The Claremont Institute is happy to announce those selected as our 2007 Lincoln Fellows. Lincoln Fellowships are offered to professionals serving elected officials or appointed policy-makers in the federal government, as well as staff members of national political parties, non-profit institutions that research and publish on public policy and constitutional issues, and political editorialists in the media.
Begun in 1996, the Lincoln Fellowship program now boasts over 70 alumni, a list of which may be found here. These include senior staff of United States Representatives and Senators, White House staff and speech writers, and senior advisors in numerous U.S. Departments and agencies.
This year the Lincoln Fellows program will be held August 4-12, in Newport Beach, California. The program features intensive seminars on the theory and literature of the American Founding, the statesmanship of Abraham Lincoln, and the rise of modern liberalism and the administrative state, all with a view to recovering constitutional government and the moral conditions of free society.
THE 2007 LINCOLN FELLOWS:
Brian Calle is Vice President of the Claremont Institute. Previously he served as Director of Sales and Marketing at Sally Ride Science. He has served on the Mount San Antonio College Governing Board, is a member of Gen-Next, and is the President of Young Executives of America. Mr. Calle also currently serves as Strategic Planning Commissioner for the Center for the Advancement of STEM Education at the U.S. Department of Defense. He holds a B.A. in Business Communications and Political Science from the University of Southern California.
Keith Carlson is founder and senior partner at the law firm of Carlson & Jayakumar, where he specializes in employment and healthcare issues. He has specialized in litigation in the areas of trade secrets, unfair competition, wage-and-hour claims, business litigation, regulatory takings, and eminent domain. Mr. Carlson has been active in Southern California politics for the last ten years, and was elected Treasurer of the California Republican Party in 2006. Mr. Carlson holds a J.D. and a B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Daveed Gartenstein-Ross is a Senior Fellow at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, where he also directs their Project on Religion, Politics, and Radicalism. From 1998 to 1999, Mr. Gartenstein-Ross worked for the U.S. Headquarters of the Al Haramain Islamic Foundation, an international Wahhabi charity. The office he worked for was later named a specially designated global terrorist entity by the Treasury Department, and Gartenstein-Ross worked as a confidential informant in the FBI’s investigation, an experience detailed in his recently published book, My Year Inside Radical Islam. He has written for a variety of publications, both scholarly and journalistic. Mr. Gartenstein-Ross is a regular terrorism analyst on CNN and Fox News, and has made numerous television and talk radio appearances. He holds a J.D. from New York University School of Law, and clerked on the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit after earning his law degree.
Larry Greenfield is the California Director of the Republican Jewish Coalition, a nonprofit educational organization. Mr. Greenfield’s professional experience includes work in law and business in Los Angeles. In 1997, he was made a fellow of the Wexner Heritage Foundation, and regularly lectures on Jewish religious affairs, American foreign policy, and the rise of Islamic fundamentalism. Mr. Greenfield was honorably discharged from the Naval Intelligence Reserves in 2006. He holds a B.A. in political science from the University of California at Berkeley, and a J.D. from the Georgetown Law Center.
Roman Joch is Executive Director of the Civic Institute, the most prominent conservative think-tank in Prague. Dr. Joch lectures and writes on political philosophy, international relations, and national security issues in Czech and Slovak newspapers, magazines and electronic media. From 1994-1998, he was International Secretary of the Civic Democratic Alliance, a conservative political party in the Czech Republic. Dr. Joch was a member of the student movement during the Velvet Revolution in 1989, an international visitor to the Republican National Convention in 1996, and a delegate to the First International Conservative Congress in 1997. He is the author of two books, Why Iraq? Causes and Consequences of the Conflict and The Revolt Against the Revolution of the Twentieth Century, an intellectual biography of American conservative and former senior editor of National Review, Frank S. Meyer. Dr. Joch holds an M.D. from Charles University in Prague.
Carolyn Leddy is a Director for Counterproliferation Strategy at the National Security Council. Prior to her position at NSC, Ms. Leddy was a Senior Advisor at the Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation and a Senior Advisor at the Bureau of Arms Control, both at the State Department. She has also held State Department positions as a Foreign Affairs Officer and a Presidential Management Fellow, and was a Professional Staff Member for the Committee on Foreign Relations in the U.S. Senate. Ms. Leddy’s public service has taken her around the globe, most notably to Libya, where she helped oversee the dismantling of Muammar Qadhafi’s WMD and missile programs. She holds a B.A. from Sweet Briar College in Virginia, and a Master of International Affairs from Columbia University.
