David Rothbard, President, Co-Founder
David Rothbard co-founded the Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow (CFACT) in 1985, and has served as chairman and president of the organization since its inception. He has provided vision, guidance, and oversight to help build CFACT into a global presence, with activities on three continents and the support of more than 40 internationally-recognized scientists and experts. Rothbard has testified before Congress and various state legislatures; is a regular speaker on college campuses and at policy gatherings in the U.S. and around the world; and has led delegations to numerous U.N. environmental summits including those in Cairo, Kyoto, Buenos Aires, the Hague, Johannesburg, and Nairobi. He is a frequent guest on radio and television talk shows, and his work has been printed or critiqued in such publications as Newsweek, the Houston Chronicle, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Washington Times, and The Wall Street Journal. Rothbard is also now spearheading the creation of model demonstration projects in impoverished villages in Latin America and Africa. He is a graduate of Fairfield University in Connecticut, with a degree in political science. He and his wife, Kelly, are the proud parents of three daughters in suburban Maryland.
Craig Rucker, Executive Director, Co-Founder
A native of Buffalo, New York, who received his Masters of Public Administration from the State University of New York at Albany, Craig Rucker is a co-founder of CFACT and currently serves as its executive director. For over 20 years, Craig has provided expertise to a wide range of government, academic, media, and industry forums. He serves as co-host of CFACT’s daily national radio commentary called "Just the Facts" that has been airing on some 125 radio stations from coast to coast since 1993. Rucker has written extensively on numerous environmental policy issues, and his work has been featured in such media outlets as CNN, the BBC, USA Today, the Des Moines Register, the Cleveland Plain-Dealer, The Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post. Rucker has had primary responsibility for helping build CFACT’s Collegians program on more than 20 campuses in nine states, and has attended or brought student delegations to major United Nations conferences in Istanbul, Kyoto, Bonn, Marrakesh, Cancun, and Montreal. Rucker has a wife and four sons, and currently resides in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.
Ryan Nichols, Director of Development
Ryan joined the staff of CFACT as the Midwest Regional Director in 2003. He currently serves as the Director of Development.
Ryan grew up in Wisconsin and attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He graduated with BS and MS degrees in Civil & Environmental Engineering.
After college Ryan moved to Milwaukee to work in the construction industry. In 2004 he moved to Washington, DC to serve as Director of the Leadership Institute’s prestigious Youth Leadership School. While working for this multi-million dollar non-profit he was charged with managing thirty-three full-time employees working in all fifty states. He delivered practical, information-packed leadership seminars to thousands of students from six countries and all 50 US states.
In 2008 Ryan managed the UW-Madison chapter of CFACT. Under his direction the organization’s membership grew to over 700, including 252 interns.
Ryan stays active with his church and the Knights of Columbus. He currently resides in Virginia, but remains a “Cheesehead” at heart.
Duggan Flanakin, Director of Policy Research
Duggan Flanakin is CFACT's Director of Policy Research as well as a journalist who has served as a policy analyst for CFACT since 1997; he is responsible for many of the articles found on the CFACT website. Mr. Flanakin began his professional career as a science editor with the now-defunct U.S. Bureau of Mines, and from 1989 through 2005 he served as editor of a high-level, Texas-based newsletter that focused on federal and state environmental regulation and policy. Mr. Flanakin has also served as a Senior Fellow with the Texas Public Policy Foundation and the Arkansas Public Policy Foundation. He has written extensively on environmental education issues, the intersection of environmental policy and human rights, the divide between sound science and junk science, and many other topics. In Texas, he is widely respected for major reports that critiqued that state's consolidated environmental regulatory agency and that laid the framework for a new Texas Environmental Education Partnership that brought diverse interests together to improve the quality of the science in the classroom. Mr. Flanakin holds a B.A. in History from Louisiana State University and an M. A. in Public Policy from Regent University.
Bill Gilles, Collegians For A Constructive Tomorrow (CFACT) Director
Bill Gilles founded Collegians For A Constructive Tomorrow in 2001 at his alma mater – the University of Minnesota. Bill has lead and managed the organization ever since and now has active chapters on 25 campuses with over a 1000 active members. Before CFACT Bill was a technology consultant for industry and the Federal Government. He graduated with an MIS degree in Business from the University of Minnesota in 1999 and an MBA from Notre Dame in 2004.
Dr. Holger J. Thuss, CFACT Europe Director
Holger J. Thuss, is a native of Jena, Germany. He studied modern history and law at the Jena University and finished his studies with a PhD in 2005. Between 1996 and 2004 he worked for various interest organizations in Bonn, Brussels and Berlin. In 2004 he co-founded CFACT Europe and serves as its Executive Director. Dr. Thuss carries CFACT’s vision to conferences, seminars, and government meetings throughout the European Union. In 2005, CFACT Europe presented its views on free-market environmentalism to the Second European Resource Bank Meeting in Vilnius, Lithuania. In 2006, CFACT Europe organized and sponsored a lecture of East German civil rights activist and writer Mrs. Freya Klier in Jena, Germany. In 2007, CFACT Europe was the proud co-sponsor of the first alternative, free-market oriented conference on climate change in Berlin, Germany.
CFACT Europe also translates and publishes thought-provoking books that advocate market-oriented environmental policies. Recently, the group published a German edition of Paul Driessen’s "Eco-Imperialism: Green Power -Black Death" and followed up by printing and distributing "Eco-Nihilism: A Critique of Political Ecology" by German environment expert and writer Edgar L. Gaertner. Both books achieved robust sales and were widely reported in the German, Swiss and Austrian media.
CFACT Europe also regularly informs the European public and media of environmental news through a German language website, www.cfact.de
, and an English website at www.cfact.eu
Paul Driessen, Senior Policy Advisor
Paul Driessen is senior policy advisor for the Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow, Congress of Racial Equality and other nonprofit public policy think tanks. He writes and speaks frequently on energy, the environment, economic development, malaria eradication, human rights, global warming and corporate social responsibility. His articles have appeared in news-papers and magazines and on news and opinion websites in the United States, Canada, Germany, Italy, Peru, Venezuela, South Africa, Uganda, Bangladesh and other countries.
Driessen’s studies and analyses have also appeared in Conserving the Environment (Doug Dupler, editor), 2006, part of the Thomson-Gale "Opposing Viewpoints" Series; Redefining Sovereignty: Will liberal democracies continue to determine their own laws and public policies, or yield these rights to transnational entities in search of universal order and justice? (Orin Judd, editor), 2005, Smith and Kraus Global Publishers; and other publications. He is also the author of the book Eco-Imperialism: Green Power - Black Death, and the report Responsible Progress in the Andes.
Paul received his BA in geology and field ecology from Lawrence University and a law degree from the University of Denver College of Law, before embarking on a career that also included tenures with the United States Senate, U.S. Department of the Interior and an energy trade association. He is active in the Public Relations Society of America’s Social Responsibility Section; and is a frequent guest on radio talk shows and college campuses, and at business and public policy forums.