2023 Ideas Summit Speakers

Ryan T. Anderson, Ph.D., is the President of the Ethics and Public Policy Center. He is the author or co-author of five books, including most recently Tearing Us Apart: How Abortion Harms Everything and Solves Nothing. Previous books include When Harry Became Sally: Responding to the Transgender Moment, Truth Overruled: The Future of Marriage and Religious Freedom, What Is Marriage? Man and Woman: A Defense, and Debating Religious Liberty and Discrimination.

Anderson received his bachelor of arts degree from Princeton University, graduating Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude, and he received his doctoral degree in political philosophy from the University of Notre Dame. His dissertation was titled: “Neither Liberal Nor Libertarian: A Natural Law Approach to Social Justice and Economic Rights.” His research has been cited by two U.S. Supreme Court justices, Justice Samuel Alito and Justice Clarence Thomas, in two Supreme Court cases. In addition to leading the Ethics and Public Policy Center, Anderson serves as the John Paul II Teaching Fellow in Social Thought at the University of Dallas, and the Founding Editor of Public Discourse, the online journal of the Witherspoon Institute of Princeton, New Jersey.

Rich Bagger is a Partner and Executive Director of Christie 55 Solutions, a New Jersey based consulting firm that provides strategic counsel to assist clients with business strategies and opportunities and with complex public policy and regulatory challenges at the state, federal and international levels. Rich is also an Adjunct Faculty member at the Rutgers University Eagleton Institute of Politics and a member of the Board of Directors of Tonix Pharmaceuticals.

Rich has a record of public service that spans more than three decades. From 2012 until 2021, he served as a Commissioner and Finance Chair of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and was the founding Chair of the Gateway Program Development Corporation in 2017. Rich served from 2010 to 2012 as Chief of Staff for New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, responsible for managing implementation of the Governor’s policy agenda and priorities. He was also elected to serve five terms in the New Jersey General Assembly, where he chaired the Appropriations Committee and was elected by his colleagues as Majority Conference Leader.  In 2001, Rich was elected to the New Jersey Senate and served there until 2003.  Before his election to the Legislature, he was a Council Member, Planning Board Chair, and Mayor of Westfield, New Jersey.

David L. Bahnsen is the founder, Managing Partner, and Chief Investment Officer of The Bahnsen Group, a national private wealth management firm with offices in Newport Beach, New York City, Bend, Nashville, and Minneapolis, managing over $4 billion in client assets. Prior to launching The Bahnsen Group, he spent eight years as a Managing Director at Morgan Stanley and six years as a Vice President at UBS. He is consistently named one of the top financial advisors in America by Barron’s, Forbes, and the Financial Times. He is a frequent guest on CNBC, Bloomberg, Fox News, and Fox Business, and is a regular contributor to National Review. He hosts the popular weekly podcast, Capital Record, dedicated to a defense of free enterprise and capital markets. He is a regular lecturer for the Acton Institute and the Center for Cultural Leadership and writes daily investment commentary at www.thedctoday.com and weekly macro commentary at www.dividendcafe.com.

David is the author of several best-selling books including Crisis of Responsibility: Our Cultural Addiction to Blame and How You Can Cure It (2018), and The Case for Dividend Growth:
Investing in a Post-Crisis World (2019). His newest book, There’s No Free Lunch: 250 Economic Truths, was released in November 2021.

William P. Barr is a distinguished fellow at Hudson Institute. His work at Hudson involves a number of policy areas, including violent crime, transnational criminal/drug organizations, and international terrorism; the restoration of federalism, separation of powers, and other constitutional principles; addressing the market power of digital platforms and their collection and use of consumer data; the promotion of free speech and diverse voices in the public square and the protection of religious liberty in the educational sphere; safeguarding US technology against foreign espionage; and promoting robust foreign intelligence collection capabilities consistent with American civil liberties.

President Donald Trump announced his intention to nominate Barr on December 7, 2018, and he was confirmed as the 85th attorney general of the United States by the US Senate on February 14, 2019. US Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts administered the oath of office. Barr joined John Crittenden (1841 and 1850–53) as one of only two people in US history to serve twice as attorney general.

