Ximena Barreto, Director of Communications & Grassroots Strategy
Ximena Barreto, Director of Communications and Grassroots Strategy for Frontiers of Freedom, is a nationally recognized spokesperson and ambassador for America and its constitutional system of limited government and maximizing individual freedom. A legal immigrant from Colombia and now a proud citizen of the United States, Barreto has drawn staunch opposition from the Left for being a Latina willing to support and defend the Constitution of the United States, free enterprise, and the concept that America is an exceptional nation with unparalleled freedom and opportunity.
Growing up in Colombia during the turmoil of the drug wars, Barreto’s life was deeply impacted at a young age. She was in kindergarten when her father was murdered by the notorious drug lord Pablo Escobar — who was targeting law enforcement officials with bounties on their heads. A few months after losing her father, two of her aunts were also murdered. Against this backdrop, she has an extra measure of appreciation for the rights and freedoms that she now enjoys as a US citizen. Whether it is the right of free speech, the right to peaceably assemble, the right to bear arms, or any other the important constitutional protections Americans have historically enjoyed, she sees the sharp contrast between the freedom and opportunity in America and the harsh oppression that exists in so much of the world. As a result, she is not only a strong believer in American Exceptionalism, but a proud defender and advocate.
As a legal immigrant who played by the rules, Barreto appreciates the importance of rigorous enforcement of immigration laws, careful and thorough vetting, and the critically important role that preserving our national sovereignty plays in our nation’s survival. She is an example of the American success story. Due to her participation in various conservative political campaigns, she fostered a large following in social media, as well as among ethnic conservatives. She is known for her work ethic, creativity, and love of America. She served as the Director of Communications for the Trump Campaign in California. Barreto was also appointed to the US Department of Health and Human Services as Deputy Director of Communications and Specialty Media.
Mark D. Diggs, Vice President – Domestic Policy
Mark D. Diggs is Vice President of Domestic Policy at Frontiers of Freedom. He is a US Army Veteran serving as an Artillery Officer during the RVN conflict and was inducted into the Arkansas Military Veterans Hall of Fame in 2011 and a Member of the Arkansas State University ROTC Hall of Heroes. He is the Immediate Past Commander of the Little Rock Chapter (431) of the Military Order of the Purple Heart and the Senior Vice Commander of the Department of Arkansas, and was named their 2016 Patriot of the Year. Diggs serves on the National Advisory Council for the Beck PRIDE Center for America’s Wounded Veterans. Diggs is the Founder and a Director of Veterans Villages of America, a nonprofit with the mission to be an advocate for and provide services to veterans and their families.
Diggs earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics and a Masters Degree in Computer Science and is a seasoned and successful serial entrepreneur focused on creating and working with early stage technology companies. An example of his success is Software Innovators, a three-person software development company he founded in 1989, in Little Rock, Arkansas. By 1997 the firm consisted of 90+ professionals with operations in Little Rock, Boston, New Orleans, and Gulfport, Mississippi. In April of 1998, combing six other software companies with Software Innovators, Diggs created a public company (NASDAQ – IPO) named BrightStar Information Technology Group, Inc. In January of 1999, Diggs left BrightStar to seek out his passion of creating and working with early stage companies serving as Chairman and CEO of a Maryland-based Ontology Works, Inc., and Founder, Chairman and CEO of LITMUS, LLC with its LITMUS RAPID-B technology subsidiary becoming a publicly traded company on Toronto’s TSX Ventures Exchange in 2013.
