“Public Policy Leadership in the Virginia Tradition”
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
John Taylor is president 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. He 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 900 activists who represent more than 260 organizations. In 1975, John received a B.A. from Wofford College, and subsequently earned an M.B.A. from Georgia State University and a J.D. from the Woodrow Wilson College of Law. A member of the Mont Pelerin Society, he is also a member of the Federalist Society and the Philadelphia Society. John has been the recipient of the Hero of the Taxpayer Award, an annual recognition given by Americans for Tax Reform in Washington, D.C.; and the Eagle Award, an annual award given for profamily, grassroots leadership by the Eagle Forum of St. Louis, Missouri.
Derwood S. Chase, Jr., is president, founder, and chief executive officer of Chase Investment Counsel Corporation, which manages over $4 billion for 206 institutions (including two mutual funds) and high-net-worth clients in thirty-six states. Mr. Chase is a member of the New York Society of Security Analysts, the Analysts Club (NYC), the Richmond Society of Financial Analysts, and the Mont Pelerin Society, and he is a former governor of the Investment Counsel Association of America. 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, the New York Times, and Value Line Mutual Fund Survey. He has appeared on CNBC, The Nightly Business Report (PBS), and Bloomberg. Mr. Chase is a trustee of Reason Foundation, the Fraser Institute, and the Chase Foundation of Virginia, which supports fifty nonprofit libertarian/conservative public policy research organizations.
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 executive vice president of the Intercollegiate Studies Institute. Mr. Mills joined ISI as chief operating officer in July 2008, 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 Wilmington, Delaware, and has three grown daughters, all of whom live in Virginia.
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.
Lynn Taylor is vice president and CFO of the Virginia Institute for Public Policy. She also serves as vice president and CFO of Tertium Quids. Prior to her current positions, Mrs. Taylor was managing director of the Charles G. Koch and the Claude R. Lambe Charitable Foundations in Washington, D.C. Well experienced in the management and the funding of nonprofit organizations, Mrs. Taylor served on the boards of the Heartland Institute for Public Policy, Chicago; the National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship, New York; and the Young Entrepreneurs of Washington, D.C. In 1976, she received a B.A. in mathematics from Agnes Scott College, 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. Mrs. Taylor is a member of the Federalist Society and the Philadelphia Society.
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