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We seek to encourage businesses to respect customers and external stakeholders who hold diverse viewpoints, promote freedom of thought in their workforces, and support a public culture of trust and tolerance in their giving and political activities.

Our Story

Viewpoint Diversity Score brings together leaders from business, civil society, and academia who are committed to preserving the freedom of expression and freedom of religion or belief in the market, workplace, and public square.

We recognize that powerful companies in the tech and financial services industries have emerged as de facto gatekeepers of essential services and become crucial mediums of expression in the digital public square. While many of these companies make important contributions to our economy and society, they undermine trust and the institutions of democratic self-government when they engage in censorship, enable cancel culture inside their organizations, or take divisive stands on controversial political issues.

That’s why we’re calling on companies to respect viewpoint diversity in how they do business, manage their workforces, and engage external stakeholders.

Through our Business Index and Resources we’re providing a roadmap for businesses to meaningfully respect customers, and other external stakeholders who hold diverse religious and ideological beliefs, foster viewpoint diversity in their workplaces, and reflect a commitment to the underlying principles of American democracy through their giving and political engagement. 

Viewpoint Diversity Score is a project of Alliance Defending Freedom, one of the nation’s most respected and successful Supreme Court advocates, working to preserve the fundamental freedoms of speech and religion for all Americans. Collaborating is Inspire Insight, a Christian financial technology firm informing investment decisions on billions of dollars around the globe.

Find out more about who is involved in this coalition below or visit our FAQ page for additional information. You can also contact us to learn about how you or your organization can get involved.

Viewpoint Diversity Score Team

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Jeremy Tedesco serves as senior counsel and senior vice president of corporate engagement for Alliance Defending Freedom. In this role, Tedesco leads ADF’s efforts to combat corporate cancel culture and build a business ethic that respects free speech, religious freedom, and human dignity. In 2022, Tedesco oversaw the launch of the Viewpoint Diversity Score Business Index, the first comprehensive benchmark designed to measure corporate respect for religious and ideological diversity in the market, workplace, and public square.

Immediately preceding his current role, Tedesco served as senior vice president for communications, during which time he was a lead convener of the Philadelphia Statement, a movement dedicated to restoring free speech and civil discourse. Tedesco also launched a video series called Freedom Matters, profiling ADF clients, cases, and issues. Still under his oversight, the program reached over 47 million viewers in its first two years and continues to reach new audiences on various social media platforms.

Previously, Tedesco litigated First Amendment cases at all levels of the federal court system. He was part of the legal team that represented cake artist Jack Phillips in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission before the U.S. Supreme Court and argued Phillips’ case at the Colorado Court of Appeals. He was also the lead brief writer in two other U.S. Supreme Court wins, Reed v. Town of Gilbert and Arizona Christian School Tuition Organization v. Winn.

Numerous media outlets, including The Wall Street Journal, Fox News, CNN, The New York TimesUSA Today, PBS, NPR, and National Review, have interviewed Tedesco or published his comments. Tedesco earned his Juris Doctor in 2004 from the Regent University School of Law.

Members of the ADF Viewpoint Diversity Team also include:

- Daniel Cochrane, Corporate Engagement & Strategic Initiatives Specialist

- Georgia-Cline Miller, Research Analyst

- Jay Hobbs, Strategic Campaigns & Initiatives Director

- Bob Pruitt, Sr. Counsel, Corporate Affairs Director

- John Delaney, Corporate Affairs Specialist

- Marina Moreira, Corporate Engagement Program Administrator

- Caroline Reeves, Strategic Communications Writer

Advisory Council

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Andrew Abela

Andrew Abela is the founding dean of the Busch School of Business and Ordinary Professor of Marketing at the Catholic University of America

in Washington, D.C. His research on the integrity of the marketing process, including marketing ethics, Catholic Social Doctrine, and internal communication, has been published in several academic journals, including the Journal of Marketing, the Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science, the Journal of Business Ethics, and the Journal of Markets & Morality, and in two books. He is the co-editor of A Catechism for Business from Catholic University Press, and winner of the 2009 Novak Award, a $10,000 prize given by the Acton Institute for “significant contributions to the study of the relationship between religion and economic liberty.”

Dr. Abela also provides consulting and training in internal communications to Fortune 100 corporations. Prior to his academic career, he spent several years in industry as brand manager at Procter & Gamble, management consultant with McKinsey & Company, and Managing Director of the Marketing Leadership Council of the Corporate Executive Board. He holds a B.Sc. from the University of Toronto, an MBA from the Institute for Management Development (IMD) in Switzerland, and a Ph.D. in Marketing and Ethics from the Darden Business School at the University of Virginia. He and his wife, Kathleen, have six children, two of whom (so far) have graduated from Catholic U.

