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.


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.

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

Marketing Communications Associate

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.

Rodha Sheikh

Research Coordinator

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.

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.

Gabe Braet

2020 Scholar

Gabe first engaged with Free the Facts through his Ambassadorship which began in the winter of 2019 - he has since interned with the organization and is returning this summer as a Scholar. Prior to joining Free the Facts, Gabe served as Director of Finance and Administration for the Associated Students of Southern Oregon University, where he focused on reforming the student incidental fee budgeting process. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in ACS Biochemistry from Southern Oregon University.

Madison Bushong

2020 Scholar

Madison is a recent graduate from Brigham Young University, where she majored in Political Science. Madison became involved with Free the Facts after attending one of their events at her college. She completed her senior year as an Ambassador and co-hosted several events on her campus. Madison is now a part of the Scholar Program and is working with the Communications Team in order to help create more opportunities for people to learn more, feel empowered, and get involved.


Thomas Fodor

2020 Scholar

Thomas Fodor is a recent graduate of Carson-Newman University, located in East Tennessee, where he majored in Political Science and Philosophy with a minor in Math and Religion. He became involved with Free the Facts in the spring of 2019. Before his role as a Scholar for Free the Facts, he spent two summers interning at USCIS and The Fund for American Studies respectively.


Isabela Gallegos

2020 Intern

Isabela is a current student at Washington University in St. Louis where she is studying American Culture Studies and Religious Studies. She learned about Free the Facts at a Debate Watch Party while in D.C. interning for a U.S. Congresswoman in the summer of 2019. She was an Ambassador during the 2019 - 2020 academic year and hosted several Free the Facts events on her campus, including a Social Security presentation. 


Claire Miller

2020 Intern

Claire Miller will be entering her junior year at Georgetown University where she majors in English and minors in Mathematics and Sociology. She got involved with Free the Facts as an Ambassador in January 2020. Claire is an active member of the Georgetown Women’s Lightweight Rowing team and recently placed second in the women’s lightweight double event at the 2019 International Rowing Association Championships.


Conrad Mojica

2020 Intern

Conrad Mojica is a rising junior at The University of Chicago, where he is majoring in Political Science and Public Policy with a minor in Religious Studies. He became involved with Free the Facts shortly after attending his first presentation on campus in early 2019. He has worked on several campaigns and serves as the president of UChicago's Political Union, bringing politicians and experts to campus to debate hot-button issues. Conrad is excited to join the Executive Office this summer.

Helen Webley-Brown

2020 Intern

Helen Webley-Brown is a rising junior at Washington University in St. Louis, where she is majoring in Political Science. Helen was introduced to Free the Facts by her fellow intern, Isabela Gallegos. Interested in all things domestic policy, she became an Ambassador in late 2019. Helen is excited to be joining the Marketing and Communications team this summer.


Sam Bock

2020 Fellow

Sam is a rising senior at Patrick Henry College, studying Strategic Intelligence in National Security. Apart from his studies, he competes on PHC’s moot court, mock trial, and varsity men’s soccer and basketball teams. Sam spent last summer interning in the Office of Congresswoman Jackie Walorski (IN-02), and has thoroughly enjoyed serving as a Free the Facts’ Ambassador on his college campus ever since. Sam is very grateful for the opportunity to work as an FtF Fellow this summer!


Cole Gibson

2020 Fellow

Cole Gibson is a rising senior at Wake Forest University and is pursuing a major in Politics & International Affairs and a double minor in Global Trade and Commerce & Anthropology. At Wake Forest, he is involved with Student Government, serves as the Director of the CHARGE Leadership Program for first-year students, and is a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity. Cole first got involved with Free the Facts as an Ambassador in July 2019 and has hosted two events on his campus. Prior to his role as a Fellow, Cole has interned in the Senate, House, and at a federal lobbying firm.


Catherine Morris

2020 Fellow

Catherine is a rising junior at The George Washington University majoring in Political Communication and minoring in Criminal Justice. This summer, she is a communications intern at Truman National Security Project & Truman Center for National Policy. She is also working as a consultant for the National Democratic Institute on a project focused on disinformation and elections. Catherine first heard about Free the Facts when she attended an event during the summer of 2018 when she was interning on the Hill. She became a GW Ambassador in January 2019 and has hosted two Free the Facts policy presentations on campus about Social Security and Medicare.


Luke Patton

2020 Fellow

Luke Patton graduated Magna Cum Laude from Carson-Newman University this May with a B.A. in Political Science. Luke served his campus and hometown communities throughout his undergraduate career. In 2018, The Center for Community Engagement created a civic-engagement internship, a position Luke held for two years. At home, he spent two summers as an intern for A Soldier's Child Foundation, serving children who lost a parent in the line of duty. Luke has also competed on the Forensics and moot court teams, acted as a resident assistant, and served as an Ambassador for Free the Facts. Currently, Luke is an intern for Risk Mitigation Consulting as a part of The Fund for American Studies International Affairs academic program, and is a Fellow for Free the Facts. Luke will attend William and Mary Law School in the fall.


Jessica Powell

2020 Fellow

Jessica will graduate from Brigham Young University in December 2020 with a degree in Statistics and minor in Political Science. She was introduced to Free the Facts and became an Ambassador in 2019. She is currently a Data Analyst Intern at TargetPoint Consulting in Alexandria, VA. Prior to this internship, Jessica interned with a multi-client lobbying firm in Washington, D.C. She's excited to be working with Free the Facts this summer as a Fellow.


Shane Rose

2020 Fellow

Shane is a current student at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he is studying Chemical Engineering. He became involved with Free the Facts in the fall of 2019, shortly after attending one of their presentations on Social Security. As a Fellow, Shane is excited to be working in Free the Fact’s Executive Office. Starting in September, Shane will be doing a three-month internship in Washington, D.C.


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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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