Louis Brown serves as the Executive Director of the Christ Medicus Foundation, a Catholic health care nonprofit whose mission is to share the healing love of Jesus Christ in health care. Louis received a Juris Doctorate from Howard University School of Law in Washington, D.C. After law school, he worked as a private practice attorney for a firm where he practiced labor law and commercial litigation. He later served as associate director of social concerns for a state Catholic conference where his work included advocating for life-affirming health care policy, co-leading a coalition in favor of housing non-discrimination legislation, and advocating for in-state tuition for undocumented immigrants. Brown went on to become a congressional staffer on Capitol Hill where he served as a U.S. Congressman’s legislative counsel and his liaison to the U.S. House Committee on the Judiciary. Brown joined the Christ Medicus Foundation (CMF) in 2014. In 2017, Brown began serving at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) where he helped defend the civil rights of patients and human service recipients across the country. Brown returned to CMF in 2019. CMF achieves its mission through promoting medical conscience and religious freedom in health care, offering the Catholic health care ministry of CMF CURO for individuals and families, and providing strategic guidance to Catholic health care entities, with a special emphasis on care for the materially impoverished and vulnerable. He is blessed to serve on the board of directors of two Catholic health care entities, on the board of directors of the University of Dallas, and on the advisory board of the Religious Liberty Initiative at Notre Dame Law School. In 2021, he began serving as a lecturer at Catholic University Columbus School of Law.

Charles C. W. Cooke is a Senior Writer at National Review, a co-host of the Mad Dogs and Englishmen podcast, and the author of The Conservatarian Manifesto. Charles is a graduate of the University of Oxford, at which he studied modern history and politics. His work has focused on Anglo-American history, British liberty, free speech, the Second Amendment, and American exceptionalism. Charles is a frequent guest on HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher, and has broadcast for the BBC, MSNBC, Fox News, and Fox Business. He immigrated to the United States in 2011 and became an American citizen in 2018. He lives in Florida with his wife, their two sons, and their dog, a black labrador.

Tom Cotton is a United States Senator from Arkansas. Tom sits on the Senate Committees on Armed Services, Intelligence, and Judiciary.

Tom grew up on his family’s cattle farm in Yell County. He graduated from Dardanelle High School, Harvard, and Harvard Law School. After a clerkship with the U.S. Court of Appeals and private law practice, Tom left the law because of the September 11th attacks. Tom served nearly five years on active duty in the United States Army as an Infantry Officer.

Tom served in Iraq with the 101st Airborne and in Afghanistan with a Provincial Reconstruction Team. Between his two combat tours, Tom served with The Old Guard at Arlington National Cemetery. Tom’s military decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Combat Infantry Badge, and Ranger Tab. Tom is also the author of bestselling books, Sacred Duty: A Soldier’s Tour at Arlington National Cemetery and Only the Strong.

Between the Army and the Senate, Tom worked for McKinsey & Co. and served one term in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Tom and his wife Anna have two sons, Gabriel and Daniel, and a dog, Cowboy.

Michael Brendan Dougherty is a senior writer on NationalReview.com and the author of My Father Left Me Ireland (Sentinel, 2019), a meditation on fatherhood, belonging, and nationalism (Penguin Random House). He is also a regular member of the podcast The Editors. He is a 2009 winner of the Robert Novak Fellowship. His work has appeared in the New York Times, ESPN Magazine, and many other publications.

Nicholas Eberstadt holds the Henry Wendt Chair in Political Economy at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), where he researches and writes extensively on demographics and economic development generally, and more specifically on international security in the Korean peninsula and Asia. Domestically, he focuses on poverty and social well-being. Dr. Eberstadt is also a senior adviser to the National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR).

His many books and monographs include Poverty in China (IDI, 1979); The Tyranny of Numbers (AEI Press, 1995); The End of North Korea (AEI Press, 1999); The Poverty of the Poverty Rate (AEI Press, 2008); and Russia’s Peacetime Demographic Crisis (NBR, 2010). His latest book is Men Without Work: America’s Invisible Crisis (Templeton Press, 2016).

