Talbert Black is an 8th generation South Carolinian, Clemson grad, Electrical Engineer, homeschooling father of 3, grandfather of one... and a volunteer political activist in his spare time. He is the State Coordinator of Campaign for Liberty, a non-profit, non-partisan, grass roots organization that advocates for limited government, fiscal responsibility, and free market policy. He founded Palmetto Liberty, a state political action committee. He is the legislative adviser for Palmetto Gun Rights. He enjoys working with many grass roots groups across the state to restore freedom and liberty to South Carolina.
Jack A. Chambless
Jack A. Chambless is a professor of economics at Valencia College in Orlando, Florida where he served as the Patricia Whalen Chair in Social Science in 1999 and 2004. In addition to teaching Principles of Micro and Macroeconomics he has also taught honors courses in economics and special topics courses entitled “Biological Economics” and “Oil, Economics and Terrorism.”
He is a frequent contributor to the Op-Ed page of The Orlando Sentinel and has had his work published in The Wall Street Journal, The University of Miami Law Review, The Public Utilities Fortnightly, Orlando Magazine and many other domestic publications. His research has been cited in The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, U.S. News & World Report, Reason Magazine, The Foreign Press Review, The Atlanta Journal & Constitution, The Detroit News, The British Caledonian Press and many other foreign and domestic publications.
Ashley Landess was born in Spartanburg, S.C. She has also lived in Dallas, Washington, D.C. and Chicago. She has a journalism degree from the University of North Texas. Her twenty-year career in communications includes public policy work as well as consulting for private businesses and charitable organizations. Ashley has been President of the South Carolina Policy Council since January 2008. Prior to assuming this position she previously served as its Vice President for Public Affairs from 1998 to 2008.
Lawrence W. Reed
Lawrence W. (“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 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 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.
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.
C. Bradley Thompson
Professor C. Bradley Thompson is the BB&T Research Professor at Clemson University and the Executive Director of the Clemson Institute for the Study of Capitalism. He has also been a visiting fellow at Princeton and Harvard universities and at the University of London.