Staff & Board
Ed Braddy is the Executive Director of the American Dream Coalition. From 2002-2008, Ed served as a city commissioner in Gainesville, Florida, where he was ‘an outsider on the inside’ who vigorously defended property rights, private enterprise, and limited government and promoted free market alternatives to the command-and-control status quo in local government. A native Floridian, Ed and his five children live in Gainesville where he has taught American history at the college level.
Local governments around the state and country are dramatically increasing tax and regulatory burdens, pushing coercive policies like Smart Growth, and pursuing wasteful fads like light rail transit at the expense of easing traffic congestion. With 80 percent of Americans living in urban areas, the American Dream Coalition is dedicated to connecting liberty-loving activists with the information and tools they need to put their cities back on the foundation of freedom that made our country great!
Ed has been interviewed by the PBS Newshour with Jim Lehrer and published in national journals like New Geography and American Thinker. He often speaks to groups about urban public policy, especially as it relates to housing, land-use, transportation and the purpose of government as conceived by the Founding Fathers. Informative and entertaining, Ed’s presentations combine elements of history, current events and evolving trends with a mix of humor and analysis while challenging the conventional wisdom that dominates political decision-making. If you would like Ed to speak to your group or organization (and for all other questions related to the ADC), contact him directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or 352-281-5817.
Strategic Diminshment at the Heart of New Housing Policy – New Geography
The Livable Communities Act – American Thinker
Who’s Dependent on Cars? Try Mass Transit – New Geography
Kathleen Calongne is the ADC’s conference coordinator. The annual conference is the ADC’s premier event, and 2010 will mark its eighth and will be held in Orlando on June 10-12, providing ‘basic training’ for defending liberty at the local level by bringing together elected officials, expert scholars, and grassroots activists to discuss urban growth, transportation, property rights, and economic recovery.
Residing in Denver, Colorado, Kathleen has been involved with the ADC since its inception and handles hotel accommodations, agenda coordination with speakers, and other arrangements that help make the annual conference a meaningful and one-of-a-kind experience. Kathleen can be reached at email@example.com.
As described in the Coalition’s bylaws, the ADC is overseen by a steering committee made up of representatives of all full group members as well as people elected by individual members. An executive committee is elected by the steering committee to oversee month-to-month operations
2009-2010 Executive Committee Members
Sam Staley, President
Craig Flynn, Vice President
Randal O’Toole, Treasurer
Darlene Pifalo, Secretary
Like our membership, the ADC Executive Committee represents a broad cross-section of people and places, from think tank scholars to management professionals to industry stakeholders and, of course, grassroots activists who come from different regions of the country but who are joined together in common cause to defend freedom, mobility, and affordable homeownership against the threat of over-reaching government at all levels.