He has offered invited testimony before Congress on numerous occasions and has served as consultant or adviser for a variety of units within the US government. His appearances on radio and television range from NPR to CNN’s The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer.

Mr. Eberstadt has a PhD in political economy and government, an MPA from the Kennedy School of Government, and an AB from Harvard University. In addition, he holds a master of science from the London School of Economics. In 2012, Mr. Eberstadt was awarded the prestigious Bradley Prize.

Dr. Allen C. Guelzo is the Thomas W. Smith Distinguished Research Scholar in the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University, where he also directs the Madison Program’s Initiative on Politics and Statesmanship. He is the author of Abraham Lincoln: Redeemer President, Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation: The End of Slavery in America, and Lincoln and Douglas: The Debates That Defined America. His book on the battle of Gettysburg, Gettysburg: The Last Invasion was a New York Times best seller in 2013. From 2006 to 2012, he was a member of the National Council on the Humanities. Together with Patrick Allitt and Gary W. Gallagher, he team-taught The Teaching Company’s American History series, and has completed other five series for The Teaching Company. His most recent books are Reconstruction: A Concise History (Oxford University Press, 2019), and Robert E. Lee: A Life (Knopf, 2021) which was named by the Wall Street Journal as one of Ten Best Books for 2021. His website is www.allenguelzo.com.

Kevin Hassett served as the 29th Chairman of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers from 2017 through 2019. He was thereafter called back to the White House in 2020 to serve as a Senior Advisor to President Trump, where he coordinated the economic response to the pandemic.
Dr. Hassett has been involved in national politics for over twenty years. He served as John McCain’s chief economic adviser in the 2000 presidential primaries and an economic adviser to the campaigns of George W. Bush in 2004, McCain again in 2008 and Mitt Romney in 2012.

Dr. Hassett is currently a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Hoover Institution and the Global Director of Research for Affinity Partners, a private equity firm headquartered in Miami. Hassett is also senior advisor of Capital Matters, the economic web site of National Review.

Prior to his White House service, Hassett was Research Director at the American Enterprise Institute. He also served as a senior economist at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. His academic background includes being an associate professor of economics and finance at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business, as well as a visiting professor at New York University’s Law School. He has a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Pennsylvania, and B.A. with high honors from Swarthmore College.

Panayiotis (Pano) Kanelos is the Founding President of the University of Austin (UATX). From 2017-2021, he served as President of St. John’s College, Annapolis. During his tenure, St. John’s successfully launched a historic initiative that included the most significant tuition reduction at any American college, accompanied by a $300 million campaign. Other appointments include Dean of the Honors College at Valparaiso University, associate professor of theater at Loyola University Chicago, associate professor of English at the University of San Diego, and as a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University. He has authored and edited numerous books, articles, and essays on Shakespeare, including the Shakespeare and the Stage series.

Kanelos holds a Ph.D. from the Committee on Social Thought at University of Chicago, an M.A. in Political Philosophy and Literature from the University Professors Program at Boston University, and a B.A. in English from Northwestern University.

Megyn Kelly is the founder of Devil May Care Media and currently hosts one of the top podcasts in the country, The Megyn Kelly Show. She is also the host of a popular radio show on SiriusXM 5 days a week from 12-2 pm EST on Triumph 111. As a world-renowned journalist, Kelly rose to prominence reporting on some of the most consequential U.S. and international news events of the past decade. She was a journalist at Fox News from 2004 to 2017 and has moderated 5 presidential debates, including the first Republican primary debate in 2015, where she received widespread acclaim for her tough and direct line of questions to the candidates. In 2016, her memoir, Settle For More, debuted at number one on the New York Times Best Seller List.