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David Bahnsen

David L. Bahnsen is the founder, Managing Partner, and Chief Investment Officer of The Bahnsen Group.

The Bahnsen Group is a national private wealth management firm with offices in Newport Beach, New York City, Nashville, and Minneapolis, managing over $3.5 billion in client assets.  Prior to launching The Bahnsen Group he spent eight years as a Managing Director at Morgan Stanley and six years as a Vice President at UBS.  He is consistently named as one of the top financial advisors in America by Barron’s, Forbes, and the Financial Times.

He is a frequent guest on CNBCBloomberg, Fox News, and Fox Business, and is a regular contributor to National Review.  He hosts the popular weekly podcast, Capital Record, dedicated to a defense of free enterprise and capital markets.  He is a regular lecturer for the Acton Institute and the Center for Cultural Leadership, and writes daily investment commentary at www.thedctoday.com and weekly macro commentary at www.dividendcafe.com.

David is a founding Trustee for Pacifica Christian High School of Orange County and serves on the Board of Directors for the National Review Institute in New York City.

He is the author of several best-selling books including Crisis of Responsibility: Our Cultural Addiction to Blame and How You Can Cure It (2018), and The Case for Dividend Growth: Investing in a Post-Crisis World (2019). His newest book, There’s No Free Lunch: 250 Economic Truths, was released in November 2021.

David’s true passions include anything related to USC football, the financial markets, politics, and Chinese food. His ultimate passions are his wife of 20+ years, Joleen, their children, Mitchell, Sadie, and Graham, and the life they’ve created together on both coasts.

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Jerry Bowyer

Jerry Bowyer is a Forbes contributor, contributing editor of AffluentInvestor.com, and Senior Fellow in Business Economics at The Center for Cultural Leadership.

Jerry has compiled an impressive record as a leading thinker in finance and economics. He worked as an auditor and a tax consultant with Arthur Anderson, as Vice President of the Beechwood Company which is the family office associated with Federated Investors, and has consulted in various privatization efforts for Allegheny County, Pa.

He founded the influential economic think tank, the Allegheny Institute, and has lectured extensively at universities, businesses and civic groups. Jerry has been a member of three investment committees, among which is Benchmark Financial, Pittsburgh’s largest financial services firm. Jerry had been a regular commentator on Fox Business News and Fox News. He was formerly a CNBC Contributor, has guest-hosted The Kudlow Report, and has written for CNBC.com, National Review Online and The Wall Street Journal, as well as many other publications. He is the author of The Bush Boom and more recently The Free Market Capitalist’s Survival Guide, published by HarperCollins.

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Bob Doll

Bob Doll serves as Chief Investment Officer (CIO) at Crossmark Global Investments.

Bob brought over 40 years of industry experience to guide the investment process and serve as portfolio manager for multiple Crossmark large-cap strategies. He also utilizes his investment expertise to provide weekly and quarterly investment commentaries, as well as annual market predictions. Bob is a regular guest and contributor to multiple media outlets such as CNBC, Bloomberg TV, Moneywise, and Fox Business News. Prior to arriving at Crossmark, he held the roles of Senior Portfolio Manager and Chief Equity Strategist at Nuveen and Blackrock, President and Chief Investment Officer at Merrill Lynch Investment Managers, and Chief Investment Officer at Oppenheimer Funds, Inc.

Bob graduated from Lehigh University with a B.S. in Accounting and a B.A. in Economics. He later went on to earn an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA®) designation, as well as a the FINRA Series 7 and 63 securities licenses.

Bob dedicates his time as choir director at his local church and also serves on a number of boards including the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals, Word of Life Fellowship, New Canaan Society, Kingdom Advisors, National Christian Foundation, Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary, The Lausanne Movement, Movement.org, Cairn University, Christianity Today, and the Princeton Healthcare System.

Bob and his wife Leslie currently reside in Princeton, New Jersey and have three children.

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Robert P. George

Robert P. George is McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence and Director of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University.

He has frequently been a visiting professor at Harvard Law School, teaching philosophy of law and related subjects.

In addition to his academic service, Professor George has served as Chairman of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom. He has also served on the President’s Council on Bioethics, as a presidential appointee to the United States Commission on Civil Rights, and as the U.S. member of UNESCO’s World Commission on the Ethics of Science and Technology.

