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Today’s Summer Fellow, Tomorrow's Center Director

Published on Monday, August 10, 2009

The 2009 SPN / IHS Charles G. Koch Summer Fellow program concludes August 14 following a final week of seminars in Washington, D.C. Three short years ago, Amber Gunn was part of the same program, undertaking various research projects at the Evergreen Freedom Foundation in Washington. Today, Gunn is the director of EFF's Economic Policy Center.

She is part of a growing cast of former SPN / IHS Koch Summer Fellows who, once college degree in hand, have been hired by their former Host Institute or another SPN member. Joining Gunn are: Justin Owen, J.D., Tennessee Center for Policy Research; Matthew Piccolo, Sutherland Institute; Hannah Mead, Mackinac Center; Benjamin Stafford, Foundation for Economic Education; and, most recently, Christina Pajak, Freedom Foundation of Minnesota.

When Gunn's not scuba diving, skiing or traveling, she serves as a voting member on the American Legislative Exchange Council's Tax and Fiscal Policy Task Force. She's often consulted by the media and legislative staff for policy analysis. "As a Summer Fellow, Amber quickly displayed the ability to master complex issues and offer plain-language market solutions to them," enthuses EFF CEO Lynn Harsh. "We offered her a full-time position midway through the summer program."

Toward year's end, preparations will begin anew for the 2010 Koch Summer Fellow program. SPN and the Institute for Humane Studies will again offer SPN members the opportunity to nominate, host and help train tomorrow's leaders for liberty.


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