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CEI Board of Directors


Kristina Crane 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 W. Gleba Gleba is President and Trustee of the Sarah Scaife Foundation and Treasurer and Trustee of the Carthage Foundation in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Prior to joining the foundations, he was a lawyer, practicing first with Kirkpatrick & Lockhart LLP in Pittsburgh and then with Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP in Pittsburgh and Jakarta, Indonesia. His practice areas involved various aspects of corporate law. Gleba received his J.D. cum laude and M.B.A. with high honors from Duquesne University and his B.S. in Industrial Management with University Honors from Carnegie Mellon University.

Mr. Gleba is: Chair of the Board of Directors of the Commonwealth Foundation for Public Policy Alternatives (Harrisburg, PA); a member of the Board of Overseers of the Hoover Institution at Stanford University; a member of the Board of Directors of the Allegheny Institute for Public Policy (Pittsburgh, PA); a member of the Advisory Council of the Competitive Enterprise Institute (Washington, D.C.); Co-Chair of the International Organizations Subcommittee of the International and National Security Law Practice Group of the Federalist Society for Law & Public Policy Studies (Washington, D.C.); on the Council of Advisors of Saint Vincent College’s Alex G. McKenna School of Business, Economics, and Government (Latrobe, PA); and a member of the Board of Directors of the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh.

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 Gruffat is Managing Director of Galileo Global Advisors in New York. He had been posted in New York as a Managing Director for Citigroup since April 2011. 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. 

Kerry Halferty Hardy Halferty Hardy has extensive experience in both the healthcare and the nonprofit sectors, particularly in strategic planning and development. Currently a principal and consultant at Alcuin Advisors LLC, she was previously the Chief Development Officer at the American Hospital of Paris, Director of Development at the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies (AICGS) at the Johns Hopkins University, worked in the startup phase as the managing director of Altermind, a strategic consulting company with a classical liberal orientation, and also worked at the Cato Institute and the Texas Legislature.

Kerry also currently serves on the board of the Institute for Economic Studies Europe (IESE), Institut de Formation Politique (IFP), and is active in the Comité Paris-Chicago. Faithful to her Lone Star roots, she is also a member of the Texas State Society and a Texas-Ex. She is often invited to speak on topics related to healthcare, the free market, and the nonprofit sector, and is an annual speaker at the Free Market Road Show and the European Resource Bank. Kerry also lectures in the Business and M.B.A. program at INSEEC and was previously a guest lecturer at the Université Paris-Dauphine.

Kerry received her undergraduate degree from the University of Texas at Austin and obtained her M.S. in Management, with an emphasis on Nonprofit and Association Management, from the University of Maryland University College. She speaks French, German, and Spanish, as well as Texan.

Laura Holmes Jost Jost is Vice President of Chandler Management Corporation, a multifamily real estate company which has bought and managed more than 6,000 apartment units in 23 complexes in Virginia, Florida, and Texas. She is a lifelong advocate of economic freedom, personal liberty, individual rights, and limited government. She has held leadership positions in countless political campaigns and civic organizations including serving as a founding member of the Human Rights Commission in Arlington County, Virginia.

Jost received a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Affairs from George Washington University in 1984 and a Master of Business Administration from George Washington University in 1987.

Kent Lassman Lassman is president and CEO of the Competitive Enterprise Institute, where he 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, counseling clients on campaign approaches to issues ranging from telecommunications to privacy to biotechnology and state licensure. 

From 2003 to 2008, he served on the President’s Advisory Council for the State Policy Network. From 2001 to 2006, he served as an advisor to the Task Force on Telecommunications & Information Technology at the American Legislative Exchange Council. His past experience includes a variety of policy work both inside and outside Washington, including testimony before Congress, state legislatures, and in regulatory proceedings. 

Fred L. Smith, Jr. Smith founded the Competitive Enterprise Institute in 1984. He combines intellectual and strategic analysis of complex policy issues ranging from the environment to corporate governance and leads CEI's Center for Advancing Capitalism. Smith is a frequent guest on national television and radio programs to discuss regulatory initiatives and policy issues. A prolific writer, Smith’s work has been published in leading newspapers and magazines such as The Wall Street Journal, National Review, Economic Affairs, and The Washington Times. His academic articles have appeared in journals such as Harvard Journal of Law and Economics, CATO Journal, and Economic Affairs, and he is a contributing editor to Liberty magazine.

Before founding CEI, Mr. Smith served as Director of Government Relations for the Council for a Competitive Economy, as a Senior Economist for the Association of American Railroads, and five years as a Senior Policy Analyst at the Environmental Protection Agency. Currently, he sits on the board of the Institute Turgot in Belgium.

Richard Tren 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.

Bill Dunn Dunn served on CEI’s Board of Directors for 15 years and currently holds the position of member emeritus. He is the founder and chairman of DUNN Capital Management, Inc., in Stuart, Florida, and a pioneer in the application of computer technology to portfolio management. Founded in 1974, DUNN Capital Management is one of the most prominent and successful managers of futures-based portfolios today. In addition to running his asset management business, Dunn is actively involved in overseeing the research and development of new quantitative-trading models.

Prior to founding his own company, Dunn was employed by several contract research organizations in Washington, where he conducted operations research and systems analysis for the Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, and Department of Defense. He held research and faculty positions with the University of California and Pomona College in 1965 and 1966. Dunn received a B.S. in Engineering Physics from the University of Kansas, and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Theoretical Physics from Northwestern University.