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  1. Stephen Slivinski

    Advisory Council Member
    Stephen Slivinski is a senior economist at the Goldwater Institute. He is an expert in tax and budget policy at the state and federal level. He formerly held the position of research fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University and senior editor in the research department of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond. Prior to that he was director of budget studies at the Cato Institute, a senior economist at the Tax Foundation, and director of tax and budget studies for the Goldwater Institute. He is the author of the book, Buck Wild: How Republicans Broke the Bank and Became the Party of Big Government, published in 2006. His writing has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Post, Businessweek, Forbes, and many other print and on-line publications. He has appeared on CNN, Bloomberg, Fox News Channel, and CNBC. He holds a master's degree in economics from George Mason University.
  2. Byron Schlomach

    Advisory Council Member
    Byron Schlomach, Ph.D. is an economist who has devoted his professional life to creating, advocating, and implementing government policy based on sound liberty and economically efficient foundations. He currently serves as the Chief Economist at the Goldwater Institute in Phoenix, Arizona. He has 20 years of experience working in and around state government, including as chief of staff to a Texas state representative and as a researcher at the Office of the Texas Comptroller where he served on a team that reviewed the transportation department and contributed to that state’s biennial Texas Performance Review. Byron entered the think tank world in 2003 as Chief Economist at the Texas Public Policy Foundation where he was an early advocate of government transparency. Byron has helped to move transparency forward in Texas and Arizona, advocated for privatized road administration, pushed for transparent hospital pricing now enacted into Arizona law, pushed for closing public pensions, and advocated for the rollback of government regulation, especially professional licensing. Byron’s writings have appeared in National Review Online, Business Week online and numerous Texas and Arizona newspapers. Dr. Schlomach earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees in economics at Texas A&M University. He has a wife and three children.
  3. Anthony B. Sanders

    Advisory Council Member
    Anthony B. Sanders is a Distinguished Professor of Finance in the School of Management at George Mason University. He has previously taught at University of Chicago (Graduate School of Business), University of Texas at Austin (McCombs School of Business) and The Ohio State University (Fisher College of Business). In addition, he served as Director and Head of Asset-backed and Mortgage-backed Securities Research at Deutsche Bank in New York City. His research focuses on financial institutions, securitization, capital markets and regulation. He has published articles in Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, Journal of Business, Journal of Financial Services Research, Real Estate Economics, Journal of Housing Economics and other journals. Professor Sanders has received 6 teaching awards and 4 research awards. He serves as Associate Editor for several leading journals. He has given presentations to the Federal Reserve of Cleveland, Bank of England, European Central Bank in Frankfurt, Bank of Japan as well as academic and executive education presentations in Australia, Chile, Italy, Germany, UK, Japan, China, Poland, Mexico, South Africa and the USA.​
  4. Adrian Moore

    Advisory Council Member
    Adrian Moore, Ph.D., vice president of policy at Reason Foundation, leads Reason's policy implementation efforts and conducts his own research on topics such as privatization, government and regulatory reform, air quality, transportation and urban growth, prisons and utilities. Moore, who has testified before Congress on several occasions, regularly advises federal, state and local officials on ways to streamline government and reduce costs. Mr. Moore is co-author of the book Mobility First: A New Vision for Transportation in a Globally Competitive 21st Century (Rowman & Littlefield, 2008). World Bank urban planner Alain Bartaud called it "a must read for urban managers of large cities in the United States and around the world." In 2002, Moore was awarded a World Outsourcing Achievement Award by PricewaterhouseCoopers and Michael F. Corbett & Associates Ltd. for his work showing governments how to use public-private partnerships and the private sector to save taxpayer money and improve the efficiency of their agencies. Mr. Moore earned a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California, Irvine.
  5. Andrew Langer

