Edwin J. Feulner,
Founder, The Heritage Foundation, Washington, D.C.
Edwin J. Feulner’s leadership as president of The Heritage Foundation transformed the think tank from a small policy shop into America’s powerhouse of conservative ideas — what the New York Times calls “the Parthenon of the conservative metropolis.” After 36 years at the helm of the 40-year-old think tank he helped create as a founding trustee, he stepped down April 4, 2013, assuming the new title of founder.
A former director of the Republican Study Committee in the House of Representatives, he also served as vice chairman of the National Commission on Economic Growth and Tax Reform and as a member of the Commission on Reforming International Financial Institutions. Other leadership roles included serving as president of both the Mont Pelerin Society and the Philadelphia Society, and as chairman of both the Intercollegiate Studies Institute and the Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy.
Feulner’s work in the conservative movement throughout his life has earned him praise from a range of individuals from Heritage donors to U.S. Presidents. President Reagan presented him with the Presidential Citizens Medal for his work as “a leader of the conservative movement.” His other honors include the 2012 Bradley Prize for extraordinary dedication to the movement. His books include “The American Spirit,” “Getting America Right,” “Leadership for America” and “The March of Freedom.”