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Email Lawrence W. (“Larry”) Reed became president of FEE in 2008, after serving as chairman of its board of trustees in the 1990s and both writing and speaking for FEE since the late 1970s. Prior to becoming FEE’s president, he served for twenty years as president of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy in Midland, Michigan. He also taught Economics full-time from 1977 to 1984 at Northwood University in Michigan and chaired its Department of Economics from 1982 to 1984.

He holds a B.A. degree in Economics from Grove City College (1975) and an M.A. degree 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 Journal, Christian Science Monitor, USA Today, Baltimore Sun, Detroit News and Detroit Free Press, among many others. He has authored or co-authored seven books, including A Republic—If We Can Keep It, Striking the Root: Essays on Liberty, The Great Hope, and Are We Good Enough For 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.

His interests in political and economic affairs have taken him as a freelance journalist to 81 countries on six continents. He is a member of the prestigious Mont Pelerin Society and an advisor to numerous organizations around the world. He served for 15 years as a member of the board (and one term as president) of the State Policy Network. His numerous recognitions include the “Champion of Freedom” award from the Mackinac Center for Public Policy and the “Distinguished Alumni” award from Grove City College.

He is a native of Pennsylvania and a 30-year resident of Michigan, and now resides in Newnan, Georgia.

Email Wayne Olson is Executive Director at FEE, responsible for business strategy and execution. He previously served as a member of FEE’s Board of Trustees for eight years, including six years as Chairman. He is retired from a 26-year career in the fixed-income securities industry, where he held a variety of management positions in both revenue-generating and support functions. His particular focus was new product development and marketing. Wayne holds an M.B.A. in finance and a C.Phil. (“all but dissertation”) degree in economics from the UCLA Anderson School of Management. He first became a reader of The Freeman while in graduate school in the late 1970s, and has been an enthusiast of the freedom philosophy and the Austrian school of economics ever since.

Email Zena is a volunteer recruiter and event specialist from Columbus, Ohio. She received her B.A. in political science, alongside two minors in economics and French, from the Ohio State University. Zena also attended a semester at Georgetown University sponsored by The Fund for American Studies. She was the special events intern for a major Glenn Beck event in Columbus and helped bring Presidential-hopeful Herman Cain to Ohio State University campus during the 2012 presidential campaign.

Zena thrives on challenge and is looking to find her niche in the world. For fun, she likes ballroom dancing, cooking, ping-pong, and chess. Zena also enjoys meeting new people and having philosophical discussions over wine.

Email Tristan was born and raised in various locations around Atlanta, GA. Graduated from Dunwoody High School in 2010 and currently enrolled in Georgia State University as an undergrad. His interest in economics and politics started while attending Georgia Perimeter College, which is where he was incidentally first introduced to Free Market Economics and figures like Milton Friedman and Adam Smith. From then on he became more interested in the field of economics and was awarded a scholarship to attend Mises University at the Ludwig von Mises Institute in the summer of 2014 where his passion for Austrian Economics began to take off. In his spare time, Tristan enjoys watching movies, reading, recording and producing music, and studying the subjects of theology, philosophy, and history.

Email Max Borders is editor of The Freeman magazine and director of content for The Foundation for Economic Education (FEE). He is also author of Superwealth: Why we should stop worrying about the gap between rich and poor. A writer and innovator with a decade of experience in the non-profit world, Max works daily towards a condition of peace, freedom and abundance for all people.

Email Lauren Hicks is a Communications graduate from Berry College. During her time there, she dabbled in just about every class she could take and soon found a passion for the business aspect of things. She has a fierce love for all things organized and efficient. Lauren believes in keeping a detailed calendar, making lists and keeping order. She is excited to lend her talents to help promote FEE's mission by keeping the office up and running.

Email Jason Kelly is a graduate of Hillsdale College, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics, magna cum laude, and worked as a student technician in his college's Information Technology department. Before joining FEE, Jason interned at the Mercatus Center and the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board. In his free time, he loves rooting on his favorite sports teams, reading, and visiting new places.

Email Carrie Leggins is a graduate of Wake Forest University, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science & International Affairs. Her past work experience includes positions at the John W. Pope Civitas Institute and Parents for Educational Freedom in North Carolina, and she has been promoting free market ideas since first being exposed to them in high school. In her spare time, she enjoys taking trips to the beach, cooking, and playing lots of trivia.

Email Richard N. Lorenc is the Chief Operating Officer of the Foundation for Economic Education (FEE). In this role, he supports FEE's business unit leaders, supervises program measurement, and participates in organizational strategy and business planning. He is also the publisher of FEE’s flagship quarterly magazine The Freeman.

Lorenc serves on the board of directors of the Coalition to Reduce Spending, Inc., an advocacy group established to place meaningful controls on federal spending. Additionally, he serves on the board of directors of Oberg Research, Inc., which evaluates non-profit organizations' educational outcomes.

A graduate of the Charles Koch Institute's Liberty@Work program and the Atlas Network's Leadership Academy, Lorenc's professional background includes service at the Illinois Policy Institute and Truth in Accounting, where he co-founded the interactive state fiscal database StateDataLab.org.

Lorenc has traveled to over 30 countries and has been published in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, and others on topics from constitutional government to gay rights to design. He is a graduate of Emory University and lives in Atlanta, where he plays the double bass in the Emory University Symphony Orchestra.

