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

The Free State Project Board is comprised of the following Trustees:

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 as vice president.

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.

Séamas Ó Scalaidhe was raised in upstate New York by immigrant parents from Ireland. He attended college at Simon’s Rock and Rice University, where he majored in mathematics and behavioral science and then studied neuroscience at Princeton University where he received his Ph.D. Ten years later, after having satisfied his interest in being an academic scientist, he moved to New York City and became a management consultant. Part of this job involved helping companies decide where to locate their operations and he was very impressed by the process and reasoning that the FSP used to make the decision in favor of New Hampshire. Séamas became Treasurer of the FSP in 2011 and led the effort to obtain 501(c)(3) status for the organization which, despite considerable resistance from the IRS, was ultimately successful in 2014. Séamas moved to New Hampshire in 2013 and lives in the Lakes Region. When Séamas is not contributing as a volunteer and donor to the FSP he manages investments and philanthropic endeavors, reads (especially about markets as a window into human nature), and pursues a variety of interests including: hiking, skiing, working on and riding his classic motorcycle, brewing beer, and shooting.

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, investor, and Chairman of the board of Ethics and Economics Education, Inc. (also founded by Jason Sorens). 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, starting in this role on 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 served as vice president of the FSP from December 7, 2014 to April 17, 2016, and now serves as Chairman of the board.

Jody Underwood is a founder and owner of Bardo Project and is one of the faces of Bardo Farm. She lives off the grid on a large property in New Hampshire with a varying number of people, depending on the season and the year, all learning back-to-basics skills. She moved to NH for the FSP in 2007. Jody focuses on K-12 education both professionally and on her local school board, which recently instituted school choice and included private schools as part of the choice (which is causing a stir in the state department of education). Her goal is to figure out ways to revolutionize education. Her bio would be incomplete without mentioning that two of her favorite things are dancing and teaching dance.


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