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“Public Policy Leadership in the Virginia Tradition”


Lynn Taylor is president and co-founder of the Virginia Institute for Public Policy, an independent, nonpartisan, education and research organization that develops and promotes public policy consistent with the Virginia tradition of individual liberty, dynamic entrepreneurial capitalism, private property, the rule of law, and constitutionally-limited government. She also serves as president of Tertium Quids, a 501(c)4 issue advocacy organization that hosts Virginia’s Tuesday Morning Group, a statewide coalition comprising more than 1,000 activists who represent more than 260 organizations. Lynn is also the executive producer of Freedom & Prosperity Radio, a syndicated talk radio program with a focus on politics and public policy.

Prior to her current positions, Lynn was managing director of the Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation and the Claude R. Lambe Charitable Foundation in Washington, D.C. Well experienced in the management and the funding of nonprofit organizations, she served on the boards of The Heartland Institute for Public Policy, Chicago; the National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship, New York; the Young Entrepreneurs of Washington, D.C.; and presently serves on the board of One Generation Away, Washington, D.C.

Lynn received a B.A. in mathematics from Agnes Scott College in Decatur, GA, and subsequently earned an M.B.A. in finance from Georgia State University and a J.D. (cum laude) from the Woodrow Wilson College of Law.

Lynn is a member of The Federalist Society, an organization "founded on the principles that the state exists to preserve freedom, that the separation of governmental powers is central to our Constitution, and that it is emphatically the province and duty of the judiciary to say what the law is, not what it should be.” Since 1996, Lynn has been a member of The Philadelphia Society, an organization “dedicated to the goal of deepening the intellectual foundations of a free and ordered society and to broadening the general understanding of its basic principles among the public at large."

Derwood S. Chase, Jr., is founder and chairman emeritus of Chase Investment Counsel Corporation, which manages more than $500 million for a select group of clients throughout the United States. Mr. Chase earned a B.S. with distinction from the University of Virginia and a M.B.A. from Harvard University. His speeches, articles, and comments on investing and economic policy have been quoted in Barron's, Business Week, The Wall Street Journal, Pensions & Investments, Kiplinger's Personal Finance, and The New York Times. He has appeared on CNBC, The Nightly Business Report (PBS) and Bloomberg. Derwood is a member of the Analysts Club (N.Y.C.), the New York Society of Security Analysts, and the Mont Pelerin Society. He is president of the Chase Foundation of Virginia, a trustee of the Reason Foundation and the Fraser Institute, and a former governor of the Investment Counsel Association of America.

Charles J. Cooper is a founding member of the Washington, D.C., law firm of Cooper & Kirk, PLLC. Named by the National Law Journal as one of the ten best civil litigators in Washington, he has over thirty years of legal experience in government and private practice, with several appearances before the U.S. Supreme Court and scores of other successful cases on both the trial and appellate levels. Shortly after serving as law clerk to Judge Paul Roney of the Fifth (now Eleventh) Circuit Court of Appeals, and to Justice William H. Rehnquist, Mr. Cooper joined the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice in 1981. In 1985 President Reagan appointed Mr. Cooper to the position of assistant attorney general for the Office of Legal Counsel. Mr. Cooper reentered private practice in 1988, and in October 1996 he became a founding partner of Cooper & Kirk. Mr. Cooper's trial and appellate practice is national in scope and is concentrated in the areas of constitutional, commercial, administrative, health care, and civil rights litigation. He is currently representing private clients in a variety of commercial cases, including antitrust, intellectual property, and contract disputes. Mr. Cooper also represents a number of state and local government bodies, as well as private clients, in a wide range of constitutional and federal statutory cases. In 1998 Mr. Cooper was appointed by Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist to serve as a member of the Standing Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure of the Judicial Conference of the United States. Mr. Cooper is a member of the American Law Institute and the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers, and he has spoken and published extensively on a wide variety of constitutional and legal policy topics.

Timothy E. Donner is founder and executive director of Horizons Television, Inc., a television and video production company in Great Falls, Virginia, specializing in fund raising, documentary, promotional, and educational video. Mr. Donner has served on the boards of trustees of the following organizations: the William H. Donner Foundation of New York, a diversified philanthropic foundation with assets of over $100 million; Radio America, the conservative radio network; Values Through Media, Cal Thomas's foundation targeted at the mainstream media; the National Mental Health Association of Alexandria, Virginia; and the Donner Canadian Foundation, the third-largest national foundation in Canada.

