AboutThe Ayn Rand Institute

The Center for the Advancement of Objectivism

ARI offers a variety of educational experiences to promote greater understanding of Ayn Rand’s philosophy and, through the writing and speaking of our experts, advocates her principles of reason, rational self-interest and laissez-faire capitalism. Learn about ways to support us. Reach out to us with your media inquiries.

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Executive Team

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Yaron Brook
Chairman of the Board

Yaron Brook, PhD, is chairman of the board of the Ayn Rand Institute. He is coauthor, with Don Watkins, of In Pursuit of Wealth and the national best-seller Free Market Revolution: How Ayn Rand’s Ideas Can End Big Government and the host of The Yaron Brook Show on TheBlaze Radio and BlogTalkRadio. A former finance professor, he has been published in academic as well as popular publications, and his opinion-editorials appear in major newspapers. He is frequently interviewed on national TV and radio. Dr. Brook is an internationally renowned speaker, and lectures on Objectivism, business ethics and foreign policy at college campuses, community groups and corporations across America and throughout the world. (See here for his Expert information.)

John Allison

John Allison is an Executive in Residence at the Wake Forest School of Business. He is a member of the Cato Institute’s Board of Directors and Chairman of the Executive Advisory Council of the Cato Institute’s Center for Monetary and Financial Alternatives. Mr. Allison was president and CEO of the Cato Institute from October 2012 to April 2015. Prior to joining Cato, Mr. Allison was chairman and CEO of BB&T Corporation, the 10th-largest financial services holding company headquartered in the United States. During his tenure as CEO from 1989 to 2008, BB&T grew from $4.5 billion to $152 billion in assets. He was recognized by the Harvard Business Review as one of the top 100 most successful CEOs in the world over the last decade.

Carl Barney

Carl Barney is the chairman of the Center for Excellence in Higher Education (CEHE), which consists of a group of eighteen colleges—Stevens-Henager Colleges, CollegeAmerica, California College San Diego. He is the chairman and founder of Independence University. The colleges offer associate’s, bachelor’s and master’s degree programs.

Harry Binswanger

Harry Binswanger, Ph.D. in philosophy, was an associate of Ayn Rand’s and is editor of The Ayn Rand Lexicon and the revised edition of Ayn Rand’s Introduction to Objectivist Epistemology. He is the author of How We Know and The Biological Basis of Teleological Concepts and was the founding editor/publisher of The Objectivist Forum. He is the current owner and moderator of the Harry Binswanger Letter. (See here for his Expert information.)

Tim Blum

Mr. Blum is executive vice president of HSA Commercial Real Estate in Chicago, specializing in developing and repositioning retail-related real estate in the Midwest. His area of expertise entails adapting functionally obsolete buildings for retail purposes. He has developed over six million square feet of mixed-use and retail properties. He holds a degree in business administration.

Jim Brown

Jim Brown is the former CEO of the Ayn Rand Institute. Prior to his tenure with the Ayn Rand Institute, Mr. Brown served as an airline pilot, an Air Force pilot and an instructor pilot. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst, holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and earned a BS from the United States Air Force Academy in political science.

Lars Seier Christensen

Mr. Christensen co-founded the Danish broker Saxo Bank in 1992. After twenty years as CEO, he stepped down in 2016. Still a major shareholder in Saxo Bank, he founded his own private equity firm, Seier Capital, with investments in business ranging from IT start-ups to the Danish gourmet restaurant Geranium.

Arturo Gamboa

Mr. Gamboa is an investor, entrepreneur, owner and shareholder of numerous businesses, such as hotels, agriculture, retail and real estate developments. He was formerly an entrepreneur in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry and was a co-founder and executive vice president of Genomma Laboriatories International. His education was in engineering and he has an MBA from Duke University.

Onkar Ghate
Chief Content Officer

Onkar Ghate, Ph.D. in philosophy, joined ARI in 2000, after a successful tenure in the finance industry. A year later, he launched ARI’s new Objectivist Academic Center (OAC), which substantially expanded on the former Objectivist Graduate Center (OGC). Dr. Ghate acts as the Institute’s senior editor and senior instructor.  He is also responsible for providing philosophic direction and oversight for the Institute’s many projects. oghate@aynrand.org (See here for his Expert information.)

