In order to do the best job we can to empower our activists and make progress for all Americans, we need some of the most accomplished entrepreneurs and philanthropists to provide their leadership, ideas and guidance. From running Fortune 100 companies to acting as concerned citizens, our leaders give AFP a variety of perspectives and experiences that help us turn our mission into action and results.
James C. Miller III
Dr. James C. Miller III is an economist who served as Chairman of the Federal Trade Commission between 1981 and 1985 and as Budget Director for President Ronald Reagan between 1985 and 1988. Dr. Miller earned a B.B.A. in economics from the University of Georgia in 1964 and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Virginia in 1969. Between 1977 and 1981, Dr. Miller was a Resident Scholar at the Center for the Study of Government Regulation at the American Enterprise Institute. From 1978 to 1981, he served as co-director of the center. Dr. Miller was the first Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (April – October 1981) and the Executive Director of Vice President George Bush’s Presidential Task Force on Regulatory Relief.
He has been John M. Olin Distinguished Fellow at the Citizens for a Sound Economy Foundation and at the Center for Study of Public Choice at George Mason University. He is also a senior fellow of the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. He has been a Member of the Boards of the Tax Foundation and the Progress and Freedom Foundation, and a member of the Board of Visitors of George Mason University, and the U.S. Air Force Academy. Miller is currently a Senior Advisor to Husch Blackwell, LLP, an international law firm, and serves as Chairman of the executive committee of the International Tax and Investment Center. He has served a term on the Board of Governors of the U.S. Postal Service and has been nominated for another term. In addition, he serves on the boards of three mutual funds and Clean Energy Fuels Corporation.
James E. Stephenson
James E. (Jim) Stephenson is President and Chief Executive Officer of Yancey Bros. Co., which provides Caterpillar, AGCO, and Blue Bird Bus Co. products and services throughout the state of Georgia.
Jim assumed leadership of the privately held company in 1994, after an 18-year tenure as a lawyer with the Atlanta law firm, Smith, Currie & Hancock.
Jim serves on several boards and advisory councils, including: Republic Bank of Georgia, The Trust for Public Land, The Wesleyan School, Shepherd Center, Grady Memorial Hospital, and the Georgia Regional Transportation Authority (GRTA).
Jim holds an undergraduate degree from Yale University (1972) and a law degree from Duke University (1976).
Frayda Levin owned and managed a book distribution business for 18 years. After selling her business, she co-founded Moving Picture Institute which promotes liberty through film. She also co-founded the NJ Chapter of Americans for Prosperity (AFP). AFP trains conservative grass roots activists on how to lobby their legislators.
Mrs. Levin is a member of several Boards including, the Club For Growth, Americans for Prosperity and Foundation for Economic Education. Mrs. Levin began her working career as Legislative Aide on Capitol Hill and then in the Reagan Bush Administration. She holds an MBA from the Darden School at the University of Virginia and BA from the University of Connecticut.
Dr. Richard Fink is an executive vice president and member of the board of directors of Koch Industries, Inc. He is a director for several Koch companies including Flint Hills Resources, LLC, a refining and petrochemical company; and INVISTA, a global fibers, resins and intermediates company. Richard is also president of the Charles G. Koch and Claude R. Lambe Charitable Foundations and a director of the Fred C. and Mary R. Koch Foundation. He was an executive vice president and an associate professor of economics at George Mason University. He served on the university’s board of visitors from 1997 through June 2005.
In 1978 Richard founded what is now a George Mason program: the Mercatus Center. He is a member of the Mercatus board, which he chaired until 1990. In 1984 he founded Citizens for a Sound Economy Foundation and its affiliate, Citizens for a Sound Economy. In 2003 the foundation became Americans for Prosperity Foundation, which promotes market-based policies in the states. He serves on the board of International Foundation for Research and Experimental Economics. He previously served on the American Prosecutors Research Institute, Consumer Advisory Council of the Federal Reserve Board and as a director of the Tax Foundation, Reason Foundation, the Institute for Humane Studies, and Public Choice Center. He also served on President Reagan’s Commission on Privatization. Richard earned his Ph.D. from New York University and M.A. from UCLA. He graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in economics from Rutgers University. He is married and has four children.
Nancy Pfotenhauer currently is the president of MediaSpeak Strategies, a communications firm. Prior to launching her company, Ms. Pfotenhauer served as a Senior Policy Advisor and National Spokesperson with the McCain for President campaign, appearing almost daily on cable networks. She is the former President and C.E.O. of the Independent Women’s Forum (IWF), serving in that position from 2000-05. She was Vice Chairman of IWF’s Board of Directors from 2005-07. Ms. Pfotenhauer joined IWF after leaving Koch Industries, the largest privately held company in the country with more than $80 billion in assets, where she was Director of the Washington, D.C. office.
A veteran television and radio commentator, Ms. Pfotenhauer has an uncanny ability to reduce difficult public policy issues to lively, easily understood and memorable subjects of discourse for television, cable and radio audiences. As a daily morning talk show host for NET (carried on cable and television networks nationwide), she made the case for free market policy solutions to problems facing the country. Her television and cable appearances include segments on ABC, NBC, CNN, MSNBC, FOX and PBS. In 2004, Washingtonian magazine named her one of the most important conservative leaders in the nation’s capitol. In 1994, she appeared on the cover of National Journal, which referred to her as one of Washington’s rising stars. Additionally, Ms. Pfotenhauer has been featured in Newsweek, George, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal and The Washington Times.
Ms. Pfotenhauer began her career in Washington, D.C. in 1987 as a senior economist at the Republican National Committee and was promoted to chief economist in 1988. Selected by the Bush transition team at age 24, she served as the economist for the independent regulatory agencies task force for then President-elect George H.W. Bush, overseeing the policy, budget and personnel recommendations for both the Federal Trade Commission and the Interstate Commerce Commission. Thereafter, she worked as economic counsel to Senator William Armstrong, a member of the Republican Leadership, serving on both the Finance and Budget Committees. In 1990, Ms. Pfotenhauer joined the President’s Council on Competitiveness as the economist serving that elite regulatory review group. This appointment involved daily interaction with the highest level career and political personnel at the Office of Management and Budget, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the U.S. Departments of Agriculture, Energy, Interior, Transportation and Treasury.
In 2002, Ms. Pfotenhauer was nominated by President George W. Bush to serve as a delegate to the United Nations’ Commission on the Status of Women and served during the 46th session of the Commission. The Bush Administration also appointed her to the National Advisory Committee on Violence Against Women reporting to U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft and Secretary of Health and Human Services Thompson. Additionally, she served on advisory committees reporting directly to Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao and former Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham. In addition, Ms. Pfotenhauer served on the team charged with handling the budget for the Romney transition, and she was recently named to the Board of Directors at the CATO Institute.
Ms. Pfotenhauer holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Georgia and a master of arts degree in economics from George Mason University. She sits on Mason’s Board of Visitors.