Wayne Hoffman, President
Wayne Hoffman has been at the helm of Idaho Freedom Foundation since the organization launched in January 2009.
Wayne is considered one of Idaho’s most influential figures in politics and public policy and an expert on an array of issues facing local, state and federal governments. Hoffman has spent three decades writing about and analyzing the laws and regulations that impact individuals, families and businesses. Wayne writes a weekly column, found in newspapers and on websites throughout Idaho, and is often invited to speak on complex issues including taxation, health care, criminal justice and education. His commentaries have also been published by national publications including the Wall Street Journal and Watchdog.org.
As a journalist, Wayne won many prestigious awards for investigative and political reporting. After leaving the news business in 2005, Wayne managed public affairs and communications for two Idaho agencies, wrote speeches for and developed the policies for several successful political campaigns. For two years, he ran the communications operations for a member of Congress. Wayne has two children and lives in Boise.
Fred Birnbaum, Vice President
Fred Birnbaum joined the Idaho Freedom Foundation as vice president and chief operating officer after working 25 years in the paper and packaging industry.
Most recently he served as director of business and financial analysis for Packaging Corporation of America (formerly Boise Inc.) and has lived in Boise since 2000. His experience in industry includes roles in finance, operations, project management, and factory management.
Fred served in the U.S. Army as a communication staff officer and platoon leader and worked briefly for US Senator John Glenn, as a Military Affairs Fellow, following his Army career He received his master’s degree in business administration (MBA) from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Wisconsin at Madison.
Dustin Hurst, Communication director
Dustin Hurst serves as the Idaho Freedom Foundation's communication director, a position he's held since December 2014. He attended college at North Idaho College in Coeur d’Alene and Boise State University in Boise. He earned a bachelor’s degree in communication, with a minor in political science.
Before joining the Idaho Freedom Foundation, Dustin worked as a social media coordinator and reporter for Watchdog.org, a national news publication. His work there was featured or recognized by Fox News, Human Events, Reason.com, TownHall.com, Public Sector Inc. HotAir and The Daily Caller, among others.
Dustin lives in Boise with his wife and three wonderful kids. His work at IFF has been featured by Reason, the Foundation for Economic Education, Fox News and other outlets.
Janae Wilkerson, Development Director
Janae started working for the Idaho Freedom Foundation in late 2017 as the assistant to the president.
She graduated with honors from Northwest Nazarene University in 2017, with a degree in English and a minor in philosophy. Janae is a member of the International English Honors Society, and she often donates her writing skills to various nonprofit organizations.
Janae loves writing to express ideas, and she’s thrilled to join IFF. In her spare time, you can find her reading, singing, or writing stories.
Matt Tobeck, Local Government Policy Analyst
Matt Tobeck started working for the Idaho Freedom Foundation in the summer of 2020 as a local government policy analyst.
He graduated with a Juris Doctorate from Concordia University School of Law in 2020. While at Concordia, Matt served as the Vice-Chair of Concordia’s Federalist Society chapter, a libertarian organization which advocates for adherence to and a textualist interpretation of the U.S. Constitution. Matt also served as an editor for Concordia’s Law Review and volunteered in various capacities at the Idaho State Capital while attending Concordia.
In his spare time, he enjoys studying American History and Constitutional Law. Matt has one child and lives in Boise.
Anna K. Miller, Education Policy Analyst
Anna is a graduate student in economics at George Mason University and an MA fellow at the
Mercatus Center. She previously worked as a policy coordinator for the American Legislative
Exchange Council’s Center for Technology and Innovation where she focused on emerging
technology policy issues, education policy, and health care policy. Prior to that Anna was a
policy assistant at the American Conservative Union Foundation where she worked on
producing state and federal legislator ratings guides and plan the Conservative Political Action
Conference of 2017.
Anna graduated from Furman University as a division one student athlete with a BA in
Philosophy, Religion, and Ancient Greek and Roman Studies. Anna’s work has been published in
the Wall Street Journal, The Hill, The Detroit News, The Washington Examiner, and The Daily
Caller among others.
Anna is usually found cheering for her husband on the football field, hiking with her dog,
learning to cook a new recipe, or searching for Renaissance art in local antique shops.
Alli Megal, office manager
After living in Wisconsin for many years, Alli returned to her hometown of Boise to be closer to her family.
She graduated from Milwaukee Area Technical College with an Associate’s Degree in accounting then spent seven years running her own small business, pursuing her passion as a Certified Labor and Postpartum Doula, assisting women and couples through their transition into parenthood.
Alli brings 20-plus years of administrative and accounting experience to her new role as the office manager at IFF. She understands the challenges small-business owners face and has a desire to support the staff and clients of IFF in their mission to make the Gem State an even better place to live, work, and start a business.
Alli has two amazing daughters and two wonderful grandchildren. Her hobbies include drawing, writing, cooking, and spending time outdoors swimming, kayaking, and riding her bicycle.
Dr. john M. Livingston, Medical Policy adviser
Dr. John M. Livingston serves as the medical policy advisor to the Idaho Freedom Foundation.
Livingston, a Boise resident, performed general and trauma surgery for more than 35 years, including 12 in the U.S. Navy and 25 Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise. He attended medical school at The Ohio State University and interned at Portsmouth Naval Hospital. He performed trauma surgery at Norfolk General Hospital and pediatric trauma surgery at the University of Florida. He also performed trauma surgery at Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center and served as a staff surgeon at a naval hospital in Kelfavic, Iceland.
Gov. Butch Otter appointed Dr. Livingston to the Your Health Idaho oversight board in April 2013.