Founders

Diane Black

Co-founder & Chairman of the Board

Congressman Black’s faith in America’s promise was shaped from an early age. The middle daughter of Great Depression-era parents, Diane spent the earliest years of her life in public housing and would go on to become the first person in her family to earn a college education. As a registered nurse, small businesswoman, and former educator, Diane Black brought a unique and dynamic perspective to her work as a legislative leader in both Tennessee and Washington. In Congress, Diane served as Chairman of the House Budget Committee, where she worked to draft the 2018 fiscal year budget that cut millions of dollars in wasteful spending and confronted the crippling debt burden in Washington. Diane also served on the House Ways and Means Committee and led efforts to reform the U.S. tax code for the first time in over three decades. Through her over 40 years of experience working in the healthcare field, Diane learned first-hand about the importance of high-quality care and the obstacles faced by patients, health care providers, and employers. Her real-world experiences as a nurse have uniquely positioned her as a credible and effective leader on healthcare policy and the life issue. A former Tennessee Right to Life legislator of the year, she is a steadfast champion for the rights of the unborn.

David L. Black, Ph.D

Co-founder & Director

Dr. Black founded 2nd Vote Inc., in 2012 in order to research and highlight corporate social justice activism. He is responsible for the overall strategy of the 2nd Vote family of companies. Dr. Black is a Fellow of the American Board of Forensic Toxicology (F-ABFT) and American Institute of Chemists (FAIC). He joined Vanderbilt University in 1986 as Assistant Professor in Pathology and Pharmacology and currently holds appointments in Pharmacology, Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology. In 1990 he founded Aegis Sciences Corporation where he served as Chairman and CEO until October of 2016. During his tenure, Dr. Black grew Aegis from 5 to over 1,000 employees as it became one of the largest drug testing companies in the nation. He has served as Program Administrator for substance abuse programs for NASCAR, IndyCar, WWE and as a consultant to MLBPA, NFL/NFLPA and to major corporations for development of their substance abuse prevention programs. He has testified in local, state, national and international courts as an expert witness regarding drug abuse. Dr. Black has authored numerous peer reviewed published scientific papers. He is also President of Ebon-Falcon, LLC (commercial real estate), and Founder and President of 2nd Vote Inc. (a 501c3 research organization monitoring corporate social activism). Dr. Black served in the U.S. Marine Corps (1966-70) and in combat in Vietnam (1968-69) and is a disabled veteran. Dr. Black earned his undergraduate degree from Loyola College in Baltimore and doctorate degree in Forensic Toxicology from the University of Maryland at Baltimore (1982).

Daniel Grant

Co-founder & CEO

As CEO, Daniel Grant is responsible for the development and overall management of the Funds, Registered Investment Advisor and holding company. He also acts as a Trustee and a member of the Board of Directors. Mr. Grant has been published in the Wall Street Journal, appeared on national broadcasts and interviewed by Fox, Bloomberg, National Review and others on the topic of ESG investing and Stakeholder Capitalism. Mr. Grant began his career in the mergers and acquisitions group of a Fortune 500 company and then worked as an investment banker for over 10 years. He gained further experience with regional and national leaders managing corporate lending teams covering the Southeast, ultimately becoming President of Commercial Banking for a $15 billion regional bank. Mr. Grant earned his MBA from Vanderbilt University and a BS in Economics from Florida State University. He holds the Series 63, 65 and 79 securities registrations.

Advisory Board

Dr. Kevin Hassett

Former Senior Advisor and Chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisers from 2017 through 2019. He was called back to the White House to serve as a Senior Advisor to President Trump to support data-driven decisions in response to the Coronavirus. Dr. Hassett is currently Vice President of the Lindsey Group, a visiting distinguished fellow at the Hoover Institution, an economic contributor at CNN, and a senior advisor to Capital Matters, the economic web site of the National Review.  Prior to his White House service, Hassett was an economist at the American Enterprise Institute. He also served as a senior economist at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. His academic background includes being an associate professor of economics and finance at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business, as well as a visiting professor at New York University’s Law School. He has also been a consultant to the U.S. Treasury Department, and an advisor to various presidential campaigns.

Andy Puzder

Mr. Puzder is the former chief executive of CKE Restaurants, where he helped turn Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr. into globally known fast food powerhouses. Under his leadership, CKE expanded to over 3,800 restaurants, generated $4.3 billion in revenue and employed 75,000+ people domestically and 115,000+ worldwide. 

