FEE Alumni Board 2013-2014
FEE is proud to announce the inaugural FEE Alumni Board (FAB)! FAB engages alumni leaders by enlisting their ideas and advice for the development of excellent programming for FEE alumni, and enlisting them as FEE’s frontline alumni representatives. The 2013-2014 FAB consists of eight notable alumni leaders: Caleb O. Brown, Zachary Caceres, Bob Ewing, Philip Fraietta, Lana Harfoush, Stephen Macaskill, Robert Anthony Peters, and Maggie Woodlief. Read more about FAB and its members here:
Caleb is the director of multimedia at the Cato Institute, where he has hosted the Cato Daily Podcast since 2007 and began producing original videos for Cato soon thereafter. Before moving to Washington, Caleb was a reporter and host at WHAS AM in Louisville, Ky., and he directed the Bluegrass Institute’s successful Kentucky Votes project to move the votes of state lawmakers online.
What does FEE mean to Caleb?
FEE was a critical early contact that helped me in my intellectual development. For that reason it’s always held a special place for me. Today, I’m proud to sit on the alumni board to keep FEE vibrant and effective in the coming years.
Zachary Caceres is CIO of the Startup Cities Institute, a research group that studies competitive governance and the possibilities of building start-up jurisdictions for political and legal reform. SCI is a project of Universidad Francisco Marroquín in Guatemala. Zach is also editor of the online magazine Radical Social Entrepreneurs.
For work in behavioral political economy, he won the 2011 Carl Menger Essay Contest held by the Southern Economics Association. He has been published or featured by the Boston Phoenix, DigitalCulture.LA, HuffingtonPost Live, Barron’s, Plaza Publica, the Associated Press, Reason.com, AfricanLiberty.org, Adam Smith Institute, John Locke Foundation, Kosmos Online, and the Peer-To-Peer Foundation. He is a contributor to Hayek and Behavioral Economics and Basic Income and the Free Market: Austrian Economics and the Potential for Efficient Redistribution, both published by Palgrave.
What does FEE mean to Zachary?
My first FEE seminar was a turning point in my education. At FEE, I was first exposed to ideas that would inspire the rest of my time in university, and eventually even my career.
As the Institute for Justice’s Director of Communications, Bob Ewing is a key part of IJ's media team that has received 24 national communications awards and shifted the terms of debate on issues of liberty across the country. Bob has secured news coverage for IJ in hundreds of media outlets, and his unique mountaintop wedding received international media attention spanning six continents. He lectures nationwide on effective communication strategies and has authored 45 published op-eds/articles and three magazine features. Bob provides media training for attorneys, activists, and clients, enabling them to explain complex issues and share personal stories in effective, simple terms. Bob joined the Institute for Justice in August 2005 from the Foundation for Economic Education, where he worked as the Leonard E. Read Research Fellow. He lives in Arlington, Virginia, and enjoys spending his free time rock climbing with his wife and puppy.
What does FEE mean to Bob?
I never went to graduate school, but I've always considered my time at FEE equivalent to a graduate degree in the freedom philosophy. Through FEE I received a solid education in economics, history, and philosophy. Though FEE I connected with and built relationships with numerous wonderful people, many of whom I am still close friends with today. Several FEE friends played a vital role in my professional development. And, with FEE on my resume, I was able to get my foot in the door and secure a career at IJ. Through FEE I was inspired to continue building myself as an individual, including doing my small part in working towards creating a more free and a more just world.
Phil is a third-year law student at Fordham Universtiy School of Law in New York City, and an Articles & Notes Editor of the Fordham Law Review. He worked as a FEE intern in January 2011 and subsequently attended the FEE Advanced Austrian Economics Seminar in August 2011. He used the knowledge he acquired at that seminar to publish a Student Note in the Fordham Law Review that analyzes different zoning practices through public choice economics: Contract & Conditional Zoning Without Romance: A Public Choice Analysis, 81 Fordham L. Rev. 1923 (2013). In addition to his passion for liberty and free market economics, Phil is an avid New York sports fan.
What does FEE mean to Phil?
The 2011 Advanced Austrian Economics Seminar was an amazing experience for me. I learned so much that I have been able to apply to both my career and personal life, but perhaps more importantly I met brilliant present and future leaders of the liberty movement. I am forever grateful to FEE, and its generous donors, for the unforgettable experience.