    Advisory Council Member
    Andrew Langer is the Institute for Liberty’s President. IFL works on a variety of issues—promoting and protecting small business, linking trade and prosperity, tilting against the regulatory state. But at the organization’s core, and Andrew’s, is the desire to promote freedom and individual rights. Andrew has been involved in free-market and limited-government causes for nearly 20 years, has testified before Congress about two dozen times, was an early promoter of the Tea Party movement, and spoke at the historic 912DC March. A nationally-recognized expert on the impact of regulation on business, Andrew was Senior Manager for Regulatory Affairs at the National Federation of Independent Business and is regularly called on to offer innovative solutions to the problems of the burdensome regulatory state. In addition to being IFL’s President, he co-hosts a weekly internet broadcast, the Langer-Popp Cast (heard on the RELM Network), and frequently guests hosts on Baltimore’s WBAL, as well as Cam & Company, on NRA-TV and SiriusXM’s Patriot Channel. In 2011, he was named one of Maryland’s “Influencers” by Campaigns and Elections magazine.
  6. Stephan Kinsella

    Advisory Council Member
    Stephan Kinsella has been involved with libertarianism and Austrian economics for over thirty years. A practicing intellectual property attorney in Houston, he has published and lectured extensively on intellectual property law and policy and other libertarian and legal issues. He is the Founder and Executive Editor of Libertarian Papers, Founder and Director of the Center for the Study of Innovative Freedom (C4SIF), a member of the Editorial Board of The Journal of Peace, Prosperity & Freedom (Australia), a member of the Advisory Board of the Lexington Books series Capitalist Thought: Studies in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics, and a Senior Fellow with the Bastiat Institute. He was formerly a partner with Duane Morris LLP and adjunct law professor at South Texas College of Law. Stephan was Book Review Editor of the Journal of Libertarian Studies (2000-04), and has published many libertarian articles in journals such as The Freeman, The Journal of Libertarian Studies, Reason Papers, the Quarterly Journal of Austrian Economics, and Mises Daily. His libertarian publications include Against Intellectual Property (Mises, 2008); Property, Freedom, and Society: Essays in Honor of Hans-Hermann Hoppe (Mises, 2009); and the forthcoming Law in a Libertarian World: Legal Foundations of a Free Society (forthcoming). His legal publications include: International Investment, Political Risk, and Dispute Resolution: A Practitioner’s Guide (Oxford University Press, 2005); other legal treatises published by Oxford University Press, Oceana Publications, and West Publications; and Louisiana Civil Law Dictionary (Quid Pro Books, 2011). Stephan holds an LL.M. (international business law), King’s College London-University of London; JD, Paul M. Hebert Law Center, Louisiana State University; and BSEE and MSEE degrees, Louisiana State University.
  7. Edward Hudgins

    Advisory Council Member
    Edward Hudgins is director of advocacy and a senior scholar at The Atlas Society. Hudgins has a Ph.D. in political philosophy and has taught at universities both in the United States and Germany. He was deputy director for domestic policy studies and director of the Center for International Economic Growth at the Heritage Foundation, where he pioneered the concept of an index of economic freedom. He worked as a senior economist at the Joint Economic Committee of the U.S. Congress, helping on the regulatory reform and property protection planks in the Contract for America. At the Cato Institute Ed was director of regulatory studies and editor of Regulation magazine. There the books Hudgins produced included Freedom to Trade: Refuting the New Protectionism, The Last Monopoly: Privatizing the Postal Service for the Information Age, Mail @ the Millennium: Will the Postal Service Go Private? and Space: The Free-Market Frontier. His commentaries have appeared in major newspapers, and he has appeared on all major news channels.
  8. Clyde Wayne Crews

    Advisory Council Member
    Wayne Crews is vice president for policy and director of technology studies at the Competitive Enterprise Institute and a former Cato Institute scholar. He is widely published, a contributor to Forbes.com, and author of the annual Ten Thousand Commandments, which the Wall Street Journal called "the best measure of the overall regulatory burden." Wayne also compiles the Tip of the Costberg report on the expansion of government. A frequent speaker on a range of policy issues, Wayne is cited in dozens of law reviews, journals and books. Wayne is co-editor of the books Who Rules the Net?: Internet Governance and Jurisdiction, and Copy Fights: The Future of Intellectual Property In the Information Age. He is co-author of What’s Yours Is Mine: Open Access and the Rise of Infrastructure Socialism, and a contributing author to other books. Wayne created CEI's c:\spin tech newsletter series, and co-created CEI's OnPoint policy series and the Cato Institute's TechKnowledge newsletter in 2001 (the first issue of which presented "The Libertarian Vision for Telecom and High-Technology" with Adam Thierer, which helped inspire the Declaration of Internet Freedom of 2012). He coined the term "Splinternet" in Forbes in 2001 to underscore alternatives to government over-regulation of the online communications and experiences. Crews has an MBA from the College of William and Mary.
  9. Walter E. Block