Mr. Puzder earned a Juris Doctorate from Washington University School of Law in St. Louis, Mo., where he served as Senior Editor on the Law Review. He was then a practicing commercial trial lawyer in St. Louis when Puzder authored legislation which The United States Supreme Court upheld in Webster v. Reproductive Health Services in 1989.  Puzder has been a frequent lecturer at colleges and universities and a guest on business news programs. He recently co-wrote the book Job Creation: How It Really Works and Why Government Does Not Understand It.

Dr. Michael Edleson, Ph.D., CFA

Dr. Edleson recently retired as Chief Risk Officer, responsible for risk management of The University of Chicago’s endowment. He joined the Office of Investments in early 2010. From 2003–2010, Dr. Edleson ran risk management globally for four divisions of Morgan Stanley as managing director, including CRO for Equities and Morgan Stanley Smith Barney. Previously, he served as Chief Economist and senior vice president of NASDAQ and NASD. Dr. Edleson was a finance professor at Harvard Business School for over six years, following four years on the faculty at West Point; he was an Army engineer officer and served over 29 years in uniform, active and reserve. Dr. Edleson recently served on the board of Financial Management Association International. He earned a B.S. from West Point and an M.S. and Ph.D. in economics from MIT, is a CFA charter holder and co-author (with Don Chance) of the new CFA Risk Management curriculum. Dr. Edleson currently serves on several boards including the Investment Committee of the board at West Point.

Dr. Don Chance, Ph.D., CFA

Dr. Chance, Ph.D., CFA, holds the James C. Flores Endowed Chair of MBA Studies and is Professor of Finance at the E. J. Ourso College of Business at Louisiana State University. He previously held the William H. Wright, Jr. Endowed Chair for Financial Services at LSU, and the First Union Professorship in Financial Risk Management at Virginia Tech.  Prior to his academic career, Dr. Chance worked for a large southeastern bank, now part of Regions Bank.  He has been a visiting scholar at universities in Hong Kong, Australia, Korea, Singapore, Scotland, and in the U. S.  Dr. Chance has had numerous articles published in academic and practitioner journals and has authored four books. He has also been heavily involved in the development and authorship of the derivatives and risk management curriculum in the CFA program.  In 2015 he received the C. Stewart Shepard Award for his many years of service to the CFA Institute in the development of its educational programs. Dr. Chance is a member of LSU’s Supplemental Retirement Plan Oversight Committee, and he chaired the university’s promotion and tenure committee for three years. 

Dr. Robert Brooks, Ph.D., CFA

Dr. Brooks holds the Wallace D. Malone, Jr. Endowed Chair of Financial Management. He is also founding partner of Blue Creek Investment Partners, LLC, a money management firm (merged with Keel Point, LLC) and president of Financial Risk Management, LLC, a financial risk management consulting firm focused on market risks. Dr. Brooks is the author of over 80 articles appearing in the Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, Journal of Derivatives, Journal of Banking and Finance, Financial Management, and others. Dr. Brooks has been quoted in several print media, including The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg News, New York Times, and The Bond Buyer. Dr. Brooks has also testified in a subcommittee hearing of the U. S. House of Representatives in Washington, D.C. as well as in a field hearing of the SEC in Birmingham, Alabama.

Dr. Gerald Jensen, Ph.D., CFA

Gerald Jensen is currently a director and chief investment strategist at Economic Index Associates, a firm he helped co-found in 2018. Gerry held a Board of Trustees Professorship and the Jones Endowed Professorship in Banking at Northern Illinois University for several years before joining the faculty at Creighton University in August 2015. At Creighton, Gerry served as a full professor of finance until his retirement in 2020. Gerry earned his bachelor’s degree from South Dakota State University, his MBA from Iowa State University and his PhD from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He earned his CFA charter in 2005. Gerry has been actively engaged with the CFA Institute as a consultant and a CFA Exam grader. He began his engagement with CFA Institute in 2006 and continues to serve as a consultant. Gerry has published over 60 academic articles in highly regarded journals including the Journal of Financial Economics, Journal of Business, Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, Financial Analysts Journal, Journal of Banking and Finance, and Journal of Financial Research. In addition, he served as an associate Editor for the Journal of Financial Research from 2011 to 2017. In 2015, Gerry and his co-authors published the book, Invest with Fed, McGraw-Hill Education. Gerry is also a co-author of the 14th edition of Investments: Analysis and Management, Wiley Publishing, 2018.

