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The Board of the Thomas Jefferson Institute for Public Policy Appoints Derrick Max As New President and CEO

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As the Virginians debate over the direction of education, public employee unionization, taxes and energy policy, it is essential to have a strong, independent voice standing for freedom and flourishing for our great Commonwealth. 

Round Hill, VA, June 5, 2023. The Thomas Jefferson Institute announced today that Derrick Max has been appointed the new CEO and President of Virginia’s non-partisan, free-market public policy organization. 

An experienced thought leader and advocate, Derrick Max will succeed outgoing CEO Chris Braunlich, who is retiring from full-time employment,  and assume full responsibilities on July 1, 2023.

Derrick Max has worked at the American Enterprise Institute, the Cato Institute and served as a staff economist on the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Education and the Workforce where he led investigation into the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, the Departments of Education and Labor, the National Endowment for the Arts and AmeriCorps.  Derrick led two business organizations trying to reform Social Security and co-founded and ran Cornerstone School, a private Christian school in Southeast, DC serving low-income students for more than 23 years. 

“Derrick has a passion for public policy and has dedicated his life to helping those less fortunate.” said William Howell, Jefferson Institute Board President. “His experience gives him a unique insight into the policy challenges facing the Commonwealth of Virginia.”

While working to reform Social Security, Derrick appeared on multiple television and radio programs including the Today Show, andwas published and quoted in numerous publications and was named by USA Today as one of six individuals who would “shape the future.”

About Thomas Jefferson Institute

The Thomas Jefferson Institute for Public Policy was founded in 1998 by long-time business, civic and political leader Michael W. Thompson.  Its mission is to craft and promote public policy solutions that advance prosperity and opportunity for all Virginians.

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Derrick A. Max


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