The Competitive Enterprise Institute is a non-profit public policy organization dedicated to advancing the principles of limited government, free enterprise, and individual liberty. CEI’s mission is to promote both freedom and fairness by making good policy good politics. We make the uncompromising case for economic freedom because we believe it is essential for entrepreneurship, innovation, and prosperity to flourish.

Experts

Joshua Bandoch

Research Fellow

  • Capitalism
  • Capitalism and Free Enterprise

John Berlau

Senior Fellow and Director of Finance Policy

  • Banking and Finance
  • Deregulation
  • Financial Regulation

Clyde Wayne Crews

Vice President for Policy and Senior Fellow

  • Business and Government
  • Consumer Freedom
  • Deregulation

Myron Ebell

Director, Center for Energy and Environment

  • Climate
  • Energy
  • Energy and Environment

Dan Greenberg

General Counsel

  • Property Rights

Sean Higgins

Research Fellow

  • Deregulation
  • Labor and Employment

Sam Kazman

Counsel Emeritus

  • Antitrust
  • Automobiles and Roads
  • Banking and Finance

Kent Lassman

President and CEO

  • Capitalism
  • Deregulation
  • Innovation

Marlo Lewis, Jr.

Senior Fellow

  • Climate
  • Energy
  • Energy and Environment

Ben Lieberman

Senior Fellow

  • Climate
  • Energy
  • Energy and Environment

Mario Loyola

Senior Fellow

  • Energy and Environment
  • Tech and Telecom

Jessica Melugin

Director of the Center for Technology & Innovation

  • Antitrust
  • Innovation
  • Media, Speech and Internet Freedoms

Richard Morrison

Senior Fellow

  • Antitrust
  • Business and Government
  • Capitalism and Free Enterprise

Iain Murray

Vice President for Strategy and Senior Fellow

  • Banking and Finance
  • Trade and International

Ryan Nabil

Research Fellow

  • Innovation
  • Tech and Telecom
  • Telecommunications

Ivan Osorio

Editorial Director

  • Labor and Employment

Ryan Radia

Research Fellow and Regulatory Counsel

  • Intellectual Property
  • Media, Speech and Internet Freedoms
  • Privacy and Cybersecurity

Alex Reinauer

Research Fellow

  • Innovation
  • Tech and Telecom

Fred L. Smith, Jr.

Founder; Chairman Emeritus

  • Automobiles and Roads
  • Aviation
  • Business and Government

Robert J. Smith

Distinguished Fellow

  • Energy and Environment
  • Lands and Wildlife
  • Water and Air Quality

Devin Watkins

Attorney

  • CEI Litigation

Kevin D. Williamson

Visiting Investigative Writer

  • Climate
  • Energy and Environment

Ryan Young

Senior Fellow

  • Antitrust
  • Business and Government
  • Regulatory Reform

Joel Zinberg

Senior Fellow

  • Health and Safety
  • Healthcare
  • Medicines and Medical Devices

Staff

Joshua Bandoch

Research Fellow

  • Capitalism
  • Capitalism and Free Enterprise

Nicole Bayhurst

Executive Assistant to the President

John Berlau

Senior Fellow and Director of Finance Policy

  • Banking and Finance
  • Deregulation
  • Financial Regulation

Heather Browning

Vice President of Philanthropy

Travis Burk

Vice President of Communications

Clyde Wayne Crews

Vice President for Policy and Senior Fellow

  • Business and Government
  • Consumer Freedom
  • Deregulation

Carrie Diamond

Director of Administration

Myron Ebell

Director, Center for Energy and Environment

  • Climate
  • Energy
  • Energy and Environment

Amanda France

Director of Events

Phoebe Gersten

Senior Digital Marketing Manager

Rick Gowdy

Major Gifts Officer

Dan Greenberg

General Counsel

  • Property Rights

Christine Hall

Director of Communications

Sean Higgins

Research Fellow

  • Deregulation
  • Labor and Employment

Nicole Hoegler

Events Manager

Sam Kazman

Counsel Emeritus

  • Antitrust
  • Automobiles and Roads
  • Banking and Finance

Kent Lassman

President and CEO

  • Capitalism
  • Deregulation
  • Innovation

Marlo Lewis, Jr.

