Staff

Stephen Gele is the Chairman of the Board of Directors and President of the Pelican Institute for Public Policy. In the aftermath of Kevin Kane’s death, Stephen came forward to ensure The Pelican Institute continued its work as a guarantor of liberty issues in Louisiana. Stephen Gele is a New Orleans litigation attorney who has been involved with the organization since its founding in 2008.

Daniel Erspamer is the Chief Executive Officer of The Pelican Institute, having been appointed in May of 2017. Prior to joining the Pelican Institute, Daniel served as Vice President for Strategic Partnerships at State Policy Network, the service organization for America’s free-market, state-based think tanks, of which the Pelican Institute is an affiliate member. Prior to that, he served a variety of leadership and development roles at the national office of Americans for Prosperity and Americans for Prosperity Foundation. He received a B.A., with honors, in Political Economy and Communication from Tulane University. Daniel and his wife, Emily (a graduate of Tulane University School of Law), have four children and reside in New Orleans.

Trent Hill is the Digital Marketing Strategist for the Pelican Institute, working to expand the digital footprint of the only think-tank in Louisiana committed to small government, low taxes, and less spending. He is a graduate of Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, where he still lives and works at a digital marketing company.

Margaret Mire is a policy expert on staff at The Pelican Institute, most frequently called upon to discuss issues like criminal justice reform, taxation, and budgetary excess. She currently works with American for Tax Reform in Washington D.C. while helping to steer Louisiana policy conversations in a liberty-friendly direction.