Young Voices Contributors
Communicators under 30 knowledgeable in the classical liberal tradition
Education | Taxes & Regulations | Urbanism
Abigail Narbe, a New York native living in Washington, D.C. Abigail earned her bachelor’s degree at The King’s College in New York City, studying Economics, Politics, and Philosophy. Abigail writes about the social impact of economics and urbanism. She writes about school choice, education & urban policy.
Free Speech | Tech & Innovation | Urbanism
Alexandra Hudson is an award-winning writer based in Indianapolis, currently working on a book on civility and American civic renewal. She earned a Masters degree in Social Policy at the London School of Economics as a Rotary Scholar, and has served at the local, state and federal levels of government and public policy—most recently holding an appointment at the US Department of Education.
Now a full-time writer, speaker, and consultant, she has appeared on Fox News and contributes to The Wall Street Journal, TIME Magazine, POLITICO Magazine, The Washington Examiner, and other national outlets.
New York, NY
International Affairs | Education | Taxes & Regulations
Anthony DiMauro is a freelance writer based out of New York City. His work has appeared in Bold TV and the Federalist. He is an alumni of the National Journalism Center and student at New York University. His interests focus on higher education, regulatory policy, and international affairs.
English | Russian
Free Speech | Tech & Innovation | Surveillance
Ashkhen Kazaryan is Director of civil liberties at TechFreedom, where she manages and develops policy projects on free speech, content moderation, surveillance reform and the intersection of constitutional rights and technology. Ashkhen is an Internet Law and Policy Fellow at the IP Foundry and an expert at the Federalist Society’s Emerging Technology Working Group. Ashkhen received her Specialist in Law degree summa cum laude from Lomonosov MSU in 2012, Master of Law Degree from Yale Law School and is completing her PhD in Law at the Law School of Lomonosov Moscow State University.
She has been featured on C-SPAN, BBC and CNBC.
Criminal Justice | Healthcare | Education
Brenée is the Marketing and Communications Associate at the John Locke Foundation. Before joining the John Locke Foundation, she worked as a fellow at the D.C. based nonprofit Institute for Justice. Brenée graduated magna cum laude from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. There she authored her honors thesis on the politics of Medicaid expansion and was one of fifteen students to graduate with honors in Political Science.
Criminal Justice | Gun Rights | Foreign Policy
Caleb Franz is a libertarian writer and podcaster. In 2018 he founded The MilLiberty Initiative, a nonprofit that focuses on proper communication and execution of libertarian ideas. Since 2016 he’s been the host of the MilLiberty Podcast, now with over 150 weekly episodes. He is also a Grassroots Specialist at U.S. Term Limits and a veteran of the U.S. Army.
Criminal Justice | Taxes & Regulations | Tech & Innovation
Chris is the Executive Director of Prosperity Council, a state base think tank in Utah. He is a contributor for Young Voices and his work has appeared in the Deseret News, Salt Lake Tribune, and the Dailey Herald.
Entitlements & Debt | Healthcare | Taxes & Regulations
Chris Medrano is a writer and researcher from Arlington, VA and contributor to Young Voices. His areas of interest include healthcare policy and political strategy. Follow him on Twitter at @cjmedranski
Free Speech | Criminal Justice | LGBTQ Issues
Christian Watson is a student at Mercer University pursuing a double-major in Philosophy and Journalism. During high school, he fought against the arrest of his former high school teacher and advocated for his acquittal, and also defended free speech. He writes for the Mercer Cluster and uses his position on the Mercer Debate Team to actively promote classical liberal thought. His work has been featured in USA Today, Spiked!, Washington Examiner, TownHall and more.
Free Speech | Criminal Justice | Gun Rights
Conner Drigotas the Director of Communications and Outreach at the Fairness Center, a nonprofit public interest law firm. He also works as an adjunct professor at Lehigh University where he teaches business communications. Conner earned his MBA from Lehigh University and holds undergraduate degrees in Government & Law and Psychology from Lafayette College.
Surveillance | Criminal Justice
Dan King is Young Voices senior contributor a freelance journalist. Dan writes extensively on issues of surveillance, privacy, civil liberties and criminal justice reform. He’s been published in The American Conservative, National Review, Reason, The Weekly Standard, The Week and has been seen on Newsy, FOX 5 DC and “Kibbe On Liberty”.
