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CEI Board of Directors

Todd J. Zywicki serves as the chairman of CEI’s Board of Directors. He is a George Mason University Foundation Professor of Law, senior scholar of the Mercatus Center and fellow at GMU’s F.A. Hayek Program for Advanced Study in Philosophy, Politics and Economics. Zywicki has served as co-editor of the Supreme Court Economic Review since 2006, including as editor from 2001-2002. He also served as the Director of the Office of Policy Planning at the Federal Trade Commission from 2003-2004. He has taught at Vanderbilt University Law School, Georgetown University Law Center, Boston College Law School, and Mississippi College School of Law.

Zywicki is active in supporting limited government, free enterprise and individual liberty as a fellow of the International Center for Economic Research in Italy, a Lone Mountain Fellow at the Property and Environment Research Center, and was the Arch W. Shaw National Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. He also serves as trustee or board member of the Institute for Humane Studies, the Bill of Rights Institute, the Foundation for Research on Economics and the Environment, the Center for Excellence in Higher Education, and the Financial Services Research Program at George Washington University School of Business.

He is the author of more than 70 articles in leading law reviews and peer-reviewed economics journals. He is also a frequent contributor to the The Volokh Conspiracy blog at The Washington Post.  Prior to his teaching career, Zywicki clerked for Judge Jerry E. Smith of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and worked as an associate at Alston & Bird in Atlanta, Georgia, where he practiced bankruptcy and commercial law.

He received his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law, his M.A. in economics from Clemson University, and an A.B. cum laude from Dartmouth College.

Lawson Bader served as president of the Competitive Enterprise Institute from 2012 to 2015. Under Bader’s leadership CEI expanded its outreach, launching RealClear Radio Hour with Bill Frezza in January 2014, airing weekly on Bloomberg Boston, with plans to expand to other markets. Bader also streamlined CEI’s policy efforts and focused its legal and litigation work as part of the Institute’s efforts to promote government transparency and rein in executive branch overreach.

Before joining CEI, Bader served as vice president of the Mercatus Center at George Mason University for 16 years; manager of government relations at SRI International; legislative analyst with Pierson, Semmes and Finley; and a special assistant at the U.S. Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs.

Bader, a Washington, D.C., native who grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, earned degrees from Wheaton College in Illinois and The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.  He brings his unique experience to bear as president and in his weekly columns at Human Events covering everything from social justice and politics to communicating principles and deciphering D.C. propaganda, rules, and regulations.

James R. Curley is Chief Executive Officer of Financial Consortium International, LLC. In addition to serving on CEI’s board, he serves on the board of Reason Foundation.

Michael W. 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, Mr. Gleba 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. Mr. Gleba received his JD cum laude and MBA with high honors from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh and his BS in Industrial Management with University Honors from Carnegie Mellon University, also in Pittsburgh.

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.); a member of the Advisory Board for the National Center for Policy Analysis (Dallas, TX); 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 is a professor at George Mason University School of Law and a visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. Before moving to George Mason, 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 is Managing Director of Galileo Global Advisors in New York. He was posted in New York as a Managing Director for Citigroup since April 2011.  

Jean Claude Gruffat is a Governor of the American Hospital of Paris, a Director of the American Hospital of Paris Foundation, a Trustee of the New York French Institute Alliance Francaise, and a Founder of Institut des Libertes. He was recently nominated for a 3 years term effective May 2014 to the Board of Trustees of United Way Worldwide headquartered in Alexandria, VA. 

He is a member of the Economic Club of New York and of the Union League Club, of the Hong Kong Club, and Cercle de l’Union Interalliee,
 Jean Claude Gruffat has a PhD in public law and a master in political science from the University of Lyon, France.  He attended in 1987 the Stanford Executive Program, GSB, Stanford University, CA. 

Kerry 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 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 & MBA 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 Master of Science 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.

W. Thomas Haynes  is president and founder of TBP Solutions, LLC., a health-care insurance broker and consultant and of Hamilton Landing Beverage Advisors, LLC, which provides consulting and merger and acquisition advisory services in the beverage industry.. Previously, Haynes served as the CEO of The Coca-Cola Bottlers' Association, Inc, where he built a $100 million health care benefits business, which was sold to National General Insurance. He served as the CEO of that benefits business for a transition period. Previously he was general counsel of Coca-Cola North America. He is a veteran of the insurance, healthcare and beverages industries and testified before Congress on healthcare reform on four separate occasions.

Fred L. Smith, Jr. is founder of the Competitive Enterprise Institute, a free market public policy group established in 1984. Mr. Smith combines intellectual and strategic analysis of complex policy issues ranging from the environment to corporate governance with an informative and entertaining presentation style. Mr. Smith is also a frequent guest on national television and radio programs to discuss and debate regulatory initiatives and topical policy issues. A prolific writer, Mr. Smith’s works have 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 for five years as a Senior Policy Analyst at the Environmental Protection Agency. Currently, he sits on the Institute Turgot in Belgium.

James R. Von Ehr is the President and founder of Zyvex Labs, LLC. He is also Managing Director of Zyvex Asia Pte. Ltd., and Chairman of the Board of Zyvex Performance Materials, Inc. Jim is recognized as a respected leader within the nanotechnology industry. His commitment to nanotechnology is evidenced by his significant personal contribution to establish the University of Texas at Dallas NanoTech Institute. He has also endowed the James Von Ehr Distinguished Chair of Science and Technology at the University of Texas at Dallas, most recently held by the late Dr. Alan G. MacDiarmid (2000 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry). He cofounded the Texas Nanotechnology Initiative in December, 2000.

Bill Dunn (member emeritus) served on CEI’s Board of Directors for 15 years. 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, D.C., 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 Bachelor of Science degree in engi¬neering physics from the University of Kansas, and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in theoretical physics from Northwestern University.