It was a chance encounter while he was a freshman at Vanderbilt University that led Roger Ream ’76 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.
Roger joined TFAS after 15 often frustrating years thinking he could make the world a better place by working in politics and public policy. He came to realize that politics is indeed downstream from culture and 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 collegiate program offerings in Washington, D.C. Under his leadership, TFAS has extended its reach at both the high school and professional level by adding the Robert Novak and Joseph Rago Fellowships for working journalists, the Public Policy Fellowship for young D.C. professionals and making the Foundation for Teaching Economics (FTE) programs for high school students and teachers a part of the TFAS Journey.
In addition to his work with TFAS, Roger is chairman of the board of the Foundation for Economic Education (FEE), and serves on the boards of Donors Capital Fund and the U.S. Air Force Academy 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 two grandsons. He calls them his investment in the future.