David R. Osborne

CEO of Americans for Fair Treatment

David R. Osborne is CEO of Americans for Fair Treatment, a community of current and former public-sector employees offering resources and support to exercise their First Amendment rights. Prior to joining Americans for Fair Treatment, David was President & General Counsel of the Fairness Center, a nonprofit, public interest law firm providing free legal representation to those hurt by public-sector union officials.

From 2017-2021, David served as a Presidential appointee to the Federal Service Impasses Panel, which resolves labor impasses between federal agencies and federal employee unions.

David served as clerk to a Florida Supreme Court justice from 2010 to 2012. And before attending law school, he served as official staff for a member of Congress.   

Elisabeth Kines

National Executive Director

Elisabeth Kines is the National Executive Director of Americans for Fair Treatment, a community of current and former public-sector employees offering resources and support to exercise their First Amendment rights. Elisabeth started her career in the publicity department at Atlantic Records in Los Angeles, CA. From there, she learned how to build organizations that would impact culture through positions in operations and business development at Universal Music Group, VEVO, and Beats Music.

In 2013, Elisabeth transitioned into working with liberty-focused non-profits, with a particular focus on public-sector labor reform. She served as Vice President of the Palmetto Promise institute in South Carolina, where she grew up, and then became Executive Vice President at the Yankee Institute in Connecticut.

Elisabeth holds a degree in Journalism from the University of South Carolina, and her advertising work in grassroots labor reform has won two Reed awards. She loves writing recipes and making playlists.

Suzanne Bates

Senior Writer and Researcher

Suzanne Bates is the Senior Writer and Researcher at Americans for Fair Treatment, a community of current and former public-sector employees offering resources and support to exercise their First Amendment rights. Prior to joining Americans for Fair Treatment in 2020, Suzanne worked as a journalist for the Associated Press, as Policy Director with the Yankee Institute, as a contributor for The Hartford Courant, and as a regular commentator for WNPR’s The Wheelhouse.

She holds a graduate degree in journalism from Columbia University and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Brigham Young University. Her extensive publications cover topics such as union issues in New England and her experience as a conservative in a blue state and at an ivy league university.

Suzanne is a former military spouse and has lived all over the United States with her family.

Conner Drigotas

Director of Strategic Partnerships

Conner Drigotas is the Director of Strategic Partnerships at Americans for Fair Treatment, a community of current and former public-sector employees offering resources and support to exercise their First Amendment rights. Conner is also an Adjunct Professor at Lehigh University where he teaches Business Communications.

Conner joined AFFT from the Fairness Center, a law firm offering free legal help to those hurt by public-sector union officials, where he served as the Director of Communications and Development. He is a believer in empowering all individuals to be their best self and works in his free time to develop entrepreneurs toward purpose driven work.

Conner earned his MBA from Lehigh University and holds undergraduate degrees in Government & Law and Psychology from Lafayette College. A native Mainer, Conner enjoys the great outdoors and spends his free time hunting, camping, and fishing with his wife Danielle.

Brigette Herbst

Organizing Director

Brigette Herbst is the Organizing Director of Americans for Fair Treatment, a community of current and former public-sector employees offering resources and support to exercise their First Amendment rights. Prior to joining Americans for Fair Treatment in 2018, Brigette’s career included working in the public sector for New York State, teaching elementary school, coaching high school sports, and working as a municipal county employee.

This unique experience offers Brigette an inside perspective on public employee culture in New York.  She focuses on educating New Yorkers about their constitutional rights with regard to union membership and promoting fair treatment of workers.

Brigette has her bachelor’s degree in history and politics and her master’s degree in elementary education. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling and planning trips for her family.

Mimi O’Grady

Operations and Special Projects Coordinator

Mimi O’Grady is the Operations and Special Projects Coordinator at Americans for Fair Treatment, a community of current and former public-sector employees offering resources and support to exercise their First Amendment rights. Prior to joining Americans for Fair Treatment in 2021, Mimi scheduled for several U.S. Representatives and a Senator.

Mimi graduated from Pepperdine University with a degree in public relations and cultivated her passion for and experience in logistics while working on Capitol Hill.

A Pittsburgh native, Mimi currently lives in Northern Virginia with her husband and enjoys cooking, historical fiction, and spending time outside.

Cassidy Martin

Membership & Research Coordinator

Cassidy Martin is the Membership & Research Coordinator at Americans for Fair Treatment, a community of current and former public-sector employees offering resources and support to exercise their First Amendment rights. 

Cassidy has been serving on two School Boards since 2018 and has participated in multiple contract negotiations for public-sector employees. Prior to joining Americans for Fair Treatment, she graduated from the University of Connecticut with a degree in American studies with a focus in political science.

In her spare time, Cassidy enjoys traveling and spending time fishing with her friends and family in her native state of Connecticut.

Rebecca Mulwhalen

Membership & Logistics Manager

Rebecca Mulwhalen is the Membership & Logistics Manager of Americans for Fair Treatment, a community of current and former public-sector employees offering resources and support to exercise their First Amendment rights. 

Since joining the team in 2018, Rebecca has enjoyed watching the organization grow and expand to meet the needs of its members. She focuses on providing value and services to members in Pennsylvania and New York. 

Rebecca has her bachelor’s degree in political science, with minors in business administration and law & society. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends in her home state of Pennsylvania.