In addition to leading the LEC, Todd Zywicki is a George Mason University Foundation Professor at the Antonin Scalia Law School. He teaches in the areas of bankruptcy, contracts, commercial law, business associations, law and economics, and public choice and the law. Todd is a prominent law and economics scholar and the author of more than 70 articles in leading law reviews and peer-reviewed economic journals. He previously taught at Vanderbilt University Law School, Georgetown University Law Center, Boston College Law School, and Mississippi College School of Law. Prior to his academic career, Todd clerked for Judge Jerry E. Smith of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and worked as an associate at Alston & Bird. He received his AB cum laude in government from Dartmouth College, his MA in economics from Clemson University, and his JD from the University of Virginia, where he was executive editor of the Virginia Tax Review and a John M. Olin Scholar in Law and Economics.
As Deputy Director of the LEC, Gregory Conko manages the Center’s day-to-day operations. He has over two decades’ experience in non-profit management, research, and advocacy. Prior to joining the LEC, Gregory was Executive Director of the Competitive Enterprise Institute in Washington, DC, where he oversaw that organization’s research, communications, and administrative staff. Earlier in his career, he was a Research Associate at the Capital Research Center and a Senior Fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, where his work focused on food and drug regulation, science and environmental policy, and public health issues. He was also a co-founder and Vice President of the Auburn, Alabama-based AgBioWorld Foundation. Gregory received his BA in political science and history from American University and his JD magna cum laude from the George Mason University School of Law, where he was an articles editor of the Journal of Law, Economics & Policy.
James Cooper is an Associate Professor of Law at the Antonin Scalia Law School, and he directs the LEC’s Program on Economics & Privacy. He previously served as the Center’s Director of Research and Policy. Before coming to the LEC, James served as Deputy and Acting Director of the Federal Trade Commission’s Office of Policy Planning, was an Advisor to Federal Trade Commissioner William Kovacic, and was an associate in the antitrust practice group of Crowell & Moring. James has a BA from the University of South Carolina, received his PhD in economics from Emory University, and earned his law degree magna cum laude from George Mason University School of Law, where he was a Levy Fellow and a member of the George Mason Law Review.
Dianna Davis joined the LEC in February 2017 as the Event Coordinator, shortly after moving to DC from New Orleans. She previously held a similar role as the Event Planner for the Faculty at the University of Virginia School of Law. As the Event Coordinator, Dianna plans all event and meeting logistics for each of the LEC programs. She graduated from Mississippi State University, Summa Cum Laude with a B.A. in Public Relations Communication and a Minor in Broadcasting.
Keith J. W. Fierro
Program Assistant, AGEP/CCJA
Keith J. W. Fierro is a program assistant for the Mason Attorneys General Education Program and the Congressional Civil Justice Academy. In this role he coordinates briefings, conferences, and workshops aimed toward policymakers on the state and federal levels, as well as programs for international regulatory officials. Prior to joining the LEC, Keith worked at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University and The Heritage Foundation. He studied political science at California State University, Fullerton.
Outreach & Administrative Assistant
Amanda Olsavsky Hu
Program Assistant, Henry G. Manne Programs
Amanda Olsavsky Hu joined the LEC as a program assistant for the Henry G. Manne Program in November 2014. Prior to the LEC, Amanda was an event planner – cycling tours and conferences – with She’s My Sister (renamed Trauma Healing Institute), a trauma relief program of American Bible Society. Amanda graduated from Towson University with a dual bachelor degree in English and music in 2004. She is currently working on a master’s from George Mason University in organization development.
John Kornacki is the LEC’s Director of Education. Previously, he was a faculty member in the School of Public Affairs at American University and an administrator of the school’s Washington Institute for Public Affairs Research. John has taught in the George Washington University Graduate School of Political Management, Johns Hopkins University’s graduate program in government, and JHU’s Institute for Policy Studies. He earlier served as Staff Director of the Legislative Resource Center in the U.S. House of Representatives and as Executive Director of the Everett McKinley Dirksen Center for Congressional Leadership Research. John received his BS from Marquette University, and his MS and PhD in resource economics and development from Michigan State University.
Sasha N. Packer
Director of Operations
Sasha Packer is Director of Operations at the Law & Economics Center, where she heads the Center’s financial planning, budgeting, and personnel management. She previously served as the LEC’s events manager and, before that, worked in the hotel industry as a sales and catering manager. Sasha holds BS degrees in business administration and hospitality administration from Boston University and an MBA from George Mason University.
Jeff T. Smith
Coordinator, Henry G. Manne Programs
Jeffrey Smith coordinates the LEC’s Henry G. Manne Programs in Law & Economics Studies, where he organizes research and educational programs for law professors and other legal professionals that promote improved understanding and competency in the use of Special Programs, and interim Chief of Staff. Prior to joining the LEC, Jeff worked for businesses in the employment testing field. He earned a BA from the University of Maryland and a JD from the George Mason University School of Law.
Assistant Director of Development
Michael Tokarchick is the Assistant Director of Development at the Law & Economics Center. He works with the Director and the Executive Director to strategically cultivate new and existing donors and ensure that the LEC has the financial resources it needs to successfully carry out its mission. Prior to joining the LEC, Michael was the Development Manager at the Institute for Justice. He also spent two years in development at the Center for Competitive Politics. Michael graduated magna cum laude from Marquette University with a degree in Political Science and a minor in Economics. He also holds an MSc in Political Theory from the London School of Economics.
Program Assistant, JEP