Senior Fellow

  • Climate
  • Energy
  • Energy and Environment

Ben Lieberman

Senior Fellow

  • Climate
  • Energy
  • Energy and Environment

Mario Loyola

Senior Fellow

  • Energy and Environment
  • Tech and Telecom

Ryan Lynch

Senior IT Director

Matthew Adams

Government Affairs and Coalitions Manager, Internship Coordinator

Jessica Melugin

Director of the Center for Technology & Innovation

  • Antitrust
  • Innovation
  • Media, Speech and Internet Freedoms

Richard Morrison

Senior Fellow

  • Antitrust
  • Business and Government
  • Capitalism and Free Enterprise

Iain Murray

Vice President for Strategy and Senior Fellow

  • Banking and Finance
  • Trade and International

Ryan Nabil

Research Fellow

  • Innovation
  • Tech and Telecom
  • Telecommunications

Ivan Osorio

Editorial Director

  • Labor and Employment

Alex Reinauer

Research Fellow

  • Innovation
  • Tech and Telecom

Scooter Schaefer

Director of Marketing

Veronica Sturdivant

Receptionist

Kristen Walker

Major Gifts Officer

Devin Watkins

Attorney

  • CEI Litigation

Ryan Young

Senior Fellow

  • Antitrust
  • Business and Government
  • Regulatory Reform

Joel Zinberg

Senior Fellow

  • Health and Safety
  • Healthcare
  • Medicines and Medical Devices

Board

Kristina Crane

Board of Directors

Crane is Operations Manager for the Atlas Network. She began her career at the Cato Institute as assistant to the president and was responsible for coordinating the Institute’s move from San Francisco to Washington, D.C. She also managed the design and build for Cato’s current building. Crane previously spent five years as a manager for the Unisys Corporation, supervising tradeshows, corporate and customer meetings, advertising and publications. She holds a degree in education from the University of Alabama and studied business administration at the University of West Florida.

Michael S. Greve

Greve is a professor at George Mason University School of Law and a visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. Prior to his position at George Mason University, Professor Greve was the John G. Searle Scholar at AEI. He has taught at a number of universities, including Cornell and Johns Hopkins, and has been a visiting professor at Boston College since 2004. Greve was a co-founder of the Center for Individual Rights, a public interest law firm, which he directed from 1989 to 2000. He has written widely on constitutional and administrative law, federalism, environmental policy, and civil rights. His publications include numerous law review articles and books, including most recently, The Upside-Down Constitution (Harvard University Press, 2012). Greve holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in Government from Cornell University, and completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Hamburg. He is a frequent contributor to the Liberty Law Blog.

Jean-Claude Gruffat

Board of Directors

Gruffat is Managing Director of Weild & Co. in New York. Previously, he was a Managing Director with Galileo Global Advisors and Citigroup, both also in New York. Gruffat is a Governor of the American Hospital of Paris, a Director of the American Hospital of Paris Foundation, and a Founder of Institut des Libertes. He was recently nominated for a second three year term effective May 2017 to the Board of Trustees of United Way Worldwide headquartered in Alexandria, VA. Gruffat is a member of the Economic Club of New York, the Union League Club, the Hong Kong Club, and Cercle de l’Union Interalliee. He holds a Ph.D. in Public Law and a Master in Political Science from the University of Lyon, France. He attended the Stanford Executive Program at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business in 1987.

Kent Lassman

President and CEO

Kent Lassman is president and CEO at the Competitive Enterprise Institute. Lassman oversees strategy for the free market organization, including management of a team of policy, communications, and fundraising staff. Prior to joining CEI, Lassman spent eight years as vice president at a public affairs firm in Washington, DC, counseling clients on campaign approaches to issues ranging from telecommunications to privacy to biotechnology and state licensure. His past experience includes testimony before Congress, state legislatures, and in regulatory proceedings. His research has covered topics as varied as the federal budget and Progressivism in America, as well as electricity and tech policy. Having held positions in nonprofit organizations, on advisory councils, at private firms, and policy organizations, Lassman is a recognized expert in free-market economics and strategic marketing for the principles necessary for individual and economic freedom to flourish. In addition to previous roles in strategy, research, and communications at nonprofit policy organizations including FreedomWorks, Citizens for a Sound Economy, and Progress & Freedom Foundation, from 2003 to 2008, he served on the President’s Advisory Council for the State Policy Network. He was the founding director and on the faculty of the Institute for Regulatory Law & Economics. From 2001 to 2006, he served as an advisor to the Task Force on Telecommunications & Information Technology at the American Legislative Exchange Council. Lassman holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy and politics from The Catholic University of America, with honors for work on market theory, and a Master of Public Administration degree from North Carolina State University. He is an avid triathlete and serves on the board of Tri Equal, an organization dedicated to fairness, development and gender equality in the sport of triathlon. He commutes on two wheels into Washington, DC, from Alexandria, Va., where he lives with his wife, four children, and their rescue dog.

