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TFAS Welcomes New Members of the Board of Trustees


The Fund for American Studies (TFAS) is pleased to announce the addition of three new members to the TFAS Board of Trustees in 2023. These accomplished individuals have joined the governing board of TFAS to guide it in its mission to develop courageous leaders in the U.S. and throughout the world. Read more about these leaders below to find out why they support TFAS.

Jade West

Jade West accepts the 2022 Business Leadership Award at the 32nd Annual TFAS Scholarship Dinner.

Jade West has been a longtime supporter and follower of TFAS, going back to when it was called the Charles Edison Youth Fund. As a conservative student in the 1960’s and early 70’s, West witnessed the Vietnam War protests divide the country and challenge the fundamentals that she was brought up believing in. It was critical for her to spend her professional career dedicated to defending the values of Western civilization.

TFAS was proud to present West with the 2022 TFAS Business Leadership Award during the 32nd Annual TFAS Scholarship Dinner, recognizing her remarkable career. This award honors individuals who have consistently demonstrated their commitment to personal responsibility, service, civil dialogue and fostering opportunities for all through their exceptional leadership.

Read more about West here.

Chris Ullman

Chris Ullman delivers the 2023 Welcome Ceremony remarks for D.C. Academic Internship Programs.

Chris Ullman has been a committed volunteer and friend to TFAS for nearly 25 years. He has served as a longtime TFAS volunteer, internship host, mentor, TFAS Board of Regent member and guest lecturer for students attending TFAS’s D.C. Academic Internship Program.

In his professional work, Ullman is the founder and president of Ullman Communications LLC, a strategic advisory firm serving the C-Suite with an emphasis on financial services. He was formerly a managing director at The Carlyle Group. He also served as the director of communications for the U.S. Office of Management and Budget and the director of public affairs for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Read more about Ullman here.

Bob Pruger

Bob Pruger celebrates TFAS’s 50th anniversary with fellow board members during the TFAS South American Journey in 2018.

Bob Pruger has been a faithful supporter of TFAS since 2003. Before his retirement in 2014, Pruger spent his career in accounting and finance as the CPA and CFO for several companies, including The Rudolph Libbie Group.

In retirement, he served on the TFAS Board of Regents, on boards of other nonprofit organizations, the Northwest Ohio Classical Academy, a tuition-free charter school affiliated with Hillsdale College’s Barney Charter School Initiative. It was important to Pruger that he not only find enjoyment in his retirement years, but that he also builds a rewarding and flourishing life. To do that, Pruger looked to the two guiding stars that motivate him the most: providing a meaningful education to young leaders and improving policy. It was at this intersection where he found TFAS, an organization that believes connects those two motivators.

Read more about Pruger here.

The Board of Trustees is the governing body of TFAS, comprised of individuals dedicated to promoting the mission of the organization through time, talents and financial support. To learn more about the board, visit TFAS.org/trustees.


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