Kay Coles James is president of The Heritage Foundation—an organization dedicated to formulating and promoting conservative public policies based on the principles of free enterprise, limited government, individual freedom, traditional American values, and a strong national defense. Heritage has consistently ranked number one in the world among think tanks for its impact on public policy. Kay has worked at the local, state, and federal levels of government in the administrations of President George H. W. Bush; Virginia Governor George Allen; and President George W. Bush. She has also served dozens of organizations in the corporate and nonprofit arenas.
Mark Niehaus is the president and executive director of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. Mark joined the MSO in 1998 as principal trumpet, prior to becoming the president and executive director in 2012 . Niehaus was a leader in the efforts to move the symphony to a new performance hall in an area of Milwaukee’s downtown that desperately needed a boost.
Robert Alt is president and CEO of The Buckeye Institute, which is an Ohio-based think tank whose mission is to advance free-market public policy in the states. Buckeye has been a leader in advocating for common sense state reforms throughout the pandemic and has been on the front lines of the fight to increase workplace freedom.
Condoleezza Rice is the Tad and Dianne Taube Director of the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. She’s also a founding partner of Rice, Hadley, Gates & Manuel LLC, an international strategic consulting firm. From January 2005 to 2009, Dr. Rice served as the sixty-sixth Secretary of State of the United States, the second woman and first African American woman to hold the post. She also served as President George W. Bush’s national security adviser, the first woman to hold the position. As a professor of political science, she has been on the Stanford faculty since 1981 and served as their provost from 1993 to 1999.
Mark Janus is a senior fellow at the Liberty Justice Center. As a child support specialist for the Illinois state government, he took on public employee unions as the plaintiff in Janus v. AFSCME. Patrick Hughes is president and co-founder of the Liberty Justice Center and was a lead strategist in the Janus case. Under his leadership, the Center has gone from a two-person, Illinois-focused public interest law firm to a national litigation center with nearly four dozen cases in 22 states.
J. Christian Adams is the president and general counsel of the Public Interest Legal Foundation and the founder of the Election Law Center. From 2005 to 2010, he served in the Voting Section at the United States Department of Justice. Rick Esenberg is the founder and president of the Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty (WILL). Under his leadership, WILL has grown into one of the most active and effective state-based litigation centers in the country.
Wilfred McClay is the G.T. and Libby Blankenship Chair in the History of Liberty at the University of Oklahoma and the Director of the Center for the History of Liberty. He is the author of the widely acclaimed Land of Hope, An Invitation to the Great American Story. Peter Wood has been the President of the National Association of Scholars since 2009. Before that, he served as provost of The King’s College in New York City. He has published several hundred articles in print and online journals and is the author of 1620: A Critical Response to the 1619 Project. In 2019, he was awarded the Jeane Kirkpatrick Prize for Academic Freedom.
Stephen Soukup is the senior commentator, vice president, and publisher of The Political Forum and the director of The Political Forum Institute. Stephen is also the author of The Dictatorship of Woke Capital: How Political Correctness Captured Big Business, a recently released Encounter Books publication.
Frederick Hess is a renowned education expert. Hess is a resident scholar and the director of Education Policy Studies at the American Enterprise Institute, where he works on K-12 and higher education issues. He is the author of Education Week’s popular blog “Rick Hess Straight Up,” is a regular contributor to Forbes and The Hill, and serves as the executive editor of Education Next. Hess has published in several prestigious scholarly outlets and is the author of numerous books.
Trent England is the founder and executive director of Save Our States, a group dedicated to educating Americans about the Electoral College and defending it from the National Popular Vote campaign. England previously served as executive vice president for the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs and the Freedom Foundation. He is a producer of the feature-length documentary, Safeguard: An Electoral College Story; the author of Why We Must Defend the Electoral College; and a contributor to The Heritage Guide to the Constitution and One Nation Under Arrest.
Justin Danhof is a key leader in the fight against shareholder activism. Danhof is general counsel for the National Center for Public Policy Research, as well as director of the Center's Free Enterprise Project. In 2019, he received an Impact Award for his work leading the Free Enterprise Project.
Andrew McCarthy provides analysis and commentary on national security, radical Islam, law, politics and culture for numerous media outlets and has recently authored Ball of Collusion: The Plot to Rig an Election and Destroy a Presidency. He is also a senior fellow at National Review Institute.
Lisa Nelson is the CEO of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a membership-based organization for legislators and companies dedicated to the principles of limited government, free markets, and federalism. Since 2014, she’s led her team to new levels of success in states across the country. Today, ALEC is the largest, nonpartisan, voluntary membership organization of state legislators in the country.
Tracie Sharp is the President and CEO of the State Policy Network (SPN), a peer network community of independent, nonpartisan organizations that promote freedom and free enterprise across the country. Under her leadership, SPN has grown from 36 affiliated think tanks in 34 states in 1999 to over 150 in 50 states today. Since 1992, SPN has worked to train leaders and catalyze a thriving, durable freedom movement in every state.