He is a former Judicial Fellow at the Supreme Court of the United States, where he received the Justice Tom C. Clark Award.

He serves on the boards of the Templeton Foundation Religion Trust, the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, the Ethics and Public Policy Center, the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, the Heritage Foundation, the National Center on Sexual Exploitation, and the Center for Individual Rights, among others.

Professor George is author of Making Men Moral:  Civil Liberties and Public Morality (Oxford University Press, 1993), In Defense of Natural Law (Oxford University Press, 1999), The Clash of Orthodoxies (ISI, 2001) and Conscience and Its Enemies (ISI, 2013). He is co-author of Conjugal Union: What Marriage Is (Cambridge University Press, 2014), Embryo: A Defense of Human Life (2nd edition, Doubleday, 2011), Body-Self Dualism in Contemporary Ethics and Politics (Cambridge University Press, 2008), and What is Marriage? (Encounter, 2012). He is editor of several volumes, including Natural Law Theory: Contemporary Essays (Oxford University Press, 1992), The Autonomy of Law: Essays on Legal Positivism (Oxford University Press, 1996), Natural Law, Liberalism, and Morality (Oxford University Press, 1996), and Great Cases in Constitutional Law (Princeton University Press, 2000), and co-editor of the Cambridge Companion to Natural Law (Cambridge University Press, 2017)

Professor George’s articles and review essays have appeared in the Harvard Law Review, the Yale Law Journal, the Columbia Law Review, the University of Chicago Law Review, the Review of Politics, the Review of Metaphysics, the American Journal of Jurisprudence, and Law and Philosophy.  He has also written for the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, First Things, the Boston Review, and the Times Literary Supplement.

A graduate of Swarthmore College, Professor George holds MTS and JD degrees from Harvard University and the degrees of DPhil, BCL, DCL, and DLitt from Oxford University. He was elected to Phi Beta Kappa at Swarthmore and received a Frank Knox Fellowship from Harvard for graduate study in law and philosophy at Oxford.  He holds twenty-two honorary degrees, including doctorates of law, letters, ethics, science, divinity, humane letters, civil law, law and moral values, humanities, and juridical science.

He is a recipient of the United States Presidential Citizens Medal, the Honorific Medal for the Defense of Human Rights of the Republic of Poland, the Bradley Prize for Intellectual and Civic Achievement, the Philip Merrill Award of the American Council of Trustees and Alumni, the Paul Bator Award of the Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy, the Sidney Hook Award of the National Association of Scholars, a Silver Gavel Award of the American Bar Association, the Charles Fried Award of the Harvard Law School Federalist Society, the Irving Kristol Award of the American Enterprise Institute, the James Q. Wilson Award of the Association for the Study of Free Institutions, and Princeton University’s President’s Award for Distinguished Teaching. Together with his friend and teaching partner Cornel West, he received the inaugural Leadership Award of Heterodox Academy.

He has given the John Dewey Lecture in Philosophy of Law at Harvard, the Guido Calabresi Lecture in Law and Religion at Yale, the Elizabeth Anscombe Memorial Lecture in Bioethics at Oxford, the Sir Malcolm Knox Lecture in Philosophy at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, and the Frank Irvine Lecture in Law at Cornell.

Professor George is general editor of New Forum Books, a Princeton University Press series of interdisciplinary works in law, culture, and politics. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and is Of Counsel to the law firm of Robinson & McElwee.

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Matt Monson

Matt Monson is a Partner and Portfolio Manager at Sovereign’s Capital with 16 years of experience in investing and finance.

Prior to joining Sovereign’s Capital, Matt was a concentrated public equity investor with a strong passion for investing at ArrowMark Partners, Deccan Value Investors, and Brave Warrior Advisors. Prior to concentrated public equity investing, Matt was a private equity investor at FTV Capital, and an investment banker at UBS Investment Bank.

Matt earned a BSB in Finance and Marketing from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Matt lives in Denver with his wife, Megan, and their three girls. He enjoys spending time outdoors with his family and playing an active role in their church community, The Pearl Church.

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Robert Netzly

Robert Netzly is the CEO of Inspire Investing and frequent contributor on FOX, Bloomberg, New York Times and other major media.

Read more from Robert in his #1 bestselling book Biblically Responsible Investing, available at Amazon.com and other major retailers.

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Andy Olivastro

Andy Olivastro is vice president for outreach at The Heritage Foundation.

In his current role, Andy builds enduring and resilient networks to spread the blessings of freedom and advance human flourishing. In his fourth role at the No. 1 think tank for impact on public policy, Andy brings deep experience as a communications strategist who understands how to drive transformational change and deliver results.

