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Liberty + Leadership News: December 20

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Juanita Duggan, RIP

Juanita meets with 2017 Walter Judd Freedom Award Recipient, Garry Kasparov at the 2017 TFAS 50th Anniversary Gala.

It is with much sadness that we share that TFAS Trustee Juanita Duggan died suddenly this past weekend at her home in Washington, D.C. Juanita had a relationship with TFAS that went back many years, predating her service on our Board of Trustees, which began in 2005.

Juanita supported TFAS generously over the years, both personally and in her capacity heading up the American Apparel and Footwear Association (AAFA), the American Forest and Paper Association (AF&PA), the Wine and Spirits Wholesalers of America (WSWA), and as CEO of the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB). Juanita served President Ronald Reagan in the White House leading the Domestic Policy Council, and she served President George H.W. Bush as Director of Cabinet Affairs.

Juanita also worked alongside Judy Black, TFAS supporter and wife of TFAS Trustee Charlie Black, at the firm Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck. Juanita and Judy supported TFAS programs and student scholarships through the annual TFAS Scholarship Awards Dinners while there.

Juanita’s connection to TFAS ran deep, as her son James ’06 was a TFAS alumnus. She was someone who no matter how busy she was could be relied upon to help when asked. More than a decade ago Juanita hosted a board dinner at her home in Georgetown. She chaired several TFAS Scholarship Awards Dinners, and she also served on a number of TFAS board committees.

Read more about Juanita at TFAS.org/Duggan.

Highlights from the 29th Annual Journalism Awards Dinner

This week is a special episode of the Liberty + Leadership podcast with highlights from TFAS’ 29th annual Journalism Awards Dinner in New York City. At the dinner, TFAS introduced a new class of Novak and Rago Fellows, and honored two courageous journalists at the Metropolitan Club in Midtown Manhattan.

Honorees and guests included Novak Fellows Jack Butler of the National Review, Billy Binion of Reason Magazine, and Joseph Simonson of The Washington Free Beacon; Joseph Rago Memorial Fellow for Excellence in Journalism Carine Hajjar of The Wall Street Journal; and special guests Paul Gigot of The Wall Street Journal, Paul Rago, Benjamin Riley of The New Criterion, American political commentator and author Dana Perino, and William “Bill” McGurn of The Wall Street Journal.

This year’s dinner was especially impactful given that one of our honorees, entrepreneur and activist Jimmy Lai, is currently detained in China for exercising freedom of speech and for criticizing the Chinese government.


TFAS Faculty, Alumni, Supporters in the News

Four TFAS alumni, Ken Bentsen ’80, Brendan Williams ’98, Ken Barbic ’00, Andrew McKechnie, ’04, PPF ’10, were listed as The Hill’s Top Lobbyists of 2022.

Dr. Elizabeth Edwards Spalding ’86 was elected as the new chairman of the board of trustees for The Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation.

Nina Terol ’10 wrote an article in The Independent Investor about the gender gap in the business world in the Philippines.

Carrie Sheffield ’06, Novak ’06, was on a CNN panel talking about how conservatives need to start planning for “Election Month.”

Benjamin Dierker, PPF ’18, authored a report for Alliance for Innovation and Infrastructure that analyzes the issue of crew sizes that the Federal Railroad Administration is seeking to regulate.


Bill Wirtz ’17 wrote about how Ukrainians need more than just guns, they also need mental health support in an article for The National Interest.


Andrew Powaleny ’08, PPF ’11, was featured in Eastern Connecticut State University’s fall magazine for receiving the Kevin Burket Alumni Service Award.


Mark Schoeff Jr. ’89 was re-elected to the board of the governors of the The National Press Club.


Clara Piano ’16 started a new position as an assistant professor of economics at Austin Peay State University.


Kurt Couchman ’02, PPF ’07, wrote an article for The Federalist with hopes that a narrowly divided Congress can be an opportunity to fix the system.


Applications are now open for the Széll Kálmán Public Policy Fellowship for Summer 2023 through the Hungary Foundation.


Jeremy Harrell ’07, PPF ’10, has been appointed to the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Advisory Committee for a two year term.


Brad Polumbo, Novak ’22, writes about Kyrsten Sinema in regards to her registering as an Independent in an article for Newsweek.


Kenny Xu, Novak ’21, writes about “How Wokeness Hurts Philanthropy” in an article for Newsweek.


Benjamin Dierker, ‘PPF 18, is interviewed about his work as the director of public policy for the Alliance for Innovation and Infrastructure.


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