Name: Casey Given
School: University of California, Berkeley
Bio: Casey is a fresh alumnus of the University of California, Berkeley, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in rhetoric with honors and a minor in philosophy. In college, Casey founded UC Berkeley’s current libertarian club, which has been one of the most active organizations in SFL’s network. Under his leadership, Students for Liberty, UC Berkeley hosted two SFL regional conferences (soon to be three!) and brought prominent libertarian speakers like Patri Friedman, Walter Block, and Ron Paul to campus. This high level of activity led his group to win SFL’s 2011 Student Organization of the Year Award. Casey is pleased to continue his activism in the libertarian student movement with SFL after graduation, now serving as an Executive Board member and the Blog Content Manager of our website.
In fact, writing is Casey’s passion. In college, he wrote an award-winning weekly column for Berkeley’s student newspaper, The Daily Californian. His weekly entitled, entitled “Given Insight”, tackled campus and national politics from a libertarian perspective. He won two awards from the California College Media Association and Society of Professional Journalists for his tenure at The Daily Cal. Today, Casey continues to write regularly at his job as a policy analyst for Americans for Prosperity and as the Blog Content Manager of SFL’s blog. His work frequently appears on Americans for Prosperity’s website and local newspapers across the country. You can check out his professional website for a full list of his writing, and contact him via email if you’d be interested in contributing to SFL’s website.
Favorite Figures in Liberty: Ayn Rand, Friedrich Hayek, Milton Friedman, John Stuart Mill
On Students For Liberty: “My activism with Students For Liberty has undoubtedly prepared me for a professional career after college more than college did itself. At SFL, I have learned how to effectively lead a large student group, execute a sizable conference, and become a better writer. For these reasons, SFL has always stood out on my résumé in interviews, and for that I am incredibly grateful. I urge other libertarians interested in truly preparing themselves for life after college to follow my lead and receive a real education through becoming an SFL leader.”