Chad Wilcox

Vice President for Operations & Strategy |

Chad Wilcox is Pacific Legal Foundation’s Vice President for Operations & Strategy, 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-legal efforts, including external-facing communications, public outreach, and general operations. 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 traveling the country and world.