Our Story

The American Economic Liberties Project launched in February 2020 to help translate the intellectual victories of the anti-monopoly movement into momentum towards concrete, wide-ranging policy changes that begin to address today’s crisis of concentrated economic power. 

Economic Liberties is led by Sarah Miller, who served as the Deputy Director of the Open Markets Institute and has been recognized as “one of the primary architects of the modern antitrust movement.” As concern over concentrated economic power has broadened beyond the community of antitrust reformers, Economic Liberties has quickly grown into a hub for organizing a diverse set of leading policy experts and advocates in areas impacted by concentrated power, ranging from community development to national security to entrepreneurship.

Working together with a growing network of allies, we call on the government to re-assert essential policy tools — like aggressive investigatory agendas, robust antitrust enforcement, anti-corruption measures, corporate accountability, and a reinvigorated administrative state — to challenge monopolies’ dominance over markets and society.

We are non-profit and non-partisan and do not accept any funding from corporations. Contributions and grants from foundations and individuals pay for the work we do.

Our Team

Steering Committee

Ross Baird

Ross is the founder and CEO of Blueprint Local, a new venture that aims to become the premier platform for people to invest in their communities, and the founder of Village Capital, a venture capital firm and incubator that supports impact-driven entrepreneurs.

Laura Campos

Laura is the Director of the Nathan Cummings Foundation’s Corporate and Political Accountability program. She has nearly two decades of experience engaging public corporations on topics with implications for climate change and inequality.

Brandi Collins-Dexter

Brandi is a member of the American Economic Liberties Project’s Board. She is also a visiting fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy and a senior fellow at Color Of Change. She is currently writing a book about Black participation in democracy and the U.S. economy, with particular focus on the role technology and information integrity play in improving or deteriorating community health.

Jay Himes

Jay is Co-Chair of Labaton Sucharow’s Antitrust and Competition Litigation Practice. Previously, he served as the Antitrust Bureau Chief in the New York Attorney General’s office, leading significant, high-profile antitrust investigations and enforcement actions.

Laleh Ispahani

Laleh is managing director of Open Society-U.S., where she oversees grant making, advocacy, and administrative work. Previously, she directed OSF-U.S.’s Democracy team and served as senior policy counsel at the American Civil Liberties Union.

Richard R. John

Richard is a Professor at the Columbia Journalism School, where he focuses on the history of business, technology, communications, and politics. He is a 2019 Guggenheim Foundation fellow, and has been a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, D. C.

Ronald Newman

Ronald is the National Political Director at the American Civil Liberties Union, where he oversees policy, advocacy, organizing, and electoral programming. Previously, he served as the Director of Human Rights and Refugee Protection at the National Security Council.

Zephyr Teachout

Zephyr is an attorney, advocate, and Associate Professor at Fordham Law School. She is the author of two books, Corruption in America: From Benjamin Franklin’s Snuff Box to Citizens United and Break ‘Em Up: Recovering Our Freedom From Big Ag, Big Tech, and Big Money.

Lori Wallach

Lori is the director of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch and a 25-year veteran of congressional trade battles. She was named to “Politico’s 50” list of thinkers, doers and visionaries transforming American politics in 2016.

Staff & Fellows

Krista Brown

Senior Policy Analyst

Krista researches and writes about policy at Economic Liberties, with a focus on technology, media, and finance. Previously, she served as a researcher at the Open Markets Institute and an analyst at Future\Perfect Ventures.

Matthew Jinoo Buck

Senior Policy Analyst

Matt researches and writes about policy with a focus on antitrust enforcement. Previously, he served as a researcher at the Open Markets Institute and worked as a paralegal at the DOJ Antitrust Division. He has written for The Washington Monthly and The New York Times.

Elle Ekman

Senior National Security Fellow

Elle Ekman guides Economic Liberties’ research on corporate concentration issues relating to national security policy. A Marine Corps Officer, Elle has submitted comments to the FTC to highlight how right to repair restrictions affect the military and has been published in the New York Times, The Marine Corps Gazette, and Proceedings.

Ben Elga

Senior Fellow

Ben is an attorney and founding Executive Director of Justice Catalyst and Justice Catalyst Law, which pursues path-breaking approaches to social justice lawyering to improve the lives of those denied access to justice. He is a graduate of Harvard Law School.

Zach Freed

Advocacy and Outreach Manager

Zach helps develop and execute Economic Liberties and Fight Corporate Monopolies’ advocacy efforts. Previously, Zach worked at the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, researching anti-monopoly policies.

Pat Garofalo

Director of State and Local Policy

Pat directs Economic Liberties’ policy advocacy and engagement with state and local stakeholders. An alum of the Center for American Progress, he is also the author of The Billionaire Boondoggle: How Our Politicians Let Corporations and Bigwigs Steal Our Money and Jobs.