Becky Norton Dunlop is a vice president at The Heritage Foundation, a nonpartisan think tank based in Washington, D.C. Before joining Heritage, she served as secretary of natural resources for the Commonwealth of Virginia in Governor George Allen's cabinet. Mrs. Dunlop served as deputy assistant to the president in Ronald Reagan's White House. She also served in the U.S. Department of Justice from 1985 to 1987 and in the U.S. Department of the Interior from 1987 to 1989. She is the author of Clearing the Air. Mrs. Dunlop graduated from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.

Douglas C. Mills is vice president for development with the Club for Growth. Mr. Mills previously served as executive vice president of the Intercollegiate Studies Institute, after having served as executive vice president of the Media Research Center for twelve years. Prior to his time with the Media Research Center, he was director of development funds with Hillsdale College, following a successful career in banking and financial services. Mr. Mills holds a bachelor's degree of liberal studies in economics and business administration from Hillsdale College. A Michigan native, he resides in Alexandria, Virginia.

Abby S. Moffat is vice president, chief operating officer, and trustee of The Diana Davis Spencer Foundation, which focuses on education, entrepreneurship, public policy, and global issues. She previously served as vice chair of grants and managing trustee of the Shelby Cullom Davis Foundation. Ms. Moffat is co-chairman of the Washington Studies Group, and holds professional memberships with the Philanthropy Roundtable and the Capital Speakers Club. She is currently on the boards of several non-profit organizations including the Institute of World Politics (member of the executive committee), the Atlas Economic Research Foundation (treasurer), the Intercollegiate Studies Institute, Media Research Center (chairwoman of trustees), and The Heritage Foundation.

Richard F. Norman is president of The Richard Norman Company, Robertson Mailing List Company, and Patriot Data Services, which manages fund-raising programs for dozens of nationally known conservative nonprofit organizations and political campaigns, including candidates for governor, U.S. Senate, House of Representatives, and president. Richard began his career in politics in 1979, serving in various positions for political campaigns and as a political aid on Capitol Hill. He began his career in direct-mail fund raising in 1983 with Bruce W. Eberle & Associates, becoming president of that firm in 1985. In 1987 he founded The Richard Norman Company. Richard served as finance director for the Oliver North for U.S. Senate campaign (1994) and for Vice President Dan Quayle's campaign for president (1999). Richard received his B.A. in history from Bluefield College, and he pursued studies in political science at the University of Richmond Graduate School. Active in civic organizations, he is the former president of ECHO (Every Citizen Has Opportunities), a member of the board of trustees of Joe Gibbs' Youth for Tomorrow, and a former member of the school board of Dominion Academy, in Leesburg, Virginia. Richard is a member of the board of trustees of Bluefield College and the board of advisers of the University of Virginia Center for Politics. He serves on the board of directors of the American Association of Political Consultants and the National Association of Republican Campaign Professionals and served on the State Finance Committee of the Republican Party of Virginia. As an aside from his political work, Richard owns and operates The Cabins at Crabtree Falls, a Blue Ridge Mountain resort. He is the father of two. Richard and his wife, Vickie, attend McLean Bible Church and reside in Paeonian Springs, Virginia.

Mark Skousen is the founder and producer of "FreedomFest", an annual conference held in Las Vegas and billed as the world's largest gathering of free minds on liberty. The conference attracts thousands of attendees from across the country and some of the brightest speakers, including Steve Forbes, Ben Stein, Larry Kudlow, Charles Gasparino, Tom Woods, Charles Murray, and Stephen Moore, to name just a few. Mark, a prolific writer, has written more than 25 books. In addition, his investment newsletter, Forecasts & Strategies, has been widely read for 30 years. His most recent books include: Vienna and Chicago, Friends or Foes? (Capital Press, 2005); The Compleated Autobiography by Benjamin Franklin, compiled and edited by Mark Skousen (Regnery, 2006) – appropriate as Mark is a descendant of Franklin; The Big Three in Economics (M. E. Sharp, 2007); Investing In One Lesson (Regnery, 2007); the 2nd edition of The Making of Modern Economics (M. E. Sharpe, 2008); the 3rd edition of Economic Logic (his macro/micro economics textbook, Capital Press, 2008); EconoPower (Wiley, 2008); and Maxims of Wall Street (Skousen, 2011).

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