Jonathan Bydlak, President
Jonathan is the former Director of Fundraising for Ron Paul’s 2008 Presidential campaign, where he managed a fundraising operation that raised over $35 million, chiefly online via the application of social media. He is also the founder of the independent consulting firm, Bydlak & Associates, LLC, with clients ranging from federal and state political candidates to advocacy organizations and other non-profits.
Jonathan began his career in the financial services industry as a hedge fund investment analyst. Originally from Massachusetts, he holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Princeton University, and currently resides in Alexandria, VA.
Max Raskin, Director
Max is a journalist and political advisor. He has written for The Huffington Post, Businessweek, and Bloomberg News both in the United States and abroad. His research has appeared in the International Journal of Social Economics.
Max has also served as a writer for a number of national political campaigns, including Rand Paul’s 2010 Senate campaign and Ron Paul’s 2008 Presidential campaign. He received his bachelor’s degree in history from New York University and currently lives in New York City.
Corie Whalen, Director
Corie is a political consultant with clients ranging from non-profits, Super PACs and candidates to public figures, columnists and advocacy organizations. At the age of 20, Corie organized and spoke at what Senator Rand Paul has called “the first tea party” on December 16th, 2007 at Faneuil Hall in Boston, Massachusetts. She later organized the Boston Tax Day Tea Party in April of 2009, and her activism has led to a political career that embodies engaging on a grassroots level as a means to hold elected officials accountable.
Corie now resides in Houston, Texas and is currently spokesperson for Generation Opportunity. She holds a degree in political science and history from Simmons College.
Richard Lorenc, Director
Richard Lorenc is the Director of Programs & Alumni Relations at the Foundation for Economic Education (FEE). Founded in 1946, FEE inspires, educates, and connects future leaders with the economic, ethical, and legal principles of a free society. In this role, Lorenc oversees FEE’s educational programs for high school and college students, including the summer seminar series.
Lorenc is also a member of the Leadership Committee of Young Conservatives for the Freedom to Marry, and he is the former Director of Outreach of the Illinois Policy Institute, the state’s free market think tank. He has also served as Senior Advisor to America’s Future Foundation, where he expanded leadership development programs for young professional conservatives and libertarians to 12 cities. Recently, he led website development for Truth in Accounting’s State Data Lab, a tool that empowers citizens, journalists, and legislators with information on the true financial conditions of the 50 states.
Lorenc’s writing has been published in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, Huffington Post, Daily Caller and others. He is a graduate of Emory University and lives in Atlanta.
Chris is an entrepreneur and technologist. He has been writing software for fun since age seven and professionally since age sixteen. He has lead several companies from inception to profitability and now serves as a board member and technology advisor to the Coalition.
Kevin is a private investor and was a highly successful mutual fund manager for almost fifteen years, first as the Lead Manager for the Meridian Value Fund (now known as Meridian Contrarian Legacy), and then as Founder and President of KCO Investments, which was the Investment Advisor for Presidio Fund. He also recently helped manage the Meridian Funds’ organization during an ownership transition following the unexpected death of the Funds’ founder.
Kevin holds a bachelor’s degree with distinction in economics and an MBA, both from Stanford University. He currently resides in Seattle, Washington.
She oversees the administration of the Reject the Debt pledge, including identifying and encouraging new pledge signers. She also monitors legislation regarding spending and appropriations and serves as liaison to affiliate organizations and media.
A longtime political activist and grassroots organizer, Rebekah is a former Florida state chair of the Young Americans for Liberty and active founder of numerous pro-liberty groups and causes in the Northwest Florida area.
Rebekah recently earned her master’s degree in political science and public administration from the University of West Florida and immediately put it to work, moving to the Washington, DC, area to work full-time for the Coalition.
Before joining our efforts, she served as Director of Events at Young Americans for Liberty in Arlington, VA. Corey attended the University of Central Florida where she pursued a degree in International Relations and Comparative Politics, founding and growing multiple pro-liberty organizations during that time.
In 2010, she was invited to the United Kingdom to work in the House of Commons and returned to the states to begin full-time political work in January of 2012. Corey has worked for a diverse cross section of non-profit and advocacy groups and currently resides in Washington, DC without a cat, dog, or husband.