Alejandro A. “Alex” Chafuen


Alejandro A. “Alex” Chafuen, longtime president of Washington-based Atlas Network, joined the Acton Institute as its Managing Director, International.

“As one of our founding board members and earliest supporters, Alex has been an important part of the Acton Institute’s work and mission since day one,” said Acton Institute Executive Director Kris Mauren. “Twenty-seven years later, we are truly honored to bring his invaluable experience and wisdom in the think tank industry to lead our global growth.”

At Atlas Network, Chafuen was instrumental in the organization’s mission of establishing and sustaining a network of free market think tanks all over the world. Today, Atlas Network connects more than 475 think tanks in m 90 countries. In his new role, Chafuen will help Acton expand its growing reach of international conferences, scholarly work and educational projects. A graduate of the Argentina Catholic University, he was a professor at the Argentine Catholic University, University of Buenos Aires, and The Hispanic American University. Chafuen, who holds a Ph.D. in economics, serves on several boards including the Chase Foundation of the Commonwealth of Virginia, the Fraser Institute in Vancouver, British Columbia, and is on the Member’s Committee of the John Templeton Foundation, the World Charity Foundation, and the Templeton Religion Trust.

Phil Truluck

Photograph © David Hills. All other rights reserved.

As former Executive Vice President of The Heritage Foundation, Phil Truluck spent more than 30 years as The Heritage Foundation’s executive vice president and COO. Mr. Truluck was responsible for not only developing and maintaining the think tank’s physical presence on Capitol Hill but its intellectual presence as well. President Reagan also appointed him to the Administrative Conference of the United States in 1987. Phil Truluck is also a board member of the Capitol Hill Business Improvement District, a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the Capitol Hill neighborhood for tourists and natives alike. In addition, he is a member of the Philadelphia Society, which promotes a free and ordered society by broadening the understanding of America’s basic principles and traditions, and a member of the Mont Pelerin Society, an international group of free-market intellectuals.