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Donald Bryson

President and Chief Strategy Officer, John Locke Foundation


Donald Bryson is president and chief strategy officer of the John Locke Foundation.

Previously, Bryson was the president and CEO of Civitas Institute and state director of Americans for Prosperity-North Carolina (AFP-NC). While at the helm of AFP-NC from 2014-2018, he led the chapter through several successful campaigns to expand conservative policies in the state — including three major state income tax cuts and the expansion of the Opportunity Scholarship program. Bryson started with AFP-NC in 2011 as a field coordinator in charge of grassroots activities in the Raleigh-Durham area.

Bryson is a member of the American Enterprise Institute’s Leadership Network – an exclusive policy education and professional development program for state-based executives in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors.

He has authored and co-authored op-eds that have appeared in state and national publications including the News & Observer, Fox News, and The Wall Street Journal.

Food Freedom: Barriers to the Fork

It is almost time for Thanksgiving, and that means it is time to talk about food! Local agriculture and farm-to-fork restaurants are chic, but some regulations prevent agriculture entrepreneurs from fully engaging in the market. What state and federal regulations are barriers to entry for small farmers? Do North Carolinians even care where their food was grown? Donald Bryson, president and CEO of the Civitas Institute, will provide perspective on small farms, and barriers to food commerce.

Posted by John Locke Foundation on Tuesday, November 19, 2019

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