Aspen Digital

Brian Hooks

Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Stand Together

Brian Hooks's headshot.

Brian Hooks is chairman and CEO of Stand Together, a philanthropic community that works with business leaders and philanthropists to address the country’s biggest challenges. Brian is also president of the Charles Koch Foundation. Previously, he served as executive director and COO of the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, where he led strategy and operations for a growing research, education, and public policy center. He is co-author with Charles Koch of the national bestseller Believe in People: Bottom Up Solutions for a Top Down World. In 2021, the TIME100 Next list recognized Brian as a leader shaping the future of his field. Brian serves on the boards of the Mercatus Center, Cosmos Institute, Economic Policy Innovation Center (EPIC), Institute for Humane Studies, Reason Foundation, and The Just Trust. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan and lives in Alexandria, Virginia, with his wife and daughter.