Brian Lee is the Director of Congressional Affairs at the National Endowment for the Humanities. He has worked as Communications Director and Senior Legislative Assistant for International Relations for Congressman Jeff Fortenberry, and at the Office of Legal Policy at the Department of Justice. Dr. Lee has been an Adjunct Instructor of Theology at the Reformed Theological Seminary in Washington D.C. and Atlanta, and was the recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship for studies in The Netherlands. He holds a Ph.D. in Early-Modern Religious Thought from Calvin Seminary in Grand Rapids, Michigan, an M.A. in Biblical Studies from Westminster Seminary, and a B.A. from Stanford.
Matt Mayer is President and CEO of Provisum Strategies, LLC, and an Adjunct Professor at The Ohio State University's International Studies Program. He was Director of Homeland Security for Lockheed Martin and Counselor to the Deputy Secretary and Acting Executive Director, Chief of Staff, & Senior Policy Advisor in the Office of State and Local Government Coordination and Preparedness at the Department of Homeland Security. He has participated in several public policy roundtables and published policy papers for the Heritage Foundation, Preager Security International, The Colorado Lawyer, and the Journal on Dispute Resolution. Mr. Mayer is a German Marshall Fund American Memorial Fellow, and holds a J.D. from The Ohio State University College of Law and a B.A. from the University of Dayton.
Ryan Messmore is the William E. Simon Fellow in Religion and a Free Society at The Heritage Foundation and a Political Theology Ph.D. candidate at the University of Oxford. He writes regularly about the intersection between religion, society and politics. He is the Founder and former Executive Director of the Trinity Forum Academy, a residential learning community for recent college graduates. Mr. Messmore holds a Master of Philosophy in Theology from the University of Cambridge, a Master of Theological Studies from Duke Divinity School, and a B.A. in Public Policy from Duke University.
Andrew Olivastro is Vice President of Corporate Reputation and Corporate Issues at Edelman Public Relations in Washington, DC, for which he consults, writes speeches, and develops message platforms for Fortune 500 executives, helping to shape public opinion through corporate speaking engagements and activities. Previously, he held a political appointment at the Department of Commerce as Deputy Director of Speechwriting for Secretary Carlos M. Gutierrez. He has worked for the Heritage Foundation in multiple roles, including writing, editing, and communications. Mr. Olivastro has also been a speechwriter for Chairman Ed Gillespie and a Senior Writer at the Republican National Committee, and was a journalist in Connecticut. He holds a B.S. in journalism and political science from Troy University in Alabama, where he also played varsity football.
Sameer Parekh is chairman of a ballot initiative committee working to end publicly-financed election campaigns in Arizona. He manages fund-raising, develops opinion polling, and coordinates strategy. Mr. Parekh started his first company, C2Net Software Inc., from his college apartment at Berkeley and within a few years grew the firm to $3 million in annual revenues and 35 employees. C2Net specialized in cryptology software to defend liberty and enable e-commerce on the internet. Mr. Parekh holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley, and continues to pursue studies in languages and mathematics at Arizona State University.
Mary Katherine Stout is Vice President of Policy and the Director of the Center for Health Care Policy at the Texas Public Policy Foundation. She has been active for years in Texas public policy, working for the Chair of the Texas Workforce Commission; as a Consultant, Policy Advisor and chief Policy Analyst at the Texas Conservative Coalition Research Institute; as a Policy Analyst for the Texas Legislative Council; and as an Assistant for Boards and Commissions in the Office of Louisiana Governor Mike Foster. Ms. Stout has published on healthcare issues across the state of Texas and in the national prints, including the Austin American Statesman, the San Antonio Express-News, the Houston Chronicle, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the Dallas Morning News, the Washington Times and National Review Online. She holds a B.A. from Texas A&M University.
Michael Tanji is a former intelligence analyst, a national security issue writer for Examiner.com, and an Assistant Professorial Lecturer at George Washington University. Mr. Tanji has served as a Supervisory Intelligence Analyst at the Defense Intelligence Agency, an Intelligence Specialist for the U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command, and an Electronic Warfare/Signals Intelligence Analyst. He has been at the center of efforts to sift through the voluminous documentary intelligence gained after the fall of Baghdad. Mr. Tanji has published articles in The Weekly Standard and at The Daily Standard, and has authored a chapter for a forthcoming edited collection on intelligence reform to be published by the American Enterprise Institute. He holds a B.S. from Hawaii Pacific University and an M.A. in Criminal Justice and Computer Fraud and Forensics from George Washington University.