Board of Directors
Mark Winter is Chairman of the Board of Directors of the RFI. A member of the 1966 graduating class of Georgetown, Winter was the Executive Vice President of Public Policy for the Washington, D.C. office of Stewart Title, one of the world’s largest real estate title companies. He was responsible for the development and coordination of both commercial and residential real estate business and for the procurement of international land titling projects funded by independent federal agencies. Winter represented Stewart before Congress, various regulatory agencies, and government-sponsored entities. Prior to joining Stewart, Winter was a special assistant to the U.S. ambassador to Jamaica and a member of the professional staff of U.S. Representatives Bill Bray (R-Ind.) and Frances Bolton (R-Ohio). In 2010, Winter was elected president of the 6,000 member American Land Title Association. His presidential theme was to “Build Back Better” through leadership, a variety of value-added propositions, and a unique program to educate policymakers.
Read a letter from our Chairman on the RFI.
Michael Ortner is Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors of the RFI. He co-founded Capterra in 1999, a technology and online media company recognized as one of the fastest growing companies in the United States. He was CEO until he sold the company to Gartner in 2015. Mr. Ortner is a graduate of Georgetown University.
Thomas Farr is the founding Director of the Religious Freedom Project at Georgetown’s Berkley Center. In 1999, he became the first Director of the State Department’s Office for International Religious Freedom. Farr holds a Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina.
J. Patrick Kearns is the Senior Vice President of Morgan Stanley. Mr. Kearns is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame.
Governor Frank Keating served as President and CEO of the American Bankers Association until December 2015. From 1995 to 2003 he served as the twenty-fifth governor of Oklahoma. He received his B.A. from Georgetown University and a law degree from the University of Oklahoma.
Anthony Lauinger is the Vice President of National Right to Life, a position he has held for 19 years. He is president of Oklahomans for Life and was a three-time delegate to the Republican National Convention. Mr. Lauinger is a graduate of Georgetown University.
Gerry Mitchell is a partner at Stein Mitchell Cipollone Beato & Missner LLP. He is the former President of the Trial Lawyers Association of Metropolitan Washington, D.C. and was TLA’s Lawyer of the Year in 1984. Mr. Mitchell is a graduate of Georgetown University and the University of Virginia School of Law.
Hannah Smith clerked for two US Supreme Court justices, Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel A. Alito, Jr. She served as senior counsel at Becket for a decade until 2017. Her work contributed to multiple religious liberty victories at the Supreme Court, including the Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church and School v. EEOC and Zubik v. Burwell (the "Little Sisters of the Poor" case). Ms. Smith is a graduate of Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School and Brigham Young University Law School, Order of the Coif.