Investment and Research Team

Albert Neubert

Chief Portfolio Strategist

Mr. Neubert is considered a leading authority on index development and maintenance protocols. Mr. Neubert began his career in 1976 at Standard & Poors where he managed and led the development of the S&P 500, S&P MidCap 400, S&P SmallCap 600 and SuperComposite 1500 Indexes. Al was also involved in the creation of the S&P/BARRA Growth and Value Index series. Mr Neubert then served as Senior Director for Global Marketing & Business Development at Dow Jones Indexes and STOXX from 1999 to 2001. After Dow Jones, Al developed new indexes, index-linked products, marketing & sales campaigns and business development programs for clients including Cantor Fitzgerald ETF and Index Trading Group, Sydney Futures Exchange, Calvert Group, Information Management Network, FTSE, KLD Research & Analytics, Nasdaq, Renaissance Capital Management, Dow Jones Indexes, IHS Global, INDXX and Vestek Systems. Mr. Neubert was instrumental in the development of the Calvert Social Index which served as the basis for a Vanguard indexed mutual fund and the KLD (now MSCI) Large Cap Social Index, which was the basis for an ETF launched by BGI (now BlackRock).

Mr Neubert is a frequent lecturer on investment and risk management strategies at The U.S Military Academy at West Point, Princeton University, Rutgers, State University at Albany and has authored several index-related articles for periodicals and books, including “Professional Perspectives on Indexing,” “Index Design and Implications for Index Tracking,” and “Indexing for Maximum Investment Results.”

Mr Neubert holds Series 7, 63 and 66 licenses and is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and seminars.

Mr. Neubert has a BA in Finance from Pace University and an MBA from New York University

Arthur B. Laffer, Jr. 

2ndVote Advisers Sub-Advisor
Laffer Tengler Investments Chief Operating Officer

Arthur has more than 30 years of investment experience, most recently as President and Lead Portfolio Manager of Laffer Investments, which he founded with his father, Dr. Arthur B. Laffer Sr. He has experience in various areas of the industry, including marketing, product development, sales, information technology, and macro-economic analysis.

Prior to starting Laffer Investments, Arthur worked at Nicholas-Applegate Capital Management, where he was responsible for product management, marketing, and key account service for more than $10 billion in separate account business. Prior to that, Arthur worked at Putnam Investments in several key management capacities, and Bradford and Marzec, where he was involved in fixed income trading, research, marketing, and information technology. He currently sits on the board of directors of Preverity, a privately held company providing medical malpractice risk analysis to insurers.

Nancy Tengler

2ndVote Advisers Sub-Advisor
Laffer Tengler Investments Chief Investment Officer

Nancy Tengler is the Chief Investment Officer for Laffer Tengler Investments. As a senior member of the investment team, she also holds a lead role on the Laffer Tengler Investments Investment Committee. In these roles Nancy is responsible for active equity management research and portfolio management as well as leading our wealth management services. Prior to joining Laffer Tengler, Nancy had a distinguished investment management career in several senior leadership roles. Most recently, she served as Chief Investment Officer at Heartland Financial where she was also a Director of Arizona Bank & Trust. Nancy has also served as President, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer of Fremont Investment Advisors in San Francisco. Prior to that she was President and Chief Investment Officer of Global Alliance Value Investors where she was the Senior Member of the Value Tech and Value 30 investment strategies. She also worked for UBS Asset Management as Head of the Value Equities Group and with Spare, Tengler, Kaplan and Bischel, Ltd. as President and Senior Portfolio Manager

David Jeffress

2ndVote Advisers Sub-Advisor
Laffer Tengler Investments Portfolio Manager

David is a portfolio manager for Laffer Tengler Investments, working with Chief Investment Officer Nancy Tengler on the firm’s dividend focused strategies and equity hedging products. He has been in the investment management business since 2011, with experience ranging from the large wire-house investment management firms to private alternative asset managers.

David began his career in investment management after graduating from the W.P. Carey School of Business, where he earned an undergraduate degree in Finance.  Initially working as an advisor with LPL Financial serving high-net-worth families and businesses, he then joined Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith as an advisor in their Global Wealth Management division in Phoenix, AZ.  Prior to joining Laffer Tengler Investments, David served as a fund analyst for a family office’s investment partnership headquartered in Paradise Valley, AZ.

David holds a Series 66 registration in addition to being a CFA candidate.

Min Shen

Quantitative Analyst

Min is responsible for the development and maintenance of the index research and analytics system. Before joining 2VA, Min was a quantitative researcher in a fintech company, where she developed time series forecasting models and trading strategies for different asset classes. Min holds a MS degree in Quantitative Finance from Rutgers University and a BS in Applied Mathematics and Economics from Stony Brook University. She specializes in data mining and statistical analysis and is proficient in Python, Java, and MATLAB.