From 2017-2018, Kelly was a journalist with NBC News. She has an impressive and varied list of notable interviews, including: Russian President Vladimir Putin, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Donald Trump, then- Senator Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Mitt Romney, Michael Phelps, Simone Biles, Brett Favre, Ed Sheeran, Alec Baldwin and Morgan Freeman. Awards and accolades include Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world, Vanity Fair’s New Establishment List, Hollywood Reporter’s Women in Entertainment Power 100, and in 2016 she became the second news anchor in history to be featured on the cover of Vanity Fair. Prior to her career in television, Kelly practiced law as a litigator for nine years.

Matt Kibbe is President at Free the People, an educational foundation using video storytelling to turn on the next generation to the values of personal liberty and peaceful cooperation. He is also co-founder and partner at Fight the Power Productions, a video and strategic communications company. Kibbe is the host of BlazeTV’s Kibbe on Liberty, a popular podcast that insists that you think for yourself.

He was senior advisor for a Rand Paul Presidential Super PAC in 2016, and later co-founded AlternativePAC to promote libertarian values.
In 2004 Kibbe founded FreedomWorks, a national grassroots advocacy organization, and served as President until his departure in 2015. Steve Forbes said: “Kibbe has been to FreedomWorks what Steve Jobs was to Apple.” Newsweek pronounced Kibbe “one of the masterminds” of tea party politics. MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann called Kibbe “The second worst person in the world.”

Dubbed “the scribe” by the New York Daily News, Kibbe is the author of the #2 New York Times bestseller Don’t Hurt People and Don’t Take Their Stuff: A Libertarian Manifesto (HarperCollins, 2014), and Hostile Takeover: Resisting Centralized Government’s Stranglehold on America (HarperCollins 2012). He coauthored Give Us Liberty: A Tea Party Manifesto (HarperCollins, 2010). Kibbe has appeared frequently on national television, including FOX News, HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher, CNN, MSNBC, and PBS.
Before launching FreedomWorks, Kibbe served as a congressional Chief of Staff and House Budget Committee Associate. He was also Budget Director for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and Senior Economist for the RNC under Lee Atwater.

Kibbe did graduate work in economics at George Mason University and received his B.A. in economics from Grove City College. He lives in Washington, DC with his awesome wife Terry, and their three objectivist cats, Roark, Ragnar and Rearden. Kibbe is also a fanatical DeadHead, drinker of craft beer and whisky, and collector of obscure books on Austrian economics.

Terry Kibbe is Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer at Free the People, an educational foundation reaching young people with stories about liberty. Free the People engages upstream of politics, using pop culture, video, comedy, and art—multimedia narratives about the beautiful things that happen when people are free to create, disrupt, and cooperate. She is also Co-Founder and Partner at Fight the Power Productions, a strategic communications firm focused on video production, social media branding and distribution, and compelling storytelling.

After graduating from Grove City College with a B.S. in Engineering, Terry spent the first decade of her career as an industrial engineer working with companies such as EDS and Unisys. Looking for a more personally fulfilling challenge, in 1997 she disrupted her own career, moving into the liberty-based nonprofit and philanthropic world. After serving as a chief of staff in the U.S. House of Representatives, she became a fundraiser, raising millions in operating capital for various nonprofit and political causes, including Cato, the Competitive Enterprise Institute and FreedomWorks. From 2009 to 2014, she served as Chairwoman of the Advisory Board of the Rising Tide Foundation in Schaffhausen, Switzerland, and as an advisor to the Global Philanthropic Trust in the Cayman Islands. She was Co-Founder of AlternativePAC, and a fundraiser and advisor for a superPAC supporting U.S. Senator Rand Paul for President. Terry is a member of The Mont Pelerin Society and serves on the board of the Friends of the Austrian Economic Center.

Dr. Bjørn Lomborg researches the smartest ways to do good. With his think tank, the Copenhagen Consensus, he has worked with hundreds of the world’s top economists and seven Nobel Laureates to find and promote the most effective solutions to the world’s greatest challenges, from disease and hunger to climate and education. For his work, Lomborg was named one of TIME magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world. He is the best-selling author of False Alarm: How Climate Change Panic Costs Us Trillions, Hurts the Poor, and Fails to Fix the Planet, The Skeptical Environmentalist, Cool It, How to Spend $75 Billion to Make the World a Better Place, and The Nobel Laureates’ Guide to the Smartest Targets for the World 2016-2030.

