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Julie Baumgardner is President and Chief Executive Officer of First Things First.


William W. Beach is Vice President for Policy Research at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University.


Ken Blackwell is Senior Fellow for Family Empowerment at the Family Research Council and former Undersecretary at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.


Derrell Bradford is Executive Director of the New York Campaign for Achievement Now (NYCAN).


Tarren Bragdon is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Foundation for Government Accountability.


The Honorable Sam Brownback is Governor of the State of Kansas and a former member of both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate.


Alejandro A. Chafuen is President of the Atlas Network.


Eric Cochling is Executive Vice President and General Counsel at the Georgia Center for Opportunity.


Kevin Dayaratna is Senior Statistician and Research Programmer in the Center for Data Analysis, of the Institute for Economic Freedom and Opportunity, at The Heritage Foundation.


Brian Fikkert is Founder and President of the Chalmers Center for Economic Development at Covenant College.


Diana Furchtgott-Roth, former Chief Economist at the U.S. Department of Labor, is a Senior Fellow and Director of Economics21 at the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research.


Salim Furth is a Research Fellow in Macroeconomics in the Center for Data Analysis.


Jay P. Greene is the endowed Professor of Education Reform at the University of Arkansas.


Jamie Bryan Hall is a Senior Policy Analyst in the Center for Data Analysis.


Rea S. Hederman, Jr., is Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Buckeye Institute for Public Policy Solutions.


Mollie Ziegler Hemingway is a Senior Editor at The Federalist.


Timothy Jeffries is Director of the Arizona Department of Economic Security.


Jo Kwong is Director of Economic Opportunity Programs at the Philanthropy Roundtable.


Caitlin La Ruffa is Executive Director of the Love and Fidelity Network.


Amber and David Lapp, co-investigators of the Love and Marriage in Middle America Project, are Research Fellows at the Institute for Family Studies and Affiliate Scholars at the Institute for American Values.


Seth Leibsohn is host of the Seth Leibsohn Show in Phoenix, Arizona; Chairman of Arizonans for Responsible Drug Policy; and Chairman of NotMYKid.


Daniel Mark is an Assistant Professor of Political Science and the Navy ROTC Battalion Professor at Villanova University.


Mary C. Mayhew is Commissioner of the Department of Health and Human Services in the State of Maine.


Michael Novak, retired American Enterprise Institute George Frederick Jewett Scholar in Religion, Philosophy, and Public Policy, is an author, philosopher, and theologian.


Robert Rector is a Senior Research Fellow in Domestic Policy Studies, of the Institute for Family, Community, and Opportunity, at The Heritage Foundation.


Nina Rees is President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools.


Jay W. Richards is an Assistant Research Professor in the School of Business and Economics at the Catholic University of America and Executive Editor of The Stream.


Sabrina L. Schaeffer is Executive Director of the Independent Women’s Forum.


Rachel Sheffield is a Policy Analyst in Domestic Policy Studies.


James Sherk is a Research Fellow in Labor Economics in the Center for Data Analysis.


Andy Smarick is a member of the Maryland State Board of Education and a partner at Bellwether Education Partners.


Ryan Streeter is Director of the Center for Politics and Governance at the University of Texas at Austin.


Richard Vedder directs the Center for College Affordability and Productivity, teaches at Ohio University, and is an Adjunct Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute.


Randall Wenger is Chief Counsel of the Independence Law Center.


Mark Wilson is Vice President and Chief Economist for HR Policy Association.


Scott Yenor is currently a Visiting Fellow in American Political Thought in the B. Kenneth Simon Center for Principles and Politics, of the Institute for Family, Community, and Opportunity, and a Professor of Political Science at Boise State University.


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