New Jefferson Institute CEO: Derrick Max

Derrick Max, new CEO of the Thomas Jefferson Institute of Public Policy

The following was released this morning by the Thomas Jefferson Institute for Public Policy:

The Thomas Jefferson Institute for Public Policy announced today that Derrick Max has been appointed the new CEO and President of Virginia’s non-partisan, free-market public policy organization.

An experienced thought leader and advocate, Derrick Max will succeed outgoing CEO Chris Braunlich, who is retiring from full-time employment,  and assume full responsibilities on July 1, 2023.

Derrick Max has worked at the American Enterprise Institute, the Cato Institute and served as a staff economist on the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Education and the Workforce where he led investigations into the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, the Departments of Education and Labor, the National Endowment for the Arts, and AmeriCorps.  Derrick led two business organizations trying to reform Social Security and co-founded and ran Cornerstone School, a private Christian school in Southeast DC, serving low-income students for more than 23 years.

“Derrick has a passion for public policy and has dedicated his life to helping those less fortunate.” said William Howell, Jefferson Institute Board President (and former Speaker of the Virginia House). “His experience gives him a unique insight into the policy challenges facing the Commonwealth of Virginia.”

While working to reform Social Security, Derrick appeared on multiple television and radio programs including the Today Show, was published and quoted in numerous publications, and was named by USA Today as one of six individuals who would “shape the future.”

The Thomas Jefferson Institute for Public Policy was founded in 1998 by long-time business, civic and political leader Michael W. Thompson.  It’s mission is to craft and promote public policy solutions that advance prosperity and opportunity for all Virginians.

A few additional thoughts of my own:

Braunlich deserves huge applause for keeping this entity alive and actually improving its finances after the untimely death of Mike Thompson.  Both Chris and Mike had and have a long history with Bacon’s Rebellion, and I hope all will join in encouraging Chris to continue writing and finding outlets for leadership.  His commitment to education, public and private, is unquestioned. He served on both the Fairfax County and Virginia State Board of Education, where was was president for a while.

Wither goes TJI?  Stay tuned.


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One response to “New Jefferson Institute CEO: Derrick Max”

  1. DJRippert Avatar

    I don’t know Derrick Max but Chris Braunlich is a great observer of all things Virginia. He will be missed. Hopefully, he will continue to write and comment in retirement.

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