Gonzalo Schwarz
President and CEO, Archbridge Institute

Growing up around the world in Uruguay, Israel, Ecuador, and Bolivia, Gonzalo saw poverty firsthand and wondered how to get individuals on the path to prosperity. After earning his bachelor’s degree in economics at the Catholic University of Bolivia and his master’s in economics from George Mason University, he began his life’s work of reducing poverty. This led Gonzalo to found the Archbridge Institute, an organization dedicated to removing the barriers that prevent individuals across the globe from bettering their lives.

While forming the idea to start the Archbridge Institute, Gonzalo Schwarz was working as the Director of Strategic Initiatives at Atlas Network. During his six years at Atlas, he managed key projects including the Leveraging Indices for Free Enterprise Reform program, the Templeton Freedom Award, the Latin American program, and the Sound Money Project. He also participated as an instructor in various Atlas Network training programs such as the Think Tank MBA and the Think Tank Leadership Training, focusing on outcome measurement and best practices.

In his free time, Gonzalo loves to spend time with his two kids, read, and watch his favorite fútbol (the appropriate name for soccer) team Juventus play.

To read Gonzalo’s recent writing, click here.


Ben Wilterdink
Director of Programs

As the Director of Programs at the Archbridge Institute, Ben Wilterdink oversees projects, manages marketing, and writes reports on topics ranging from occupational licensing to youth employment. Before joining Archbridge, Ben was the Director of the Commerce, Insurance, and Economic Development Task Force at the American Legislative Exchange Council, working with state lawmakers from across the country to reform occupational licensing laws, reduce overly burdensome regulation, and streamline government services.

Ben grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, but moved east to attend Liberty University, earning a B.S. in government. When he’s not working, Ben enjoys a nice cup of coffee (or scotch) and a good book.

To read Ben’s recent writing, click here.