Libertas Institute Staff

Connor Boyack, PresidentConnor Boyack founded Libertas Institute in 2011 and serves as its president. Previous to Libertas, Connor served as director of the Utah Tenth Amendment Center. He is the author of ten books along with hundreds of columns and articles championing individual liberty. A California native and Brigham Young University graduate, Connor currently resides in Lehi, Utah, with his wife and two children.
DJ Schanz, Vice PresidentDJ has owned and operated several successful businesses, including a medical records company and a political phone bank. An undergraduate of Brigham Young University, he received his MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management. DJ’s large network, entrepreneurial drive, and strategic mindset complement the work of Libertas and help build coalitions and increase our profile and policy success. DJ lives in Salt Lake City with his wife and four children.
Nichelle Aiden, Director of CommunicationsNichelle’s diverse background includes acting, directing, writing, and journalism. In short, she is a storyteller, and uses her media experience to help Utahns understand the personal impact of public policies—how government overreach can negatively impact families, and how liberty can unleash personal growth and a meaningful pursuit of happiness. A lifelong resident of Utah, Nichelle lives in Orem.
Chris Jones, Director of Development Over a thirty-year career in and out of politics, Chris has been involved in public policy and election campaigning at every level of the political scene. His battlefield political experience includes a city council race, two terms as legislative district chair, a run for state legislature, and assisting three congressional campaigns, a gubernatorial campaign, and a presidential campaign. Chris lives with his wife Jeanette and their eight children in Lehi.
Michael Melendez, Director of PolicyMichael has been a liberty activist since his high school days, and has recently focused on educating, organizing, and mobilizing college students throughout Utah as Utah state chairman of the Young Americans for Liberty. Michael has managed and worked on dozens of campaigns for liberty-minded candidates all over the country, and prior to joining Libertas was staffer to a state senator and the government affairs manager for Waterford Institute, a digital education non-profit.
Josh Daniels, Policy AdvisorJosh Daniels brings a broad range of educational and practical experience to Libertas. Having studied economics, business, and political science, and receiving a law degree from the University of Houston Law Center, Josh adds strong value to our policy research and advocacy. His experience also includes eight years in the Marine Corps and work on state and federal campaigns. Prior to joining Libertas, he was a senior aide to U.S. Congressman Pete Olson in Texas. Josh lives in Saratoga Springs with his wife and four children.
Audrey Mortensen, Policy AnalystAudrey comes to the Libertas team with significant experience in government and politics. While double majoring at the University of Utah in political science and international relations, Audrey interned with the Utah Legislature and the Scottish Parliament. Following graduation, she worked for the Republican National Committee and the Republican Party in New Mexico. Staying in that state, she worked in the Republican Leadership Office for the legislature, later transitioning to work in the governor’s office. Audrey lives in Sandy with her husband.
Lilli Hartvigsen, Administrative Assistant Lilli has performed administrative and paralegal duties for a number of law firms throughout Utah and California. She majored in Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Utah and lives with her husband and two children in Saratoga Springs.