Chad Wilcox

Chief Operating Officer Sacramento

Chad Wilcox is PLF’s Chief Operating Officer, overseeing PLF’s communications, outreach, policy, research, and operations supporting our efforts to advance individual rights under the law. As a member of the executive leadership team, Chad helps set and promote PLF’s short- and long-range vision, strategy, objectives, culture, and values. Chad also serves as the organization’s chief financial officer.

Chad is a lifelong lover of liberty with an aptitude for strategy and operations and a passion for changing the world. Prior to joining PLF in 2017, Chad spent three years as COO with the London-based Institute of Economic Affairs, the premier free-market think tank in the United Kingdom. Before this, Chad spent nine years in the Washington, DC, area with the Institute for Humane Studies, where he mentored talented, 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.

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April 15, 2021

The Wall Street Journal: Schools offer empty words to Asians

The horrific murders in Atlanta last week inspired an outpouring of support for Asian-Americans. "An attack on any group of us is an attack on all of us—and on everything we represent as an institution," Harvard President Lawrence Bacow said in a statement. "To Asians, Asian Americans, and Pacific Islanders in our community: We stand ...

April 14, 2021

Can the government force you to get a vaccine?

The COVID-19 vaccine is one of the greatest advancements of medical science ever. But while the vaccine represents a welcome key to finally overcoming COVID-19, it has also renewed the questions surrounding government's involvement in our health. Confusion and debate around vaccine eligibility or "vaccine passports" all lead to one central question ...

April 12, 2021

Orange County Register: Much ADU about nothing

There are only three bad things about Accessory Dwelling Units. The first two are (1) the name, and (2) the acronym. Why does every good normal thing have to be given an anodyne cover name when it gets discussed in public policy? ADU is a code name for in-law apartments, granny flats, over-the-garage apartments, and ...

April 09, 2021

There are better ways to house people than by banning evictions

A common government response to the pandemic has been to freeze evictions to keep people housed. While these moratoria may be attractive on the surface, this shortsighted tactic will only constrict access to affordable housing. There are better paths forward. Pacific Legal Foundation has challenged several of these eviction moratoria in court (see ...

April 08, 2021

Arizona Capitol Times: It’s past time to rein in governor’s emergency powers

In late January 2020, Arizona logged its first recorded Covid infection. Just over six weeks later, the pandemic had spread so widely that Gov. Doug Ducey declared a statewide emergency. As we've passed the anniversary of that emergency declaration, it's worth reflecting on what we've learned from the extraordinary events of the last year. One ...

April 08, 2021

Can the police enter your house and take your stuff without a warrant?

Can the police enter your home and confiscate your weapons without a warrant? That's the question the Supreme Court is getting ready to decide in Caniglia v. Strom. But the answer won't be found in the Second Amendment. Instead, the Court will consider whether the police violated a Rhode Island man's Fourth Amendment right against ...

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