Young Voices Contributors
Communicators under 30 knowledgeable in the classical liberal tradition
Tech & Innovation | Immigration
Adriana Vazquez is a California native currently working at the Independent Institute as social media manager. Adriana contributed research to California Dreaming, a book on how to deal with California’s pension crisis. She is passionate about open borders and ending the war on drugs. She has a BA in Political Economy and Italian from UC Berkeley.
Free Trade | Taxes & Regulations | Entitlements & Debt
Albert Gustafson is a senior at Indiana Wesleyan University studying economics, political science, and humanities. Whether for students, academic journals, or op-eds, Albert’s passion is bringing economic reasoning to his readers everyday. Previously, he wrote about taxes and regulations while conducting research on Nebraska’s death tax for the Platte Institute.
Taxes & Regulations | Tech & Innovation | Religious Liberty
long bio: Amelia Irvine is a contributor for Young Voices, and her work has appeared in USA Today, The Federalist, and National Review. She currently works for AEI Ideas, the policy blog for the American Enterprise Institute. Amelia studies economics and government at Georgetown University, where she is writing an honors thesis on how social welfare spending affects religiosity. Her pro-life and pro-family advocacy on campus earned her the 2018 Living the Arete Life award from the Alliance Defending Freedom. She received Young Voices’ 2018 Campus Pundit Award for an opinion piece defending gun rights on campus. She has worked for USA Today, the Foundation for Government Accountability, Jamestown Associates, and Congressman David Schweikert. Amelia hails from sunny Phoenix, Arizona and directed a congressional campaign in AZ-01 in the summer of 2016.
Criminal Justice | Education | Tech & Innovation
A California native, Ashley received her bachelor’s degree in linguistics from California State University San Bernardino before moving to Michigan.
Ashley currently works for the Mackinac Center for Public Policy as their External Affairs Coordinator. Ashley is most interested in tech policy and the impact it has on economic mobility, the future of work and productivity.
Free Trade | Taxes & Regulations
Benjamin L. Woodfinden is Young Voices Contributor and a PhD Student at McGill University in Montréal, Canada, specializing in Political Theory. He has been published in a variety of newspapers and magazines, including the Ottawa Citizen, Maclean’s, The American Conservative, and C2C Journal, and he has appeared on CBC radio. Benjamin was born in the United Kingdom, but moved to Canada as a teenager.
English | Spanish
Free Speech | Education | LGBTQ Issues
Bradley Polumbo is an Assistant Editor with Young Voices and an online contributor to the National Review. He is a former editor and columnist for the Massachusetts Daily Collegian, the largest daily student newspaper in New England. His work has landed him in National Review, Fox News and on Glenn Beck, the Kirby Wilbur radio show and more. Brad hosts the Hot Takes Podcast.
Surveillance | Free Speech
Dan King is Young Voices Advocate, digital communications professional and writer residing in Arlington, Virginia. He is a Niagara University alumnus, where he helped form the Niagara University College Libertarian chapter. Dan writes extensively on issues of surveillance, free speech and civil liberties.
English | Spanish
International Affairs | Entitlements & Debt | Free Trade
Daniel was born and raised in Venezuela, where he went to high school and experienced firsthand the consequences of Socialism. In 2016, Daniel was awarded a full-tuition scholarship to attend Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, where he is currently a junior majoring in Quantitative Economics. During his two years in college, Daniel has worked part-time at the Office of International Affairs, presided his residential council, and founded the Model United Nations student group. He is currently an intern at Economic Policies for the 21st century, part of the Manhattan Institute.
Education | Taxes & Regulations
David Doerr is a senior at Hillsdale College pursuing a double major in political science and history. He hails from Bad Axe, Michigan and is the oldest to ten children. David was an intern with Young Voices in 2018
San Luis Obispo, CA
Criminal Justice | Surveillance | Foreign Policy
Elias Atienza is a fourth year student studying history at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. He is currently an opinion writer for his school newspaper, Mustang News, where he previously served as opinion editor. His work has appeared in TheBlaze, Red Alert Politics section of Washington Examiner, Independent Journal Review and others.
