Staff

Lawrence W. Reed

President

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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.

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Max Borders

Director of Content

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.

 

Lauren Hicks

Administrative and Finance Associate

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.

 

 

 

Jason Kelly

Web and Digital Media Manager

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.





Eric Kohn

Director of Marketing

Eric Kohn is Director of Marketing at the Foundation for Economic Education. In this role he works to advance FEE's mission to inspire, educate, and connect future leaders with the economic, ethical, and legal principles of a free society by expanding its reach to new audiences. Prior to joining FEE, Eric was CEO & Founder of Curious Task Strategies, Inc. — a dynamic, aggressive public affairs firm that focused on crafting and delivering more persuasive and more effectual advocacy campaigns for non-profit organizations, businesses, and individuals looking to cut through the noise, be heard, build long-term relationships with key audiences, and win the argument.

Eric formerly served as Chairman of the Chicago Chapter of America's Future Foundation, an organization dedicated to developing the next generation of classical liberal leaders in Chicago. He is a board member of the Institute to Reduce Spending and Young Conservatives for the Freedom to Marry.

He previously hosted The Eric Kohn Program on 1530-AM WJJG, and has served as a regular guest host on The Guy Benson Show on 560-AM The Answer. He has appeared as a commentator on Extension 720 with Milt Rosenberg, The Michael Koolidge Show, Chicago Tonight, and numerous news broadcasts in the Chicagoland area. His writings have appeared in the Chicago Sun-Times, the Madison/St. Clair County Record, and other publications.

Eric grew up in Belleville, Illinois, and is a graduate of Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois. He, along with his wife Becca, daughter Harper, and son Reagan, live in Atlanta.


Carrie Leggins

Alumni Relations Associate

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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.


 

 

Richard Lorenc

Director of Programs & Alumni Relations

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Richard Lorenc is the Director of Programs & Alumni Relations at the Foundation for Economic Education (FEE). Founded in 1946, FEE inspires, educates, and connects future leaders with the economic, ethical, and legal principles of a free society. In this role, Lorenc oversees FEE's educational programs for high school and college students, including the summer seminar series.

Lorenc serves on the board of directors of the Coalition to Reduce Spending, an advocacy group dedicated to limiting federal spending through programs such as the "Reject the Debt" anti-spending pledge. He is also a member of the Leadership Committee of Young Conservatives for the Freedom to Marry.

Lorenc is an alumnus of the Charles Koch Institute's Liberty@Work program, a professional development program focused on the practice of Market-Based Management®. Additionally, he is the former Director of Outreach of the Illinois Policy Institute, and has served as Senior Advisor to America’s Future Foundation, where he expanded leadership development programs for young professional conservatives and libertarians to 12 cities. Recently, he led website development for Truth in Accounting’s State Data Lab, a tool that empowers citizens, journalists, and legislators with information on the true financial conditions of the 50 states.

Lorenc's writing has been published in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, Huffington Post, Daily Caller and others. He is a graduate of Emory University and lives in Atlanta.



Sara Morrison

Program Operations Manager

 
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. 





Michael Nolan

Managing Editor, The Freeman & TheFreemanOnline.org

 
Michael Nolan has been managing editor of The Freeman, TheFreemanOnline.org, and other FEE publications since 2008. He used to write textbooks in Asia. Before that, he went to Hillsdale College, and he could tell you some stories.


Carl Oberg

Chief Operating Officer

 
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.


Wayne Olson

Executive Director

 
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.

 

 

Ian Ostaszewski

Social Media Manager

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 Ramsey

Website Curator


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.





Jason Riddle

Program Development Manager


Jason Riddle is the Program Development Manager 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.



Cameron Sorsby

Program Development Associate

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Cameron Sorsby is the Program Development Associate at the Foundation for Economic Education. He received his bachelor's degree in Political Science from College of Charleston in 2013. He also served as the South Carolina Campus Coordinator for Students For Liberty and was a co-founder of the CofC Young Americans for Liberty chapter. Cameron has interned for the Institute for Humane Studies and participated in the Koch Internship Program in the summer of 2012. When not advancing liberty among young people, Cameron enjoys playing golf and living the southern lifestyle here in Atlanta.


Elise Thompson

Donor Relations Coordinator

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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.

 

Jeffrey A. Tucker

Distinguished Fellow

 
Jeffrey Tucker was named Distinguished Fellow in 2013 and works with the 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.

 

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