A forty year resident of Scottsdale, Arizona, TFAS Board of Regents member Mike Masson recruits young people, raises awareness, cultivates donations, and lends a hand when TFAS hosts events in the Southwest United States.
Masson was a part of the Reagan Administration and active in the conservative movement throughout the 60s, 70s and 80s. He initially became involved with TFAS through longtime friend, David Jones, co-founder of TFAS. Concerned for our country’s future, Masson grew to love TFAS for personal reasons. “I believe that young people are a great vehicle for change when it might be hard to change the status quo.”
Masson believes TFAS is one of the best ways to teach young people conservative, not necessarily partisan, values, and through teaching these values, it will help them become effective leaders in the future. “The Fund provides a very important and necessary opportunity and voice for the conservative principles that have built this country,” Masson stated.
Masson hopes that in the future TFAS will continue to use its current model to grow in the US and internationally. “The sky is the limit,” he said. Masson believes that TFAS should “preserve and continue the things we do right, expand on those and offer the opportunity to an ever growing community of young people,” Masson stated.
Masson has spent in excess of thirty-five years in management, engineering, marketing, sales and government relations. He co-foundered PolyTek Rubber & Recycling, Inc. As a principal of Jefferson Associates, he managed the entire spectrum of technical, financial, and regulatory procedures. He was also Principal and President of the regional engineering firm, Ellers & Masson, and a Washington, DC-based management consulting firmwhere he managed the activities of more than 100 professionals.
Masson has served on approximately 20 boards and commissions. He was a member of Ronald Reagan’s Presidential Transition Team, a Reagan Appointee as a Director of the U.S. Synthetic Fuels Board and a Director of the U.S. Legal Services Board of Directors. He was President of the Arizona State Chamber of Commerce and on the National Legislative Affairs Committee of the National Society of Professional Engineers. Masson currently resides in Scottsdale, Arizona with his wife, Jane. They grew up together in Memphis, TN and moved to Arizona in 1968.
Masson has included The Fund for American Studies in his estate plan, which makes him a member of our Legacy Society.