Earlier, he founded ATO Strategies, a public affairs firm focused on media engagement and reputation management for individuals, businesses, and non-profits. He led executive and employee communications and corporate responsibility for United Technologies (now Raytheon Technologies), and developed elite engagement strategies for Fortune 10 companies at Edelman Public Relations.

Notably, Andy helped direct the speechwriting team for U.S. Secretary of Commerce Carlos Gutierrez, collaborating on major policy addresses delivered worldwide. As speechwriter to Republican National Committee Chairman Ed Gillespie, he crafted compelling and effective messages to help shape the political and policy debate across the country throughout the historic 2004 election cycle.

Andy graduated from the Leadership Program of the Rockies in 2019 and helped lead its expansion from Colorado to Connecticut with the launch of the Charter Oak Leadership Program. A Claremont Institute Lincoln Fellow and a member of The Philadelphia Society, Andy holds a bachelor’s degree in print journalism and political science from Troy University.

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Peter Rex

Peter Rex began working construction at 18 years old while attending community college. In 2005, after completing philosophy and government majors at Georgetown, he purchased his first property.

To preserve capital, Pete slept in vacant units and did all the maintenance and construction management himself. He also handled legal, tax, finance, code compliance, and asset management.

Pete continued to run his operations while completing Harvard Law, earning a CPA, and fighting through the Great Financial Crisis.

In the depths of that recession, Pete scaled to $2B of assets with a vertically integrated operation and 500+ employees. The company received national distinctions as a Fortune’s Top 20 Places to Work and a Top 5 ranking for most apartment renovations completed.

Pete has now, as with real estate, learned tech ground up and launched Rex Tech Ventures which is building technology to serve real estate owners and operators. Rex currently has 10 companies solving the largest, most lucrative problems in the real estate industry - ranging from insuring and paying workers to investing in and managing assets.

Peter lives is a CPA and lawyer, earning a BA in philosophy and government from Georgetown University, and a JD from Harvard Law School.

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Mike Sharrow

Mike Sharrow serves as President & CEO of C12 Business Forums, the global leader in CEO/Owner peer advisory groups for Christians serving more than 3,400 Members across the US, SE Asia and Brazil.

Mike leads an HQ team in San Antonio, Texas that supports more than 150 full-time C12 Chairs who serve as “missionpreneurs” helping CEOs, entrepreneurs and key players build “great businesses for a greater purpose.” C12 Members represent full-spectrum industry diversity and employ nearly 1M people around the globe and embrace a Business-as-a-Ministry (BaaM) operating paradigm. Mike joined C12 initially as a Member himself in 2010 after previous roles in F50, financial services, management consulting, and non-profit contexts before serving as CEO in 2016. Mike is a graduate of Trinity International University (Deerfield, IL), married to Jacqui since 2002 and the father of two girls.

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John Siverling

John Siverling is Director of Private Markets and Impact Advocacy for OneAscent, and President of OneAscent Capital LLC.

He has over 30 years of business experience, and over 20 years in the venture finance industry.

John holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Wisconsin and an MBA with Distinction from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business. John has been a frequent speaker and panelist, including at the University of Michigan Business School, MIT Forum, UNCC Five Ventures Business Plan Competition, and Kingdom Advisors, among others. John resides in Matthews, NC with his wife. They have two adult sons.

John has developed his financial, operational and management business skills from a varied history of professional experiences. Following his lead role in the formation and launch of the Christian Investment Forum, John became the first Executive Director in order to continue the growth strategy of the non-profit trade association, until its merger with Faith Driven Investor. The goal of CIF is to build awareness and credibility for faith-based investing within the broader financial investment industry. In addition to his work at the Christian Investment Forum, John is also the Managing Partner in JAS Ventures, LLC, a consulting firm focused on helping companies develop and execute values integrated business practices. He is also a co-founder and President of RDJ Ventures, LLC, an early-stage biotechnology company.

Prior to JAS Ventures, John was a partner at Sloan Ventures, an early-stage venture development firm. John managed all aspects of the Sloan Investment Fund, including limited partner reporting and investment activities for a number of the firm’s portfolio companies. He has taken active interim management positions, as CFO and COO, with some of the early-stage companies.

Prior to joining Sloan Ventures, John worked with Frank Russell Capital, a private equity firm, analyzing the private equity industry and in cooperation with Goldman Sachs managing a globally recognized survey on trends in the industry. John began his career with General Motors Cadillac Division and held various sales and marketing management positions in Detroit, Denver, and San Francisco.

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