    Advisory Council Member
    Walter E. Block is an Economics professor at the College of Business in Loyola University New Orleans, and senior fellow at the Mises Institute. He earned his PhD in economics at Columbia University in 1972. He is the author of over 400 refereed articles in professional journals, two dozen books, and thousands of op eds. He lectures widely on college campuses, delivers seminars around the world and appears regularly on television and radio shows. His earliest work Defending the Undefendable (first edition Fleet 1976, latest edition Mises 2008, translated in 12 languages) is now, more than 30 years later, still regarded as a classic of libertarianism.
  10. John Berlau

    Advisory Council Member
    John Berlau is Senior Fellow for Finance and Access to Capital in the Center for Economic Freedom at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, a Washington-based free-market think tank.Berlau has written about the impact of public policy on entrepreneurship and the investing public for many publications including The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Huffington Post, Barron's, Politico,Christian Science Monitor, Washington Examiner, Investor's Business Daily,National Journal, National Review, Daily Caller, American Spectator, and Reason. He has been cited or quoted in The New York Times, Washington Post, Politico, Bloomberg, and Financial Times. He is a frequent guest on many radio and television programs including CNBC's “Kudlow & Company,” "The Call," "Power Lunch" and "Closing Bell," Fox News' "Fox & Friends" and "Your World with Neil Cavuto," Fox Business' "Cavuto" and "Willis Report," and PBS’ “Nightly Business Report.”Berlau's previously was an award-winning financial and political journalist. He served as Washington correspondent for Investor's Business Daily and as a staff writer forInsight magazine, published by The Washington Times. In 2002, he received Sandy Hume Memorial Award for Excellence in Political Journalism from Washington's National Press Club. He was a media fellow at the Hoover Institution in 2003.Berlau graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1994 with degrees in journalism and economics.
  11. Matthew Tyrmand

    Advisory Council Member
    Matthew Tyrmand is the Deputy Director of American Transparency. American Transparency operates the OpenTheBooks.com public sector spending data common with the mission of "every dime, online, in real time." The online platform hosts over 2 billion lines of public sector spending across federal, state, and local units of government. All the data is also pushed to smart phone via an award winning mobile app for the the Apple and Droid operating systems. Matthew also serves as a trustee of Project Veritas, the undercover journalism non-profit platform, and works closely as an adviser to the principal, James O'Keefe. Before joining the think tank good governance and transparency movement he spent his career on Wall Street running equity and derivative long/short portfolios for some of the industry's marquee hedge funds. Matthew holds dual Polish citizenship and is the son of the well known Polish anti-communist dissident and writer Leopold Tyrmand. He is very active in the Polish political and economic debates and as an investor and job creator and he writes and speaks frequently in Europe about these same interconnected issues of transparency, accountability, rule of law, free markets, and cronyism. He serves on multiple non-profit and corporate management and advisory boards. Matthew graduated from University of Chicago in 2003.
  12. David T. Beito

    Advisory Council Member
    David T. Beito is a professor of history at the University of Alabama. He is author of Taxpayers in Revolt: Tax Resistance during the Great Depression (1989); From Mutual Aid to the welfare State: Fraternal Societies and Social Services, 1890-1967 (2002); The Voluntary City (2003); Black Maverick: T.R.M. Howard’s Fight for Civil Rights and Economic Power (2008); The Richer Gift of Individualism: The Political Writings of Zora Neale Hurston (forthcoming) as well as many articles on such topics as the classical liberalism in the nineteenth century, the political ideas of Rose Wilder Lane, and the non-governmental provision of infrastructure such as private roads. Beito is also chair the Alabama State Advisory Committee of the United States Commission on Civil Rights. The Committee has had several open meetings focusing on eminent domain as a possible civil rights issue. In 2013, he testified before the House Committee on the Judiciary in favor of a bill to end federal subsidies for projects which use eminent domain for economic development. His current project is New Deal Witch Hunt, a study of civil liberties abuses and the political targeting of conservatives and libertarians.