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  reads voraciously, gardens with a (mostly) green thumb, and loves ballroom, salsa, and country western dancing.

Craig Biddle

Craig Biddle

Executive Director

Craig is cofounder and executive director of Objective Standard Institute, cofounder and editor in chief of The Objective Standard, and executive director of Prometheus Foundation. His books include Loving Life: The Morality of Self-Interest and the Facts that Support It; Rational Egoism: The Morality for Human Flourishing; and the forthcoming Forbidden Facts: Moral Truths Your Parents, Preachers, and Teachers Don’t Want You to Know. His book-in-progress is on thinking in principles. Learn more and join his mailing list at CraigBiddle.com.

Robert Begley

Robert Begley

Director of Development

In addition to being director of development at OSI, Robert works as a speaking coach, helping TedX speakers and businessmen deliver more memorable messages. He constantly seeks to integrate the principles of Objectivism with those of effective self-development systems to create a personalized “supersystem” for success in work and life. And he teaches courses on these integrations for OSI, called “Your Supersystem for Flourishing.” He is also host of The Hero Show. When he is not working, he enjoys swimming, playing basketball, practicing Bikram yoga, and dancing ballet.

Dylan Fritts

Dylan Fritts

Design and Media Specialist

Dylan is a design and media specialist at Objective Standard Institute. His work includes producing digital media and branding for OSI’s social platforms and outreach campaigns. While he’s not on the job, he enjoys sports writing, exercise, and grilling.

Xavier Hart

Xavier Hart

Media Assistant

Xavier provides assistance in several areas at OSI, including fundraising, course hosting, social media posting, and event planning. Outside of OSI, she is an entrepreneur, massage therapist, and esthetician.

 

Jon Hersey

Jon Hersey

Fellow, Instructor

Jon Hersey (@revivingreason) is managing editor of The Objective Standard and holds fellowships at Foundation for Economic Education, where he writes in defense of freedom, and at Objective Standard Institute, where he teaches “How to Write Powerfully in Defense of Liberty.” He hosts the podcast “Philosophy for Flourishing.” He’s on a mission to identify and apply the principles of human flourishing. Get his ebook on writing in defense of liberty here, and join his mailing list at JonHersey.com.

Jackson Upmann

Jackson Upmann

Director of Marketing

Jackson (@JacksonUpmann) is director of marketing at Objectivist Standard Institute. His responsibilities include running OSI’s social media, drafting marketing emails, and managing ads. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, weightlifting, and spending time in nature. You can join his mailing list at jacksonupmann.com.

Angelica Walker-Werth

Angelica Walker-Werth

Fellow, Programs Manager

Angelica is a fellow at Objective Standard Institute, an assistant editor and writer for The Objective Standard, and an Ayn Rand Fellow with Foundation for Economic Education’s Hazlitt Project. Her roles at OSI include co-hosting the podcast Innovation Celebration, course administration and development, writing and editing for On Solid Ground, and event organization. She holds bachelor’s degrees in horticulture and Spanish from Clemson University and enjoys reading, playing the piano, ballet, and traveling. To see more of her work, visit www.walker-werth.com.

Thomas Walker-Werth

Thomas Walker-Werth

Fellow, Editor

Thomas is a fellow and editor at Objective Standard Institute, an assistant editor at The Objective Standard, co-host of the podcast Innovation Celebration, and an Ayn Rand Fellow with Foundation for Economic Education’s Hazlitt Project. He holds a master’s degree from Oxford Brookes University and has done research for the Adam Smith Institute. His hobbies and interests include travel, aviation, photography, and science. To see more of his work, visit www.walker-werth.com.

Ely Lassman

Ely Lassman

Part-time Fellow

Ely is a part-time fellow at Objective Standard Institute and an undergraduate economics student at the University of Bristol. His interest in liberty and its foundations led him to found the UoB Liberty society in 2021, for which he currently serves as president. He is also a Don Lavoie fellow at the Mercatus Centre at George Mason University, a policy fellow at the Pinsker Centre, and a Britannia fellow at the Common Sense Society.

Kiyah Willis

Kiyah Willis

Fellow

Kiyah Willis is a fellow at Objective Standard Institute, focusing on cultural trends and philosophic causes. After graduating from university, she worked as a data analyst before transitioning to philosophy. You can find her advocating for individualism and liberty on Twitter (@growingtotruth).

Current Interns

Justyna Piątek-Pawłowska

Justyna Piątek-Pawłowska

Intern and Video Marketing Specialist

Justyna is an intern and video marketing specialist at Objective Standard Institute. She holds a BA in American studies and is the founder and leader of the Polish chapter of Ladies of Liberty Alliance. She has helped organize various liberty-oriented events including Libertarian Solutions 2022; Milton Friedman Freedom Congress in Poland (2020–2022); Liberty International World Conference 2021 in Medellín, Colombia and 2022 in Tbilisi, Georgia; and a TEDx conference in Gdańsk, Poland. She loves to sing, trains in karate, and is a shameless cat lady.

Alejandro Ramírez Chávez

Alejandro Ramírez Chávez

Intern

Alejandro is an intern at Objective Standard Institute. He holds a BA in economics and was a local coordinator for students for liberty. He is an alumnus of the Cato Institute and the Juan de Mariana Institute and is currently a Fellow of the Sociedad Tomas de Mercado and an intern at the Foundation for Economic Education. His interests include political philosophy and economics, subjects on which he has written several papers, winning first place in the 2021 Caminos de la Libertad essay contest.

Richard Tan

Richard Tan

Intern

Richard is an intern at Objective Standard Institute. His exposure to philosophy began at a young age and subsequently led to an interest in studying freedom and human flourishing. He’s currently self-employed and running an online business selling shoes.

Guest Instructors

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 Marist College. He is the author of Heroes, Legends, Champions: Why Heroism Matters (2020), Capitalism Unbound: The Incontestable Moral Case for Individual Rights (2010), Capitalist Solutions (2011), and Why Johnny Still Can’t Read or Write or Understand Math: And What We Can Do About It (2022).

Carrie-Ann Biondi

Carrie-Ann Biondi

Guest Instructor

Carrie-Ann Biondi holds a BA and MA in American studies and an MA and PhD in philosophy. Her research interests and publications range from virtue ethics, egoism, and individual rights to Socratic pedagogy and popular culture.

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.

Hannah Frankman

Hannah Frankman

Guest Instructor

Hannah Frankman is a career coach, writer, and speaker who cut her teeth in the startup world. She’s spent the past four years at Praxis, a college alternative that helps people start careers without degrees, where she began as an intern, advanced to program manager, and now works as the job support advisor.

Timothy Sandefur

Timothy Sandefur

Guest Instructor

Timothy Sandefur holds the Duncan Chair in Constitutional Government at the Goldwater Institute and is a contributing editor of The Objective Standard.

Luc Travers

Luc Travers

Guest Instructor

Luc Travers is the author of Stories in Paint: 50 Moving Artworks from American Museums and Touching The Art: A Guide to Enjoying Art at a Museum. He leads art museum tours around the world and teaches art appreciation and literature to all ages. Learn more about his work at www.TouchingTheArt.com.