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.
Rebekah Johansen, Outreach Director
A longtime political activist and organizer, Rebekah earned her master’s degree in political science and public administration in 2013 and shortly thereafter moved to the Washington, DC, area to work full-time for the Coalition.
She oversees the administration of the Reject the Debt pledge, including identifying and encouraging new pledge signers. She also monitors legislation regarding appropriations and serves as liaison to affiliate organizations and media. Most importantly, she does her best not to kill all of the office plants.
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 Stephens, 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, where she works for a Houston-based political consulting firm and serves in an advisory position to many organizations nationwide. She holds a degree in political science and history from Simmons College.
Richard N. Lorenc, Director
Richard N. Lorenc is the Chief Operating Officer of 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. Lorenc also serves on the board of directors of Oberg Research, Inc., which evaluates non-profit organizations’ educational outcomes. Lorenc is the former Director of Outreach of the Illinois Policy Institute, the state’s free market think tank, and has also served as Senior Advisor to America’s Future Foundation and Truth in Accounting, where he co-founded the interactive state fiscal database StateDataLab.org.
Lorenc has traveled to over 30 countries and has been published in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, Washington Post, and others on topics from constitutional government to gay rights to design. He is a graduate of Emory University and lives in Atlanta, where he plays the double bass in the Emory University Symphony Orchestra.
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.