Our Staff and Board of Directors

Staff

We strive to be full-time awesome on part-time pay, and we couldn’t do it without an incredible team of volunteers.

Rachel Goldsmith

Rachel Goldsmith

Interim Executive Director

Rachel was an FSP event volunteer before becoming the Director of Operations and then the Interim Executive Director in January 2018. In addition to an MBA, Rachel has experience in fundraising, marketing, and event production.

Chris Lopez

Chris Lopez

Administrative Assistant

Chris has been busy working for the FSP since 2012. Having moved to New Hampshire in 2004, she uses her knowledge of the state and the liberty community to help visitors and movers network and build new lives here.

Jess Paxton

Jess Paxton

Event Director

Jess joined our team in September 2018, bringing a whirlwind of lists, technical experience, and a get-it-done-right attitude that gives our volunteer Event Producers a head start on PorcFest and Liberty Forum. She and her husband Rodger Paxton (also a Board Member) are ran PorcFest XV, and will be taking on PorcFest XVI in 2019.

Board of Directors

These dedicated volunteers are exerting their fullest practical effort for a freer world.

Carla Gericke

Carla Gericke

Carla was born in South Africa and immigrated to California in 1996, after winning a green card in the lottery. She is a “recovering attorney” who practiced law as in-house counsel at Fortune 500 companies in Silicon Valley before redirecting her efforts to liberty activism and writing. In 2008, Carla moved with her husband, former FSP board member Louis Calitz, and their dog, Nellie, from New York City to New Hampshire. More than 15 people showed up during a Nor’easter blizzard to help unload their truck. In 2009 and 2010, Carla organized the Porcupine Freedom Festival, which grew significantly during this period. She enjoys cooking, yoga, hiking, and keeping public officials accountable. She won a groundbreaking First Circuit Court of Appeals case affirming the right to film police officers during a traffic stop. Carla served as president of the Free State Project from March 2011 to March 1, 2016.

Jason Sorens

Jason Sorens

Chairman of the Board

Matt Philips

Matt Philips

Matt majored in Politics at Princeton and interned at the Cato Institute along with FSP founder Jason Sorens before joining Internet advertising pioneer DoubleClick in New York City. He then co-founded Right Media, purchased by Yahoo! in 2007. He now lives in New Hampshire, where he is an activist and investor. He grew up in Phoenix, Arizona, so he doesn’t want to hear anyone using the New Hampshire winter as an excuse for not moving. Matt served as President of the FSP from March 2016 – December 2017.

Rodger Paxton

Rodger Paxton

Rodger is a long-time libertarian activist, formerly he was the Chairman and Secretary of the Libertarian Party of Arkansas before becoming committed to full anarcho-capitalism. Currently, he also serves as a Regional Captain for the Foundation for New Hampshire Independence. Rodger is also the CEO of Pax Libertas Productions, a podcast and media company created to help spread the word of liberty and free-markets to the four corners of the world. In 2015, Rodger and his family moved 1,500 miles from Arkansas to New Hampshire, joining the exclusive ranks of nearly 2,000 “early movers” who made the decision to move prior to the Free State Project receiving it’s first 20,000 signatures. Rodger and his wife Jessica also unschool their two children at home.

Jeremy Kauffman

Jeremy Kauffman

Jeremy discovered the ideas of voluntarism gradually, but would credit Friedman and Huemer as making the strongest cases. Jeremy is the founder and CEO of LBRY.io, a New Hampshire-based blockchain company that produces and maintains a decentralized content sharing and publishing platform. He moved to New Hampshire in 2015 with his partner Rachel Goldsmith, who is Executive Director of the FSP. They live with their son in East Manchester.

The board operates within the FSP Bylaws. Meeting Minutes since 2013 can be viewed here. Older minutes are available to view upon request.

Non-Board Positions

These dedicated volunteers work hard to keep our organization running smoothly.

 Steve Villee

Steve Villee

Treasurer

Steve moved to New Hampshire from New York City in December 2003, just two months after the Free State Project announced that New Hampshire had been selected. He is a software engineer who enjoys hiking, yoga, and traveling to see solar eclipses. He also serves as treasurer of the New Hampshire Liberty Alliance.

Jessica Paxton

Jessica Paxton

Secretary

Jessica and her family moved from Arkansas to New Hampshire in 2015. She is an unschooling mom of two boys who keep her busy exploring all that New Hampshire has to offer. Jessica considers herself a “professional volunteer” and enjoys organizing political events of all kinds, from press conferences to protests to PorcFest.