Americans for Prosperity Foundation Directors
David Koch is the executive vice president and a member of the board of directors for Koch Industries, Inc., based in Wichita, Kansas. He helped found Americans For Prosperity, and also serves on the board of directors for the Reason Foundation and the CATO Institute. David was the Libertarian Party candidate for vice president of the United States in 1980. He received his bachelor's and master's degree in chemical engineering from MIT.
Dr. Richard Fink is an executive vice president and member of the board of directors of Koch Industries, Inc. He is a director for several Koch companies including Flint Hills Resources, LLC, a refining and petrochemical company; and INVISTA, a global fibers, resins and intermediates company. Richard is also president of the Charles G. Koch and Claude R. Lambe Charitable Foundations and a director of the Fred C. and Mary R. Koch Foundation. He was an executive vice president and an associate professor of economics at George Mason University. He served on the university's board of visitors from 1997 through June 2005.
In 1978 Richard founded what is now a George Mason program: the Mercatus Center. He is a member of the Mercatus board, which he chaired until 1990. In 1984 he founded Citizens for a Sound Economy Foundation and its affiliate, Citizens for a Sound Economy. In 2003 the foundation became Americans for Prosperity Foundation, which promotes market-based policies in the states. He serves on the board of International Foundation for Research and Experimental Economics. He previously served on the American Prosecutors Research Institute, Consumer Advisory Council of the Federal Reserve Board and as a director of the Tax Foundation, Reason Foundation, the Institute for Humane Studies, and Public Choice Center. He also served on President Reagan's Commission on Privatization. Richard earned his Ph.D. from New York University and M.A. from UCLA. He graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in economics from Rutgers University. He is married and has four children.
Debra Humphreys is a founder and current chairman of the Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School in Joplin, Missouri where she and her husband, David, reside with their five children. A graduate of New York University and former tax attorney with Davis Polk & Wardwell in New York City, Debra now focuses her efforts on her family, equestrian pursuits, and various philanthropic organizations.
Dr. Walter Williams is the John M. Olin Professor of Economics at George Mason University. He is the author of six books and more than eighty articles that have appeared in both scholarly journals and popular publications like Newsweek, National Review, and Reader's Digest. His weekly syndicated column is carried by more than one hundred newspapers. He is a frequent television and radio commentator and serves as a regular substitute host for The Rush Limbaugh Show.
Williams serves on several boards of directors and advisory boards, including the Hoover Institution, Institute for Research on the Economics of Taxation, Landmark Legal Foundation, Alexis de Tocqueville Institute, Reason Foundation, Destiny magazine, and Cato Institute. He received a bachelor's degree in economics from California State University, followed by master's and Ph.D. degrees in economics from UCLA.
Nancy Pfotenhauer currently is the president of MediaSpeak Strategies, a communications firm. Prior to launching her company, Ms. Pfotenhauer served as a Senior Policy Advisor and National Spokesperson with the McCain for President campaign, appearing almost daily on cable networks. She is the former President and C.E.O. of the Independent Women's Forum (IWF), serving in that position from 2000-05. She was Vice Chairman of IWF's Board of Directors from 2005-07. Ms. Pfotenhauer joined IWF after leaving Koch Industries, the largest privately held company in the country with more than $80 billion in assets, where she was Director of the Washington, D.C. office.
A veteran television and radio commentator, Ms. Pfotenhauer has an uncanny ability to reduce difficult public policy issues to lively, easily understood and memorable subjects of discourse for television, cable and radio audiences. As a daily morning talk show host for NET (carried on cable and television networks nationwide), she made the case for free market policy solutions to problems facing the country. Her television and cable appearances include segments on ABC, NBC, CNN, MSNBC, FOX and PBS. In 2004, Washingtonian magazine named her one of the most important conservative leaders in the nation's capitol. In 1994, she appeared on the cover of National Journal, which referred to her as one of Washington's rising stars. Additionally, Ms. Pfotenhauer has been featured in Newsweek, George, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal and The Washington Times.
Ms. Pfotenhauer began her career in Washington, D.C. in 1987 as a senior economist at the Republican National Committee and was promoted to chief economist in 1988. Selected by the Bush transition team at age 24, she served as the economist for the independent regulatory agencies task force for then President-elect George H.W. Bush, overseeing the policy, budget and personnel recommendations for both the Federal Trade Commission and the Interstate Commerce Commission. Thereafter, she worked as economic counsel to Senator William Armstrong, a member of the Republican Leadership, serving on both the Finance and Budget Committees. In 1990, Ms. Pfotenhauer joined the President's Council on Competitiveness as the economist serving that elite regulatory review group. This appointment involved daily interaction with the highest level career and political personnel at the Office of Management and Budget, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the U.S. Departments of Agriculture, Energy, Interior, Transportation and Treasury.
In 2002, Ms. Pfotenhauer was nominated by President George W. Bush to serve as a delegate to the United Nations' Commission on the Status of Women and served during the 46th session of the Commission. The Bush Administration also appointed her to the National Advisory Committee on Violence Against Women reporting to U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft and Secretary of Health and Human Services Thompson. Additionally, she served on advisory committees reporting directly to Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao and former Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham. In addition, Ms. Pfotenhauer served on the team charged with handling the budget for the Romney transition, and she was recently named to the Board of Directors at the CATO Institute.
Ms. Pfotenhauer holds a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Georgia and a master of arts degree in economics from George Mason University. She sits on Mason's Board of Visitors.