In addition to his 35+ years of experience in project management and business development, he has been a consultant on special projects for the State of Arkansas, the US Department of Commerce and the countries of Qatar, China, Uruguay, and Argentina. In 1998 Arkansas’ Governor Huckabee appointed him private sector representative on the Leadership Team for the state’s Year 2000 Project Office. Diggs served as the Project Executive for the Governor’s Technology Initiative; named 1993 Entrepreneur of the Year by the Association of Arkansas Entrepreneurs; a former member of the prestigious and exclusive Arkansas Executive Forum, a past member of the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce’s Small Business Council; state delegate to the 1995 White House Conference on Small Business; served on the Arkansas State Legislature’s Technical Advisory Subcommittee; the Arkansas’ Department of Information Systems Advisory Board; and served as a member on the State Workforce Education; served as Chairman of the University of Arkansas Medical Science Foundation Advisory Consortium; a co-founder the Knowledge-Based Companies of Arkansas; and served as the State Legislature’s representative and Chairman of the Information Technology Oversight Committee. Diggs was also an adjunct faculty head and professor for Webster University’s Master Degree program for Computer Resources Management.
Diggs is co-author of “The Keys to Growth in the New Economy: Investing in Discovery, Engineering, and Entrepreneurship”, and a co-inventor of Patent Number: 7,608,240 “Nanotubes for cancer therapy and diagnostics”.
Paul Georgia, Chief Economist
Dr. Paul Georgia is the Chief Economist for Frontiers of Freedom. He is an economist specializing in natural resources and environment. He is a graduate of George Mason University with a Ph.D. in economics, where he studied public choice economics and industrial organization. He began his career as an analyst at the Competitive Enterprise Institute. He later moved on to serve as the energy and environment analyst at the Senate Republican Policy Committee under Senator Jon Kyl (R-Arizona). After a stint as the Executive Director of the Center for Science and Public Policy and Chief Economist of Frontiers of Freedom, he served as the Chief Economist for the National Mining Association for the last seven years.
Dr. Georgia has written extensively on global warming, energy policy, environmental regulation, property rights, sustainable development, science policy, international trade, foreign aid and international lending institutions, such as the World Bank and IMF. His work has been printed in numerous publications, including the Washington Times, Christian Science Monitor, Journal of Commerce, National Review Online, Human Events and The Freeman. He has also been quoted in leading newspapers, including the New York Times, Washington Post, Investor’s Business Daily, and Los Angeles Times. He has appeared on numerous radio programs including NPR and the BBC.
Travis Korson, Director of Public Policy
Travis Korson, Director of Public Policy for Frontiers of Freedom, is a veteran of politics with years of experience in campaigns, communications and public policy.
Travis previously served in the Bush White House and has spent time at various conservative organizations and government institutions including the Heritage Foundation and Americans for Prosperity.
He has spoken at several conferences, including the Conservative Political Action Conference, Freedom Fest and the State Policy Network annual meeting. Travis regularly appears on television and radio and his expertise has been quoted in several publications including the Washington Post. His works have been published at various outlets including Daily Caller, Townhall, and American Spectator. Travis is a graduate of the George Washington University where he studied International Affairs with a focus on International Economics.
Ibtihal Khidir, Associate Fellow
Ibtihal Khidir is an Associate Fellow at Frontiers of Freedom. Khidir is a communications specialist with fluency in Arabic, English and French, and she writes regularly for The Examiner and other publications. Khidir holds a bachelor’s degree from Marymount University and is a trilingual master’s degree candidate at George Mason University’s School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution. She was born in Houston, Texas, and presently resides in Washington, D.C.
George C. Landrith, President and CEO
Since 1998, George Landrith has served as the President and CEO of Frontiers of Freedom – a public policy think tank devoted to promoting a strong national defense, free markets, individual liberty, and constitutionally limited government. Frontiers of Freedom is recognized as a national leader on many of the most important issues facing America today – including: national security and defense, constitutional freedoms, market-based environmental solutions, energy, tax reform, property rights, and regulatory reform.
Previously, Landrith served as the Vice President and General Counsel to the National Legal Center for the Public Interest — now associated with the American Enterprise Institute. Landrith is a graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law, where he was the Business Editor of the Virginia Journal of Law and Politics. He also graduated, magna cum laude, from Brigham Young University studying political science and economics. Landrith is admitted to the bar in Virginia and California and is a member of the United States Supreme Court bar.
