Board of Directors

The current members of the Board of Directors for Citizens in Charge Foundation are:

Paul Jacob

Paul is a leading national expert on initiative & referendum and a board member of Citizens in Charge Foundation and Citizens in Charge.

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Eric O’Keefe okeefe

Eric is a private investor, and chairman and CEO of Sam Adams Alliance.

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Theresa Amato

Theresa Amato is a public advocate and author who has worked for two amatodecades for and with several nonprofit organizations to advance civic rights by training citizen advocates, promoting access to information, watchdogging government and corporate power, engaging in strategic philanthropy, and influencing public policy.

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Michael Foudyfoudy

Michael is a principal founder and managing member of ATB Productions, LLC, and Chairman of the Board at Stonehenge Capital Partners, Inc. and Toto Communications, Inc. He is also Chief Marketing Officer at Gramercy LLC and former founding chairman of AIMS Worldwide, Inc.

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Grover G. Norquistgrover

Grover is the president of Americans for Tax Reform (ATR).

 

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William Redpath redpath

Bill was chairman of the Libertarian Party from 2006-2010, and is Vice President of a financial consulting firm.

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John J. Woodcock IIIjw

John is currently Chairman of Connecticut Citizens for Ballot Initiative, CCBI, a non-partisan, issue neutral, political organization educating citizens/voters, to support ballot initiative in the State of Connecticut.

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Kermitt Waters

Kermitt Waters is an attorney in Las Vegas, Nevada, defending landowners in eminent domain and inverse condemnation cases in Nevada and across the United States for the last 40 years. Waters has been active in pursuing initiatives, passing an eminent domain reform amendment, and litigates to protect initiative rights.

John J. Woodcock III

Attorney – Licensed in Conn. and Mass, Adjunct Professor teaching Political Science at Central Connecticut State University.

John is currently Chairman of Connecticut Citizens for Ballot Initiative, CCBI, a non-partisan, issue neutral, political organization educating citizens/voters, to support ballot initiative in the State of Connecticut. Prior to this, John served as Vice-Chairman of the 2008 Connecticut Constitutional Conventional Campaign. Chairman Woodcock attended the Direct Democracy Briefing Tour to Switzerland as one of 12 American delegates in 2010, and was a speaker at the Global Forum on Initiative and Referendum held in San Francisco in 2010.

In the 80’s, John served as a member of the Connecticut House of Representatives, authoring the nations first Lemon Law, and Lemon Law II, while serving on numerous committees. He also served as a Commissioner on the Connecticut State Ethic Commission from 2000 to 2004.

On the National level Woodcock served for two (2) years as the Representative of the National Conference of State Legislatures on the Federal Trade Commission’s Reg-neg Committee, and addressed various state legislatures in this role, and has published numerous consumer protection and insurance articles in various national publications including the New York Times, Boston Globe, and The Globe and Mail.

A life-long resident of Connecticut John resides in West Hartford, Connecticut with his wife, Carla and faithful companion, Woody.

Paul Jacob

Paul Jacob, PresidentPaul Jacob, a leading national figure in Initiative & Referendum, is President of the Citizens In Charge Foundation.

Paul has worked on over 100 initiative and ballot access campaigns in nearly every state. An acclaimed multi-media commentator, Paul hosts an online, radio, and print opinion program, Common Sense, which reaches a growing list of over 15,000 e-mail subscribers and is aired daily by more than 150 stations in 48 states.

For more than a decade, Paul was the term limits movement’s leading voice, running U.S. Term Limits, the nation’s largest term limits group. For his work on term limits, columnist Robert Novak good-naturedly called Jacob “the most hated man in Washington.”

Currently, Paul writes a weekly column for Townhall.com, and his work has also been featured in USA Today, The New York Daily News, Roll Call, The Washington Times, The Washington Examiner, and The Chicago Tribune. He has appeared on Fox News, CNN’s “Inside Politics,” NBC’s “Today” show and ABC’s “Nightline.”

Paul has been named “a rising star in politics” by Campaigns & Elections magazine, received the Society for Individual Liberty’s “Phoenix Award” for “contributions to the advancement of liberty in America,” and was dubbed one of “The Best and the Rightest” by National Journal.

