Richard N. Lorenc is the Executive Vice President of the Foundation for Economic Education, Inc. (FEE) whose vision is to make the ideas of liberty familiar, credible, and compelling to the rising generation. Lorenc also serves as managing director of FEE's Youth Education & Audience Research (“YEAR”) project–sponsored by the John Templeton Foundation–to develop and promote new content and distribution techniques for free-market ideas. Since he joined FEE, the organization's budget has more than doubled to over $6 million, and FEE now reaches thousands of students in-person and millions online annually.
Lorenc is involved in a number of civic, educational, and professional development organizations. He is the chairman of the board of directors of America’s Future Foundation (AFF), the nation's premier network of liberty-minded young professionals. Additionally, he serves as the chairman of the board of directors of the Coalition to Reduce Spending, Inc., an advocacy group established to place meaningful controls on federal spending. He joined The Mont Pelerin Society in 2018.
A dual American-Polish citizen, Lorenc serves on the advisory board of the Freedom and Entrepreneurship Foundation (Fundacja Wolności i Przedsiębiorczości), which promotes and educates on the free market in Polish society.
Lorenc is graduate of both the Charles Koch Institute's Liberty@Work program and the Atlas Network's Leadership Academy, including the Atlas Think Tank MBA. Further background includes entrepreneurship as well as service at the Illinois Policy Institute, America's Future Foundation, and Truth in Accounting, where he co-founded the interactive state fiscal database StateDataLab.org.
Lorenc has traveled to over 30 countries and has been published in The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, Washington Post, and others on topics from constitutional government to LGBT rights to design. He is a graduate of Emory University, where he played the double bass in the Emory University Symphony Orchestra for a record-breaking 16 seasons. He lives in the beautiful Lake Claire neighborhood of Atlanta with his husband Colin Caldarera.