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 living fully and advancing 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

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.”

Robert Begley

Robert Begley

Project Manager

In addition to managing projects and scheming with coworkers about how to constantly improve OSI’s offerings, Robert works as a speaking coach, helping TedX speakers and businessmen deliver more memorable messages. When he is not working, he enjoys swimming, playing basketball, practicing Bikram yoga, and dancing ballet.

Andrew Bernstein

Andrew Bernstein

Guest Instructor

Andrew Bernstein holds a PhD in philosophy from the Graduate School of the City University of New York and taught philosophy for many years at SUNY Purchase. He is the author of (most recently) Heroes, Legends, Champions: Why Heroism Matters (2020), Capitalism Unbound: The Incontestable Moral Case for Individual Rights (2010) and Capitalist Solutions (2011).

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.

Tim Chermak

Tim Chermak

Guest Instructor

Tim is an entrepreneur, marketing consultant, author, and speaker. He’s CEO of Platform, a digital marketing agency and software company, and a cofounder of Main Street Marketing, a training program for small business owners. His most recent book is High Hanging Fruit: A Proven Marketing Strategy for Ambitious Real Estate Agents.

Eric Daniels

Eric Daniels

Guest Instructor

Eric Daniels holds a Ph.D. in American history from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. He has taught history, political science, and economics at Duke University, Georgetown University, and is currently the Assistant Director of the Clemson Institute for the Study of Capitalism at Clemson University. In addition to his contributions to The Objective Standard, he has published on the history of monopolies, American individualism, and economic freedom.

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,” teaches 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.

Raymond Niles

Raymond Niles

Guest Instructor

Ray holds a PhD in economics from George Mason University and an MBA in finance and economics from the Leonard N. Stern School of Business at New York University. He has taught economics at the university level, and he worked for fifteen years on Wall Street, both as a senior equity research analyst and as managing partner of a hedge fund. He is a senior fellow and columnist for the American Institute for Economic Research and a contributor to The Objective Standard.

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.

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

Maggie Bird

Maggie Bird

Contributor

Maggie Bird is a full-time student and mom who is passionate about the ideas on which human flourishing and progress depend. She began writing regularly after taking OSI’s course, “How to write Powerfully in Defense of Liberty.” She writes for The Objective Standard as well.

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.