Taxes & Regulations
Dan Reynolds serves as the Director of Public Affairs for the American Legislative Exchange Council, an educational nonprofit for state legislators. In his role, he works to support and highlight the successes and challenges of the country’s 7,383 state legislators. Dan is a veteran of multiple political campaigns and graduated from Hillsdale College in 2017, where he majored in political economy.
English | Spanish
International Affairs | Entitlements & Debt | Free Trade
Daniel was born and raised in Venezuela, where he experienced firsthand life under the Maduro regime. In 2016, Daniel was awarded a full-tuition scholarship and has since graduated from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.
As an economics policy writer and activist, Daniel has been featured on CNN, Fox News, Fox Business, Economics 21, The National Interest and has met with President Trump upon invitation to the White House for an Oval Office forum on socialism.
English | Russian
International Affairs | Foreign Policy
Dimitri Simes Jr. is a journalist covering international affairs, defense policy, and Capitol Hill. He has reported from both Washington, D.C. and Moscow, Russia. Dimitri graduated from Johns Hopkins University in May 2019, where he served as the President of the campus John Quincy Adams Society Chapter and Chief Editor of Realist Review.
Elise Amez-Droz works in healthcare policy. Her research focuses on devising models for the healthcare industry of tomorrow and assessing the impact of state legislation on healthcare access and quality. She graduated with a master’s degree from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business in 2018 and completed her undergraduate education in Switzerland, where she also worked in market research at a pharmaceutical startup.
Free Speech | Healthcare | Taxes & Regulations
Ethan Lamb will be entering his first year of law school at Georgetown University in the fall. He recently graduated New York University with a B.A. in economics and served as a writer for the NYU Economics Review. He has worked as an intern for both the National Taxpayers Union and the Cato Institute.
International Affairs | Immigration | Energy & Environment
Fiona Harrigan is a sophomore pursuing BA in Political Science with a concentration in International Relations at the University of Arizona. At UA, she is a member of the Honors College. Fiona has worked for think-tanks such as Strata Policy and the Foundation for Economic Education. She is an alumna of the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange and currently works as a photographer for the Foundation for Economic Education.
Free Speech | Religious Liberty
Haley Victory Smith is an editorial fellow with the opinion section at USA TODAY. She is an alum of the National Journalism Center and a nationally ranked collegiate speech competitor. A recent graduate of Concordia University Irvine, Haley has earned a Bachelor’s degree in History and Political Thought and has also spent time studying Russian politics at the University of Oxford.
Education | LGBTQ Issues | Urbanism
Jacob Bruggeman is an Ohio-born graduate student in economic and social history at the University of Cambridge who writes about American arts & culture, cities, higher education, and policy issues in the Midwest. His work has been published in USA Today, the Des Moines Register, Washington Examiner, Cincinnati Enquirer, Columbus Dispatch, Daily Advertiser, Florida Today, RealClearPolicy, The American Conservative, among other outlets.
Additionally, he’s the History Editor of the Cleveland Review of Books and books editor of The Metropole. Previously, he was a Writing Fellow with America’s Future Foundation and a Collegiate Network intern at USA Today.
Healthcare | Criminal Justice
St Louis, MO
Energy & Environment | Foreign Policy
Jakob Puckett’s lifelong passion is finding and communicating ideas that help people improve their lives. Currently, he works toward that as an energy and transportation policy analyst at the Show-Me Institute in St. Louis.
American Fork, UT
Taxes & Regulations | Tech & Innovation | Free Trade
James Czerniawski is a policy analyst at Libertas Institute, a free-market think tank in Utah. he writes about consumer data privacy, cybersecurity, and technology and innovation issues. His work has been published in Real Clear Future, The Morning Consult, Deseret News and Salt Lake Tribune.
Education | Religious Liberty | Taxes & Regulations
Since his first internship at the Goldwater Institute, Janson Prieb has worked in policy areas, writing and researching free-market solutions for modern problems. Currently, he works at the American Consumer Institute where he writes on regulations and economic affairs.
Tech & Innovation | Immigration | Urbanism
Jeffrey Mason is a second-year economics master’s student at George Mason University, MA Fellow at the Mercatus Center, and Research Associate at the Charter Cities Institute. He is a graduate of the University of Maryland. He previously worked on immigration policy as an intern at the National Immigration Forum, the Niskanen Center, and the Bipartisan Policy Center.
New York, NY
Entitlements & Debt | Tech & Innovation | Immigration
Jen is currently a policy analyst at the Pension Integrity Project of the Reason Foundation. Prior to joining Reason, Jen has received an MA in Economics and MA in Political Science from Stony Brook University, where she also held the position of the President of graduate student government. In addition to that, Jen has interned for the Cato Institute and the United Nations.