Paul also serves as a member of the board at the Center for Independent Thought, and has been a Senior Advisor to the Sam Adams Alliance.

Paul lives with his wife Rhonda and their three children in Woodbridge, Virginia.

Paul Jacob

Paul Jacob, PresidentPaul Jacob, a leading national figure in the pro initiative, referendum and recall process and is a board member of Citizens in Charge Foundation. The Foundation, and its partner organization, Citizens in Charge, are the only national organizations dedicated to protecting and expanding the initiative and referendum rights of every American without regard to partisanship or politics.

A multi-media commentator, Jacob hosts an online and print opinion program, Common Sense, which reaches a growing list of nearly 20,000 e-mail subscribers.

Paul is an activist and defender of citizen rights, having been involved in more citizen initiative campaigns than anyone in U.S. history. He has helped organize over 150 state-wide petition drives in 47 states on various issues. He has also been a party to dozens of lawsuits defending citizens’ rights to petition their government.

In 2005, Jacob assisted Oklahoma residents with a ballot initiative to cap state spending. In 2007, Oklahoma Attorney General Drew Edmonson charged Paul and two fellow activists (The Oklahoma Three) with a felony for allegedly hiring out-of-state petitioners, even though Oklahoma leadership of the initiative had consulted with state officials and followed their advice.

Facing a possibility of 10 years in prison, and against the advice of attorneys, Paul did not remain silent. Instead, he spoke out strongly against the AG’s “politically-motivated” prosecution, rallying Oklahomans and citizens nationwide against the increasing criminalization of the political process. Paul launched a website - FreePaulJacob.com - to chronicle the case, receiving wide-spread support.

In January 2009, the charges against Paul and The Oklahoma Three were finally dropped. Pulitzer-Prize winning columnist Paul Greenburg wrote, “The best way to assure freedom of expression, no matter where it may be threatened, would be to have an army of utterly determined Paul Jacobs fighting for it.” Also in 2009, Paul was awarded the “Charlton Heston Courage Under Fire Award” from the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) for his commitment to citizen-led reform and his fight to uphold initiative rights in Oklahoma. The award is presented to an individual who has stood for principle even
when doing so puts them at risk physically, politically or economically.

Paul has been named “a rising star in politics” by Campaigns & Elections magazine, received the Society for Individual Liberty’s “Phoenix Award” for “contributions to the advancement of liberty in America,” and was dubbed one of “The Best and the Rightest” by National Journal.

Paul currently writes a weekly column for Townhall.com. In addition, Paul’s writing has been featured in USA Today, New York Daily News, Roll Call, The Washington Times and The Chicago Tribune. His political work has been the focus of articles in the Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, Forbes Magazine and New York Times. He is a frequent guest on talk radio and has made appearances on all the major television networks.

For more than a decade, Paul was the term limits movement’s leading voice, running U.S. Term Limits, the nation’s largest term limits group. For his work on the issue, columnist Robert Novak good-naturedly called Jacob “the most hated man in Washington.”

In the 1980s, Paul started a pro-volunteer military, anti-draft group called Volunteers for America and served jail time for refusing to register for the draft as a matter of conscience.

Paul also serves as a member of the board at the Center for Independent Thought, the advisory board of the Initiative and Referendum Institute and on the National Advisory Board of Save Our Secret Ballot.

He lives with his wife Rhonda and their three children in Woodbridge, Virginia.

Eric O’Keefe

Eric O’Keefe is a private investor, and Chairman and CEO of the Sam Adams Alliance (SAM).  He also Chairs the board of a new organization, the Health Care Compact Alliance, which is working to move regulation and funding of health care from the federal government to the states.
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The Sam Adams Alliance hosts the annual Sammies awards to recognize and celebrate extraordinary citizens and their work to advance liberty.  SAM is currently researching American leadership through the lens of iconic leaders such as Ronald Reagan.
SAM launched Judgepedia, Ballotpedia, and Sunshine Review, Wikipedia-style websites that have had more than 68 million page views for their 284,000 pages of politically relevant information. 

Eric also serves on the board of directors of the Institute for Humane Studies, the Center for Competitive Politics, the Citizens in Charge Foundation, and Wisconsin Club for Growth.  He authored the book Who Rules America, which won praise from Milton Friedman.

