Jonathan Bydlak, President
Jonathan began his career in the financial services industry as an investment analyst for one of the world’s largest hedge funds. He has also served in an advisory role to numerous political candidates and nonprofits. His initial foray into the political sphere was as director of fundraising on Ron Paul’s 2008 Presidential campaign, managing an operation that raised over $35 million. His writings have been featured in USA Today, National Review, Real Clear Policy, and others. Jonathan holds an AB in economics from Princeton University.
Rebekah Bydlak, Executive Director
A longtime political activist and organizer, Rebekah earned her master’s degree in political science and public administration from the University of West Florida before beginning full-time work for the Coalition. She manages organizational development and strategy, as well as serving as spokesperson for the Coalition, overseeing programs, and managing daily written communications.
Jonathan Wren, Special Projects Director
Jonathan earned his BA in economics with a minor in history from James Madison University in 2015. He hopes to apply a small-government philosophy to the political realm during his time with the Coalition to Reduce Spending, where he assists with outreach to potential Reject the Debt signers, as well as researching and writing about current events and assisting with outreach to affiliate partners. In his free time, he enjoys cheering on the English soccer team West Ham United and attending Baltimore Ravens games.
Jake Grant, Research Manager
Jake joins the Institute from San Diego State University, where he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Political Science. He has been involved with various political organizations over the years and is an energetic advocate for spending reform. Outside of the office, he enjoys golfing and following whatever sport is in season.
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.