South Hadley, MA
Free Speech | LGBTQ Issues | Religious Liberty
Elisabeth Eigerman is a sophomore at Mount Holyoke College studying Religion and Data Science. In addition to having written for the Jewish Women’s Archive, she makes video essays for her YouTube Channel, Sappho of Lesbos. Her passions include Theology, Sexual Ethics, and Public Discourse.
Entitlements & Debt | Gun Rights | Criminal Justice
Jacob James Rich is a policy analyst at the Reason Foundation and a Charles Koch Institute Associate. His research interests include issues of political economy and he currently uses data-driven methods to evaluate drug policy and design pensions for local and state municipalities. J.J. Rich is a graduate of Eastern Michigan University, holding master’s degrees in mathematics and economics.
Foreign Policy | International Affairs
Jerrod A. Laber is a writer and non-profit program director based in Arlington, Virginia. He writes about democratic norms, foreign policy & political trends. His work has been featured in The National Interest, Quillette, Arc Digital, The Federalist and Washington Examiner. Jerrod is also a former classical singer and actor who has appeared in opera, musical theater, and concert across the eastern and mid-western United States. He grew up in Appalachian Ohio.
Education | Taxes & Regulations | Free Trade
Joshua Hardman is a Young Voices contributor whose work has appeared in FEE and Economics 21. A former elementary school teacher and Cato Institute intern, Mr. Hardman is a democratic socialist-turned-libertarian from the San Francisco Bay Area. He is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles.
English | Polish | Russian
International Affairs | Surveillance | Foreign Policy
Katarzyna (Kasia) Szczypska is originally from Poland. She was engaged in the democratic reform process in Ukraine after the EuroMaidan Revolution. Kasia worked for the Cato Institute and Civic Development Forum, libertarian think-tanks based in Washington D.C. and Warsaw respectively. Currently, Kasia a student at the University College London and a Mercatus Center Frédéric Bastiat fellow.
Foster City, CA
Criminal Justice | Education | Religious Liberty
Kristiana Bolzman is a grant-writer for a non-partisan think tank in the San Francisco Bay Area. She studied politics and journalism at Hillsdale College, graduated from The Heritage Foundation’s Young Leaders Program, served at Fox News and on Capitol Hill, and is a Generation Liberty Fellow at the State Policy Network.
Ann Arbor, MI
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.
Entitlements & Debt | Taxes & Regulations | Foreign Policy
Michael Shindler is a Research Fellow at the Consumer Choice Center, and writer living in Washington, DC. His work has appeared in publications including The American Conservative, The American Spectator, National Review Online, Washington Examiner, Townhall, CapX, RealClearHealth, Economics 21, RealClearPolicy, HillRag, and RealClearDefense. Additionally, he has appeared on media programs including FOX 5 DC, Square Circle, and Circa TV.
International Affairs | Taxes & Regulations | Tech & Innovation
Phil Haunschild split his childhood between the small fishing town of Homer, Alaska and the sprawling tropical metropolis of Manila, Philippines. Boise, Idaho has since become home, where he attended university and now works at the Idaho Freedom Foundation as the Senior Policy Analyst. Phil focuses on regulatory policy, occupational licensure, blockchain solutions for government, and tax-increment-financing.
English | Hindi | French
Taxes & Regulations | Tech & Innovation
Pranjal Drall hails from New Delhi and is a sophomore at Grinnell College where he studies Math and Economics. Pranjal is a techno-optimist and advocates for public policy frameworks that allow for permissionless innovation. He is a Policy Fellow at TechFreedom, a post-partisan think-tank in Washington, where he focuses on telecom, internet freedom, and emerging technologies. At Grinnell, he is a Research Assistant in the Economics Department, the Policy Head of the newly revived Grinnell Republicans, and a member of the Men’s Tennis Team.
Tamara Berens is completing her studies at King’s College London. In the UK, she has interned at think-tanks Policy Exchange and the Institute of Economic Affairs. In the summer of 2018 she interned in Communications at the Competitive Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C. On campus, Tamara is the founder of a campaign to abolish ‘Safe Spaces’.
