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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January 21, 2021

The Hill: Was 2020 a turning point for identity politics?

The tragic death of George Floyd in Minneapolis last summer has led to renewed interest in an important topic: equality before the law. Although Americans are united in their pursuit of this important principle, they are divided on what the term means. This divide is not along right-left lines. Instead, it is between collectivists who ...

January 20, 2021

Houston-area contractors brace for additional racial set-asides

Last year in Texas, both Harris County and the Port of Houston completed their first-ever studies of how public contracts are awarded for everything from paper products to multi-million-dollar building projects. The studies, called disparity studies, found that minority-owned businesses in Harris County and Port of Houston win public contracts at l ...

January 20, 2021

Daily Journal: California’s attack on donor privacy draws supreme scrutiny

Do you have the right to privately support charities and causes you believe in? And what standard applies when the government seeks to discover otherwise-anonymous donors' identities from nonprofit organizations? On Jan. 8, the U.S. Supreme Court granted certiorari in Americans for Prosperity Foundation v. Becerra to clarify the answers to those qu ...

January 20, 2021

Despite ”Cancel Culture” growing, America’s freedom of speech is strong

**Editor’s note on upcoming PLF event** Freedom of speech is a core value in American society. It's no mistake that it is protected by the First Amendment to our constitution. Both our intellectual and economic lives depend on the exchange of ideas and information. Yet today, individuals on both sides of the aisle are calling for ...

January 14, 2021

Orlando Sentinel: Orange County voters were misguided in approving ‘Rights of nature’ ordinance

Last year, Gov. Ron DeSantis signed into law an amendment to Florida's Environmental Protection Act, SB 712, that in part prohibits local governments from granting individuals the right to sue on behalf of plants, animals, bodies or water or other elements of nature. It reflected the sensible idea that it is individuals who are harmed ...

January 14, 2021

Not only does Chicago’s racial contracting set asides hurt minorities, it’s unconstitutional

In 2020, COVID-19 devastated many small businesses, including construction companies that work on public projects such as public roads, public schools, or public hospitals. In 2021, Chicago can make it easier for those contractors to earn a living by eliminating its set-asides for minority-owned businesses. Chicago's Minority Business Enterprise (M ...

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