Announcing the 2018 Great Communicator

After hundreds of entries, three qualifying rounds, and 6 months of competition, we are excited to announce that Peter Lipsett is the 2018 Great Communicator!

Peter advanced to the national finals after winning the State Policy Network’s Annual Meeting Tournament in October.  He is the Director of Growth Strategies at DonorsTrust, the community foundation for liberty. He also leads DonorsTrust’s Novus Society, a network of donors under 40 committed to growing their philanthropic know-how. He has a duel degree in political science and theater from Davidson College and finally got a practical credential with an MBA from George Mason University. He lives with his family in Springfield, Virginia and is an impassioned Atlanta Braves fan, avid podcast listener, underperforming runner, and steady reader of U.S. presidential biographies.

First runner-up, Manuel Martin, won the Young Americans for Liberty Tournament in July.  Manuel is a full time student studying business management at Stanislaus State. He has been active in politics, including a run for California State Assembly in 2014. He writes for, works for the Foundation for Harmony and Prosperity, and is a co-founder in SpeakEzy, a social media platform launching in January 2019.

Dr. Laura Williams, our second runner-up, won the Foundation for Economic Education’s FEECon Tournament in June.  Laura teaches communication strategy to undergraduates and provides consulting and ghostwriting services to clients. A graduate of John’s Hopkins University and recipient of a PhD in Rhetoric from Georgia State University, she is a passionate advocate for individual liberties, critical thinking, and the Oxford comma. She lives in Atlanta with her partner, their two-year-old daughter, and a rescued hound called Italics.

During the Tournament’s final round, contestants spoke to an audience of nearly 400 attendees at the Atlas Network’s Liberty Forum about free market and limited government approaches to poverty alleviation.  Tournament judges included Matt Kibbe, President and Chief Community Organizer at Free the People, Deroy Murdock, Fox News contributor and a contributing editor to National Review Online, and Gerry Ohrstrom, a private investor and former chairman of the Ohrstrom Foundation.  In addition to our judging panel, audience members voted on their choice for Great Communicator.

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