Criminal Justice | Healthcare | Surveillance
Lindsay Marie is a Criminal Justice Policy Analyst for the Lone Star Policy Institute. She is also a political columnist for Townhall.com and covers a wide range of topics, including criminal justice reform, Fourth Amendment issues, and various public policy topics related to liberty and economic prosperity. Lindsay regularly appears on TV and radio as a political commentator.
Ann Arbor, MI
Taxes & Regulations
Michael Rieger graduated with honors from the University of Michigan, with a B.A. in history. His undergraduate thesis on economic reconstruction in postwar Japan won both the Arthur Fondiler Award for Best Undergraduate Thesis and the William P. Malm Award for Outstanding Student Writing in Japanese Studies.
He has also worked as an intern at the Cato Institute and in the U.S. House of Representatives. He currently works at a law firm in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
International Affairs | Immigration | Foreign Policy
Colorado Springs, CO
Free Speech | Energy & Environment | Religious Liberty
Nate Hochman is majoring in political science with a minor in journalism at Colorado College. He was formerly an editorial intern at National Review and is an alumnus of the American Enterprise Institute’s Summer Honors Academy. Hochman also helps run his college’s chapter of the AEI Executive Council program and is the founder and editor-in-chief of a student-run magazine devoted to publishing unpopular opinions that diverge from political orthodoxy on his campus. His work has been published in National Review, Areo Magazine and a variety of other publications.
Free Speech | Entitlements & Debt | Taxes & Regulations
Patricia Patnode is the Outreach Director for LoneConservative.com. She is currently a college student in Iowa where she is President of her school’s College Republicans club. Patricia has been published in a variety of publications on issues related to the environment, energy production, and pop culture.
Tech & Innovation | International Affairs
Robert is Director of Communications at NetChoice, a trade association fighting for free speech and free enterprise online. NetChoice, Robert worked as the Digital Marketing & Outreach Manager at TechFreedom, a tech policy think tank. Working on issues such as Section 230, FISA, net neutrality and the peer-to-peer economy, Robert immigrated to the U.S. after graduating in International Politics at King’s College London.
Healthcare | Taxes & Regulations | Energy & Environment
Ross Marchand is the director of policy for the Taxpayers Protection Alliance. Ross is an alumni of the Mercatus MA Fellowship, and received his master’s degree in economics from George Mason University. He has interned at FreedomWorks, ALEC, and the Lithuanian Free Market Institute.
Free Speech | Taxes & Regulations
Shaun Cammack is a graduate student at the University of Chicago. His areas of interest includes economic freedom and free expression. Shaun formerly worked in Alaska as a dog handler, and previously lived in Japan as an English teacher. His essays have been published in Areo Magazine and the Merion West Journal.
Criminal Justice | Taxes & Regulations | Tech & Innovation
Trace Mitchell is a Research Assistant at the Liberty & Law Center at George Mason University. Trace is a graduate of Florida Gulf Coast University, where he received a BA in Political Science. He is currently pursuing a JD at the George Mason University, Antonin Scalia Law School. Trace is also an alum of the Mercatus Center’s Frederic Bastiat Fellowship and America’s Future Foundation Writing Fellowship.
College Park, MD
Immigration | Gun Rights | Foreign Policy
Yusuf Mahmood grew up in the Baltimore area, and recently graduated the University of Maryland at College Park with two degrees in economics and philosophy. He is now North American Programs Associate at Students For Liberty in North America. He also interned at liberty-oriented think tanks such as the Cato Institute and the Niskanen Center.
Nolan Gray is an advisor for The Center for Market Urbanism and policy fellow at Mercatus in Washinton, D.C. He holds a master’s in city & regional planning from Rutgers University. His areas of expertise include land-use regulation, development, and urban planning theory.
Nolan’s work has been featured in City Lab, Forbes, The Guardian and he won the 2018 Young Voices Award, presented by Reason for impactful scholarship by writers under 30.
International Affairs | Tech & Innovation | Education
Satya is a policy analyst at the Reason Foundation and former Director of Policy at the Australian Taxpayers’ Alliance. He has contributed regularly to The Daily Telegraph, Herald Sun and Spectator in Australia and has been published internationally in The Hill, and The Verdict.
He has been featured on Radio and TV, has reviewed state and federal budgets and also provided analysis on a range of policy areas including tax reform, technology, foreign relations, public health and civil liberties. He has also appeared regularly before state and federal parliamentary and senate inquiries to provide evidence on policies impacting Australia’s economic prosperity and social freedoms.