Kathryn Jean Lopez is a senior fellow at National Review Institute, where she directs the Center for Religion, Culture, and Civil Society. She is also editor-at-large of National Review magazine (where she has been on the editorial staff, including as editor of NationalReview.com, since 1997). She is published widely in Catholic and secular publications and is also a nationally syndicated columnist with Andrews McMeel Universal. Lopez is author of A Year with the Mystics: Visionary Wisdom for Daily Living (Saint Benedict Press, 2019). She speaks frequently on faith in public life, virtue, and prayer.

She is also a columnist for Our Sunday Visitor’s Newsweekly and on the editorial advisory board of Angelus, where she contributes monthly essays and is co-author of the book How to Defend the Faith without Raising Your Voice (Our Sunday Visitor, 2015). She is a contributor to recent books that include When Women Pray: Eleven Catholic Women on the Power of Prayer (Sophia Institute Press, 2017); Mind, Heart, and Soul: Intellectuals and the Path to Rome (TAN Books, 2018); and St. Patrick’s Cathedral: The Legacy of America’s Parish Church. Her Caught My Eye feature can be heard daily on The Catholic Channel on Sirius XM, Channel 129.

Lopez currently serves as chair of Cardinal Timothy Dolan’s Pro-Life Commission in New York. At the opening Mass of the Year of Faith in Rome in October 2012, Pope Benedict XVI presented her with a message to women throughout the world.

Rich Lowry As one of the most respected conservative voices in the country, Rich Lowry brings his sharp analysis to the political discussion through his writing and commentary. Lowry is the editor in chief of National Review, the nation’s premier conservative journal. He was selected to lead NR by its founder, William F. Buckley. Under his guidance, it has grown from a print magazine into a vibrant digital property.

Lowry writes a syndicated column for King Features and a weekly column for Politico. He appears on TV programs such as Fox News Sunday and Meet the Press. His most recent book—The Case for Nationalism: How It Made Us Powerful, United, and Free — makes the case for the enduring importance of nationalism. He began his career as a research assistant for Charles Krauthammer.

Joyce Lee Malcolm is an historian focusing on individual rights and war and law. She is Patrick Henry Professor of Constitutional Law and the Second Amendment, emer. at Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University, author of eight books, a ninth, The Times that Try Men’s Souls, forthcoming later this year and numerous articles. To Keep and Bear Arms: The Origins of an Anglo-American Right, published by Harvard UP cited in the landmark Supreme Court case District of Columbia versus Heller, and Guns and Violence: The English Experience both track the right be armed. The Tragedy of Benedict Arnold was praised in The Washington Post as “a fine biography, the best in recent memory.” Peter’s War: A New England Slave Boy and the American Revolution, tells the story of Peter, sold as a toddler in Massachusetts, who fought for the patriot cause. Her essays have appeared in leading newspapers and she has been a guest on numerous radio and TV programs.

Andrew C. McCarthy is a bestselling author, a contributing editor at National Review, a Fox News contributor, and a senior fellow at National Review Institute. A former Chief Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of New York, he led the terrorism prosecution against the “Blind Sheikh” (Omar Abdel Rahman) and eleven other jihadists for conducting a war of urban terrorism against the United States that included the 1993 World Trade Center bombing and a plot to bomb New York City landmarks. He also contributed to the prosecutions of terrorists who bombed U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. Andy is the co-host, along with NR editor in chief Rich Lowry, of The McCarthy Report, a podcast produced by National Review.

Andy provides analysis and commentary on national security, radical Islam, law, politics, and culture. His work regularly appears in National Review, including a weekend column on Saturdays. He is a regular guest on the John Batchelor Show, joining John and former Congressman Thaddeus McCotter to analyze developments in the Mueller probe. He periodically testifies before Congress on law-enforcement and counterterrorism issues.