In 1994 and 1996, Landrith was the Republican candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives from Virginia’s Fifth Congressional District. He also served on the Albemarle County (Virginia) School Board from 1992 through 1995. He was appointed by then Governor George Allen and confirmed by the General Assembly to serve on the Virginia Workforce 2000 Advocacy Council. As an adjunct professor at the George Mason School of Law, Landrith has taught constitutional law, appellate advocacy, and legal writing. Landrith also teaches at the Leadership Institute’s candidate school.
Landrith appears frequently on television and radio news programs. He has been quoted or referenced in many of the nation’s leading newspapers, including: New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post. Landrith’s work has been printed in over 100 newspapers across the nation, including: Washington Times, Chicago Tribune, LA Daily News, National Review, Sacramento Bee, Ft. Worth Star-Telegram, Providence Journal, Daily Caller, Washington Examiner, Townhall, and Human Events. In 2004, Landrith published a book, On Politics and Policy: Views on Freedom from an American Conservative.
Shawn Macomber, Visiting Fellow
Shawn Macomber is a Visiting Fellow at Frontiers of Freedom. His work has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the Journal of International Security Affairs, Reason, The Federalist, The Weekly Standard, the Daily Caller, National Review Online, the Los Angeles Times, The American Spectator and many other publications.
Miklos K. Radvanyi, Executive Vice President
Dr. Miklos K. Radvanyi is the Vice President of International Policy at Frontiers of Freedom. He has earned advanced degrees from the Eotvos Lorand Scientific University, in Budapest, Hungary; the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University; and the National Law Center at George Washington University.
He has also served as the foreign affairs advisor to U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch and U.S. Representative Christopher Cox. He escaped communist rule in Hungary during the height of the cold war and immigrated to America.
He is an expert on geopolitical affairs, national security, and foreign affairs. He has written extensively and been published in at least three different languages and has lectured around the world on foreign policy and world affairs.
Peter Roff, Senior Fellow
Peter Roff is a Senior Fellow at Frontiers of Freedom. He is also a contributing editor at U.S. News & World Report. Earlier in his career, he was the political director of Newt Gingrich’s GOPAC and planned and directed political education programs training tens of thousands of candidates for public office and political activists. Prior to his years at GOPAC, Roff spent nearly five years as executive director of Americans for Tax Reform, the organization that created the “Taxpayer Protection Pledge.” During Roff’s career, he also spent five years as the senior political writer for United Press International.
Roff has appeared on a variety of radio and television programs including “CBS News Overnight,” “Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher,” “The Dennis Miller Show,” “Hannity & Colmes,” “The O’Reilly Factor,” “C-SPAN’s Washington Journal,” and even once appeared as himself on the hit ABC comedy “Spin City.”
Roff’s observations have been quoted in major publications including USA Today, The New York Times, the online version of The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Times, The Christian Science Monitor, and National Review.
A graduate of The George Washington University, Roff has lived in Northern Virginia for much of the last 25 years along with his children and his beagle Watson.
Scott L. Vanatter, Executive Vice President
Scott Vanatter, Executive Vice President and COO of Frontiers of Freedom, began his career in sales and marketing with Xerox Corporation. He has over thirty years of corporate, M&A, and entrepreneurial experience. He has been a key player in several successful software startups. He co-founded two political action committees (one on fiscal and transportation issues, the other on family values). He also co-founded the Access Technology Association. Prior political and public policy positions include, Chief Operating Officer at the Corporation for Executive Studies, and Regional Director at the Business-Industry Political Action Committee.
He has spoken on such business issues as software and IT security, and on various political issues from fundraising to the founding fathers. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a minor in finance from California State University, Fullerton’s College of Business and Economics.
Amrita Singh, Director of Publications
Amrita Singh serves as the Institute’s Director of Publications. She earned her degree in English with honors from Delhi University in India. She speaks English, Hindi, Punjabi and Italian. She also earned a diploma in International & Domestic Tourism from the Indian Institute of Marketing.
Prior to joining Frontiers of Freedom, Singh, worked at a senior level for an international firm specializing in Voip and SIP telecom products and aviation systems and airport management. In addition to Singh’s experience in publications and editing, she has extensive experience in marketing and merchandising.