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.
Cindy R. Alexander
Cindy R. Alexander is a research fellow with the Law & Economics Center, where she initiated the empirical project on DOJ Deferred Prosecution Agreements as co-Principal Investigator. Her interest in corporate crime began while an economist at the U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division, where her work included the design of sanctions and the economics of partial acquisitions that affect the allocation of influence and incentives within corporations. She served as a senior economist at the Council of Economic Advisers in 2002, and later as an economist at the Securities and Exchange Commission. Dr. Alexander’s published work relating to principal-agent problems in law, economics, and finance has appeared in such journals as the Review of Financial Studies, Journal of Accounting and Economics, Journal of Economic and Management Strategy, Yale Journal on Regulation, and her writing on crime has appeared in the Journal of Corporate Finance, Journal of Law & Economics, Federal Sentencing Reporter, and American Criminal Law Review. She received her PhD in Economics at the University of California, Los Angeles.
Paige V. Butler
Director, Judicial Education
Paige Butler has 17 years of experience in development and project leadership. She most recently oversaw these efforts for the Mason Law & Economics Center, which during the 2014-2015 academic year brought together 2,610 participants to learn about the academic discipline of law and economics. Program participants included scholars from top law schools; international, federal, and state judges; sitting state attorneys general and their staff; US Congressional members and staff; and policymakers from federal, state, and local levels of government.
During her tenure as Associate Director from 2010-2015, the Mason Law & Economics Center grew to include six divisions with an annual budget of $8.5 million.
Prior to joining Mason, Paige held positions at Northwestern University School of Law, The Brookings Institution, Chapman University, and the University of Kansas. In addition, she practiced law for ten years as corporate counsel to a large financial institution and served as their AVP of Business Development. 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 B.A. in Public Relations Communication and a Minor in Broadcasting.
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.
Ryan Lodata is the Outreach Manager for the Law & Economics Center. Prior to the LEC, Ryan worked on several state-wide political campaigns and served as the Senior Special Assistant for Community Relations to the Governor of Virginia. Ryan received his BA in history from Virginia Commonwealth University and his JD from the George Mason University School of Law.
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