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.
High-resolution photograph of Lawrence Reed.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Alumni Relations Associate
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.
Director of Programs & Alumni Relations
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.
Director of Strategic Partnerships
Jonathan Moody is FEE’s Director of Strategic Partnerships. In this role, he serves as a liaison between the organization and its investors and partners across the country and directs the overall development operation. Jonathan joined FEE after spending more than four years at the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) in Washington, D.C., where he started out in their policy department and then served as their Director of Donor Relations. He also participated in the Koch Associate Program (2008-2009), a year-long non-profit management and economics program, while serving at ALEC. Prior to joining ALEC, he worked for the American Conservative Union, where he first served as their Finance Assistant and then as Director of Membership. Additionally, he has done freelance fundraising work for political candidates, as well as the America’s Future Foundation (AFF). Jonathan has a passion for seeing young people become excited about economic freedom and also enjoys skiing and playing the guitar. He currently lives in Atlanta, GA with his wife, Esther, and their two-year old son, David, who is already destined to give his statist college professors a very hard time someday.
High School Programs 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.
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 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.
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.
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 travelling 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.
Program Development Associate
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.
Donor Relations Coordinator
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.
Summer Program Associate
Jeffrey Cole Copeland will be graduating from Georgia State University in December with a degree in political science. After college, he plans to attend law school. He has had the opportunity to serve as a Campus Coordinator for Students For Liberty, State Chair for Young Americans for Liberty and Ambassador for the Seasteading Institute. Outside of fighting for economic and personal liberties, he is an avid saxophonist, a brother of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity and huge fan of the Atlanta Braves.
Summer Program Associate
Michael Levine is an undergraduate at York College of Pennsylvania where he is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. He is the president of YCP for Liberty, a pro-liberty student group and was a campus coordinator for Students For Liberty. Michael has interned with the Foundation for Free Enterprise in Paramus, NJ where he worked with a team to develop the early stages of an advanced student summer business camp. He intends to pursue a career in nonprofit work to further the cause of liberty. In his spare time, Michael enjoys rock climbing and hiking.
Summer Program Associate
Corina Wixon is a rising senior at Wake Forest University, majoring in Economics and minoring in Entrepreneurship and Social Enterprise. While at Wake Forest, she has been involved with creating Pro(m) Humanitate and chartering The Society of Economics, where she serves on the executive council. Corina comes from Savannah, GA and hopes that through FEE, she can educate the minds of young adults regarding liberty and personal character, through a platform of economics.
Summer Program Associate
Alexandra is a rising senior at Towson University where she is double majoring in Economics and French Language. Involvement with student leadership and university advancement at TU has helped Alexandra realize her desire to work closely with a team to spread ideas and connect people to opportunities. The optimistic, future-minded people she has met in her pursuit of understanding liberty have changed her life, so she is excited to meet new people and help facilitate their introduction to the freedom philosophy this summer with FEE.
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.
Schuyler Dugle was born and raised in New Jersey. He's proud of his state despite having to put up with mockery from friends at college and deal with Chris Christie at home. He became interested in economics and politics through high school debate. He maintained this interest through college while majoring in Political Economy, an interdisciplinary degree consisting of studies in economics, politics, and history. He graduated this past spring from Hillsdale College in Michigan and is currently pursuing a career in the liberty movement, hoping to combine interests in film and photography with his background in economics.
Carsten Stann is an undergraduate at Hillsdale College where he studies German and Finance. Outside of the classroom Carsten works as a photographer for the school newspaper, The Collegian
, and is a member of the Cross Country team. When not studying or photographing, Carsten spends time reading and trap shooting.
Graham Thomas is a rising sophomore at Lafayette College majoring in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Economics. He has a strong passion for athletics and currently plays on the ice hockey team at Lafayette.