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News Release
December 13, 2023

Brad DeVos Joins Independent Institute As Chief Operating Officer
Oakland, CA— The Independent Institute announced that Brad DeVos has been appointed to the role of Chief Operating Officer. DeVos joins Independent after leading the growth of the academic programs at the American Institute for Economic Research, where he served as the Director of Programs. He previously served as the President and CEO of The Bastiat Society, an international non-profit dedicated to increasing economic literacy within the business community.

Brad DeVos earned a B.S. in Economics and a B.A. in Urban Studies from the College of Charleston and an associated degree in Computer-Aided Design and Drafting from the ITT Technical Institute.

A member of the historic Mont Pelerin Society, DeVos is also a graduate of the Atlas Network Leadership Academy, and is part of the Foundation for Economic Education’s faculty network.

“I am excited to join the Independent Institute and its talented team of scholars and thinkers. I look forward to advancing Independent’s accomplishments through its research and publications that help resolve today’s social and economic challenges,” said DeVos.

As COO, he will be responsible for planning, organizing, and implementing the Independent Institute’s operating strategies, as well supervising the Marketing, Outreach and Sales teams, as well as the Finance and Administrative departments.

DeVos will facilitate and support all operations, exercising oversight in the areas of budget planning and control, human resources, technological capacities, partnerships, production, distribution, and promotion.

“With his vast experience in the liberty movement, we welcome Brad and look forward to his leadership, as we grow our operations and continue our tradition of advancing peaceful, prosperous and free societies,” said Mary L. G. Theroux, Chairman and CEO of the Independent Institute.

For more information, contact Robert Ade, [email protected], or (510) 635-3690.

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