Peter LePort

Peter LePort, M.D., is a surgeon in private practice. Active in the fight against government control of health care, he is a cofounder and board member of Americans for Free Choice in Medicine. He is chairman of the board and a major stockholder in LePort Schools, a group of private schools enrolling children ranging from three months of age to eighth-graders. LePort Schools has more than 1,500 students in thirteen schools nationwide.

Robert Mayhew

Dr. Mayhew, Ph.D. in philosophy, is professor of philosophy at Seton Hall University. He specializes in ancient philosophy, and has recently completed books on Aristotle’s lost work on Homer and on Theophrastus’ On Winds. His most recent work on Ayn Rand is an annotated edition of her previously unpublished play The Unconquered (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014).

Larry Salzman

Mr. Salzman is an attorney with Pacific Legal Foundation (PLF). He is the supervising attorney of the PLF-sponsored property rights and economic liberty litigation clinical program at Chapman University’s Fowler School of Law, where he serves as an adjunct professor. Previously, Mr. Salzman was an attorney at the Institute for Justice, litigating constitutional cases involving property rights and economic liberty. Earlier in his career, he spent ten years in business as co-founder and CEO of an e-commerce company.

Tara Smith

Tara Smith is professor of philosophy at the University of Texas at Austin, where she holds the BB&T Chair for the Study of Objectivism. A specialist in moral, political, and legal philosophy, she has published books on judicial review in an objective legal system, individual rights, the foundations of value, and egoistic moral virtues. (See here for her Expert information.)

Tal Tsfany
President & Chief Executive Officer
Tal Tsfany is the president and CEO of the Ayn Rand Institute. Mr. Tsfany has been an entrepreneur, investor and executive in the software world. He has built and grown successful teams and businesses in Israel and the United States. Mr. Tsfany is a co-founder of the Ayn Rand Center Israel.

Onkar Ghate
Chief Content Officer

Onkar Ghate, Ph.D. in philosophy, joined ARI in 2000, after a successful tenure in the finance industry. A year later, he launched ARI’s new Objectivist Academic Center (OAC), which substantially expanded on the former Objectivist Graduate Center (OGC). Dr. Ghate acts as the Institute’s senior editor and senior instructor. He is also responsible for providing philosophic direction and oversight for the Institute’s many projects. oghate@aynrand.org (See here for his Expert information.)


Chris Locke
Vice President of Marketing and Development

Chris Locke is Vice President of Marketing and Development. In this global role, she oversees the Institute’s strategic marketing, branding and development. Chris has initiated and launched a number of internal and external marketing campaigns, and her vision inspires ARI’s long-term development activities. Her educational background includes a BA in communications/public relations from CSU. clocke@aynrand.org, 949-222-6550, ext. 279


Keith Lockitch
Vice President of Educational Programs

Keith Lockitch oversees all of the Institute’s educational programs. He also teaches, writes, speaks and serves as a senior editor for ARI. He holds a Ph.D. in physics and has done postdoctoral research in relativistic astrophysics. klockitch@aynrand.org, 929-222-6550, ext. 230 (See here for his Expert information.)


Tal Tsfany
President & Chief Executive Officer

Tal Tsfany is the president and CEO of the Ayn Rand Institute. Mr. Tsfany has been an entrepreneur, investor and executive in the software world. He has built and grown successful teams and businesses in Israel and the United States. Mr. Tsfany is a co-founder of the Ayn Rand Center Israel.


Ben Bayer, Ph.D. in philosophy, teaches in the Objectivist Academic Center and for other Institute projects. He also writes and edits Institute-sponsored content. bbayer@aynrand.org (See here for Ben’s Expert information.)


Elan Journo
Fellow and Director of Policy Research

Elan Journo writes, edits, lectures and gives interviews for ARI. He specializes in foreign policy. His first book, Winning the Unwinnable War, analyzes U.S. policy since 9/11. ejourno@aynrand.org, 949-222-6550, ext. 215 (See here for his Expert information.)


Steve Simpson
Director of Legal Studies
Steve Simpson is a former constitutional lawyer who writes and speaks for ARI on issues relating to law and government. He also helps manage ARI’s policy work and its media and outreach efforts. ssimpson@aynrand.org, 949-222-6550, ext. 258 (See here for his Expert information.)


