Luke Wachob, Senior Policy Analyst
Luke joined the Institute for Free Speech as an intern in June 2013. He took on additional duties as a Policy Analyst in August 2013 and was promoted to Senior Policy Analyst in April 2017. As a Senior Policy Analyst at the Institute, Luke is responsible for directing and authoring the Institute’s policy publications on a variety of existing campaign finance regulations and speech regulatory proposals. Luke also plays a central role in developing the Institute’s messaging on emerging political speech issues. In this capacity, he authors op-eds on behalf of IFS and regularly blogs on the organization’s website. In his time at the Institute, Luke has authored over 60 op-eds and has been published in the New York Post, National Review, The Hill, The Sacramento Bee, and Reason, among numerous outlets. Luke is also responsible for responding to media inquiries and overseeing the writing and publication of the IFS quarterly newsletter, Speaking Freely.
Luke is a proud native of Buffalo, New York, and a 2013 graduate of James Madison University (JMU) with a B.S. in Public Policy and Administration. Prior to joining IFS, Luke interned in 2012 at the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), where he researched and blogged about free speech issues at universities. Luke has also previously advocated for First Amendment rights at JMU, where he played a key role in abolishing his school’s speech code so that it became one of just 15 nationally to earn a “green light” from FIRE at that time. At JMU, he was a columnist for the student newspaper, The Breeze, and President of Madison Liberty, the campus’ individual rights advocacy club.
Luke can be reached at lwachob [at] ifs.org.