Lawrence W. Reed
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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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.
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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 technication 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.
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Carrie Leggins is a recent 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 college. In her spare time, she enjoys taking trips to the beach, cooking, and playing lots of trivia. Carrie is eager to begin her career in advancing liberty and is excited about her role at FEE.
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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.
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