Who We Are and What We Do

Philosophy for Life, Liberty, and Happiness

Objective Standard Institute’s mission is to teach the rising generation about the importance of philosophy, the principles of Ayn Rand’s Objectivism, and related ideas for loving life and defending liberty.

Toward this end, we deliver courses, podcasts, and conferences focused on good thinking for good living. These are geared primarily to students and young adults, but we invite people of all ages to participate. We’ve found that mixed-age interactions foster deeper understanding for everyone involved.

Our Team

Sarah Biddle

Sarah Biddle

President

Sarah is cofounder and president of Objective Standard Institute and general manager of The Objective Standard. In an earlier career, she taught literature, language arts, history, and math at VanDamme Academy and LePort Schools in Southern California. She holds a BA in history from Mary Baldwin College. In addition to her work at OSI and TOS, Sarah homeschools her daughter, reads voraciously, gardens with a (mostly) green thumb, and loves ballroom, salsa, and country western dancing.

Craig Biddle

Craig Biddle

Director of Education, Instructor

Craig is cofounder and director of education at Objective Standard Institute, editor of The Objective Standard, and executive director of Prometheus Foundation. He is the author of Loving Life: The Morality of Self-Interest and the Facts that Support It; Rational Egoism: The Morality for Human Flourishing; and the forthcoming Moral Truths Your Parents, Preachers, and Teachers Don’t Want You to Know. He is currently working on his fourth book, “Thinking in Principles.”

Aaron Briley

Aaron Briley

Fellow, Research Associate

Aaron is a fellow and research associate at Objective Standard Institute. He focuses on advocating and fostering individualism, independent thinking, and rational self-interest among inner-city minority youths. Aaron holds a PhD in philosophy from the University of California, Irvine. In his spare time, he likes to travel, cycle, and follow Brazilian jiu-jitsu.

Leisa Hart

Leisa Hart

Director of Marketing

Leisa is director of marketing at Objective Standard Institute and marketing manager at The Objective Standard. When she’s not drafting emails or building an empire of Facebook ads for OSI, she can be found reading books, listening to classical music, swing dancing, drinking tea, and engaging in other old lady shenanigans at her home in Atlanta, Georgia.

Jon Hersey

Jon Hersey

Fellow, Instructor

Jon Hersey co-hosts the podcasts “Philosophy for Flourishing” and “The Hero Show,” helps teach courses for Objective Standard Institute, and writes and edits for The Objective Standard. His work focuses on intellectual history, specifically, the ideas on which freedom and flourishing depend.

Elliott Hill

Elliott Hill

Director of Technology

Elliott is director of technology and digital media at Objective Standard Institute. He graduated with a bachelor of science in Computer Science for Games from Sheffield Hallam University. In his spare time he enjoys playing soccer, reading nonfiction, watching anime, and working on personal tech projects.

Thomas Walker

Thomas Walker

Fellow, Editor

Thomas is a fellow and editor at Objective Standard Institute and an assistant editor at The Objective Standard. He works as an urban planning consultant, holds a master’s degree from Oxford Brookes University, and has done research for the Adam Smith Institute.

Tim White

Tim White

Fellow, Editor

Tim is a freelance writer and editor, small business owner, and assistant editor of The Objective Standard. He worked in healthcare for ten years and taught Combat Lifesaver classes in the Army for two of them. When he isn’t writing or editing, he’s usually reading; cooking; traveling the world; shooting pistols, shotguns, and recurve bows; playing video games; or playing Dungeons & Dragons, which mostly involves adults in pajamas yelling at dice.

Yitzchak Young

Yitzchak Young

Brand Director

Yitzchak is the brand director at Objective Standard Institute. Typically he’s either planning a communication strategy, going through marketing research papers, or copywriting an awesome headline. When he’s away from his desk, you might catch him trekking through the mountain ranges of Oregon or at a coffee shop reading literature.

Level Up Contributors

Angelica Werth

Angelica Werth

Contributor

Angelica holds bachelor’s degrees in horticulture and Spanish from Clemson University. She works as an interior horticultural specialist and enjoys gardening, playing the piano, and reading.