Her work can be found in the National Review, Washington Examiner, Spiked!, The Weekly Standard and Cap X
Immigration | International Affairs
Tirzah graduated from University of San Francisco with a Master’s degree in International Studies. She resides in Washington, D.C., where she works in data visualization, research, and communications. Her research interests include: international development, globalization, and innovation.
Free Speech | Taxes & Regulations | Free Trade
Tom is a third year undergraduate studying Philosophy, Politics and Economics at the University of Warwick. He is most interested in poverty alleviation, free speech on campus and education policy.
English | Mandarin
Tech & Innovation | Surveillance | Foreign Policy
Tyler Grant is a lawyer in Washington, D.C. He is a graduate of Washington and Lee University and University of Virginia School of Law. Tyler is a former Fulbright Fellow to Taiwan. His work has appeared in National Review, The Weekly Standard, The Hill, The National Interest and he’s appeared on FOX 5 DC, Newsy, Sirius XM and WMAL.
Nolan Gray is an advisor for The Center for Market Urbanism and a city planner in NY. He holds a masters 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.
Free Speech | Taxes & Regulations
Lindsay Marchello grew up in Georgia where she studied English Literature and Political Science at Columbus State University. Her interest in journalism and politics led her to intern at Reason Magazine. She currently lives in Raleigh, North Carolina where she is an Associate Editor at the Carolina Journal.
International Affairs | Taxes & Regulations
Satya is a Sydney-based writer and Director of Policy at the Australian Taxpayers’ Alliance. He contributes regularly to The Daily Telegraph, Herald Sun and Spectator in Australia and has been published internationally in The Hill, The Verdict and Svensk Tdskrifft. 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, foreign relations, public health and civil liberties. He also appears 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. Choosing the mountains over the great lakes, she first moved from her beloved state of Michigan to attend Rocky Mountain College in Montana. After graduating, she moved to Utah where she helps author legislation and push for positive government reforms.
Patrick is a sophomore at the University of Maryland, where he is studying journalism. Outside of the classroom, he is the Director of Talent Management at Lone Conservative and a contributor to Catholic Link. He is a former student journalist for WMAR ABC-2 News in Baltimore and former intern at the Media Research Center. When not immersed in politics, he is probably watching his hometown Ravens or Orioles.
Taxes & Regulations | Tech & Innovation
Kayla Stetzel was raised in the Midwest. When she isn’t writing about how criminal justice, privacy or free speech issues, she’s refining her skills as a young filmmaker. She’s passionate about original reporting, and has works featured in Reason.
Rockbridge Baths, VA
Urbanism | Taxes & Regulations
Martha is a Hillsdale College graduate with a BA in Political Economy. Originally from Florida, she has lived in Michigan, California, Illinois, and Virginia. While living in Oakland, California, she became passionate about housing and the transformative effects of cities.
Criminal Justice | Entitlements & Debt | Healthcare
Born and raised in Northern California, Jake Grant attended San Diego State University where he earned his B.A. in Political Science and minors in Psychology and Economics. After graduation, he moved to Washington, D.C. to work in policy at the Coalition to Reduce Spending (CRS). He currently works at CRS as Outreach Director.
Free Speech | Criminal Justice | Taxes & Regulations
Alexis is a student at Harvard University where she studies philosophy and government, serves on the Masthead of the Harvard Political Review, and fights for absolute freedom of speech. Inspired by John Locke and Frédéric Bastiat, Alexis advocates for government policies designed to promote individual liberty, from ending mass incarceration for nonviolent drug offenses to protecting internet privacy. She is the National Campus Program Director for Unite America, and served as a Charles Koch Intern for the Foster Russell Family Foundation in summer of 2018.
International Affairs | Free Trade | Foreign Policy
Alexander C. R. Hammond is a researcher at a Washington D.C. think tank. He frequently writes about economic freedom, globalization and human well-being. Hammond’s works have been translated into multiple languages and have appeared in; Reason, CapX, El Cato, Academia Liberalismo Económico, Foundation for Economic Education, Contrepoints and Newsweek USA. He is a graduate of History and Politics, from the University of Exeter.
