The Mackinac Center is pleased to welcome several new staff members.

Jason Hayes joined the Mackinac Center in July to start a new Environmental Policy Initiative. Educated in Canada, Jason comes to Michigan via Arizona and has prior experience with the Fraser Institute, a Canadian think tank, the American Coal Council and as a forester in British Columbia.

In April, we welcomed a new vice president of marketing and communications: John Mozena. A marketing and public relations veteran from Metro Detroit, John comes to us with nearly two decades of experience in the private sector and a lifetime of commitment to free markets and liberty in Michigan. John will split his time between Midland and Grosse Pointe, where he lives with his wife and son.

In June, Derek Draplin joined the team at Michigan Capitol Confidential. Derek is a graduate of the University of Michigan and most recently worked at the Daily Caller, where he still contributes. His work has been featured in publications as varied as the Detroit News, Reason and Fox News.