Board of Directors

J. Robison Hays, III, Chairman is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Ashford Hospitality Trust and the Senior Managing Director of Ashford. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of Ashford Trust. Mr. Hays has nearly two decades of real estate and business experience operating and growing companies, and is a frequent speaker at industry and Wall Street investor conferences. Mr. Hays earned his A.B. in Politics with a certificate in Political Economy from Princeton University and later studied philosophy at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in Rome, Italy.

Robert P. George, Vice Chairman, is McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence, professor of politics, and director of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University. He is the author of Making Men Moral: Civil Liberties and Public Morality and In Defense of Natural Law, and the editor of Natural Law, Liberalism, and Morality and The Autonomy of Law: Essays on Legal Positivism. He is a member of the editorial board of the American Journal of Jurisprudence and is a former Presidential appointee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.

Mary Ellen Bork is a freelance writer and lecturer on issues affecting Catholic life and culture. She serves on the board of the James Wilson Institute and the Institute on Religion and Democracy and is on the advisory board of Christendom College and the Catholic Women’s Forum. Over the years she has been an advocate for the pro-life movement, promoting Catholic culture through groups such as the John Carroll Society, the Susan B. Anthony List, and Catholic Campaign for America. Her writing has appeared in the National Catholic Register, the Washington Times, Voices, and The New Criterion. She lives in McLean, Virginia and is a member of St. John the Beloved parish. She has three step-children. Her husband, Judge Robert H. Bork, died in 2012.

Eric S. Cohen is Executive Director of the Tikvah Fund in New York, which promotes serious Jewish thought about the enduring questions of human life and the pressing challenges that confront the Jewish people. A former senior consultant on the President’s Council on Bioethics and fellow at the New America Foundation, Mr. Cohen also serves as the Editor-At-Large of The New Atlantis, where he served as editor from its founding until 2007.

Howard A. Dahl is president and CEO of Amity Technology, LLC, of Fargo, North Dakota, a manufacturer of farm machinery. Mr. Dahl has done extensive work in the former Soviet Union and is honorary consul of Kazakhstan in the United States. He has served on numerous boards, including serving as the audit chair for the Minneapolis Federal Reserve Bank. He is a member of the board of trustees of the Trinity Forum. He and his wife Ann are working to help rebuild Christian practice in former Soviet lands.

Joseph D. (Nick) Decosimo is managing partner of the business consulting and accounting firm Decosimo. An active community leader in Chattanooga, he serves on numerous civic boards. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia, where he was an Echols Scholar, and his MBA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was a University Fellow.

Leonard A. Leo is chairman of CRC Advisors and co-chairman of the board of directors of the Federalist Society. He also previously served as chairman of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom. He has played an active role in public diplomacy, including as a U.S. delegate to the United Nations Council, the United Nations Commission on Human Rights, the Organization of Security and Cooperation in Europe, and the World Health Organization’s World Health Assembly.

Wilfred M. McClay, a prize-winning scholar of American intellectual and cultural history, is the Victor Davis Hanson Chair in Classical History and Western Civilization at Hillsdale College. He served for eleven years on the National Council on the Humanities, the advisory board for the National Endowment for the Humanities, and was a Senior Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C. He is also a Senior Fellow at the Trinity Forum.

Barb Van Andel-Gaby is a trustee of the Richard and Barbara Gaby Foundation.  She serves on the board of directors of Alticor, her family business.  She also serves on the board of trustees of the Heritage Foundation, the board of advisors for the Arete Scholarship Fund, and the Reagan Ranch board of governors.  A dedicated homeschooler since 1998, Van Andel-Gaby is a member of the Georgia Home Education Association, Home School Legal Defense Association, and several other home school organizations in Georgia.

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