Staff & Board

President, Meg Hansen

Meg Hansen has been deeply involved with Vermont state policy since moving to the Green Mountain State over a decade ago in 2011, falling in love with the region while earning a Master’s degree in the humanities from Dartmouth College. Since then, Meg has been firmly dedicated to making Vermont a better, freer place for all to live, work and play.

Hansen has been a frequent columnist in Vermont newspapers, formed her own communications firm, served as an advisor to the Vermont House Republican Caucus, created a Vermont policy-focused television program called “Dialogues with Meg Hansen,” and served as Executive Director of Vermonters for Healthcare Freedom – a health policy think tank. She ran for Lieutenant Governor in 2020, building a statewide following and network of support in the process.

Hansen is trained in medicine (MBBS – British equivalent of an MD). Though she does not practice as a doctor, she is a member of the Vermont Medical Reserve Corps and serves, as needed, at the Southwestern Vermont Medical Center in Bennington. She lives with her husband in Manchester.

Vice President, John McClaughry

John founded the Institute in 1993 and served as its President until August 2009. He is a former member of the Vermont House and Senate and was Senior Policy Advisor in President Reagan’s White House.

Energy Policy Analyst, David Flemming

David is a 2016 Hillsdale College graduate with a B.A. in Economics, and a graduate of Essex High School. He is also an alumni of the Koch Internship Program and Koch Summer Fellow Program, and has researched and written about public policy during his time with Economic and Policy Resources, the Independent Institute, Campaign for Vermont and the American Legislative Exchange Council.

Board of Directors:

Catherine Clark

Milton Eaton

Robert Letovsky

Jack McMullen (Chair)

Randall Northrop

Rob Roper

Rob has been involved in state politics and policy in a number of capacities, serving as Media Relations director for a U.S. Senate campaign, Executive Director of FreedomWorks Vermont, Chairman of the Vermont Republican Party, and  host (now co-host) of EAI’s Common Sense Radio program on WDEV. He lives in Stowe with his wife and two children. [email protected]

Bill Sayre

Wendy Wilton


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