys basketball, pizza, and Adventure Time.

Favorite Figures in Liberty: Ron Paul, Justin Amash, Milton Friedman

On Students For Liberty:"SFL has not only educated me on the purpose of liberty, but has brought to me to a community of wonderful and diverse thinkers. I've gained skills and friends that'll last a lifetime."

Zach Cronan

Executive Assistant

Zach Cronan

Executive Assistant

Bio: Zach was born and raised just south of Houston, Texas, in an area known best for its chemical plants & oil refineries. After graduating from high school, he moved to Central Texas in pursuit of fresh-air and a higher education from Texas State University. In his final semester of college, Zach accepted a position with Young Americans for Liberty working part-time as a State Chair, and from that point forward he knew that his life would be dedicated to the liberty-movement. When he's not organizing the youth to fight the state, you might find Zach sampling the local array of craft-brews, or playing Texas Hold'em with his friends.

Favorite Figures in Liberty: Ron Paul, Frederic Bastiat, Friedrich Hayek, Ludwig von Mises, Murray Rothbard

On Students For Liberty: "The thing I love about SFL, is the recognition that the principles of liberty transcends borders. This is a global movement for a freer society, and one that I am extremely proud to be a part of."