Michael Boldin [send him email] is the founder and executive director of the Tenth Amendment Center. Michael has a full schedule working as senior editor of the Center’s website, writes a regular column, fields media interviews, and travels the country (when invited, of course) to speak to crowds about sticking to the Constitution – every issue, every time, no exceptions, no excuses.
While media and activists alike seemingly want to pigeonhole him into a political category, his viewpoints and positions defy the standard categories and political parties. As he often says in his speeches, “I’m no conservative, and I’m no liberal. I’m not a Democrat or a Republican. And I’m not a green or a libertarian, or a socialist or an anarchist. I’m not even an independent. All I am is me. And all I want is to live free.” Michael lives in the belly of the beast in Los Angeles, California.
Mike Maharrey [send him email] is the Communications Director for the Tenth Amendment Center. He earned a B.A. in Mass Communications and Media Studies from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg. He has covered local and state politics for several publications in both Kentucky and Florida, and won two Kentucky Press Association awards as a sports writer in 2009. Mike currently produces web content for a Lexington television station.
A native Kentucian and an adopted Floridian, Mike currently lives in Lexington with his wife and three children. A long time hockey player, he is equally passionate about protecting and preserving the Constitution and keeping pucks out of his net on the ice.
Derek Sheriff [send him email] is a research analyst for the Tenth Amendment Center. He lives in Phoenix with his wife and two daughters and writes regularly for the Center on issues related to state sovereignty and nullification. His articles have also appeared in other publications, including Campaign For Liberty and LewRockwell.com. He is the host of the Arizona Tenth Amendment Center Podcast and blogs at ThePrinciplesof98.com.
Derek has long been interested in the sociology of political movements and he recognizes that the people of the several states are the center of gravity in the struggle for federalism and freedom. At the heart of that struggle is the question of legitimacy. As a former Army Special Forces NCO (also known as the Green Berets), he has a burning interest in the way politics resembles warfare and what military literature can teach us about political action. Through his research and writing he hopes to use the former to inspire insights about the later. View his Tenth Amendment Center blog archives here, and his article archives here.
Blake Filippi is a Legal Analyst with the Tenth Amendment Center. A leading constitutional rights advocate, civil libertarian, and entrepreneur who started several thriving ongoing business concerns before joining the Bar, Mr. Filippi is particularly qualified to understand issues of federal-state relations, individual liberty, and more. He is the founder and director of the Rhode Island Liberty Coalition, a state-level activist group dedicated to promoting the cause of liberty on a state and local level.
Blake can also be credited with kicking off a national effort to nullify the detention provisions of the 2012 NDAA by releasing first draft model legislation to do so within just weeks of the bill being signed. His legislation has served as inspiration and a significant template for the Tenth Amendment Center’s model legislation, the Liberty Preservation Act, and has been introduced around the country.