Michael Foudy

Michael Foudy is a principal founder and managing member of ATB Productions, LLC, and Chairman of the Board of Stonehenge Capital Partners, Inc. and Toto Communications, Inc. He is also Chief Marketing Officer at Gramercy LLC.foudy

Michael previously founded and served as Executive Director of For Our Grandchildren, a nonprofit organization dedicated to entitlement reform. He is also the founding Chairman of AIMS Worldwide, Inc, the former President of ATB Media, Inc., and the co-founder of WFC/Westcom, which became the largest advertising and PR firm in the Southwest. In addition to his public relations background, Michael also has extensive experience as a counselor to financial and real estate companies.

Michael has served on the board of directors of AIMS Worldwide, Inc., UCI Web Acquisitions, Inc., both of which he co-founded, and OnLineFocus, Inc.   He also was the Executive Director of the Arizona Public Service Company Shareholder’s Association, later the Pinnacle West Capital Corporation Shareholder’s Association.

Active in a variety of charitable and community organizations in Arizona, Michael served on the boards of directors for the Foundation for American Liberty and the American Initiative Committee. He currently also serves on the boards of Philadelphia II and the Canine Cancer Foundation.

The author of the book, Reinventing America, Michael is the former host of ATB’s nationally syndicated “America the Beautiful” talk radio show, as well as a former co-host of “Newsmaker” which was broadcast on 119 radio stations by the UBN.

He is a graduate of the University of Arizona, and received his J.D. from the University Of Arizona College Of Law.

Ron Nehring

Ron Nehring is a veteran conservative leader who serves as the Chairman of the California Republican Party, responsible for the direction and management of the largest state Republican Party in the nation.  The acuity and focus he brings to this role is the result of over twenty years of domestic and foreign policy and political experience serving public policy, political, non-profit, and government organizations.

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Chris Wilson, CEO of Wilson Research Strategies, describes Ron as “a solid political strategist” and “one of the best state chairmen I have ever worked with.”  Longtime Republican commentator Bill Saracino describes Ron has having “exactly the right mix of head-headed realism and an understanding of the importance of ideas and idealism in politics.”  The Daily Caller’s Caroline May describes Ron’s leadership style as “behind much of his party’s enthusiasm” in the Golden State.

Under his leadership, the California Republican Party raised over $73 million, permanently retired over $4 million in debt, and instituted a wide array of management and financial reforms.

As leader of a key state Republican Party, Ron’s insight is frequently sought by national and international media, such as the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, Fox News, CNN, MS-NBC, C-SPAN, and the BBC, among others.

As Chairman of the Republican National Committee’s State Chairmen’s Committee, Ron transformed the committee into an important force for the sharing of ideas and best practices among the nation’s state Republican leaders.

Prior to his election to positions of leadership in the California Republican Party, Ron served as Chairman of the Republican Party of San Diego County (2001 - 2007), one of America’s largest counties with a population exceeding more than a dozen states.  During his chairmanship, fundraising increased more than twenty-fold, support for local candidates surged, and the party pioneered the largest ongoing Republican voter turnout program in California.  He inherited a committee long in debt, and through a combination of strong fundraising and solid financial management, left it with large cash reserves and no debt.

Ron applied his policy expertise and experience as a victim of the 2003 Cedar Fire, the most destructive wildfire in the history of the United States, as a member of the California Board of Forestry and Fire Protection (2005 – 2006), a post to which he was appointed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.  He is a strong advocate for charter schools, school choice, and providing parents with options and alternatives in education.  As a member of the Grossmont Union High School District Board of Trustees (2004 – 2006), Ron proposed a bold plan for transforming all of the district’s 11 high schools into charter schools managed by boards elected by parents of the children attending each school.

To support the cause of advancing democracy around the world, Ron has taught communications, governance, and management to leaders in Iraq, Bosnia, Serbia, the West Bank, Haiti, Egypt, Germany, Israel and the United Kingdom.

 

Ron is also a former gubernatorial appointee to the California Board of Forestry and Fire Protection where he brought his experiences from the 2003 Cedar Fire which destroyed over 2,000 homes in San Diego County and drew national attention.