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
Energy & Environment | Taxes & Regulations | Tech & Innovation
Sam Peak graduated from Park University in Kansas City, Missouri with a BA in political science. He has done policy research for the Cato Institute and the American Legislative Exchange Council. Sam’s work has been featured in the American Conservative, the Federalist, and the Kansas City Star.
Healthcare | Entitlements & Debt | Taxes & Regulations
San Diego, CA
Foreign Policy | Taxes & Regulations
Jack Hipkins is a Young Voices Advocate based in San Diego, California with a BA in History from the University of California. He has contributed to policy research at organizations including Americans for Democratic Action and the Cato Institute. Jack specializes in US foreign policy and economic theory, and his work has been featured in Townhall and Real Clear Defense.
Education | Taxes & Regulations | Tech & Innovation
Julian Adorney is a Young Voices Advocate and economic historian. His writing has appeared in a number of outlets, including National Review, The Federalist, Fox Nation, FEE, and Lawrence Read’s latest anthology Excuse Me, Professor. He’s a 2016 Thorpe Fellow with the Foundation for Economic Education.
Taxes & Regulations | Free Speech
Lili Carneglia is in her last year at the University of Alabama earning her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in economics, simultaneously. Her graduate studies focus on policy, which is where her passions truly lie.
English | Russian
Taxes & Regulations
Michael Zigismund is an attorney based in New York City. He received his J.D. from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, and holds a B.A. from Tufts University in International Relations, Political Science, and Music.
English | French
Gun Rights | Taxes & Regulations
Matthew Larosiere is a legal associate at a Washington, D.C. think tank, writing frequently on the subject of the 2nd Amendment, gun laws and also taxation. 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
John Kristof is a freelance policy writer from Chicago and a senior at Indiana Wesleyan University (IWU) pursuing a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Economics and Honors Humanities. Previously, John interned at the Illinois Policy Institute (IPI), mainly writing on fiscal issues and government efficiency, reaching over 100,000 unique readers. Before his stint at IPI, John was a Junior Fellow at the Illinois Family Institute, where he wrote on religion and politics, conducted political research and launched the Illinois Family Spotlight podcast. At IWU, John serves on three student government committees and works as an assistant in the Department of Economics.
Entitlements & Debt | Healthcare | Taxes & Regulations
Alex Muresianu is a student at Tufts University and treasurer of the College Republicans chapter. He is pursuing a degree in economics, and also contributes to Lone Conservative, a website for conservatives in college and graduate school, on which he covers a mix of cultural issues and economic policy.
Criminal Justice | Healthcare | Taxes & Regulations
A military brat, Christian grew up in West Point, NY and earned a B.A. from Messiah College with a double major in philosophy and economics. He currently does policy research for the Foundation for Government Accountability and the Pioneer Institute. Christian’s work has been featured in multiple publications such as the Washington Examiner and the Daily Caller. He also is a singer/songwriter and a die-hard fan of The Office.
Immigration | Taxes & Regulations | Education
He is pursuing a Bachelor Degree in Political Science and a Masters in Public Administration through his university’s combined BA/MPA program. Alex previously worked as a development intern with Young Voices. He has interned on Capitol Hill, is the President of the Catholic Student Association, and is a supervisor at the AU Phonathon. Born and raised in New York City, Alex enjoys musical theater, improv and New York pizza.
International Affairs | Immigration | Criminal Justice
Cory Massimino is a fellow at the Center for a Stateless Society, a Students For Liberty Senior Campus Coordinator, and a Young Voices Advocate. His writings have appeared in such publications as Town Hall, Counterpunch, The Daily Caller, The American Conservative, Antiwar.com, and The Libertarian. Cory studies philosophy in central Florida and contributes to the Students For Liberty blog and The Circle Molinari, a student-run left libertarian blog.
Foreign Policy | International Affairs
John Dale Grover is the Assistant Editor at The National Interest. He works on Conflict Analysis Resolution at George Mason University. Originally from San Antonio, Texas, John has a B.A. in Government and Legal Studies, with a focus on International Relations, from Bowdoin College, in Brunswick, Maine. His work on foreign affairs can be found in Forbes, RealClearPolicy, RealClearDefense, Fox News and in a variety of national security journals.
International Affairs | Education
Education | Taxes & Regulations | Religious Liberty