American Enterprise Institute

aka AEI   |   Washington, DC   |  www.aei.org

Mission

The American Enterprise Institute is a community of scholars, staff, and supporters committed to expanding liberty, increasing individual opportunity, and strengthening free enterprise. AEI pursues these unchanging ideals through independent thinking, open debate, reasoned argument, and the highest standards of fact-based research. Without regard for politics or prevailing fashion, we dedicate our work to a more prosperous, safer, and more democratic nation and world.

Ruling year info

1944

President

Mr. Robert Doar

Main address

1789 Massachusetts Avenue NW

Washington, DC 20036 USA

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EIN

53-0218495

NTEE code info

Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis (W05)

Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis (Q05)

Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis (S05)

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What we aim to solve

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At AEI, we believe that a vibrant free enterprise economy and pluralistic, entrepreneurial culture offer the most people the best opportunity to flourish. However, the free enterprise system that has led to broad prosperity for billions of people around the world is under threat, with nearly half of America’s young people saying that they would prefer to live under a socialist system. Many entrepreneurs say that they could not start their businesses in today’s regulatory environment. We know that many citizens are cynical about American leadership, frustrated about a lack of widely shared prosperity, and feel left behind by our economic, political, and governmental systems. In today’s contentious and divisive political climate, AEI aims to unite the country by promoting a shared moral consensus on America’s fundamental values and promote a healthy competition of ideas.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

AEI Programs

AEI’s scholars focus on research across a variety of policy issues in our four main research divisions: Domestic Policy Studies, Economic Policy Studies, Social, Cultural, and Constitutional Studies, and Foreign and Defense Policy Studies. AEI scholars are developing the policy ideas—backed by rigorous data analysis—that will bring a better understanding of freedom, opportunity, and enterprise to more people in the United States and beyond.

In today’s particularly toxic political environment, AEI scholars are committed to making the intellectual, moral, and practical case—not the political one—for the above set of principles. Our scholars are leaders in their fields, focusing not only on the economic, political, cultural, and security challenges of today, but also those that are decades away. Through their research and writings, conferences, and government testimony, AEI scholars stress empiricism over opinion, fact over folly, and reason over rhetoric.

In addition to this empirical, innovative research that lies at the heart of AEI and that helps fuel the policy debates, we have focused in recent years on how best to effectively disseminate this research for maximum impact through a variety of communications, outreach, and education tools. AEI’s communications and outreach teams promote AEI’s work with an eye toward shaping, informing, and improving the national conversation on important public policy issues.

We employ traditional broadcast and print media, as well as digital strategies to reach a variety of core audiences across the country, including policymakers, business leaders, journalists, students, and state-based policy groups. In all of our policy study areas, AEI scholars are committed to producing cutting-edge research, engaging leaders from across the political spectrum, partnering with non-traditional voices, and educating today’s and tomorrow’s leaders about the power of free enterprise to lift up all members of our society for the greatest human flourishing.

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Our results

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The American Enterprise Institute is dedicated to tackling our nation’s greatest challenges by producing work that bolsters free enterprise and innovation, strengthens our communities, defends our nation’s founding values, and revitalizes America’s leadership role in the world. Our scholars drive the competition of ideas on today’s most critical issues and also draw attention to important issues that have yet to be widely recognized.

AEI is at the forefront of critical public policy research because we actively seek and encourage engagement with intellectual allies and adversaries alike and welcome civil disagreement. We believe a competition of ideas is essential to a free society and human progress. AEI scholars engage in their work with complete academic freedom, operating independently of any political party and unrestricted by any institutional positions. Our scholars’ conclusions are fueled by rigorous, data-driven research and broad-ranging evidence. Our work focuses on the critical areas of economics, foreign and defense policy, domestic policy, and social, cultural, and constitutional studies.

AEI’s Domestic Policy Studies tackles a broad set of interrelated policy challenges, combining a big-picture perspective with deep working knowledge in areas such as poverty studies and welfare, federalism, public opinion and politics, housing market finance, energy and the environment, technology policy and regulation, agriculture policy, and early childhood through higher education.

AEI’s Economic Policy Studies aims to advance better policy outcomes and achieve a better understanding of economic policy both inside the Beltway and beyond, on issues such as tax and budget policy, financial markets, labor economics, retirement policy, health care, and international finance and trade.

AEI’s Foreign and Defense Policy is dedicated to the principle that American global leadership is vital to a peaceful, prosperous, and free world. Our research spans the world’s geopolitical flashpoints and includes regions and countries such as the Middle East, China and East Asia, India, Europe, Latin America, and Russia and topics such as national security and defense, global terrorism, transnational threats, and economic statecraft.

AEI’s Social, Cultural, and Constitutional Studies focuses on the foundations of self-government and the future of law, regulation, and constitutionalism. Our research explores the state of American social, political, and civic life with an eye toward studying the preconditions necessary for family, community, and country to flourish.

In addition to the empirical, innovative research that helps fuel policy debates, AEI’s communications and outreach teams promote AEI’s work with an eye toward shaping, informing, and improving the national conversation on important public policy issues. AEI utilizes traditional broadcast and print media, as well as digital strategies to reach a variety of audiences across the country. AEI produces podcasts and promotes highly relevant videos to further share our message. Scholars regularly produce episodes for our popular video series on our YouTube page.

AEI has built robust communications and outreach strategies that, implemented by our communications, media, government relations, coalitions, and development teams, put our scholars’ work into the hands of today’s and tomorrow’s leaders. In short, we get our work into the hands of those best placed to act, thus moving the needle toward a fundamental appreciation for the free enterprise system.

AEI reaches hundreds of community leaders and state- and local-level policymakers across the country though our Leadership Network programming. These leaders in turn use AEI ideas as a resource in their work. AEI also reaches policymakers, military leaders, business leaders and entrepreneurs, journalists, and all interested citizens with our work.

AEI shares its scholarship with students on college campuses through our academic programming, with the goal of protecting and fostering a competition of ideas where it is needed the most. AEI has hundreds of student groups on dozens of campuses across the country and hosts educational and leadership development events for students at our headquarters in Washington, DC.

Since AEI’s founding in 1938, AEI scholars have advanced policy ideas rooted in the unchanging ideals of freedom, opportunity, and enterprise. AEI has become an enduring source of policy insight and inspiration through U.S. leadership transitions, policy realignments, and passing intellectual fads. AEI scholars’ knowledge has been sought-after through events such as welfare reform in the 1980s, the Iraq War in the 2000s, and the financial crisis of 2007–2008. The Institute’s scholars are committed to protecting America’s founding values and will continue to both champion and engage in the competition of ideas.

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American Enterprise Institute

Board of directors
as of 12/9/2019
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Board chair

Dan D'Aniello

The Carlyle Group

Kevin Rollins

Wilson Taylor

Robert Greenhill

John Luke

Harlan Crow

Christopher Galvin

Harvey Golub

Edward Rust

Bruce Kovner

Daniel D'Aniello

Clifford Asness

Richard Cheney

Peter Coors

Ravenel Curry

John Faraci

Frank Hanna

Marc Lipschultz

Matthew Rose

Mel Sembler

William Walton

Dick DeVos

John Hurley

Kimberly Dennis

Tully Friedman

Robert Doar

Martin Eltrich III

Jody Jonsson

Pat Neal

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Not applicable
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No