A former trustee for the Grossmont Union High School District, Ron was elected Vice Chairman of the California Republican Party before assuming his current position as Chairman. He is a graduate of Stony Brook University, where he received a Bachelors of Arts in political science. He currently resides in Crest, California.

Theresa Amato

Theresa Amato is a public advocate and author who has worked for two decades for and with several nonprofit organizations to advance civic rights by training citizen advocates, promoting access to information, watchdogging government and corporate power, engaging in strategic philanthropy, and influencing public policy.theresa amato

In 1993, Amato founded the Illinois-based Citizen Advocacy Center to build democracy and served as the executive director for its first eight years. She currently serves as executive director of Citizen Works to educated about and reform excessive corporate power and as the director of the Fair Contracts project to reform the unfair fine print in standard form contracts.

In both 2000 and 2004, Amato was the national presidential campaign manager and in-house counsel for Ralph Nader, producing the highest vote count in the United States for a third-party progressive candidate in the last 85 years, and shepherding myriad election reform efforts and litigation to open up the political system to competition—many of which she discusses in her 2009 book, Grand Illusion: The Myth of Voter Choice in a Two-Party Tyranny, (The New Press, NY). As a manager of Amato & Main, LLC, Amato provides consulting advice for independent, third-party and progressive campaigns and nonprofit organizations.

Amato is the recipient of several public interest honors and awards and has appeared in most major national and international media outlets.  She was graduated with honors from Harvard in 1986 with a degree in Government and Economics, and from the New York University School of Law in 1989. After a federal judicial clerkship in the Southern District of New York, Amato was the youngest staff attorney at Public Citizen Litigation Group, where she was the director of the Freedom of Information Clearinghouse in Washington D.C. Amato lives in Oak Park, IL with her spouse Todd Main and their two daughters.

Grover Norquist

Grover G. Norquist is the president of Americans for Tax Reform (ATR), a coalition of taxpayer groups, individuals and businesses that opposes higher taxes at the federal, state and local levels. ATR is perhaps best known for the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, which asks candidates for federal and state office to commit themselves in writing to oppose tax increases.grover

A native of Massachusetts, Grover also serves on the boards of the National Rifle Association of America and the American Conservative Union. He has authored the book, Leave Us Alone – Getting the Government’s Hands Off Our Money, Our Guns, Our Lives, and he serves as a Contributing Editor to the American Spectator Magazine and as president of the American Society of Competitiveness.

Grover also has served in the past on the Advisory Commission on Electronic Commerce, the National Commission on Restructuring the Internal Revenue Service, and as an economist and chief speech-writer for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce (1983-1984). Having worked on numerous political campaigns, Grover also has served as the executive director of the National Taxpayers’ Union and the College Republicans.

One of Washington’s most effective issues management strategists, Grover holds a Masters of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics, both from Harvard University. He lives in Washington, DC with his wife, Samah and his daughter, Grace.

William Redpath

William Redpath is the current treasurer and immediate past chairman of the Libertarian Party, as well as the Vice President of a financial consulting firm.

Bill has been a member of the Libertarian Party since 1984, and served as Libertarian Party of Virginia chairman from 1989–1991. He served twice as national treasurer of the Libertarian Party, first from 1991–1993 and then from 2003–2004.redpath

Known for his extensive experience with ballot access and the initiative process, Bill’s tenure as chairman of the LP’s Ballot Access Committee, saw the LP achieve ballot access in all 50 states in both the 1992 and 1996 elections.

Bill also has been a candidate for public office, running twice for the Virginia state legislature in the 1990s, for Governor of Virginia in 2001, U.S. Senate from Virginia in 2008, and U.S. House of Representatives in Virginia’s Tenth District in 2010.

Bill currently serves as Treasurer for FairVote in Takoma Park, MD and is on the Advisory Committee of Virginians for Instant Runoff Voting. Mr. Redpath has been on the board of Citizens in Charge and Citizens in Charge Foundation since its inception.

Originally from Findlay, Ohio, Redpath is an alumnus of Indiana University, with an MBA from the University of Chicago. He currently resides in Leesburg, VA.