Lawson R. Bader
President & CEO, Donors Capital Fund and DonorsTrust

Lawson Bader is president and CEO of DonorsTrust and Donors Capital Fund. Previously, he served as president of the Competitive Enterprise Institute, a research and outreach organization dedicated to reducing government barriers to entrepreneurship, innovation and economic liberty. While there, Mr. Bader expanded CEI’s litigation and communication efforts aimed at reducing executive branch overreach. Before joining CEI, Mr. Bader spent sixteen years as vice president of the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. His portfolio included creating Capitol Hill Campus, the largest bi-partisan economic education professional development program for Congressional staff, managing the government accountability and regulatory studies programs, and general fundraising. He was also formerly the manager of government relations at SRI International, a legislative analyst with the D.C. law firm Pierson, Semmes and Finley, and a special assistant at the U.S. Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs. He is a former columnist with Human Events, and serves on the boards of the Atlas Network and State Policy Network.  Mr. Bader earned a BA in political science from Wheaton College and an MA in public policy from The Johns Hopkins University.