Email BK Marcus is managing editor of the Freeman. He works from Charlottesville, Virginia, as a writer, editor, and publishing consultant. He is also a homeschooling father. Before joining FEE, BK developed the ebook programs for the Mises Institute, the Laissez Faire Club, and Liberty.me. In a previous life, he was a computer programmer, but the discovery of free-market economics and the tradition of liberty (thanks, in large part, to FEE) led to a change in career that would allow him to focus on the history, literature, and philosophy of freedom.

Email Sara is an economics graduate from Berry College where she worked as the executive editor of the Undergraduate Business and Economics Research Journal for two years. In addition to her studies, she ran on the cross country and track team at Berry for four years and spent her summers at Strong Rock Camp as a counselor and Program Director.

Email After receiving his BA from American University in Washington, DC, Carl spent ten years working his way through the federal government bureaucracy with occasional stops as a “beltway bandit” in the defense industry. During this time he traveled extensively throughout the Middle East and learned “how the sausage is made” when it comes to international trade policy. A decade of government work eventually turned Carl into a strong libertarian and an enemy of coercion. In December 2007, Carl left the government and entered the graduate program in Economics at George Mason. During his education, he was also an intern at the Cato Institute and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Upon graduation in May 2009 Carl entered the Koch Associate Program, a non-profit management program, while working at the Americans for Prosperity Foundation as a state policy writer. In June 2010, he was lucky enough to meet Larry Reed and be offered the position of Executive Director at the Foundation for Economic Education. The rest of the story is still in progress. Carl and his wife Caren live in Atlanta, GA. They own a tremendous cat named Shisha and a cute puppy named Ginny. Carl is a brewer and a baker. There are no plans for candlestick making at this time.

Email Ian Ostaszewski is a graduate of Hillsdale College, where he studied economics and played percussion in the college orchestra. Prior to joining FEE, he interned at the Ayn Rand Institute in Irvine, CA. In his spare time, Ian enjoys watching TV, writing music, and making origami. He is half Polish and half Filipino.

Robert is a graduate of Hillsdale College, where he studied political economics and history. He worked in the political consulting world before coming to FEE, and is excited to bring his knowledge into the non-profit sector. When not helping to develop the website at FEE, Robert likes to collect Scotch, write about food, and pretend that he has been a Southerner all along.

Email Jason Riddle is the Director of Programs and Alumni Relations at the Foundation for Economic Education. Prior to joining FEE, Jason spent over eight years as a management consultant working with a variety of public and private organizations to enhance their business performance through improved risk management, operational effectiveness, and control around internal and external reporting.

Jason is the co-founder and former chairman of the Atlanta Chapter of America's Future Foundation (AFF). He served as AFF’s National Chapter Coordinator where he helped to identify and develop liberty-minded young professional leaders across the country.

Jason spent two years as the co-host and producer of a business talk show in Atlanta focusing on the principles of sound economics and individual liberty. His unique approach to the news and events impacting the financial markets, businesses, and individuals helped the program become one of the top-ranked weekend programs on AM radio in Atlanta.

Jason graduated from the University of Georgia with a BBA in International Business and a concentration in Finance. Jason is an avid reader, enjoys traveling the world, and takes any opportunity he can to fumble around on his guitar. He is most passionate about advancing the ideas that serve as the necessary foundation for human flourishing.

Email Justin Streiff is the Director of Development at the Foundation for Economic Education. In this role, he directs FEE’s nationwide development efforts and serves as a key liaison for established and prospective investors.

Prior to joining FEE, Justin served as the Director of Major Gifts with the Goldwater Institute, Arizona’s state-based think tank. Justin has also directed the nationwide fundraising efforts for dozens of political campaigns, PACs and non-profits, as well as managed political campaigns and worked on public policy issues in Washington, DC.

Justin grew up in northern New Jersey and Saint Louis, and is a graduate of the University of Missouri system. In his free time, Justin is an avid hiker, a New World oenophile, and likes to think he’s an aspiring chef.

Email Jeffrey Tucker is Director of Digital Development and works on FEE.org and with other staff in digital, editorial, development, and program matters. He is the CLO of Liberty.me, founder of the Crypto-Currency Conference and the Laissez Faire Club, a builder of online spaces dedicted to liberty, author of five books including Bourbon for Breakfast and Beautiful Anarchy, and one of the most sought-after commentators and speakers on the topic of human liberty. His initial draw to the idea of liberty was inspired by FEE president Lawrence Reed when he spoke at the MacArthur Academy study where Jeffrey was studying economics. He loves books, pop culture, Renaissance music, and hacking leviathan where possible.

Email Elise is a recent graduate of James Madison College at Michigan State University with a major in Political Theory & Constitutional Democracy. Elise previously was an intern at the Institute for Humane Studies and was involved in Students For Liberty as both a Campus Coordinator and then as a North American Executive Board Member, serving as the Regional Director for the Great Lakes region. Elise interned with FEE during her last year of school before receiving the exciting offer to join the FEE team full-time after graduation! In her free time, Elise likes cooking, reading, and the pursuit of great beer.

Alexandra is joining FEE from the University of Avignon in France, where she’s completing a BA in French to complement an Economics degree earned at Towson University in Maryland. In addition to helping FEE launch a beautiful website this spring, she’s also looking forward to advancing the freedom philosophy around the world after she graduates college.

The daughter of a systems engineer and a chef, Alexandra loves to cook, create, and try new things. She rarely declines an opportunity to travel, but Annapolis, Maryland, will always be home.

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