He also writes for The New Criterion and The Hill, among other publications. His New York Times bestsellers include Ball of Collusion: The Plot to Rig an Election and Destroy a Presidency (Encounter Books, 2019), Willful Blindness (Encounter Books, 2008) and The Grand Jihad (Encounter Books, 2008). He is also the author of the popular e-book, Spring Fever: The Illusion of Islamic Democracy (Encounter Books, 2012) and of Faithless Execution (Encounter Books, 2014). He has written several pamphlets in the Broadside series published by Encounter Books, most recently Islam and Free Speech (Encounter Books, 2015).

Jessica Melugin is director of the Center for Technology & Innovation at the Competitive Enterprise Institute. Her research focuses on technology issues including antitrust, online privacy, Internet taxation, telecommunications, social media content and net neutrality regulation. Her writings have appeared in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, USA Today, Bloomberg Law, and National Review, among others. Ms. Melugin is a frequent guest on the Fox Business channel and she is a 2022 and 2023 Innovators Network Foundation Antitrust and Competition Policy Fellow.

Michael B. Mukasey served as the 81st Attorney General of the United States, the nation’s chief law enforcement officer, from November 2007 to January 2009. During that time, he oversaw the U.S. Justice Department and advised on critical issues of domestic and international law. From 1988 to 2006, he served as a district judge in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, becoming chief judge in 2000. Judge Mukasey is currently in private practice in New York City.

Douglas Murray is a bestselling author, journalist, and senior fellow at National Review Institute based in Britain. His books include The Sunday Times No. 1 bestsellers The Strange Death of Europe: Immigration, Identity and Islam (Bloomsbury Continuum, 2017) and The Madness of Crowds: Gender, Race and Identity (Bloomsbury Continuum, 2019). His most recent book is The War on the West: How to Prevail in the Age of Unreason (Broadside Books, 2022). He has been Associate Editor at The Spectator magazine since 2012 and has written regularly there, as well as for other publications including The Wall Street Journal, The Times, The Sunday Times, The Sun, The Mail on Sunday, The Telegraph, The New York Post and National Review. A regular guest on the BBC, Fox, and other news channels, he has also spoken at numerous universities, parliaments, the O2 Arena and the White House.

Ajit Pai: Prior to joining Searchlight in 2021, Mr. Pai was the Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”), which he led from 2017 until 2021. He first joined the FCC as a Commissioner in 2012. During Mr. Pai’s tenure as Chairman, he implemented major initiatives to help close the digital divide; advance U.S. leadership in 5G, Open Radio Access Networks, Wi-Fi 6, and other wireless technologies; promote innovation; protect consumers, public safety, and national security; and make the agency itself more open, transparent, and data-driven. Earlier in his career, he served in various positions of increasing responsibility at the FCC, the U.S. Department of Justice, and the U.S. Senate. Before becoming a Commissioner, he worked as a Partner at the law firm of Jenner & Block and served as in-house counsel at Verizon. Mr. Pai graduated with honors from Harvard University in 1994 and from the University of Chicago Law School in 1997.

Michael R. Pence was born in Columbus, Indiana, on June 7, 1959, one of six children born to Edward and Nancy Pence. As a young boy he had a front row seat to the American Dream. After his grandfather immigrated to the United States when he was 17, his family settled in the Midwest. The future Vice President watched his Mom and Dad build everything that matters—a family, a business, and a good name. Sitting at the feet of his mother and his father, who started a successful convenience store business in their small Indiana town, he was raised to believe in the importance of hard work, faith, and family.

The people of East-Central Indiana elected Vice President Pence six times to represent them in Congress. On Capitol Hill he established himself as a champion of limited government, fiscal responsibility, economic development, educational opportunity, and the U.S. Constitution. His colleagues quickly recognized his leadership ability and unanimously elected him to serve as Chairman of the House Republican Study Committee and House Republican Conference Chairman. In this role, the Vice President helped make government smaller and more effective, reduce spending, and return power to state and local governments.

As Governor of Indiana, Vice President Pence increased school funding, expanded school choice, and created the first state-funded Pre-K plan in Indiana history. He made career and technical education a priority in every high school. It was Indiana’s success story, Vice President Pence’s record of legislative and executive experience, and his strong family values that prompted President Donald Trump to select Mike Pence as his running mate in July 2016. The American people elected President Donald Trump and Vice President Pence on November 8, 2016. President Donald Trump and Vice President Pence entered office on January 20, 2017.

Dominic Pino is the Thomas L. Rhodes Journalism Fellow at National Review Institute. He was previously a William F. Buckley Jr. Fellow in Political Journalism and a National Review summer editorial intern. He graduated from George Mason University with a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in economics.

Peter Pitts is a Visiting Professor at the University of Paris Medical School and President of the Center for Medicine in the Public Interest. He is a former member of the United States Senior Executive Service and Associate Commissioner of the US Food & Drug Administration. Pitts is a member of the Council for International Organizations of Medical Sciences (CIOMS) Expert Working Group to help advance patient involvement in the development and safe use of medicines. (CIOMS is an international, non-governmental, non-profit organization established jointly by WHO and UNESCO in 1949.)

He is the lead author of many professional peer reviewed publications including the Lancet, Therapeutic Innovation and Regulatory Science, and Nature Biotechnology. He is an Associate Editor of Therapeutic Innovation & Regulatory Science (the official DIA journal), a member of the External Advisory Board, IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics in Asia, Executive Advisory Board, the Galien Foundation, Editorial Advisory Board, Food and Drug Policy Forum, Advisory Board, Journal of Commercial Biotechnology and a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of The Patient Magazine. Pitts lives in New York City.

Specific areas of global policy expertise include: FDA policy and process, healthcare technology assessment and reimbursement issues, real world evidence, social media, off label-communications, pharmacovigilance, patient-focused drug development, abuse-deterrent opioids, biosimilar development, Rx-to-OTC switching, risk management plans, GMP policies, pharmacy education programs, drug safety, Critical Path, personalized medicine, clinical trial transparency, IP protection, FDA reform, drug importation, counterfeiting, genetically modified food issues, food safety and security, recalls, nutritional labeling.

A graduate of McGill University, he is married to Jane Mogel, and has two sons.

Vivek Ramaswamy is an American business leader and New York Times bestselling author of Woke, Inc.: Inside Corporate America’s Social Justice Scam, along with his second book, Nation of Victims: Identity Politics, the Death of Merit, and the Path Back to Excellence.

Left leaning media has called him the “intellectual godfathers of the anti-woke movement” (Politico) and the “right’s leading anti-ESG crusader” (Axios and Bloomberg). He was dubbed “The C.E.O. of Anti-Woke,” by the New Yorker and has been described by the Federalist Society as “one of the most compelling conservative voices in the country.” These movements are now popularized in mainstream conservative thought.

Born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, he often recounts the sage advice from his father: “If you’re going to stand out, then you might as well be outstanding.” This set the course for his life: a nationally ranked tennis player, and the valedictorian of his high school, St. Xavier. He went on to graduate summa cum laude in Biology from Harvard and received his J.D. from Yale Law School, while working at a hedge fund, then started a biotech company, Roivant Sciences, where he oversaw the development of five drugs that went on to become FDA-approved.

In 2022, he founded Strive, an Ohio-based asset management firm that directly competes with asset managers like BlackRock, State Street, Vanguard and others, use the money of everyday citizens to advance environmental and social agendas that many citizens and capital owners disagree with.

Vivek is married to Apoorva, a throat surgeon and Assistant Professor at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. They live in Columbus, Ohio where they are raising their two sons.

Ian Rowe is a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, where he focuses on education and upward mobility, family formation, and adoption. Mr. Rowe is also the cofounder of Vertex Partnership Academies, a new network of character-based International Baccalaureate high schools opening in the Bronx in 2022; the chairman of the board of Spence-Chapin, a nonprofit adoption services organization; and the cofounder of the National Summer School Initiative. He concurrently serves as a senior visiting fellow at the Woodson Center and a writer for the 1776 Unites Campaign.

Until July 1, 2020, Mr. Rowe was CEO of Public Prep, a nonprofit network of public charter schools based in the South Bronx and Lower East Side of Manhattan. Before joining Public Prep, he was deputy director of postsecondary success at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, senior vice president of strategic partnerships and public affairs at MTV, director of strategy and performance measurement at the USA Freedom Corps office in the White House, and cofounder and president of Third Millennium Media. Mr. Rowe also joined Teach for America in its early days.

Mr. Rowe has been widely published in the popular press, including in the New York Post, The Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Examiner. He is often interviewed on talk radio programs. With his forthcoming book Agency (Templeton Press, May 2022), Ian Rowe seeks to inspire young people of all races to build strong families and become masters of their own destiny.

Carrie Campbell Severino is the president of the Judicial Crisis Network, and co-author with Mollie Hemingway of the bestselling book Justice on Trial: The Kavanaugh Confirmation and the Future of the Court. As a go-to expert on the confirmation process, Mrs. Severino has been extensively quoted in the media and regularly appears on television, including FOX, CNN, MSNBC, C-SPAN and ABC’s This Week.

Severino writes and speaks on a wide range of judicial issues, including the constitutional limits on government, the federal nomination process, and state judicial selection. She has testified before Congress on constitutional questions and briefed Senators on judicial nominations, and regularly files briefs in high-profile Supreme Court cases. She was a law clerk to Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and to Judge David B. Sentelle of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, and is a graduate of Harvard Law School (J.D.), Duke University (B.A., Biology), and Michigan State University (M.A., Linguistics).

Thérèse Shaheen is a businesswoman and CEO of US Asia International. She was the chairman of the State Department’s American Institute in Taiwan from 2002 to 2004. Shaheen is a contributing writer to National Review.


Andrew Stuttaford has been writing for National Review since the early 1990s. He took up full-time positions with National Review and National Review Institute in March 2020 and is now the editor of National Review Capital Matters, an initiative focused on financial and economic coverage.

Prior to joining National Review and National Review Institute, Andrew, who qualified as an attorney in the U.K., worked in the international financial markets for nearly four decades, latterly as the CEO of the U.S. subsidiary of a Nordic investment bank. Andrew has written for a wide range of publications over the years including The Wall Street Journal, The New Criterion, The Weekly Standard, and Standpoint on political, economic, and cultural matters.

Andrew tweets at @astuttaford and a sporadically updated archive of his work can be found at andrewstuttaford.com.

Peter J. Travers is the managing member of Chase Field LLC, a diversified investment and venture capital business. He worked as an investment banker at Goldman, Sachs. Travers is chairman of the Board of Trustees of National Review Institute.


Elise Westhoff is the president and CEO of Philanthropy Roundtable, a community of donors committed to advancing the values of liberty, opportunity, and personal responsibility through effective charitable giving. Under Elise’s leadership, the Roundtable has become a steadfast champion of philanthropic
freedom, which enables donors to strengthen and support a diversity of communities and causes.

Before joining the Roundtable, Elise was the executive director of The Snider Foundation, a family foundation founded by the late Philadelphia business executive and sports legend Ed Snider. As the first non-family staff member of The Snider Foundation, Elise worked closely with the board to build a professional team, refine governance and operations, and develop a cohesive grantmaking strategy. After Ed Snider’s passing, Elise oversaw the transition from a founder-led foundation to an engaged, multi-generational family board.

Westhoff’s previous experience includes positions directing major gifts fundraising for neuroscience programs at the Indiana University School of Medicine and working in planned giving and major gifts at the New York Public Library. She earned a B.A. in history, criminal justice, and political science from Indiana University. She also currently serves on the board of directors of the State Policy Network.

Mark Antonio Wright is the executive editor of National Review. A native of Tulsa, Okla., he is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma in Norman and an infantry officer in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve.