Chad Wilcox

Chief Operating Officer |

Chad Wilcox is Pacific Legal Foundation’s chief operating officer, fighting for freedom by ensuring all aspects of PLF are prepared and motivated to advance the cause of individual liberty.

Chad oversees all of PLF’s non-litigation efforts, including external-facing communications and public outreach, as well as general operations and administration. As a member of the executive leadership team, he helps set and promote PLF’s short- and long-range vision, strategy, objectives, culture, and values. He also serves as the organization’s chief financial officer. Since joining PLF in 2017, Chad counts among his successes: upgrading PLF’s communications team, radically streamlining operational bureaucracy, implementing a distributed work infrastructure that allows employees to work seamlessly from anywhere in the country, and embedding new core values within PLF’s culture.

Chad is a lifelong lover of liberty with an aptitude for strategy, operations, and talent development, and a passion for changing the world. Prior to joining PLF, he spent three years as COO with the London-based Institute of Economic Affairs, the premier free-market think tank in the United Kingdom. Before that, he spent nine years with the DC-area based Institute for Humane Studies, where he mentored freedom-friendly young people and built programs to connect them to liberty-oriented careers. He holds a M.Ed. in organizational leadership and a B.A. in political science and economics, both from Vanderbilt University.

Apart from fighting for freedom, Chad enjoys craft beer and cocktails, Tennessee Titans football, and, lockdown permitting, traveling the country and world.