|Peter Schweizer • President •Peter Schweizer is the President of Government Accountability Institute and a best-selling author. He is a partner in the Washington, D.C. firm Oval Office Writers which provides speechwriting and communications services for corporate executives and political figures.From 2008-9 he was a consultant to the Office of Presidential Speechwriting in the White House. He has also served as a member of the Ultraterrorism Study Group at the U.S. government’s Sandia National Laboratory and is a former consultant to NBC News.His books have been translated into eleven languages and include several New York Times or Washington Post bestsellers.Peter is the author of the book Extortion: How Politicians Extract Your Money, Buy Votes, and Line Their Own Pockets. Both Extortion and his previous book, Throw Them All Out were New York Times bestsellers and were featured on CBS’s 60 Minutes
His other non-fiction books include Reagan’s War (Doubleday, 2002), which the Washington Post praised as “A fascinating, well-written, useful and important look at one of the three or four most important American political leaders of the 20th century. No serious assessment of the 40th president of the United States can ignore the central importance of anti-communism in his career; after Schweizer none will.” The Los Angeles Times called it “A rousing and compelling case that Reagan’s personal and political odyssey…was central to bringing down the ‘evil empire.” He is also the co-author of The Bushes: Portrait of a Dynasty (Doubleday, 2004), which the New York Times called “Fascinating…Provides illuminating insights into the internal dynamics of the Bush family dynasty.” The New York Post declared “If you want to know as fully as can be told the story of how the Bushes rose from Midwestern obscurity to equal the records of families like the Roosevelts, the Kennedys, and the Adamses—this is the book.”
His academic books include Landmark Speeches of the American Conservative Movement (Texas A&M University Press, 2006) The Reagan Presidency: Assessing the Man and His Legacy (Rowman and Littlefield, 2005), and The Fall Of The Wall: Reassessing the Causes and Consequences of the End of the Cold War (Hoover Institution Press, 2000). He was also a contributor to Living in the Eighties (Oxford University Press, 2008)
His articles have appeared in Foreign Affairs, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, National Review, and elsewhere. He has appeared on numerous radio and television programs.
Peter received his M.Phil. from Oxford University and his B.A. from George Washington University. He lives in Florida with his wife, Rhonda, and his children.
Board of Directors
|Stephen K. Bannon • Executive Chairman and Co-Founder of the Government Accountability Institute •Mr. Bannon is a former Surface Warfare Officer who served aboard the destroyer U.S.S. Paul F. Foster (DD964) in the Pacific Fleet. In addition, Mr. Bannon was a Special Assistant to the Chief of Naval Operations. Mr. Bannon is a former Goldman Sachs investment banker in their Mergers & Acquisitions Department. He has been a financier/entrepreneur in the entertainment and media industry for 25 years. He is currently the Executive Chairman of Breitbart News LLC the parent company of Breitbart.com.Mr. Bannon is an award-winning conservative filmmaker who has written and directed such films as: Generation Zero; The Undefeated; Occupy Unmasked and The Hope & The Change.From 2007-2011, Mr. Bannon was Chairman/CEO of Affinity Media, the world’s leading digital asset trading company with operations in Korea and China. Affinity Media was financed by Oak Investment Partners and Goldman Sachs.Mr. Bannon is a graduate of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and holds a Masters Degree in National Security Studies from Georgetown University’s School of Government. In 1985, Mr. Bannon received his MBA from Harvard Business School with honors.Mr. Bannon is a native of Virginia who now resides in Laguna Beach, CA. Mr. Bannon’s eldest daughter graduated from The United States Military Academy at West Point in 2010. She is a First Lieutenant and Logistics Officer with a combat engineering battalion recently returned from Iraq where she served with the 101st Airborne Division.|
|Owen T. Smith, Esq. is the Chairman of the Institute of World Politics Board of Trustees and Professor Emeritus at Long Island University and a businessman. Mr. Smith has served as chairman of the New York State Board of Elections (1991-1996), and directed the Center for Long Island Studies at Long Island University (1987-1995).Mr. Smith has also been deputy county executive of Nassau County, N.Y. (1980-1987), chairman of the Nassau County Planning Commission (1976-1980), counsel to the New York Senate Committee on Crime and Correction (1972-1976), and counsel to the New York Senate Committees on Villages, Towns and Counties (1966-1972).The author or co-author of more than 20 books and dozens of articles in legal journals, Mr. Smith earned his law degree from the St. John’s School of Law, and a bachelor’s degree in economics and government from Trinity College.|
|Ron Robinson has served as Young America’s Foundation’s president for more than three decades. Time magazine wrote that Young America’s “[F]oundation—run by a former Reagan Administration advisor, Ron Robinson—is now the nation’s largest advocacy group devoted to student politics.” Time referred to Robinson as one of the “seasoned generals of the right” who is leading the “diverse and well funded” generation of conservatives who are “winning battles on campus.” Insight Magazine reported that under Robinson’s leadership, “Young America’s Foundation is leading the conservative charge to win the hearts and minds of impressionable college-age students…Indeed, the Foundation organizes so many programs on so many campuses that it’s difficult to find a conservative activist younger than 30 who hasn’t had some contact with its activities.” Robinson has led the Foundation through two successful landmark Supreme Court victories for student rights, the inauguration and development of the National Conservative Student Conference and the National High School Leadership Conference held annually in Washington; and the Foundation’s effort to save Ronald Reagan’s ranch. Robinson is a native of Buffalo, New York. He received a bachelors of arts degree in political science at Canisius College and a juris doctor degree at The Catholic University of America. Robinson served as executive director of Young Americans for Freedom (1977-79), president of the United States Youth Council (1983-85), and president of the International Youth Year Commission (1983-84). He was an advisor to the U.S. Department of Education during the Reagan administration. He is also co-author ofFunding Fathers: The Unsung Heroes of the Conservative Movement (Regnery, 2008). Robinson served as a trustee of the Philadelphia Society, is currently a trustee of The Phillips Foundation, a director of Citizens United and the Citizens United Foundation, a director of the American Conservative Union, and he is the vice-president of the Free Speech Defense and Education Fund. He also serves on the boards of the Strong Charitable Trust and the D.J. Findley Family Foundation.Robinson is a member of the Virginia and U. S. Supreme Court Bars and resides with his wife, Michelle Easton, president of the Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute, in Reston, Virginia.|
|Hunter Lewis is the former CEO of Cambridge Associates, a leading investment advisor to foundations and endowments, private wealth, and corporate and government entities. He is a former board of member of the World Bank.Mr. Lewis is the author of six books, Where Keynes Went Wrong being his most recent work. He is also the co-founder of AgainstCronyCapitalism.org.Mr. Lewis has served on boards and committees of fifteen not-for-profit organizations, including environmental, teaching, research, and cultural organizations.|