The Richard Dawkins Foundation (US)

Our Mission

Our mission is to support scientific education, critical thinking and evidence-based understanding of the natural world in the quest to overcome religious fundamentalism, superstition, intolerance and human suffering.

Richard Dawkins, DSc, FRS

One of the most respected scientists in the world and the biggest draw in secularism, Richard Dawkins always generates impressive crowds when visiting North America. On his Fall 2011 tour he drew an enthusiastic crowd of 2300 at Eastern Kentucky University. This is a movement, and Richard Dawkins is the catalyst that galvanizes it.

Dr. Andy Thomson, trustee 

A psychiatrist, with an interest in evolutionary psychology, Dr. Thomson wrote the 2011 book, WhyWeBelieveinGod(s):AConciseGuidetotheScienceofFaith. Thanks to the revolution in cognitive neurosciences, and the labors of many scientists, we are tantalizingly close to a comprehensive scientific answer to that question. Dr. Thomson speaks eloquently on this and other topics. 
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Robyn Blumner - Executive Director

Robyn Blumner joined the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science as Executive Director in February 2014. She comes off a 16-year career as a nationally syndicated columnist and editorial writer at the Tampa Bay Times newspaper (formerly the St. Petersburg Times.) Blumner is an expert on civil liberties and civil rights. She has written extensively on church-state separation, free speech and privacy issues as well as economics and the diminishing power of the middle-class. Her columns appeared regularly in newspapers around the country. In 2012, she was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize for editorial writing along with three colleagues. Blumner was executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida from 1989 to 1997, and executive director of the ACLU of Utah from 1987 to 1989. In that role she led efforts to protect abortion rights, student free speech rights and to prevent the adoption of school vouchers, among dozens of public policy battles.

Blumner attended Cornell University, School of Industrial and Labor Relations, graduating with honors in 1982. Her law degree comes from New York University School of Law where she graduated in 1985 and is a member of the New York State Bar.

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Stephanie Guttormson - Operations Director

Edwina Rogers - Advisor to the Board

Edwina Rogers joined the Secular Coalition for America as the Executive Director in May 2012. She boasts two decades of experience on Capitol Hill as a lobbyist and attorney, including roles as General Counsel for several high profile politicians. Rogers has extensive experience as a public policy expert and has worked for two Presidents and four Senators. In her most recent role as Executive Director of the Patient Centered Primary Care Collaborative, she organized a coalition that included major employers, consumer groups, labor unions and health care providers, and successfully implemented the Patient Centered Medical Home model around the country. She enjoys spending time with her two children, keeping up with current events and following pop culture.  One of her favorite genres of music is Dubstep.

Edwina Rogers  
Office: 1(202)299-1091 ext. 202

Greg Stikeleather - Advisory Board

Greg Stikeleather is a serial entrepreneur who currently invests in both for-profit and non-profit ventures. In the 1990s, Greg founded and was President and CEO of aha! software which produced and patented digital-ink processing technology – aha! was acquired by Microsoft. Greg then led another start up, Portola Communications, in the development of high-performance Internet email software. He served as President and CEO of Portola through its acquisition by Netscape. Greg was also a managing partner at Sofinnova Ventures, a San Francisco venture capital firm, for several years, and in 1999 cofounded Headsprout, a learning sciences company. He served as President and CEO of Headsprout until early 2006, when its award- winning early reading program was being used in schools, homes, and learning centers across the United States, and around the world. Greg was trained in the learning sciences with a graduate degree in experimental psychology. In the 1980s, he applied his learning science research as an instructional and interface designer at Apple, where he developed and ran the first usability testing lab during the creation of Apple's first graphical user interface.
RDFRS partners with SCA and FFRF on many activities