Board of Directors
David Koch, Chairman
David Koch is the executive vice president and a member of the board of directors for Koch Industries, Inc., based in Wichita, Kansas. He helped found Americans For Prosperity, and also serves on the board of directors for the Reason Foundation and the CATO Institute. David was the Libertarian Party candidate for vice president of the United States in 1980. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degree in chemical engineering from MIT.
Debra Humphreys, Director
Debra Humphreys is a founder and current chairman of the Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School in Joplin, Missouri where she and her husband, David, reside with their five children. A graduate of New York University and former tax attorney with Davis Polk & Wardwell in New York City, Debra now focuses her efforts on her family, equestrian pursuits, and various philanthropic organizations.
Walter Williams, Director
Dr. Walter Williams is the John M. Olin Professor of Economics at George Mason University. He is the author of six books and more than eighty articles that have appeared in both scholarly journals and popular publications like Newsweek, National Review, and Reader’s Digest. His weekly syndicated column is carried by more than one hundred newspapers. He is a frequent television and radio commentator and serves as a regular substitute host for The Rush Limbaugh Show.
Williams serves on several boards of directors and advisory boards, including the Hoover Institution, Institute for Research on the Economics of Taxation, Landmark Legal Foundation, Alexis de Tocqueville Institute, Reason Foundation, Destiny magazine, and Cato Institute. He received a bachelor’s degree in economics from California State University, followed by master’s and Ph.D. degrees in economics from UCLA.
Nancy Pfotenhauer, Director
Nancy Pfotenhauer is currently president of MediaSpeak Strategies, a national communications firm. She was a senior policy adviser and spokesperson with the McCain for President campaign, and has served as president of the Independent Women’s Forum, director of the Washington office of Koch Industries,advisor to four cabinet secretaries, economic counsel to Senator Armstrong, and chief economist for the RNC, then serving on President Bush’s transition team in 1988.
Cy Nobles, Director
Cy graduated with Special Distinction from Mississippi University in 1971 with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. Following graduation, he joined Exxon at its Baton Rouge refinery, where he held various engineering and supervisory roles between 1971 and 1979.
In 1979 he joined Witchita-based Koch Industries, Inc. where in a 25-year career he held the position of President at both Koch Chemical Company and Koch Refining Group. Cy also served on the Boards of KoSa, Koch Industries’ polyester venture with the Isaac Saba family of Mexico City, and of Entergy-Koch, LP, a 50/50 venture between Koch and Entergy, a major U.S. utility, formed to pursue trading and asset opportunities in natural gas, electric power, and weather derivative sectors. Cy retired in 2003.
Since then, the Memphis, Tennessee native has dedicated his time to philanthropic efforts including work with the Presbyterian Church, Youth Entrepreneurs, Prison Ministries, and the Music Theatre of Wichita. In June of 2010, Cy joined the board of Americans for Prosperity Foundation in Washington, DC.
Cy and his wife, Gayle, a language therapist, have two grown children and two grandchildren. In his spare time, he enjoys travel, reading and golf.