Chad Wilcox

Chief Operating Officer

Chad Wilcox is Pacific Legal Foundation’s chief operating officer, fighting for freedom by ensuring all aspects of PLF are prepared and motivated to advance the cause of individual liberty.

Chad oversees all of PLF’s non-litigation efforts, including external-facing communications and public outreach, as well as general operations and administration. As a member of the executive leadership team, he helps set and promote PLF’s short- and long-range vision, strategy, objectives, culture, and values. He also serves as the organization’s chief financial officer. Since joining PLF in 2017, Chad counts among his successes: upgrading PLF’s communications team, radically streamlining operational bureaucracy, implementing a distributed work infrastructure that allows employees to work seamlessly from anywhere in the country, and embedding new core values within PLF’s culture.

Chad is a lifelong lover of liberty with an aptitude for strategy, operations, and talent development, and a passion for changing the world. Prior to joining PLF, he spent three years as COO with the London-based Institute of Economic Affairs, the premier free-market think tank in the United Kingdom. Before that, he spent nine years with the DC-area based Institute for Humane Studies, where he mentored freedom-friendly young people and built programs to connect them to liberty-oriented careers. He holds an M.Ed. in organizational leadership and a B.A. in political science and economics, both from Vanderbilt University.

Apart from fighting for freedom, Chad enjoys craft beer and cocktails, Tennessee Titans football, and, lockdown permitting, traveling the country and world.

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October 28, 2021

Abolishing NYC’s gifted and talented program does not eliminate racial inequality—it only makes it stronger

Since the 19th century, gifted and talented programs in public schools have offered bright students the opportunity to reach their full potential. As individuals, we each learn at different speeds and different levels, and accelerated programs have helped ensure that advanced students of all backgrounds are not held back in environments where they ...

October 28, 2021

Inside Sources: Education bureaucrats have declared war on Asian American achievement

This op-ed was written by John Yoo, a member of PLF’s board of trustees and a law professor at University of California, Berkeley. In February, the San Francisco Board of Education voted to eliminate merit-based admissions standards at Lowell High School, one of the city's top-ranked public schools, with the stated goal of increasing diversit ...

October 26, 2021

The Hill: Racial discrimination in vaccine administration undermines public health

Race-based government policies are being promoted more vigorously in the United States lately and they threaten to undo progress toward equality before the law. We're seeing school boards engineer admissions to achieve racial balancing in classrooms, COVID-19 relief programs that earmark funds for preferred minority groups, and government contracts ...

October 18, 2021

Daily Journal: Washington agency boots Santa-clad right-to-work advocates

The Washington Department of Ecology allows public employee union representatives to communicate with workers in the building's public lobby but enacted a new policy that bans the Freedom Foundation, right-to-work advocates who also want to communicate with workers in the lobby about their First Amendment rights related to union membership. ...

October 13, 2021

Despite a pandemic and excess local regulation, food truck owner Mark Shirley refuses to abandon his dream

No one ever starts a business with the intent to fail. But thanks to Farmville, North Carolina's new food truck regulations, one man's burgeoning business stands in jeopardy. It takes a great deal of courage to leave your established career and follow your bliss, but that is exactly what Mark Shirley did. For years, Mark ...

October 07, 2021

Malibu is refusing to abide by California’s new housing laws, and one family is suffering as a result

For the entirety of Elizabeth Riddick's life, her mother Renee has been her rock. Whether she was supporting Elizabeth through her divorce or helping her purchase a home in Malibu, California, Renee has been there for her daughter through thick and thin. When Renee, now 82, began to develop severe health issues, Elizabeth sprang into ...

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