Economic Liberties Board of Directors Names Nidhi Hegde Interim Executive Director

February 8, 2024 Press Release

Washington, D.C. — The American Economic Liberties Project’s Board of Directors today announced that Nidhi Hegde has been named Interim Executive Director of the leading anti-monopoly advocacy group.

“From tech to healthcare, junk fees to airlines, Economic Liberties has championed the fight against monopoly power across industries at the national and state level, breathing new life into the anti-monopoly movement’s political salience in just four short years,” said Ross Baird, Chair of the American Economic Liberties Project’s Board of Directors. “With comprehensive experience driving the organization’s political and economic strategy, along with managing its day-to-day operations, there is no one more qualified than Nidhi Hegde to catapult the organization to new heights in such a crucial year. We look forward to seeing what the organization accomplishes under her leadership and watching Economic Liberties continue to work to keep this fight at the core of the President’s economic agenda, amplify champions across government, and deliver new wins for working families across the country.”

“We’re grateful for Faiz Shakir’s leadership and appreciate him stepping in as Interim Executive Director to guide the organization when Sarah Miller left to serve at the FTC,” Baird added. “Serving as Senior Advisor, Shakir will be well-positioned to continue building political support and providing battle-tested guidance for the organization’s mission.”

Nidhi Hegde has served as Managing Director and previously Director of Strategy & Programs at the American Economic Liberties Project since helping to develop and launch Economic Liberties as an independent organization in early 2020. Prior to joining Economic Liberties, she was Senior Advisor and Chief Operating Officer at the Open Markets Institute, where she led organizational strategy and operations. Hegde has extensive experience as a strategy consultant working with foundations, startups, small and medium-sized businesses, and development agencies on issues like entrepreneurship, investment, and business growth.

“I’m so proud of Economic Liberties’ impact over these past four years to build a top-class research and advocacy operation to challenge corporate concentration in every part of the economy,” said Nidhi Hegde, Interim Executive Director of the American Economic Liberties Project. “By grounding our work in the lived experiences of entrepreneurs, workers, small businesses, and local communities, we’re building a movement to empower economic liberty for all — not just monopolists and their Wall Street supporters. I’m thrilled and honored to enter this next chapter of our work with such a talented team, and look forward to what we achieve in the year to come.”

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The American Economic Liberties Project works to ensure America’s system of commerce is structured to advance, rather than undermine, economic liberty, fair commerce, and a secure, inclusive democracy. Economic Liberties believes true economic liberty means entrepreneurs and businesses large and small succeed on the merits of their ideas and hard work; commerce empowers consumers, workers, farmers, and engineers instead of subjecting them to discrimination and abuse from financiers and monopolists; foreign trade arrangements support domestic security and democracy; and wealth is broadly distributed to support equitable political power.