Interim Executive Director
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.
Paige V. Butler
Deputy Executive Director
Paige V. Butler has over 20 years of experience in development and project leadership. Prior to her appointment as Director of Judicial Education, she served as Associate Dean of Advancement & Alumni Relations for the law school. From 2010 to 2015, Paige filled various positions at the school’s Law & Economics Center, serving most recently as its Deputy Executive Director.
Paige has also held positions at Northwestern University School of Law, The Brookings Institution, Chapman University, and the University of Kansas. Before moving to the academic environment, Paige practiced law for ten years as corporate counsel to a large financial institution. She holds a JD from the University of Kansas as well as BS degrees in Accounting and Business Management.
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 BA in Public Relations Communication and a Minor in Broadcasting.
Ashley Evaro George
Judicial Education Coordinator
Ashley Evaro George joined the LEC in May 2018 as the Judicial Education Coordinator, where she helps coordinate various course offerings for federal and state judges. Previously, she worked at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University as a Federal Outreach Associate. Ashley graduated from Biola University in sunny Southern California with a BA in Political Science.
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.
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.
Director of Online Programs
Michael Reksulak is Director of Online Programs at George Mason University’s Antonin Scalia Law School, where he manages online course offerings that teach economics to law students at over 100 universities nationwide. He was previously a Research Fellow at the Max-Planck-Institute for Economics, a tenured Associate Professor of Economics at Georgia Southern University, a Director of the National Science Foundation’ Economics Program, and a Senior Social Scientist at the NSF’s National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics.
From 2014 until 2017, Dr. Reksulak served as the Director for Social Sciences, Arts, and Humanities at the Qatar National Research Fund and, for most of 2017, as Director of Research Policy at the Qatar Foundation Research and Development. He was also the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Melton Foundation between 2012 and 2016.
Dr. Reksulak’s research has been published in leading journals, such as Theory and Decision, Public Choice, Constitutional Political Economy, Economics & Politics and the Review of Industrial Organization. He is the lead editor of The Elgar Companion to Public Choice, 2nd Edition. He received an MA and PhD in economics from the University of Mississippi, and a Diploma in European Management Science from the University of Kent at Canterbury. He earned a bachelor’s degree (equiv.) in economics from the University of Jena in Germany.
Jeffrey 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