Client Relations and Operations Team

Jane Kanter

Chief Operating Officer

As COO, Ms. Kanter is responsible for the execution of key business initiatives, oversight of product management, and business and supplier partnerships. Previously, Ms. Kanter was Co-founder of ARK Investment Management, a $50 billion+ asset management company and served as its General Counsel and Chief Operating Officer. Ms. Kanter also recently served as General Portfolio Administration Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer and Managing Partner of Manifold Partners LLC.

Ms. Kanter was a senior Partner at Dechert LLP for 17 years where she worked with leading asset managers across a range of transactions. Ms. Kanter has worked in the legal and financial services industries since 1980 in various capacities: as a partner with various law firms, with T. Rowe Price Associates as Vice President and Associate Legal Counsel, and in the SEC’s Division of Investment Management as the Head of the Investment Company Disclosure Study.

John Wildern

Managing Director, Head of Sales

John brings over two decades of executive experience as the Managing Director of Sales, leading the firm’s distribution strategy, channel alignment, and client experience. Previously, Mr. Wildern was a Partner at NorthCoast Asset Management, where he built a distribution infrastructure and sales team that raised over $3 billion of trusted client assets across multiple channels. John’s career background also includes UBS, St. James Investment Company, and Fidelity Investments, where he was a Regional Vice President for the Managed Solutions group. John earned a BS in Finance from Hillsdale College, an MA in Economics from the University of Detroit Mercy, and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. John also holds the Series 7, 63, and 66 securities registrations, and is a CFP® Practitioner.

Gail Gitcho

Communications Adviser

Gail is a political strategist with more than 18 years of experience working in American politics and manages our communications and marketing functions. Gail was the Communications Director for Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign. She also worked on Mr. Romney’s 2007 presidential primary campaign, John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign and subsequently served as Senior Adviser for Bobby Jindal’s 2015 bid.  In 2018, Gail was a Senior Adviser to U.S. Rep. Diane Black during her primary campaign for Tennessee Governor. Gail advised Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO) during his successful bid in 2018 to unseat longtime Sen. Claire McCaskill. In 2014, Gail was the Communications Director for the Republican Governors Association during a winning cycle when Republican governors expanded their nationwide majority from 29 to 31. During her time at the RGA, she ran a rebranding campaign for the Association. The brand campaign included nearly all of the Republican Governors in the country and was seen nationally through earned and paid media. In 2010, Gail ran the communications shop for Scott Brown during the historic election to take over Senator Ted Kennedy’s seat. After the shocking upset, she was then tapped to run communications for Scott Brown’s U.S. Senate office.  Gail worked in the U.S. House of Representatives for the late U.S. Congressman Clay Shaw from 2004 to 2007.

Lea Anna Hartman, CIMA® , CRPS®, AIF®

Regional Sales Vice President

Lea Anna is passionate about helping people build the best future possible. As a Regional VP of Sales, she is responsible for all aspects of the client relationship and driving sales with Independent, Wirehouse and Registered Investment Advisor (RIA) financial advisors. Lea Anna acts as a consultative business partner with advisor practices to help them navigate markets, portfolios, and business issues. She has over 20 years of experience in financial services, with a focus on retirement planning, and has served as a financial advisor as well as a consultant with OppenheimerFunds and Invesco. She also holds the Certified Investment Management Analyst (CIMA), Accredited Investment Fiduciary (AIF) and Chartered Retirement Planning Consultant (CRPC) designations.

Peter Flaherty

Senior Adviser for Social Conservative Outreach

Peter is our Senior Adviser for Social Conservative Outreach. Peter served as National Deputy Campaign Manager for the 2008 presidential campaign of Governor Mitt Romney and Senior Adviser for Strategy for the 2012 Romney presidential campaign. He also served as Governor Romney’s National Liaison to members of the faith community. He was Senior Adviser and debate preparation coordinator to Governor Jeb Bush during the 2016 presidential election.

Peter is the former Assistant District Attorney in the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office in Boston where he investigated and prosecuted hundreds of criminal cases in the homicide unit. He is Senior Adviser to a national victims’ rights organization dedicated to pursuing constitutional rights for crime victims. He also serves on the Board of the Suffolk County Children’s Advocacy Center in Boston, dedicated to helping victims of child abuse and human trafficking. In addition, he serves on the Advisory Board of the Middlesex County Children’s Advocacy Center and is currently a trustee on the Board of New England School of Law Boston, as well as a Trustee on the Board of Endicott College in Beverly, MA. Mr. Flaherty is a distinguished Visiting Lecturer in the political science department at The College of The Holy Cross, a former Executive Fellow at Harvard Business School, and a former Senior Fellow at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics.