Independent Directors

Gary Gerst, Chairman

C. Gary Gerst is Chairman of the Board of Directors of NumbersUSA Education and Research Foundation. He co-founded and is Chairman Emeritus of Jones, Lang, LaSalle, of Chicago, one of the world's largest real estate investment management and consulting firms.

Frank Wylie

Frank Wylie is the former owner of Wylie Steel Fabricators, Inc. He served a number of terms on the Board and one term as Chairman of The American Institute of Steel Construction based in Chicago.

Philip Cafaro

Philip Cafaro is professor of philosophy at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado, and an affiliated faculty member of CSU’s School of Global Environmental Sustainability. He holds degrees in philosophy and history from the University of Chicago, the University of Georgia, and Boston University.

Roy Beck

Roy H. Beck is the Founder, President and CEO of NumbersUSA Education and Research Foundation. One of the nation’s first environmental-beat newspaper reporters in the 1960s and a newspaper journalist for two decades, Mr. Beck became a full-time policy analyst of immigration and U.S. population issues in 1991. He has written four books on immigration, environment and the U.S. labor market, and on ethics, religion and public policy.

Lesley Blackner

Lesley Blackner is a lifelong Floridian and a member of the Florida Bar. She received a BA from Emory University and a JD from the University of Florida College of Law. Over the past two decades Lesley has represented citizen groups in numerous pro-bono environmental law suits. She is particularly interested in Endangered Species Act and land use litigation.