Our Team

Lindsay Hayes, Ph.D.

President & CEO

Lindsay Hayes has served as a writer and communications consultant in the White House and the U.S. Senate, for a Cabinet-level agency, and on two presidential campaigns. Hayes received her master's degree and Ph.D. in political communication from the University of Maryland, where she taught communications courses for over a decade. She also holds a bachelor's degree in political science and communication from Boston College.

Laban Jackson

Founder

Laban Jackson is the founder of Free the Facts. He has been Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Clear Creek Properties, Inc., a real estate development company, since 1989. He has been a director of J.P. Morgan Securities plc since 2010. Mr. Jackson served as a director of The Home Depot from 2004 to 2008 and a director of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland from 1987 to 1992. He is also an emeritus Trustee of the Markey Cancer Foundation. Mr. Jackson is a graduate of the United States Military Academy.

Lanhee J. Chen, Ph.D.

Chairman, Policy Advisory Board

Lanhee J. Chen, Ph.D. has worked in government, politics, the private sector, and academia. A veteran of several high-profile presidential campaigns, Chen previously served as a presidentially-appointed and Senate-confirmed member of the Social Security Advisory Board—an independent, bipartisan panel that advises the president, Congress, and the Commissioner of Social Security on matters related to the Social Security and Supplemental Security Income programs. He was also a senior appointee at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Chen is currently the David and Diane Steffy Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution; Director of Domestic Policy Studies and Lecturer in the Public Policy Program at Stanford University; and an affiliate of Stanford’s Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies. He is also a Senior Counselor at the Brunswick Group, a global critical issues business advisory firm.

Tom Church

Senior Policy Advisor

Tom Church is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution. He studies income inequality, poverty, health care policy, entitlement reform, and immigration reform. He has conducted research on developing supplemental statistics to better measure income, poverty, and health insurance coverage. He also contributes to the Hoover Institution’s immigration reform initiative. Church received his master’s degree in public policy with honors from Pepperdine University, specializing in economics and international relations. He has a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and political science from the University of Michigan.

Julius Chen, Ph.D.

Policy Advisor

Julius L. Chen, Ph.D. is a health economist and assistant professor at Columbia University. His research studies innovative strategies designed to improve the delivery and financing of health care. He also teaches graduate-level courses on health care finance and management. Julius attended the University of California, Berkeley and The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and was a fellow at Harvard University. He also served as a California Senate Fellow from 2010-2011.

Camden Stuebe

Executive Vice President of Marketing and Communications

Prior to joining Free the Facts, Camden Stuebe served as President of the Independent Journal Review, overseeing the company’s business and editorial operations. Stuebe’s career at IJR spanned more than three years and included a variety of roles, among them being Chief of Staff. Through these positions, she acquired experience in organizational strategy and operations, management and talent development, digital media, editorial operations, and content development. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Beloit College, where she double-majored in political science and psychology.


Jason Marcella

Creative Director

Jason Marcella has worked in advertising and marketing for the past 20 years. He is experienced in all aspects of visual design, from branding and promotion to motion graphics and photography. His client list is diverse, including real estate developers, defense contractors, banks, tech companies, and the Virginia Lottery.

Katrina Derderian

Executive Assistant to the CEO

Katrina Derderian is a graduate of Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, where she studied Government and Public Policy. Before joining Free the Facts, she worked on a Gubernatorial campaign in her home state of Vermont and for a non-profit management firm in Geneva, Switzerland. Fun fact: she was Free the Fact's first intern!

Ven Gopal

Communications Coordinator

Ven Gopal is a graduate of the University of Connecticut in Storrs, CT, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Economics. Ven got involved with Free the Facts as a student ambassador in 2017, when he co-hosted an event with the UConn Undergraduate Student Government. Before joining the Free the Facts team as a summer Scholar in 2018, Ven interned at the Executive Office of the President in Washington, D.C.

Bri Moore

Tour Coordinator

Bri is a recent graduate of Smith College, where she majored in Government. Bri became involved with Free the Facts during her senior year, when she served as an ambassador to bring the organization to her Black Students' Alliance club. After graduating, Bri joined Free the Facts to spearhead a new tour for students at Historically Black Colleges & Universities as well as students in Black Student Unions.

Rodha Sheikh

Scholar

Rodha recently graduated from the University of Washington with a B.A. in Law, Societies, & Justice (LSJ). She came across Free the Facts as an intern on the Hill in the summer of 2018 when she attended a workshop on Medicare. She then became an Ambassador in the Fall of 2018 and hosted FtF on her campus. She is now working on a podcast series that discusses the different aspects of criminal justice reform.

Kate Costanza

Intern

Kate Costanza began to work at Free the Facts as an intern in the summer of 2018 after attending a policy presentation on her college campus the previous semester. She continued to work with Free the Facts remotely during the following year, writing articles for the organization's website while serving as an Ambassador and hosting Free the Facts at Villanova. Kate returned as an intern for summer 2019 and has continued content development through writing and editing. Kate is completing her undergraduate degree at Villanova University where she studies Communication and Rhetoric.

Catharen Stuebe

Intern

Catharen Stuebe started as an intern for Free the Facts in the summer of 2018. She has helped redesign all of Free the Facts’ digital marketing platforms and create content for social media outreach. After the summer, she studied abroad in Prague and continued her work for Free the Facts remotely. She is currently a rising senior at the University of Denver. She is studying Economics and Business and hopes to attend law school.

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Our Mission


Free the Facts is a non-profit organization that provides young Americans – ages 18 to 35 – with reliable information about the economic and fiscal policies, programs, and challenges that will impact their lives.

Our educational programs and leadership initiatives help young Americans form their own opinions, create solutions, and meaningfully participate in the national debate about our country’s biggest challenges.

Our Core Commitments


We don’t tell you what to think. We just make sure you can.
We serve as an honest broker in the conversation, acting as a tour guide through complex issues and information.

We connect today's experts with tomorrow's leaders.
Our policy advisors work for some of the nation’s preeminent think tanks, non-profit organizations, colleges, and universities. They have advised presidents, candidates, and major institutions. We’re giving young citizens the opportunity to connect with – and learn from – them in person.

Problems aren’t partisan.
Our bias isn’t ideological; it’s generational. We look at policy challenges from the perspective of what it means for citizens 35 and under. We do not advocate for a specific policy approach or ideological perspective. Instead, we provide informational resources that paint a clear picture of the challenges that lie ahead - and we create spaces where citizens can discuss a broad range of solutions.

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