Lana Harfoush is the Director of Communications and Marketing for the Moving Picture Institute, a nonprofit that promotes freedom through film. A former College of Public Interest Law Fellow at the Pacific Legal Foundation, she filed briefs in courts around the country in the areas of Economic Liberty and Individual Rights. As an undergraduate at the University of Chicago, she attended FEE's Advanced Austrian Economics seminar. There, she heard a week's worth of fascinating speakers and developed lasting friendships. She credits FEE with encouraging her to investigate libertarian thought and helping her find direction in the freedom movement.
At UChicago, she earned a B.A. in Law, Letters & Society as well as a minor in visual art. As a Fulbright Grantee in Vienna, Austria from 2008-2009, she conducted research on the Austrian economy and volunteered at the Hayek Institute. She graduated from Pepperdine School of Law in 2012, where she was the school's Federalist Society Chapter President and a Lead Articles Editor for the Journal of Business, Entrepreneurship, and the Law. She was a Koch Summer Fellow and law clerk at the Pacific Legal Foundation in 2010 as well as a law clerk at the Goldwater Institute in 2011. She has been the Master of Ceremonies at several Students for Liberty regional conferences.
What does FEE mean to Lana?
The first liberty movement event I ever attended was FEE's "Advanced Austrian Economics" seminar. That intellectually stimulating week inspired me to deepen my knowledge of economics and libertarian thought -- without which, I wouldn't be where I am today.
Stephen Macaskill began his Austrian Economics studies as a young teenager. Living in New York at the time he was able to visit and attend seminars at FEE. He attended the University of Rochester where he began specializing in the study of the Austrian business cycle, sound money, and alternative competing currencies, graduating with a degree in financial economics.
After starting Amagi Clothing, a clothing line that embraces individual liberty, Stephen purchased and re-branded Amagi Metals, a global eCommerce precious metals dealer in his senior year. He then graduated from the Kauffman Entrepreneurial Year (KEY) program at the University of Rochester while running his businesses. He now owns and operates Amagi Metals in Denver, CO, where he advocates for personal and financial responsibility. In his free time he loves camping, snowboarding, and cooking.
What does FEE mean to Stephen?
FEE provided me with the resources that were not offered in high school and college: sound economic principles. When I was younger I thought the liberty community only existed on the internet and that there were no other flesh and blood people who thought like myself. This changed when I attended my first FEE Seminar, and I was able to meet like-minded individuals and make amazing friends. The economic concepts advanced by FEE can now be seen in my company's promotion of sound money, economic principles, and individual liberty.
As a FEE alumnus, member of the FEE Alumni Board, and entrepreneur, Stephen has shown true dedication to FEE’s mission to inspire, educate, and connect young individuals to the ideas and principles of liberty and economic freedom.
Robert Anthony Peters
Robert Anthony Peters is a proud FEE alum from 2000 and 2001. He completed his BS at the UofA in Marketing and Entrepreneurship, was a Charles G. Koch Summer Fellow in DC, and trained at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute in NYC. As a member of SAG-AFTRA, he has been acting, producing, and directing professionally in theater, film, voiceover, and more for over a decade. He has been an active libertarian for even longer.
Currently he lectures on the relationship between art and liberty as well as works with academics on getting ready for on camera work, speaking at several Students For Liberty events, the State Policy Network annual conference, Arizona FreedomFest, the Hero’s Journey Conference, Libertopia, PORCfest, FEE seminars, Institute for Liberal Studies Summer Seminar series, and the Free Minds Film Festival. He is president of Laissez Faire Media and the Culture of Liberty Institute and a producer with Ozymandias Media – purveyor of top quality web content for freedom oriented think tanks and businesses. His website is robertanthonypeters.com.
What does FEE mean to Robert?
Attending two FEE seminars during college was a major influence in my intellectual development . Not only was I exposed to ideas that were unpopular at my campus, I also met intellectual leaders and mentors that I am still friends with today. FEE has been a major factor in promoting liberty in the world and I am proud to lecture on its behalf as well as help develop its alumni network.
Maggie lives in North Carolina with her husband. She is grateful to FEE for providing her with a copy of Bastiat’s The Law, which formed the underpinnings of her economic philosophy from an early age.
What does FEE mean to Maggie?
Every year since 1946, FEE’s impact has grown, indicative of the power of ideas to inspire young minds to great action. I sincerely believe this legacy dissolves any pessimism that may exist about current or future leaders: thanks to FEE, they exist, and are equipped with transformative ideas about the structure of a free and charactered society.