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Wayne Olson

Wayne Olson
Wayne Olson Executive Director

Wayne Olson is the executive director of the Foundation for Economic Education. He previously served for six years as the chairman of FEE’s board of trustees.

Wayne retired in 2008 from a 26-year career in structured finance and investment banking, of which 18 years were served at Credit Suisse and its predecessor firm, The First Boston Corporation. In addition to client-facing roles, he held a variety of management positions in both revenue-generating and control functions. Financial engineering and new product development were a particular focus throughout his career.

Wayne holds a BA in English from Harvard and both an MBA in finance and a C.Phil. (“all-but-dissertation”) in economics from the UCLA Anderson School of Management. His primary research interest in economics was industrial organization.

He and his wife, Sandra Miller, have three children and one grandchild.

Wayne Olson's Articles and Posts

Saluting Our Past and Embracing Our Future The Freeman
Saluting Our Past and Embracing Our Future
On Saturday, August 23, 2014, guests from around the world packed the house at FEE’s ancestral home in Irvington, New York, to say farewell to the property.
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Strategic Notes from FEE—Partnering to challenge the myths of progressivism
This month, yet another cooperative venture will culminate with the publication of Excuse Me, Professor, a book collaboration between FEE and Young America’s Foundation, published by Regnery as a mass-market paperback.
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Strategic Notes from FEE—Digitizing Freedom’s Library for the Next Generation
From its beginnings, FEE has sought to provide the basic texts of liberty to as broad an audience as possible. We continue that tradition today by providing books in whatever form people—especially young adults—prefer to read them.
Strategic Notes from FEE—Know Your Audience News
Strategic Notes from FEE—Know Your Audience
Strategic Notes from FEE—Spreading ideas is a team sport News
Strategic Notes from FEE—Spreading ideas is a team sport
FEE has set new records in every program area: 3 million online sessions, 800 seminar attendees, 18 live-streamed events with 12,000 views, 90 speaking engagements with 15,000 total in-person audience, and 115,000 physical media distributed.
Strategic Notes from FEE—Clearer channel, wider audience News
Strategic Notes from FEE—Clearer channel, wider audience
Two months ago I wrote to you about the investments that FEE is making in digital technology and talent. One of these investments came to fruition early last month as we launched a new edition of our website, FEE.org.
Strategic Notes from FEE, April 2015 News
Strategic Notes from FEE, April 2015
Now is the time to scale up the campaign to bring the freedom philosophy into the mainstream.
Strategic Notes from FEE—More growth in technology and talent News
Strategic Notes from FEE—More growth in technology and talent
FEE increases its investment in both technology and talent.
Strategic Notes from FEE, February 2015 News
Strategic Notes from FEE, February 2015
Teachers of free market economics, particularly those like FEE who are influenced by the Austrian school, have a major advantage over those who cling to the Keynesian mainstream. 
Strategic Notes from FEE, January 2015 News
Strategic Notes from FEE, January 2015
I’m pleased to report to you this month on a re-alignment and strengthening of FEE’s leadership team.
Strategic Notes from FEE—Using The Freeman to expand our circle of acquaintance News
Strategic Notes from FEE—Using The Freeman to expand our circle of acquaintance
In 2015 FEE will be re-positioning the physical magazine as a quarterly. This will enable us to make it a showcase of the most successful articles from the daily online publication and for an occasional special issue focused on a particular area of interest.
Strategic Notes from FEE—Communicating Liberty News
Strategic Notes from FEE—Communicating Liberty
FEE has a particular focus on the art of communicating ideas on liberty to people who don’t already embrace them.
Strategic Notes from FEE—Making Connections News
Strategic Notes from FEE—Making Connections
If FEE is fully successful, our alumni will remain connected with and personally committed to promoting the economic, ethical and legal principles of a free society.
Strategic Notes from FEE—Turning the Tables News
Strategic Notes from FEE—Turning the Tables

We’ve been writing a lot in The Freeman lately about new business models that use digital technologies in ways that enable individuals to do business with each other directly, without a traditional merchant in the middle.

Strategic Notes from FEE—Seeing is Believing News
Strategic Notes from FEE—Seeing is Believing
When a student encounters a new idea or proposition about the world, before considering the question—“Do I believe this?”—he or she needs to see it in the mind’s eye.
Strategic Notes from FEE—Bricks & Mortar News
Strategic Notes from FEE—Bricks & Mortar

FEE has entered into a contract for sale of its historic headquarters in Irvington-on-Hudson, NY and is consolidating its operations in rented office space in Atlanta.

Strategic Notes from FEE—Reaching New Audiences News
Strategic Notes from FEE—Reaching New Audiences
If we want to grow as a community of freedom-loving people, we need to reach out to people who don’t already share our world-view.
Strategic Notes from FEE—A Message from the Executive Director News
Strategic Notes from FEE—A Message from the Executive Director
FEE is pleased to inaugurate a new monthly update series called “Strategic Notes from FEE,” coming out on or about the 1st of the month.
Growth and Innovation News
Growth and Innovation
Wayne Olson, FEE's Executive Director, discusses the reasons for this management addition and his vision for FEE’s future.

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