About Free the People
Free the People’s goal is to get ahead of politics, and engage in the cultural exchange that will set the political agenda for the next 50 years. We want to set the conversation, instead of settling for rhetorical scraps tossed to us by the political class. We want to make the community for liberty a cool thing. Using cutting-edge technology and storytelling, we’re building a grassroots constituency that can translate good ideas into education, conversation, and social activism. This community influences culture and public opinion, and drives boots-on-the-ground social change from the bottom up.
We defend free speech online, the right to bear arms, and privacy from government cyber-snooping, all with equal passion. We fight government cronyism and go after big businesses that game the system at the expense of consumers and competitors. Our shared values, like equal treatment under the law and innocent until proven guilty, animate fights for justice reform, and against federal mandatory minimum sentences and civil asset forfeiture. Most importantly, we defend free choice in everything from drug policy, to healthcare and retirement, to every aspect of the sharing economy.
Good ideas and social organization can best the most vested of special interests and the most powerful governments. If you want to disrupt the status quo, look in the mirror. You are the change.
Meet the Team
President and Chief Community Organizer
Matt Kibbe is a leading advocate for personal, civil and economic liberties. An economist by training, Kibbe is a public policy expert, bestselling author and political commentator. He served as Senior Advisor to Concerned American Voters, a Rand Paul Super PAC. He is also Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Austrian Economic Center in Vienna, Austria.
In 2004 Kibbe founded FreedomWorks, a national grassroots advocacy organization, and served as President until his departure in July 2015. Steve Forbes said “Kibbe has been to FreedomWorks what Steve Jobs was to Apple.” Newsweek pronounced Kibbe “one of the masterminds” of tea party politics. MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann called Kibbe “the second worst person in the world.”
Dubbed “the scribe” by the New York Daily News, Kibbe is the author of the #2 New York Times bestseller Don’t Hurt People and Don’t Take Their Stuff: A Libertarian Manifesto (HarperCollins 2014), Hostile Takeover: Resisting Centralized Government's Stranglehold on America (HarperCollins 2012) and coauthor of Give Us Liberty: A Tea Party Manifesto (HarperCollins 2010). Kibbe appears frequently on national television including FOX News, HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher, CNN, MSNBC, PBS, The Blaze TV and CSPAN.
Before joining FreedomWorks, Kibbe served as a congressional Chief of Staff and House Budget Committee Associate. He was also Budget Director for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and Senior Economist for the RNC under Lee Atwater.
Kibbe did graduate work in economics at George Mason University and received his B.A. in Economics from Grove City College. He lives in Washington, DC with his unspeakably awesome wife of 29 years, Terry, and their three liberty-minded cats, Roark, Ragnar and Iko. A noted scholarly expert on The Big Lebowski, Kibbe is also an avid DeadHead, drinker of beer and whisky, and collector of obscure books on libertarian philosophy.
Chief Executive Officer
Terry Kibbe is a fundraiser and venture philanthropist focused on investments in medical innovation and the liberty movement. In addition to supporting Free the People, she is the President of Curated Innovation, a 501c(3). Based in Cambridge MA, Curated Innovation is focused on delivering breakthrough products that save or greatly improve lives. In 2015-16, she was a fundraiser for Concerned American Voters, a SuperPAC supporting Rand Paul for President. Terry served as Chairwoman of the Advisory Board of the Rising Tide Foundation in Schaffhausen, Switzerland, and as an Advisor to the Global Philanthropic Trust in the Cayman Islands.
She brings 18 years of experience as a fundraiser, having raised millions in operating capital for various nonprofit and political causes, including FreedomWorks, the Competitive Enterprise Institute and the Cato Institute. She spent the first decade of her career as an engineer working on defense technology. She also worked on Capitol Hill as a top aide to Congressman Christopher Cox. In early 2007, Terry formed Dagny, LLC, offering strategic management services to philanthropic charities and non-profit organizations. Terry is a graduate of Grove City College, where she received her B.S. in Industrial Engineering.
Chief Technology Officer
Kara Pally is a digital strategist with more than 10 years experience in website development, product management, and social media marketing. Prior to joining Free the People, she served as the Vice President of Product Development at Hirepurpose, a career site for military veterans in New York City, and from 2010 to 2014, Kara led the technology efforts of FreedomWorks as Chief Technology Officer in Washington, DC.
She holds a M.S. in Internet Technology from Pace University and a B.A. in Journalism from New York University. Kara lives in Brooklyn, NY with her husband and son. She enjoys defending liberty and fueling the next political revolution with technology. Wave of the future, Dude. 100% electronic.
Director of Research
Before Free the People, Logan Albright was the Senior Research Analyst at FreedomWorks, and was responsible for producing a wide variety of written content, research for staff media appearances, and scripts for video production. Logan also managed the research and interviews with congressional candidates used for endorsements by FreedomWorks PAC. He received his Master’s degree in economics from Georgia State University in 2011, before promptly setting out for DC to fight for liberty. He first discovered the ideas of liberty during his time at Oberlin College, where his contrarian nature drove him into countless hours of heated debate at this bastion of progressive thought. Logan occasionally takes time out from his busy schedule of railing against the evils of government to play the part of musician, amateur novelist, and moustache enthusiast.
Matt Battaglia is a designer, editor, and illustrator. His graphic novel, Indoctrination, was published by Z2 Comics in 2016, and he's been working in the liberty space since 2012. An avid and devoted Springsteen and Southside Johnny fan, he refuses to leave his home Garden State in spite of ridiculous taxes. His dog Misty ensures that he actually goes outside at least three times a day.
Sam Martin is a videographer, video editor, actor, director, and filmmaker from the San Francisco Bay Area. Sam also currently serves as a Creative Director for CRTV. Most recently, Sam produced video content for FreedomWorks, including educational videos, campaign ads, and documentary material on a variety of liberty-related issues. He also creates, produces, and stars in a web series called “Liberty Beats,“ spoken word poetry on various liberty-related issues affecting the Millennial Generation. Sam is the co-founder and Creative Director of Principled Productions and has produced everything from campaign ads for presidential candidate Rand Paul to documentaries, music videos, short films, and congressional interviews. He received his B.A. in Theatre Arts from Westmont College, trained at the Los Angeles Film Studies Center, and earned his two-year conservatory degree from Stella Adler Art of Acting Studio in Los Angeles, California. Sam is passionate about using the artistic mediums of film and entertainment to spread the ideas of liberty in fresh and innovative ways. He is an enthusiastic advocate for the Millennial generation and has spoken on panels for FreedomWorks and Young Americans for Liberty (YAL). Sam is one of “The FEE 100“'s distinguished alumni.
Director of Public Policy
Prior to joining Free the People, Josh Withrow was the Legislative Affairs Manager at FreedomWorks. There, he oversaw federal legislative priorities and spent considerable time working with allies on the Hill to develop and implement policy strategies to advance liberty. He was also responsible for managing FreedomWorks’ legislative scorecard, determining which votes to score and weights assigned. Before joining in the cause of liberty, Josh was on the path to academia, earning his B.A. in Classics and History from the University of Nebraska, and his M.A. in Medieval Studies from Western Michigan University. When not working (which is rarely) Josh can be found reenacting the Civil War, playing classical piano or cheering on his New England Patriots.