Dana Modzelewski

Board of Directors

Dana Modzelewski is Senior Investment Analyst at Yield Engine, LP, a small partnership specializing in fixed-income investments.  She is also Program Director at the Modzelewski Charitable Trust, which seeks to create a more prosperous society through its support of organizations advancing the principles of individual rights and liberties, fiscal responsibility, and economic freedom.  Prior, she was a management consultant at Oliver Wyman where she worked closely with clients across industries to develop and implement tailored analytics solutions and custom business tools.  Modzelewski holds an A.B. in Chemistry, magna cum laude, from Harvard University where she was involved with both campus and regional liberty groups.

Geoffrey Pohanka

Board of Directors

Pohanka is president of Pohanka Automotive Group in Capitol Heights, MD. He started in the automotive business in 1973, working summers in his father’s dealership. He is a third-generation dealer. The company was originally founded by his grandfather in 1919 selling and servicing Chevrolets. Today, the Pohanka Automotive Group sells ten makes of vehicles at their locations in Maryland and Virginia. Pohanka serves on the board of directors of the National Automobile Dealers Association, representing the metropolitan Washington, D.C., area franchised new-car dealers. He previously served on the NADA board from 2001 to 2009.

Fred L. Smith, Jr.

Founder; Chairman Emeritus

Fred L. Smith, Jr. is the founder and Chairman Emeritus of the Competitive Enterprise Institute. He served as president from 1984 to 2013 and is currently the Director of CEI’s Center for Advancing Capitalism. His public policy research has covered a wide range of topics, including regulatory reform, free market environmentalism, antitrust law, and international finance and comparative economics. Smith’s current focus is bringing leaders in the business and academic worlds together to defend capitalism and craft narratives that highlight the moral legitimacy of free markets. His many published works include chapters in the books "Field Guide to Effective Communication" (2004), "Corporate Aftershock: The Public Policy Lessons from the Collapse of Enron and Other Major Corporations" (2003), "Ecology, Liberty, & Property: A Free Market Environmental Reader" (2000), "The Future of Financial Privacy: Private Choices versus Political Rules" (1999), "Environmental Politics: Public Costs, Private Rewards" (1992), and "Steering The Elephant: How Washington Works" (1987). His academic articles have appeared in journals such as Harvard Journal of Law and Economics and Knowledge, Technology, and Policy.

Richard Tren

Board of Directors

Tren is a program officer for the Searle Freedom Trust, a grant making foundation that supports research and policy proposals that will lead to a more just, free, and prosperous society. Prior to working at Searle, he managed Africa Fighting Malaria, a non-profit he co-founded, dedicated to promoting policies to improve malaria control around the world, and in particular, to defending the use of public health insecticides. As part of his work he authored scholarly studies for numerous think tanks and academic journals. Tren was born and grew up in South Africa and was educated at St. Andrews University and University College London in the United Kingdom. He moved to the United States in 2006 and became a U.S. citizen in 2014.

Todd Zywicki

Board of Directors

Zywicki is George Mason University Foundation Professor of Law at the Antonin Scalia Law School, Senior Scholar of the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, and Senior Fellow at the F.A. Hayek Program for Advanced Study in Philosophy, Politics and Economics. In 2009, Professor Zywicki was honored as the recipient of the Institute for Humane Studies 2009 Charles G. Koch Outstanding IHS Alum Award. Since 2006 he has served as Co-Editor of the Supreme Court Economic Review. From 2003–04, Professor Zywicki served as the Director of the Office of Policy Planning at the Federal Trade Commission. He teaches in the area of Bankruptcy, Contracts, Commercial Law, Business Associations, Law & Economics, and Public Choice and the Law. He has also taught at Vanderbilt University Law School, Georgetown University Law Center, Boston College Law School, and Mississippi College School of Law.

William Dunn

Emeritus Member, Board of Directors

Bill Dunn, an emeritus member of CEI’s Board of Directors, is Founder and Chairman of DUNN Capital Management, Inc., in Stuart, Florida. Mr. Dunn is a pioneer in the application of computer technology to portfolio management. DUNN Capital Management, founded in 1974, is today one of the most prominent and successful managers of futures-based portfolios. In addition to running his asset management business, Bill is actively involved in overseeing the research and development of new quantitative trading models.