Salt Lake City, UT
Criminal Justice | Taxes & Regulations
Molly is a policy analyst at Libertas Institute, a free-market think tank in Utah. She writes about criminal justice reform, consumer freedom, and individual privacy rights. Her work has been published in The Hill, Wired Magazine, Washington Examiner, The Federalist, Salt Lake Tribune, and more.
Molly is a magna cum laude graduate from Rocky Mountain College in Montana where she served as president of her college’s Students for Sensible Drug Policy and Young Americans for Liberty chapters. During her college years she worked as a student coordinator for Students for Liberty and completed a policy internship at Reason Foundation in Washington, DC.
Education | Political Theory | Culture
Tyler Bonin is a teacher and educational consultant in North Carolina. He holds a B.A. from Campbell University and an M.A. from Duke University. Tyler is also a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps.
International Affairs | Free Trade | Foreign Policy
Alex is a Policy Advisor at a London based think tank and Senior Fellow at African Liberty, as well as a Foreign Policy Fellow for Young Voices. Formerly a Research Associate at the Cato Institute’s Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity. He writes about economic freedom, African development, and global well-being for the HumanProgress.org’s Heroes of Progress column.
Hammond’s works have been translated into multiple languages and have been featured in: The Washington Times, Reason, National Interest, Washington Examiner, News 24, Newsweek, CapX, El Cato, Academia Liberalismo Económico, FEE, Contrepoints, the Cato Institute website and the HumanProgress.org blog. He’s appeared on: Fox5, Glenn Beck Radio Show, Alhurra T.V., Newsy, i24 News, Lars Larson Show, Q+A in the Daily Express, and Global News Radio (770 CHQR)
English | Hindi
Tech & Innovation
Ryan Khurana is Executive Director of the Institute for Advancing Prosperity, a non-profit focusing on the social impacts of technology. He previously worked at the Competitive Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C., and the Institute of Economic Affairs in London. He is a graduate of the University of Manchester, where his dissertation was on the impact of Artificial Intelligence on the labour force. He lives in Toronto, Canada
Sam Peak is a specialist in immigration policy and a 2019 Young Voices tech policy fellow. His research and writing have been used in white papers for Hill staffers and his commentary has been featured in numerous national and regional publications including USA Today, Reason, the Kansas City Star, and the Orange County Register.
Sam previously worked as an academic coordinator for the Institute for Humane Studies and as an intern for the Niskanen Center and the Cato Institute. Before that, he worked as a Certified Nursing Assistant and home healthcare worker in Kansas City. He is an alumnus of Park University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in political science.
English | French
Gun Rights | Taxes & Regulations
Matthew Larosiere is the policy director for the Firearms Policy Coalition. He writes on the subject of the 2nd Amendment, gun law, taxation and gun violence. His work has been featured in National Review, Cato Blog, Fox Nation, Forbes, Wall Street Journal and more.
Matthew graduated cum laude from the University of Alabama with a J.D. and Master of Laws in Taxation. During law school, he served as the president of the Federalist Society and the ethics opinion editor of the Journal of the Legal Profession. He holds a B.S. in Business Management from the University of Central Florida.
Oak Lawn, IL
Taxes & Regulations | Entitlements & Debt
Entitlements & Debt | Healthcare | Taxes & Regulations
Alex Muresianu is a Boston-based writer, who primarily writes on topics such as taxes, healthcare, and occupational licensing. Previously, he interned at the Tax Foundation on the federal policy team, worked as an Akin Fellow of Digital Media at the Pioneer Institute, and was a journalism intern at Reason.
His work has been published in numerous outlets, including National Review Online, The Orange County Register, The Kansas City Star, The Detroit News, The American Conservative, The Federalist, RealClear Policy, the Washington Examiner, and The Springfield Republican.
Education | Taxes & Regulations | Criminal Justice
Christian Barnard is an education policy analyst with the Reason Foundation and writer for Young Voices. His work has been featured in multiple publications such as the OC Register, The Hill, Orlando Sentinel, Washington Examiner and on SiriusXM, WJLA DC and FOX 5 DC.
International Affairs | Education
Zachary Yost is a Pittsburgh based writer and freelance researcher. His work has been published in various outlets including The American Conservative, the Mises Wire, the Washington Examiner, The National Interest, and Libertarianism.org.
Education | Taxes & Regulations | Religious Liberty