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If you wish to contact the board, please email us at: board@freestateproject.org.

The Free State Project Board of Directors is comprised of the following members:

Dave Butler --coming soon--

Carla Gericke was born in South Africa and immigrated to California in 1996, after winning a green card in the lottery. She is a "recovering attorney" who practiced law as in-house counsel at Fortune 500 companies in Silicon Valley before redirecting her efforts to liberty activism and writing. In 2008, Carla moved with her husband, former FSP board member Louis Calitz, and their dog, Nellie, from New York City to New Hampshire. More than 15 people showed up during a Nor'easter blizzard to help unload their truck. In 2009 and 2010, Carla organized the Porcupine Freedom Festival, which grew significantly during this period. She enjoys cooking, yoga, hiking, and keeping public officials accountable. She won a groundbreaking First Circuit Court of Appeals case affirming the right to film police officers during a traffic stop. Carla served as president of the Free State Project from March 2011 to March 1, 2016, and remains on the Board.

Rich Goldman has been involved with Libertarian politics since before he could vote, and started his college's libertarian group, which hosted dozens of speakers. He shifted his focus to the Free State Project upon realizing it was the best chance for living and testing libertarian ideas. He organized PorcFest 2007 and 2008, led the Mid-Atlantic local group, updated the 101 Reasons to Move to NH, and wrote other promotional materials. He holds a PhD in Information System from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and is the founder of the software company LegIT Systems.

Rodger Paxton is a long-time libertarian activist, formerly he was the Chairman and Secretary of the Libertarian Party of Arkansas before becoming committed to full anarcho-capitalism. In his time as Chairman, he took a completely dead party and brought together a dynamic team that kicked the party into overdrive, thus turning it into one of the most active LP affiliates in the nation at the time. As Chairman, he also brought full ballot access to the LPAR for the first time in state history, which led to running 15 Libertarian candidates across the state in 2012 and 30 in 2014. In 2012 and 2014, Rodger also ran for Arkansas State Representative in the 51st district, garnering 20.18% and 26.26% respectively. He has also served on the national Libertarian Party Judicial Committee. Currently, he also serves as a Regional Captain for the Foundation for New Hampshire Independence and is the Vice-Chairman of the Libertarian Party of New Hampshire. Rodger is also the CEO of Pax Libertas Productions, a podcast and media company created to help spread the word of liberty and free-markets to the four corners of the world. He is the host of The LAVA Flow, Freecoast Freecast, and Resist the Empire. In 2015, seeking to find “liberty in his lifetime,” Rodger and his family moved 1,500 miles from Arkansas to New Hampshire to join the Free State Project, joining the exclusive ranks of nearly 2,000 “early movers” who made the decision to move prior to the Free State Project receiving it’s first 20,000 signatures. Rodger and his wife Jessica also unschool their two children at home. They believe these two activities are among the most important activities you can do to achieve liberty.

Matt Philips majored in Politics at Princeton and interned at the Cato Institute along with FSP founder Jason Sorens before joining Internet advertising pioneer DoubleClick in New York City. He then co-founded Right Media, purchased by Yahoo! in 2007. He now lives in New Hampshire, where he is an activist and investor. He grew up in Phoenix, Arizona, so he doesn't want to hear anyone using the New Hampshire winter as an excuse for not moving. Matt is president of the FSP, since March 1, 2016.

Jason Sorens wrote the essays that started the Free State Project while a political science graduate student. He was president of the FSP from 2001 to 2003 and served on the board until 2009, then rejoining after a five-year hiatus. He moved to New Hampshire in August 2013. He received his Ph.D. from Yale in 2003 and has taught at Yale, Buffalo, and Dartmouth, where he is currently on faculty. He is the author of many academic publications and is founder and president of Ethics and Economics Education of New England, an effort to boost ethical and economic literacy in the region through programs for high schoolers, opinion leaders, and the general public. Jason serves as Chairman of the Board.


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