Staff.


Leadership

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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.

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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.


Staff

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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 IdahoReporter.com, 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.

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Lindsay Atkinson, Policy analyst

Lindsay Atkinson is the Local Government Policy Analyst for the Idaho Freedom Foundation. She is a graduate of Northwest Nazarene University, with a bachelor’s degree in International Studies and minors in Political Science and Spanish. Lindsay is a former America's Future Foundation Writing Fellow.

Her research has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Examiner.

In her spare time, Lindsay enjoys watching the latest movies, going on road trips, and traveling to countries she has never been to before to learn more about their culture and history.

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Janae Wilkerson, Development communications specialist

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.

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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.

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Maureen Hatfield, executive assistant

Maureen has been a part of the IFF team previously and returns now to help us as we grow and reach our goals.

Most recently, Maureen managed now-Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin’s 2018 statewide campaign. In addition to engineering McGeachin’s successful statewide election bid, Maureen helped to re-elect state Rep. Dorothy Moon to the Idaho Legislature. Maureen also led efforts to elect Viki Purdy to a commissioner post in Adams County.

Before her political endeavors, Maureen worked for more than 20 years in the healthcare industry. She and her husband, Todd, enjoyed raising and homeschooling their children on 30 acres just outside of McCall, ID. Maureen owned and operated Hatcreek Ranch, a romantic getaway cabin rental business located on their property.

Maureen brings her valuable experience and steadfast dedication to promoting the proper role of government to the Idaho Freedom Foundation.

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Megan Chambers, Editor

Megan Chambers is a graduate of the Denver Publishing Institute and Whitworth University, with a bachelor’s in English and a minor in editing. She has edited for a variety of publications, including literary journals, newsletters, and both fiction and nonfiction books. Megan is at her best when working creatively, whether through one of her artistic endeavors, writing, or developing and improving ideas.

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Lynn Dang, Policy Intern

Lynn Dang is a Summer 2019 Policy Intern at the Idaho Freedom Foundation.

She is a student at the University of Pittsburgh, pursuing a dual degree in Business Administration and Economics-Statistics. Lynn serves as a student representative of an advisory committee for the Pennsylvania State Board of Education. She is one of eight Board Members of the University of Pittsburgh Student Government Board, elected to help represent over 19,000 undergraduates for the 2019-2020 school year.

A native from Hershey PA, Lynn enjoys traveling as a means of both recreation and education; her most recent trip was a tour of Israel, the West Bank, and Jerusalem to learn about the Israeli-Palestinian geopolitical conflict.


Policy advisor

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Dr. john M. Livingston, Medical Policy advisor

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.