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 & Board of Directors

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.

Leah Hunt-Hendrix

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.

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.

* Denotes a member of Economic Liberties’ board.


Staff & Fellows

Krista Brown

Senior Policy Analyst

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

Matthew Jinoo Buck

Senior Fellow

Matthew Jinoo Buck is a Senior Fellow at the American Economic Liberties Project, where he researches and writes about policy with a focus on antitrust enforcement. He is currently a first-year student at Yale Law School.

Taylor Buck

Rethink Trade Program Associate

Taylor is a recent graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Prior to joining Economic Liberties, she worked for Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch.

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.

Cara Freibaum

Rethink Trade Digital Manager

Cara specializes in using digital communications to amplify advocacy and education through strategic messaging.

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 in the U.S. Senate. Morgan holds an M.P.A. from Princeton and a J.D. from Stanford Law School.

Denise Hearn

Senior Fellow and Co-Lead of Access to Markets

Denise helps lead Economic Liberties’ Access to Markets Initiative. She is also 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 and Co-Lead of Access to Markets

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.

Lee Hepner

Legal Counsel

Lee is an attorney with extensive experience in state and local policy. His work includes precedent-setting legislation to protect small businesses from anti-competitive behavior, in furtherance of equitable, self-sustaining communities. He is also an expert in privacy, land use, and government ethics law.

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.

William J. McGee

Senior Fellow for Aviation and Travel

William J. McGee is a veteran consumer advocate and aviation expert with decades of experience standing up against airline industry consolidation and in support of passengers.

Shahid Naeem

Policy Analyst

Shahid researches and writes about policy at Economic Liberties, with an interest in national security, defense, and technology. Previously, he served as a program coordinator at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS).

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.

Erik Peinert

Research Manager and Editor

The author of the upcoming “Monopoly Politics: Price Competition, Learning, and the Evolution of Policy Regimes,” Erik manages and coordinates Economic Liberties’ policy and research agenda. Erik is also an affiliated researcher at the Rhodes Center for International Finance at Brown University.

Daniel Rangel

Rethink Trade Research Director

Daniel specializes in international trade and investment law and policy and he is an expert in trade and labor matters. He was one of the lawyers that drafted the first stakeholder petition to activate the USMCA rapid response mechanism.

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.

Talya Shatzky

Operations Associate

Talya supports the senior leadership team and works closely with external accounting partners to maintain timely and correct financial, employee, and vendor records.

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.

Katherine Van Dyck

Senior Legal Counsel

An experienced attorney, Katie uses her experience to develop policies and legal strategies to combat the growing threat of corporate consolidation and to make the economy work for the same people she represented in court.

Lori Wallach

Director of Rethink Trade

Lori is the director of the Rethink Trade program at AELP and a 30-year veteran of international and U.S. congressional trade battles. She was named to “Politico’s 50” list of thinkers, doers and visionaries transforming American politics for her leadership in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) debate. A lawyer, Lori is the author of The Rise and Fall of Fast Track Trade Authority and Whose Trade Organization? A Comprehensive Guide to the WTO .

Jimmy Wyderko

Communications Associate

As a Communications Associate, Jimmy creates written materials, generates social media and digital content, and supports the organization’s press and media relations strategy.

Kate Yeager

Communications 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.