John A. Baden is founder and chairman of the Foundation for Research on Economics and the Environment (FREE), located in Bozeman, Montana.
Baden, who received his Ph.D. in political science from Indiana University in 1969, was a leader in developing the New Resource Economics, an incentive-based approach to environmental and natural resource management. He has held endowedprofessorships, received teaching awards, and is the author or contributing editor of seven books and numerous articles on energy and natural resources.
Baden is a member of the Mont Pelerin Society and the Philadelphia Society, has served two terms on the National Petroleum Council, and has served as president of the Association of Private Enterprise Education. He was co-founder of the Environmental Management M.B.A. program at the University of Washington. Baden and his wife, Ramona Marotz-Baden, both bicyclists, own and operate a ranch in the Gallatin Valley of Montana.
H. Sterling Burnett is a senior fellow on environmental policy at the Heartland Institute and the managing editor of Environment & Climate News.
Burnett worked at the National Center for Policy Analysis for 18 years, ending his tenure there as senior fellow in charge of environmental policy. He has held various positions in professional and public policy organizations. He is a past president of the Dallas Woods and Water Conservation Club; a senior fellow at the Texas Public Policy Foundation; an academic advisor for Collegians for a Constructive Tomorrow; an advisory board member to the Cornwall Alliance; and an advisor for an American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) task force.
Burnett has a B.A. in cultural anthropology from Southern Methodist University (1986) and an M.A. (1991) and Ph.D. (2001) in applied philosophy from Bowling Green State University, with a specialization in environmental ethics.
Holly Fretwell is a research fellow with the Property and Environment Research Center (PERC). For two decades, her research has focused on public lands policy and property rights. As an outdoor enthusiast, Fretwell strives to enhance conservation through cooperation and entrepreneurship. Recently, she and her sons have created a business that develops outdoor camping opportunities in Montana’s Paradise Valley.
Fretwell is author of Who is Minding the Federal Estate? Political Management of America’s Public Lands. She has provided congressional testimony on the state of U.S. national parks and the future of the Forest Service and has presented papers promoting the use of markets in public land management.
An educator at heart, Fretwell taught economics at Montana State University for 15 years, works with the Foundation for Teaching Economics, and has coauthored a curriculum for high school teachers on economic principles. Fretwell holds a B.A. in political science and an M.S. in resource economics from Montana State University.
John C. Goodman is one of the nation’s leading thinkers on health policy. The Wall Street Journal called Dr.Goodman “the father of Health Savings Accounts.” Modern Healthcare says he is one of four people who have most influenced the changes shaping our health care system.
Dr. Goodman is the author of nine books, including Priceless: Curing the Healthcare Crisis; Leaving Women Behind: Modern Families, Outdated Laws (with Kimberley Strassel); and Patient Power (with Gerald Musgrave), the condensed version of which sold more than 300,000 copies and is credited with playing a pivotal role in the defeat of Hillary Clinton’s health reform plan.
He has authored numerous editorials in the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Investor’s Business Daily, Los Angeles Times, and many others.
Dr. Goodman regularly appears on television, including CNN, CNBC and the Fox News Channel. He appeared on many William F. Buckley Jr. Firing Line shows, and was Mr Buckley’s debating partner on a number of two-hour prime time debates – including such topics as the flat tax, welfare reform and Social Security privatization.
He regularly briefs members of Congress on economic policy and frequently testifies before congressional committees. He is author or co-author of more than 50 published studies on such topics as health policy, tax reform and school choice. Dr Goodman has an active speaking schedule and has addressed more than 100 different organizations on public policy issues.
Dr. Goodman received a PhD in economics from Columbia University. He has taught and done research at Columbia University, Stanford University, Dartmouth University, Southern Methodist University and the University of Dallas. He received the prestigious Duncan Black award in 1988 for the best scholarly article on public choice economics.
Wallace Kaufman’s career spans writing, teaching, and real estate. In the latter, he was a pioneer who protected environmental amenities by creating and using environmental covenants in housing developments.
He has a B.A. from Duke and an M.Litt from Oxford, where he was a Marshall Scholar. Kaufman is the author of several books, including a memoir, a sci-fi novel about the ethical issues of genomics, and an early critique of the environmental movement, No Turning Back: Dismantling the Fantasies of Environmental Thinking.
During much of his career he served as an expert witness on evaluation of land, including in eminent domain cases and in evaluating conservation donations.
Recently he has taught poetry for Oregon Coast Community College and a course on environmental covenants at Texas A&M Law School in Fort Worth. He has served as resident adviser on housing and land reform in Kazakhstan, created several rural acreage communities with environmental covenants in North Carolina, and now works from his home base on a deep-water slough on the Oregon coast, where he photographs wildlife and landscapes.
Jane Shaw Stroup (who also writes under the name Jane S. Shaw) is chair of the James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal. She was president of the center (then called the Pope Center for Higher Education Policy) from 2008 until she retired in 2015.
Stroup spent 22 years with PERC, the Property and Environment Research Center (PERC) in Bozeman, Montana, where she was a senior fellow. Previously, she was a journalist and was an associate economics editor of Business Week before she joined PERC in 1984. With Michael Sanera, she coauthored Facts, Not Fear: Teaching Children about the Environment and initiated a book series for young people, Critical Thinking about Environmental Issues. She coedited A Guide to Smart Growth (Heritage Foundation) with Ronald Utt.
Stroup is a past president of the Association of Private Enterprise Education. She was married to the late economist Richard Stroup.