It was a chance encounter while he was a freshman at Vanderbilt University that led Roger Ream to meet TFAS founder and then-chairman David R. Jones. David encouraged Roger to attend a TFAS summer institute in 1976 and the rest, as they say, is history. Roger thinks he has the best job in the world, working with young people who want to make a difference in the world. He says it keeps him young, which may be true since he joined TFAS in 1891. Wait a minute … make that 1991.
Roger joined TFAS after 15 often frustrating years thinking he could make the world a better place working in politics and public policy. He came to realize that politics is indeed downstream from culture, so changing the world required changing the ideas in the minds of young people. In 1991, he was ready to answer his mentor David Jones call to work with him at TFAS. Roger became president in 1998, following David’s untimely death.
During Roger’s tenure, TFAS has expanded its programs internationally to three continents and has more than doubled the number of institutes in Washington, D.C. In 2013, TFAS added the Robert Novak Journalism Fellowship program and formed a strategic partnership with the Foundation for Teaching Economics (FTE). Roger now also serves as the president of FTE.
In addition to his work with TFAS and FTE, Roger is chairman of the board of the Foundation for Economic Education (FEE), and serves on the boards of Donor’s Capital Fund, the U.S. Air Force Academy Foundation, and the America’s Future Foundation. He is a founding member and secretary of the Frank S. Meyer Society, past president of the Philadelphia Society, and member of the Mont Pelerin Society.
Roger traces his passion for the ideas of freedom and free markets to his father, a minister who stressed the moral underpinnings of individual liberty and the connections between freedom and human flourishing. A Wisconsin native, Roger is a shareholder and fervent fan of the Green Bay Packers.
Roger received his bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt University. He and his wife, Mary Kay, have three daughters and a grandson. He calls them his investment in the future.