Board of Directors

Robert P. George – Founder

Dr. George is the Chair of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF). He is also a McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence at Princeton University. One of America’s foremost scholars in the fields of constitutional law, ethics, and political philosophy, he has won numerous awards for his academic and civic work, including the Presidential Citizens Medal. He has served on the President’s Council on Bioethics and as a presidential appointee to the United States Commission on Civil Rights.

He is a former Judicial Fellow at the Supreme Court of the United States, where he received the Justice Tom C. Clark Award. He is the author or editor of many books, including Making Men Moral: Civil Liberties and Public Morality and The Clash of Orthodoxies: Law, Morality, and Religion in Crisis, and co-author of Embryo: A Defense of Human Life.

(Note: Views expressed by the American Principles Project and/or on this website are not necessarily those of Professor George.)

Sean Fieler – Chairman of the Board

Sean Fieler is President of Equinox Partners, L.P. and the Kuroto Fund, L.P.  Over the past two decades, Sean Fieler and his partners have assembled a research team capable of analyzing businesses around the world, a capability that has enabled Equinox Partners and the Kuroto Fund to consistently purchase superior businesses at substantial discounts to their intrinsic value.

Mr. Fieler serves as Chairman of the American Principles Project and the Chiaroscuro Foundation. He serves as a board member of the Witherspoon Institute, the Manhattan Institute, the Dominican Foundation, the Committee for Monetary and Research & Education, the Acton Institute and the Susan B. Anthony List.

A graduate of Williams College with a degree in political economy, Mr. Fieler speaks and publishes on the topic of monetary reform. He has spoken on monetary policy at the annual Grant’s Conference, the Atlas Liberty Forum and has written for The Wall Street Journal and The Weekly Standard.

Mr. Fieler lives in Princeton, New Jersey, with his wife, son and three daughters.

Ellen Barrosse

Ellen Barrosse is the founder and owner of the Synchrogenix Group, a global pharmaceutical services company. She has developed a large grassroots conservative organization in her home state, and she represents Delaware as Committeewoman on the Republican National Committee. She serves on the Board of APP and as Secretary of the Board of APIA.

Francis P. Cannon

Francis Cannon is the President of American Principles Project and co-author of the report “Building a Winning GOP Coalition: The Lessons of 2012″.

For over 30 years, Mr. Cannon has worked in the public policy arena. Past and current clients include the trafficking office of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (for which his firm was awarded the Silver Anvil by the Public Relations Society of America and the Silver SABRE by PRWeek), the Knights of Columbus, American Principles in Action, the National Organization for Marriage, and the Susan B. Anthony List, as well as several national campaigns, members of Congress, major grassroots organizations, and non-profit organizations. Mr. Cannon is a graduate of Dartmouth College.

Maggie Gallagher

Maggie Gallagher is a senior fellow at American Principles Project and an author of the latest APIA report, “Building a Winning GOP Coalition: The Lessons of 2012”. She has been a thought leader on life, religious liberty, and especially marriage, for over 25 years.

Maggie is the author of four books on marriage, including “The Case for Marriage” with University of Chicago Prof. Linda J. Waite; and her latest book “Debating Same-sex Marriage” (co-authored with Prof. John Corvino). After founding and running a think-tank on marriage (the Institute for Marriage and Public Policy), Maggie went on to co-found the National Organization for Marriage in 2007, which the Washington Post called the “pre-eminent organization” fighting the imposition of same-sex marriage.

Her Weekly Standard piece “Banned in Boston” launched a national debate over the religious liberty consequences of same-sex marriage.

Charlie McKinney

Charlie McKinney is President of Sophia Institute Press and its online apostolates and Charlie has worked in the non-profit sector for nearly 15 years, serving most recently as Vice President at the Thomas More College of Liberal Arts in Merrimack, New Hampshire, where he oversaw marketing, fundraising, admissions, and communications. He has also served the Intercollegiate Studies Institute (Wilmington, DE) and at the Bill of Rights Institute (Washington, DC). He is currently Chairman of the Board of Cornerstone Policy Research, a New Hampshire think tank dedicated to preserving traditional values and limited government.

Charlie lives in Amherst, New Hampshire with his wife, Carolyn, and four children.

Myers Mermel

Mr. Mermel graduated from the University of Vermont with a BA in English and Political Science, and holds an MA in American History from Columbia University. He is in the process of obtaining his MDiv from Yale Divinity School. He is a Trustee of the New York Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. He has also been very active in Republican politics in New York State.

Luis Tellez

Luis is a Trustee and the President of the Witherspoon Institute.  Mr. Tellez received a BS and MS in chemical engineering, as well as an MBA in Finance from Washington University in St. Louis. Mr. Tellez spent the early part of his career working in the chemical industry, and subsequently spent over twenty years administering several not-for-profit corporations. He has been a member of the Advisory Council of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University since its inception in 2000. Mr. Tellez is one of the founders of the Witherspoon Institute.

Ross Burnam

Ross W Burnam CPA, CFP® has been providing consulting, management, and related services to the owners and operators of both commercial and tax exempt organizations through a firm he and his wife started in 1983. He is a graduate of the University of Delaware, a veteran of the United States Army. He believes in God, the United States Constitution and in free markets properly informed by natural law.