Aaron Smith

Aaron Smith, Ph.D. in philosophy, teaches in the Objectivist Academic Center and develops educational content for ARI’s e-learning programs. He also teaches in the Seasonal Internship program and lectures for ARI. asmith@aynrand.org, 949-222-6550, ext. 248 (See here for his Expert information.)


Thomas Bowden

Tom Bowden writes course content for ARI Campus and provides research and writing support for various ARI programs.  He has also previously written for the policy team. Prior to ARI, Tom practiced law for many years. tbowden@aynrand.org


Anthony Loy
Student Outreach Coordinator

Anthony Loy is the primary liaison between students, teachers and parents for ARI’s annual essay contests, providing clarification and assistance for submissions and content as well as maintaining the necessary databases to track and run our contests efficiently. He has a BFA in film and television production, which he continues to practice on his YouTube channel. aloy@aynrand.org, 949-222-6550, ext. 269 


Zane Mitchell
High School Programs Manager

Zane Mitchell oversees ARI’s programs for high school students and teachers. These include the Essay Contests program and the Free Books to Teachers program. He holds degrees in business and political science from San Diego State University. zmitchell@aynrand.org, 949-222-6550, ext. 243


Lucy Rose
eLearning Programs Manager

Lucy Rose manages ARI’s e-learning programs, ARI Campus and the Ayn Rand Institute eStore. She has a BA in English from Columbia University, completed the OAC’s 4-year program in 2009 and previously worked in corporate communications and marketing. lrose@aynrand.org, 949-222-6550, ext. 210


Jeff Scialabba
College Programs Manager

Jeff Scialabba manages ARI’s programs and activities for college students and professors. These include the Seasonal Internship, Campus Clubs and the Objectivist Academic Center programs, professor outreach and support, and maintaining relationships with other organizations that reach college students and academics. Jeff holds degrees from Tufts University, Middlebury University and Georgetown University. He is a graduate of ARI’s Objectivist Academic Center. jscialabba@aynrand.org


Anu Seppala
Director of Cultural Outreach

Anu Seppala directs the Institute’s cultural outreach programs, including OCON. She also oversees the Publishing department and the Ayn Rand Archives and is responsible for international outreach and coordinating our speaking events abroad. She holds a Master’s degree in economics and business administration and was previously in banking and finance in Finland and New York City. aseppala@aynrand.org, 949-222-6550, ext. 212


Alex Wigger
ARI Campus Coordinator

Alex Wigger provides research and support for course content development, data analysis and reporting, and student relations for ARI Campus. He has a BA in philosophy and completed the OAC's Core Course in 2014. Alex also has experience in management, customer relations and technical support from various fields. awigger@aynrand.org, 949-222-6550, ext. 213


Jenniffer Woodson

As department manager, Jenniffer Woodson is responsible for processing and preserving Ayn Rand's personal papers and other related collections. She also assists researchers, answers reference questions and supervises interns. A Certified Archivist, Jenniffer earned a Master of Library and Information Science in 2011. jwoodson@aynrand.org, 949-222-6550, ext. 214


Colin Campbell
Editing Assistant

Colin Campbell has a Bachelor’s degree from Cal State Fullerton in Communications: Radio/TV/Film, with a focus on post-production video editing. He has worked as a computer technician, as well as a production assistant and as an extra on multiple short films and promotional videos. As the editing assistant at ARI, Colin supports the multimedia producer and editor in all areas of post-production and asset management. ccampbell@aynrand.org, 949-222-6550, ext. 284


Simon Federman
Marketing Communications Specialist

Simon Federman is responsible for the design and layout of marketing materials for the Institute’s programs and activities. Simon began volunteering for ARI in 1985 prior to starting work at ARI. sfederman@aynrand.org, 949-222-6550, ext. 224


Krissy Keys
Events Manager

Krissy Keys joined ARI in 2016 as a college programs specialist working with ARI’s internship program and student events. She stepped into the role of events manager in 2017. As events manager, Krissy oversees all of the Institute’s events, including the strategy involved in and execution of the events. Previously, she managed student programs and events at the Institute for Justice, where she assisted with the state chapters’ program and litigation management. Krissy graduated from Clarion University with a major in political science and minor in history. kkeys@aynrand.org


Jennifer Miguel
Social Media Strategist

Jennifer Miguel engages in digital marketing, utilizing the Institute’s numerous social media platforms to maximize the effectiveness of ARI’s digital communications strategies in the promotion of its programs, policy, events and activities. jmiguel@aynrand.org, 949-222-6550, ext. 247


Project Manager

Emily Tomarchio manages the Institute’s multimedia production projects for distribution on social media, YouTube, New Ideal, ARI Campus and other channels. During her five-year service in the U.S. Navy, Emily worked in Europe and the Middle East as a radio morning show host, video production department manager and social media manager. She’s currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies and Business Administration at the University of Maryland, University College. etomarchio@aynrand.org, 949-222-6550 ext. 231.


Director of Development Operations

As Director of Development Operations, Jason Bateman is responsible for optimizing ARI’s use of development analytics, tools, and programs to provide operational effectiveness in maximizing revenues. He brings fifteen years of development operations and leadership experience to ARI. His background, knowledge and skills will help streamline, strengthen and position the Institute for major long-term growth. Jason holds a BA in both political science and studio art, with a minor in communications, from Hamilton College in New York. jbateman@aynrand.org, 949-222-6550, ext. 201


Robert Begley
Development Specialist

Robert Begley conducts foundation research, telemarketing outreach for ARI national and regional events, and writes fundraising communications. He is based in New York City where he supports local ARI events. Robert previously worked as a global data center manager for several financial institutions. rbegley@aynrand.org, 917-655-2053 


Kathy Cross
Gift and Estate Planning Manager

Kathy Cross is responsible for the Atlantis Legacy, the Institute’s planned giving program. She assists donors with legacy gifts such as bequests, charitable trusts and other tax-advantaged arrangements. She also provides information on tax and estate planning issues, and guides donors wishing to make non-cash contributions or establish memorial funds. Prior to joining the Institute’s development team, Kathy managed several ARI educational programs and edited our newsletter. Her educational background includes a BA in the humanities and graduate work in music. kcross@aynrand.org, 732-242-9408


Marilee Dahl
Development Account Manager

Marilee Dahl manages donor and prospect accounts, as well as fundraising dinners and events for the Development division. Prior to working as Development Account Manager, Marilee served as ARI’s director of Education, overseeing all high school outreach programs. mdahl@aynrand.org, 949-222-6550, ext. 209


David Gulbraa
Donor Services Specialist

David Gulbraa is the Donor Services Specialist at the Institute, handling customer service for donors and prospects. He also helps run conferences and special events. Before coming to ARI, he published the magazine Radical Romantic and ran a small book publishing company. dgulbraa@aynrand.org, 949-222-6550, ext. 204


Duane Knight
Director of Development

Duane Knight oversees ARI’s development activities, which generate both short- and long-term financial support for the Institute from individuals, corporations and foundations. Prior to joining ARI, he worked for more than a decade in various capacities related to sales, marketing, development and management for a major business and trade association. dknight@aynrand.org, 800-365-6552 ext. 401


Matthew Morgen
Development Account Manager

Matthew Morgen manages donor and prospect accounts, as well as fundraising dinners and events for the Development division. Prior to working as Development Account Manager, Matthew served as ARI’s customer service and High School Programs manager, overseeing all high school outreach programs. mmorgen@aynrand.org, 949-222-6550, ext. 259


Lance Arenson

Lance Arenson oversees finance and reporting for the Institute and ensures that the Institute is fiscally responsible to its board and contributors. He has more than twenty years of experience as a senior-level financial professional. Lance graduated from California State University – Long Beach with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Business/Management.


Ayesha Ilyas
Web Developer

Ayesha Ilyas provides programming support and maintenance for various ARI web properties and for email marketing. ailyas@aynrand.org, 949-222-6550, ext. 227


Jeff Janicke
Business Operations Coordinator

Jeff Janicke provides administrative support for the Business Operations Division and provides occasional project support for other departments. Jeff worked in the insurance industry for many years as an agent. His background includes business operations and management. jjanicke@aynrand.org, 949-222-6550, ext. 228



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