Team

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MICHAEL C. CARNUCCIO

Michael C. Carnuccio serves in the capacity of President and CEO of the Liberty Foundation and serves as President of the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs. Previously, Michael served as senior advisor for Oklahomans for Responsible Government, director of public affairs for the Oklahoma House of Representatives, and director of public affairs for Saxum Strategic Communications (now Saxum PR). He also was an Adjunct Faculty lecturing in courses on American Government with the Department of Political Science at Oklahoma State University.

His work has been published in the Korean Journal of Public Policy, The Oklahoman, and the Tulsa World. His weekly column “Free Market Friday” is published by the Journal Record and syndicated in 27 markets. Michael is a member of Club 29 Rotary, the Downtown Club of Oklahoma City, the Heritage Foundation’s Young President’s Club and SALLT.

He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Liberty Foundation, Operation Homefront, OCPA Impact, The Fairness Center, and the Steering Committee at Roosevelt Leadership Academy. Michael received both his B.A. in Broadcast Journalism and his M.A. in Political Science from Oklahoma State University.

He lives in Yukon, OK with his wife, Kayla, and their sons, Joseph and Thomas.

michael@libertyfound.org

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MATT A. MAYER
Matt A. Mayer serves in the capacity of COO of the Liberty Foundation. He also serves as the President of Opportunity Ohio, a free market think tank in Ohio. He previously spent 6.5 years as a Visiting Fellow with The Heritage Foundation, where he researched, wrote, and spoke on national security and federalism issues. Mayer was a senior official at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) under the leadership of Secretaries Tom Ridge and Michael Chertoff. Mayer came to DHS from Colorado where he served Governor Bill Owens as the Deputy Director for the Department of Regulatory Agencies. 

Mayer is the author of The Founding Debate: Where Should the Power Over Our Lives Reside, Competitive Federalism: Leveraging the Constitution to Rebuild America, Taxpayers Don’t Stand a Chance: Why Battleground Ohio Loses No Matter Who Wins (and What to To About It), Homeland Security and Federalism: Protecting America from Outside the Beltway, which features a foreword by the Honorable Edwin Meese III, former U.S. Attorney General under President Ronald Reagan.

He has appeared as a guest commentator on C-SPAN, Fox News Channel, CPAC, National Journal, and other major media outlets. His articles and analysis have appeared in a variety of newspapers, law reviews, public policy journals, and online forums. He has presented expert testimony to Congress and several state legislatures.

Mayer graduated from the University of Dayton, with a double major in Philosophy and Psychology. The Dayton native received his law degree from The Ohio State University College of Law. He also served as a 2007 Lincoln Fellow with The Claremont Institute for the Study of Statesmanship and Political Philosophy and a 2006 American Marshall Memorial Fellow with the German Marshall Fund of the United States.

Mayer resides in Dublin, Ohio, with his wife and three children.

matt@libertyfound.org
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CAMERON SMITH
Cameron Smith is the Liberty Foundation's National Director. He is also a regular columnist for the Alabama Media Group and a Senior Fellow with the R Street Institute in Washington, D.C. Previously Cameron served as Vice President and General Counsel of the Alabama Policy Institute where he managed policy, legal, and communications operations​​.
 
Cameron served several years in Washington, D.C., as Counsel in both the House and Senate. In the Senate, he worked for Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) as Legislative Counsel on the Senate Judiciary Committee. In the House of Representatives, Cameron first ran the House Intellectual Property Caucus and aided Congressman Tom Feeney (R-FL) as Counsel. He then served as Counsel to U.S. Congressman Geoff Davis (R-KY), a member of the House Ways and Means Committee. His primary legislative project for Davis was H.R. 10, the REINS Act, introduced in the 112th Congress, which would provide significantly more accountability for Congress regarding the impacts of federal regulation.
 
Cameron graduated from Washington and Lee University and The University of Alabama School of Law. He is a member of the Tennessee and Alabama bars. Cameron, his wife, Justine, and their three sons reside in Vestavia Hills, Alabama.


cameron@libertyfound.org



 
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TRENT ENGLAND
Trent England serves as National Coordinator for the Liberty Foundation. He is also Vice President for Strategic Initiatives at the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs, where he directs the Center for Constitutional Freedom and is the David and Ann Brown Distinguished Fellow for the Advancement of Liberty. Trent is an adjunct fellow of the Washington state-based Freedom Foundation, where he previously served as Executive Vice President. He earlier worked in Washington, D.C., as a Legal Policy Analyst at The Heritage Foundation, vice president of an issues lobbying organization, and a Senior Research Analyst for the National Republican Senatorial Committee.
 
Trent is a contributor to two books: The Heritage Guide to the Constitution and One Nation Under Arrest: How Crazy Laws, Rogue Prosecutors, and Activist Judges Threaten Your Liberty. His writing has also appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Christian Science Monitor, Washington Times, and other newspapers. Trent has been a fill-in host for The Ben Shapiro Show and is a frequent guest on talk radio programs.
 
Trent is a graduate of Claremont McKenna College and the George Mason University School of Law. He is licensed to practice law in Washington state.
 
He lives in Oklahoma City with his wife and their three children.

trent@libertyfound.org
 
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JENNIE KLEESE

Jennie Kleese serves in the capacity of Director of Development at the Liberty Foundation and joined the team in September 2014. Kleese, who holds a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism from the University of Oklahoma.  She most recently served as development events manager at the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs, a nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank which formulates public policy research and analysis consistent with the principles of free enterprise, limited government, and individual initiative. Kleese also spent time as a communications specialist for the Oklahoma Insurance Department, coordinating dozens of annual department events and assisting with media relations.
 
She resides in Oklahoma City, OK, with her husband, Ed, and two children.

jennie@libertyfound.org
 

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ELIZABETH LINCICOME
Elizabeth Lincicome is the Communications Director for the Liberty Foundation. Before joining Liberty, she worked at the Heritage Foundation as the Southeastern Regional Media Associate from 2011-2014, Assistant Director of Broadcast Services from 2009-2010 and as a Senior Media Associate from 2005-2009.
Lincicome’s communications and media experience include stints as an off-air producer for CBS News, where she covered the 2002 midterm elections, and as an Associate Producer and Researcher for CNN’s White House Unit, which included coverage of President George W. Bush’s trips to Crawford, TX, and Buffalo, NY. She has also spent time working as a Staff Writer for The Hill newspaper and a Publicist at Regnery Publishing, both in Washington, DC.
Elizabeth graduated from Duke University in 2002 and later earned her Master’s degree in Communications from Johns Hopkins University. She and her husband, an international trade attorney, live in Raleigh, NC with their daughter, Eve and Bichon, Ivey.

elizabeth@libertyfound.org
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TERESA YODER
Teresa Yoder serves in the capacity of Director of Operations at the Liberty Foundation and joined the organization in March of 2014.  Previously, Yoder worked at AdvancePierre Foods.  During her 19 years with APF, she held the positions of Financial Analyst, Customer Service Representative and Director of Customer Service.

She lives in Mustang, OK, with her husband, Walt, and enjoys spending time with her four grandsons.

teresa@libertyfound.org