Morgan Harper

Director of Policy and Advocacy

Morgan leads Economic Liberties and Fight Corporate Monopolies’ advocacy efforts. She is a lawyer and, most recently, was a progressive candidate to represent Ohio’s Third Congressional District in Columbus, Ohio. Morgan holds an M.P.A. from Princeton and a J.D. from Stanford Law School.

Denise Hearn

Senior Fellow

Denise is a recognized leader in new economic thinking and the co-author of The Myth of Capitalism: Monopolies and the Death of Competition, named one of the Financial Times’ Best Books of 2018 and endorsed by two Nobel Prize winners.

Nidhi Hegde

Director of Strategy & Programs

Nidhi develops Economic Liberties’ organizational strategy and programs and directs operations. She is a seasoned international development professional and an alum of the Open Markets Institute, the Monitor Group, FSG, and the Omidyar Network.

Leah Hunt-Hendrix

Senior Advisor

Leah is a writer and organizer whose work has focused on social movements and building progressive political power. She is the founder of Solidaire and Way to Win.

Sally Hubbard

Senior Fellow

Sally is the Director of Enforcement at Open Markets Institute and advises Economic Liberties on antitrust law and enforcement with a focus on technology platforms. She previously served as an Assistant Attorney General in the Antitrust Bureau of New York State.

Nia Johnson

Communications and Program Associate

Nia supports the communications and senior leadership teams. Previously, Nia interned with the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance, where she drafted and edited analyses relating to national healthcare spending, prescription drug pricing and healthcare mergers.

Lucas Kunce

Director of National Security Policy

Lucas is an attorney and expert on the impact of financialization and consolidation on national security. He is a Marine veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and has worked as an International Negotiations Officer on the Joint Staff at the Pentagon.

Sarah Miller

Executive Director

Sarah guides Economic Liberties’ organizational strategy and is recognized as “one of the primary architects of the modern antitrust movement.” She is an alum of the Open Markets Institute, the Center for American Progress, and the U.S. Treasury Department.

Kalen Pruss

Advisor

Kalen supports the execution of advocacy strategies at Economic Liberties. She has served as the Policy Director for the Democratic National Committee, as a Policy Advisor to the Clinton-Kaine transition team, and as a Special Assistant at the Department of Labor.

J.D. Scholten

Senior Advisor

J.D. is a two time congressional candidate from Iowa’s 4th district who ran a creative, grassroots campaign that drew national attention to antimonopoly issues. A Sioux City native, J.D. attended college and played baseball at Morningside College and the University of Nebraska.

Robyn Shapiro

Director of Communications

Robyn drives communications strategy across digital and traditional media. Previously, Robyn was an Account Supervisor at BerlinRosen, where she supported communications work on policy issues including healthcare, the economy, energy, and the environment.

Reed Showalter

Fellow

Reed researches and writes about policy with a focus on antitrust enforcement. Previously, Reed served as a Fellow to the House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Antitrust, Commercial and Administrative law, assisting with its investigation into competition in digital markets.

Graham Steele

Senior Fellow

Graham advises Economic Liberties on policy matters involving financial institutions and markets. He is the Director of the Corporations and Society Initiative at Stanford Graduate School of Business and served as Minority Chief Counsel on the Senate Banking Committee.

Matt Stoller

Director of Research

Matt is the author of the Simon and Schuster book Goliath: The Hundred Year War Between Monopoly Power and Democracy, called “one of the year’s best books on how to rethink capitalism and improve the economy.” He is a former advisor to the Senate Budget Committee.

Maureen “Moe” Tkacik

Senior Fellow

A former Wall Street Journal reporter, Moe has written for The Nation, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, and Reuters. Her analysis of Boeing’s decline, “Crash Course: How Boeing’s Managerial Revolution Created the 737 Max Disaster,” was featured as The New Republic’s cover story.

David Toppelberg

Fellow

David contributes and advises on research projects relating to the pharmaceutical industry. He is also a researcher at UC Hastings’ Center for Innovation, where he leads projects on pharmaceutical market structure, authorized generics, and drug competition and innovation.

Kate Yeager

Communications and Program Associate

Kate supports the communications and senior leadership teams. Previously, Kate was the Executive Assistant to the Campaign Manager for Bernie 2020, where she coordinated the campaign manager’s schedule and supported senior staff and other departments.

Careers

Learn about the latest opportunities to join the Economic Liberties team!


Policy Analyst

We are seeking a Policy Analyst to join our team who is passionate about our mission and will bring experience evaluating antitrust and competition policy. As a Policy Analyst, you will help to advance our goals by producing timely, rigorously researched, accessible products in collaboration with our policy and communications teams. You will develop fluency in the range of policy solutions available to address concentrated corporate power. This role also presents the opportunity to specialize in a specific sector or area of competition policy over time.

Operations Associate

We are seeking an Operations Associate to join our team who is passionate about our mission. You will work closely with the senior leadership team to provide scheduling and other administrative support and manage basic HR and office administrative tasks. This role will include operational tasks for Economic Liberties (501c3) and Fight Corporate Monopolies (501c4).