Jeff Britting holds a B.A. degree in philosophy from the University of California at Berkeley, where he attended the university’s first course on Objectivism. He is the author of Ayn Rand, a biography in the Overlook Illustrated Lives Series (Overlook Press, 2005). His Adapting We the Living, an essay on the theatrical and film adaptations of Rand’s first novel, is included in Essays on Ayn Rand’s “We The Living,” edited by Robert Mayhew (Lexington Books, 2004). Mr. Britting has worked for the Ayn Rand Archives since 1997, when he began the first systematic preservation and arrangement of the Ayn Rand Papers. Jeff developed and associate-produced the feature documentary Ayn Rand: A Sense of Life and co-produced the first stage productions of Ideal and Anthem. His special interests are music and drama.
President and Executive Director
Yaron Brook is the Executive Director of the Ayn Rand Institute, and holds a Ph.D. in Finance from the University of Texas at Austin. He is a columnist at Forbes.com, and his articles have been featured in the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Investor’s Business Daily, and many other publications. He is a frequent guest on national radio and television programs and is a co-author of Neoconservatism: An Obituary for an Idea and a contributing author to Winning the Unwinnable War: America’s Self-Crippled Response to Islamic Totalitarianism. Dr. Brook is co-author of the national best-seller Free Market Revolution: How Ayn Rand’s Ideas Can End Big Government, and speaks internationally on such topics as the causes of the financial crisis, the morality of capitalism, ending the growth of the state, and U.S. foreign policy.
Jenniffer Woodson is the Department Manager of the Ayn Rand Archives. She earned her MLIS from San Jose State University in 2011, and became a Certified Archivist in 2012. She managed the Ayn Rand Papers digitization project from 2005 through 2008, and worked for the Estate of Ayn Rand prior to that. She is passionate about Pinterest!
Michael S. Berliner
Michael S. Berliner holds a Ph.D. in philosophy from Boston University, and was Executive Director of the Ayn Rand Institute for its first 15 years. Previously, he taught philosophy of education and philosophy at California State University, Northridge. Dr. Berliner conducted the first detailed surveys of the papers and memorabilia left by Ayn Rand at her death, and he created the first finding aid of the Ayn Rand Papers. He is editor of Letters of Ayn Rand (Penguin Dutton, 1995), Penguin’s “Teachers Guide to Anthem” and Ayn Rand’s Russian Writings on Hollywood (ARI Press, 1999). He has lectured throughout the United States and in Europe, Australia, and Israel on Ayn Rand’s life.