For more than 40 years, Roger Ream has pursued his passion in the field of economic education, building programs that have preserved and expanded freedom both here in America and around the world. In 1991, he joined The Fund for American Studies (TFAS) as executive vice president and was named president in 1998.
TFAS is an educational organization that is changing the world by developing leaders for a free society. By offering a portfolio of more than 20 different academic programs, fellowships and seminars, TFAS helps cultivate future leaders from high school to their university studies and professional careers. TFAS maintains academic relationships with George Mason University, Charles University in Prague, Universidad de los Andes in Chile, the University of Hong Kong, and the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, and conducts a joint program with the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute.
Under Mr. Ream’s leadership, TFAS has grown in reach and influence, adding international programs in Europe, Asia and South America, as well as expanding to offer year-round academic and internship programs in Washington, DC. In 2013, the Foundation for Teaching Economics (FTE) was merged into TFAS. FTE's programs educate high school students on the economic way of thinking and train teachers to effectively teach economic principles.
TFAS has also added programs for its 42,000 alumni and other young professionals to help develop their leadership skills and deepen their appreciation for the principles of liberty. TFAS sponsors a year-long fellowship for young leaders in public policy and assumed management of the Robert Novak Journalism Fellowship program in 2013. Recipients of Novak Fellowships include Mollie Hemingway, Tim Carney, Steve Hayes, Robbie Soave, and Katherine Mangu-Ward. In 2018, working with The Wall Street Journal and the parents of the late Joseph Rago, TFAS established the Joseph Rago Fellowship for Excellence in Journalism.
Prior to joining TFAS in 1991, Mr. Ream served as vice president for development at Citizens for a Sound Economy (CSE), an economic policy organization he helped establish in 1984. Mr. Ream has also served as an assistant to two members of Congress and on the Senior Staff of the Foundation for Economic Education (FEE). He is immediate past chairman of FEE and continues to serve on their board.
Mr. Ream is also a member of the boards of the U.S. Air Force Academy Foundation and Donors Capital Fund. He serves on the advisory boards of the Philanthropic Enterprise and TalentMarket. He is a member of the Mont Pelerin Society, the Frank S. Meyer Society, the Association of Private Enterprise Education (APEE) and the Philadelphia Society. Mr. Ream served as president of the Philadelphia Society from 2009-10.
Mr. Ream has contributed essays and opinion pieces to the Washington Examiner, the Daily Signal, the Federalist, the Washington Times, The Hill, Real Clear Markets, The Freeman, the International Policy Digest and the Morning Consult.
Mr. Ream received his B.A. from Vanderbilt University in 1977. A native of Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, he is married and has three adult children and two grandchildren.