Economic prosperity for all
Prosperity Is Possible is a movement of hardworking people dedicated to increasing economic prosperity for all. We are committed to improving government accountability and changing the policies preventing Americans from reaching their full potential.
Abundance is possible when people create value for others and assist rather than harm one another. This contribution mindset is the catalyst for faster economic growth and greater human flourishing for all.
Limited Government Control
Government overreach in the economy limits prosperity. Regulations stifle innovation; taxes and overspending waste our resources. It’s harder to create and find good jobs – and the workers to staff them. Too many people are left behind, and our communities suffer. Economic prosperity is possible without centralized, top-down control.
Rule of Law
When the Rule of Law is respected, people trust that government officials will protect and not violate their rights. They feel free to speak their mind, pursue their interests and goals, and plan for their futures.
Dignity is recognizing that we all have inherent, equal worth and the knowledge to make good decisions about where and how we spend our resources.
Openness is a key driver of the free-flowing ideas, innovations, and progress that make life increasingly better. It’s about being open to that which is new or different.
People should be treated with respect and protected equally by the law.
Our Policy Experts
Policy Fellow, Employment
Austen Bannan is an employment policy fellow at Americans for Prosperity. His previous experience includes serving as a senior policy analyst and research fellow at the Charles Koch Institute and legislative staffer on Capitol Hill.
Policy Analyst, Economic
Ilana Blumsack is an Economic Policy Analyst at Americans for Prosperity, where she focuses on a broad range of Economic Progress issues, including housing and welfare policy. Prior to joining AFP, Ilana was a Research Associate at the Cato Institute, where she supported Chris Edwards and Scott Lincicome in work on fiscal and labor policy. She also previously interned at the Heritage Foundation and the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget.
Ilana holds a BA in Economics and Political Science from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Israel and is currently working on her M.S. in Applied Economics at Johns Hopkins University.
Policy Fellow, Energy Policy
Faith Burns is a fellow for energy policy at Americans for Prosperity. Before joining Americans for Prosperity, she worked at the state and federal levels. Her government service includes work for a state utility regulatory commission and work for two state environmental regulatory agencies. At the federal level, she has served as legislative counsel on a U.S. Senate staff handling energy and environmental issues, and as a policy advisor at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In addition, she has worked as a consultant for electric utility projects.
She holds a Juris Doctor degree from the Louis D. Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville and a bachelor’s degree from Asbury College.
Senior Policy Fellow, Fiscal Policy
Kurt Couchman is senior fellow in fiscal policy for Americans for Prosperity. He develops and supports innovative solutions to federal and state budget challenges while promoting fiscal outcomes that expand freedom, prosperity, and opportunity.
He has previously held positions with the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, Defense Priorities, several members of the U.S. House of Representatives, and the Cato Institute. He is the author of numerous legislative proposals—including two bipartisan balanced budget amendments—and opinion articles, as well as chapters in several edited volumes.
Couchman holds a master’s degree in economics from George Mason University and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Indiana University of Pennsylvania/Cook Honors College. He and his family reside in northern Virginia.
Policy Fellow, Regulatory Policy
Marc Marie is a fellow for regulatory policy at Americans for Prosperity, where he focuses on energy, land use, and the administrative state. Before joining Americans for Prosperity, Marc advised early-stage energy companies on regulatory strategy. His government service includes senior counsel at the Department of Justice, Environment and Natural Resources Division; acting deputy solicitor at the Department of the Interior; and counsel to Sen. Mike Lee on the Senate Judiciary Committee, Antitrust Subcommittee.
He holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Maryland and a bachelor’s degree from Kenyon College.