Greg Pulscher

Greg Pulscher joined the Civitas Institute as a development associate in 2015. Since moving to North Carolina from Colorado, Greg established a networking social group in Raleigh devoted to liberty minded individuals, is a contributor to Opportunity Lives and created a podcast called “Free To Brew” tackling the misunderstood and widely criticized world of alcohol using a free market approach.

Prior to joining the Civitas Institute, Greg graduated from the University of Evansville with a Bachelor of Science in Political Science and Legal Studies.  From there he began his career in the private sector of rental and insurance claims, but sought out the fight for liberty when the opportunity arose.

You can find additional articles and information written by Greg with the Civitas Institute, on his blog, and as a contributor with Opportunity lives.

The Free to Brew podcast centers around the premise; “free markets for all, even beer”, with the slogan “Without Beer There Can Be No Liberty, and Without Liberty There Can Be No Beer.” You can listen to the show on iTunes, Stitcher, or on his blog.


Greg spoke to the Columbia Economics Club on August 2, 2017, in his talk titled: “Free the Brews: The Perils of Craft Beer Regulations”.

Beatriz Maldonado

Dr. Beatriz Maldonado is an Assistant Professor of Economics and International Studies at the College of Charleston. Her research in economic development and political economics has appeared in the European Journal of Political Economy, Oxford Development Studies, Applied Economics Letters, and Social Science Quarterly.

She was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico and later moved to Oklahoma. She studied at the University of Oklahoma where she received her B.A, M.A., and Ph.D. in Economics. She lives in Charleston with her husband Max Kovalov who teaches political science and international studies at the College of Charleston.

Beatriz spoke to the Columbia Economics Club on May 3, 2017, in her talk entitled, “Puerto Rico: Island of Enchantment and Debt”.

Todd Nesbit

Dr. Todd Nesbit is a Senior Lecturer in Economics and Competitive Markets at The Ohio State University and an Adjunct Scholar at the Mackinac Center for Public Policy. Dr. Nesbit earned dual B.S. degrees in Economics and Mathematics from Capital University in 2001 and then went on to complete his Ph.D. in Economics at West Virginia University in 2005.  Dr. Nesbit has authored peer-reviewed professional publications appearing in the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, the Southern Economic Journal, and Public Budgeting and Finance, among others.  His primary research interest is in public policy issues generally, and excise taxation specifically. 

Todd spoke to the Columbia Economics Club on March 15, 2017, in his talk “Education or Extortion? School Levies and the Impact of Pay-to-Participate”


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Katherine Restrepo

Katherine Restrepo is the Director of Healthcare policy at the John Locke Foundation. Before joining the John Locke Foundation, she interned at the Cato Institute under the direction of Michael Cannon, Director of Health Policy Studies. 

Katherine graduated from McDaniel College with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Spanish along with a minor in Communication. She earned her master’s degree in health care administration at the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health. She is also a contributor to Forbes.

Katherine spoke to the Columbia Economics Club on January 11, 2017, in her talk entitled, “Under the Knife: Why Certificate of Need Laws Need to Be Reconstructed”.

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