For over 30 years the Alabama Policy Institute has fought for good public policy solutions throughout the state of Alabama. API is a non-profit, non-partisan educational and research organization committed to free markets, limited government, and strong families. API reaches its goal of sound public policy through research, advocacy, and public education efforts.
The Alabama Policy Institute protects fairness, freedom, and families by investigating, informing about, and initiating positive public policy.
API will be sought-out as the ultimate authority on free markets, limited governments, and family values in Alabama, and effectuates policies which protect fairness, freedom, and families.
API believes free markets, as expressed in positive commercial and economic outcomes, leads to human flourishing. Fairness can only be achieved in a free market with limited government intrusion, which has been proven to have a positive impact on the quality of life of all individuals in a given society. To curb a growing trend toward socialism and tyrannical government, API stands against efforts to demonize free markets, downplay social and personal responsibility, and increased control of and interference in commerce by government.
API believes limited governments govern best. Human freedom declines when government power increases. When governments at all levels have limited intrusion into economic and individual choices, humans are better able to flourish from and thrive in their God given rights and freedoms. The government does not exist to extend rights to the people, but instead must recognize and protect those rights which are universally given to all people by the Creator.
API believes human flourishing is best accomplished in smaller, intimate settings as opposed to large ones, like those created by bloated governments and bureaucracies. The family unit is the cornerstone of human society and is the foundation upon which other institutions and expressions of human freedom are built. One’s right to have a family, establish positive, nurturing values, and to take those values into society and the marketplace of ideas must be protected from the modern expanse of free-wheeling autonomous individualism, government overreach, and liberalizing social conventions.
Caleb Crosby serves as President and CEO of the Alabama Policy Institute.
A native of Jackson Alabama and the oldest of six children, Caleb spent most of his childhood outdoors and developed a love for nature, hunting, and the game of baseball. Caleb received a baseball scholarship to a prestigious junior college in Florida known for its pitching instruction, and is currently the single season and career record holder for the most saves at Chipola College.
From Chipola, Caleb was drafted by the Texas Rangers in the 2000 MLB Draft, and then he accepted a baseball scholarship to USA under Coach Steve Kittrell. During his third game at USA, Caleb tore his elbow and underwent reconstructive surgery, but continued to help the team to 3 Sunbelt Conference championships. Caleb had an overall 9-3 record while at USA, and had a 1.40 ERA prior to his injury. Each year during his undergraduate career, Caleb was named among the Academic All-Conference and was awarded the Alabama Banking Association Scholastic Achievement Award in 2003. In May of 2003, Caleb graduated cum laude with his Bachelor of Finance.
Caleb’s career began with the Bush-Cheney 2004 reelection campaign. He then served in the George W. Bush Administration, first at the Environmental Protection Agency supporting projects within the Office of the CFO and serving as a Congressional Liaison, and later at the White House. During his time serving at the Executive Office of the President, Caleb managed the event and travel budget for the President and First Lady, provided guidance on financial and accounting policy, traveled with the President and was awarded the Director’s Team Recognition Award.
Caleb began at the U.S. Department of Treasury under Secretary Hank Paulson in 2007 as the Director of Travel Operations. In this role, Caleb managed the travel office, formulated and executed the Departmental Offices’ travel budgets, and prepared quarterly travel reports for Congress. He also worked as a Finance Consultant for John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign.
In 2008, he was named Chief Financial Officer for the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC), after they discovered their previous CFC had embezzled roughly $750k. Caleb managed a $100 million annual budget, reduced operating costs by 30% within two months, and revitalized the foundation of the organization, positioning it for historic wins in 2010.
From the NRCC, he returned to his home state of Alabama to assume the role of Vice President at the Alabama Policy Institute. As Vice President, he set three consecutive records for fundraising in a fiscal year and was at the forefront of unprecedented growth for API.
Now, as President and CEO, Caleb’s foremost goal is to see Alabama reach its full potential. He spends his time building intentional relationships with partners, serving as a reliable source for the leaders of the community and state, and hosting events throughout Alabama featuring conservative leaders from around the country. Caleb is a regular on radio stations and the written press discussing relevant policy issues and the most prevalent matters facing Alabama. He also serves as President of the Crosby Ottenhoff Group., where he is highly sought out by some of the largest and most influential organizations around the country to provide strategic financial management, compliance, and operational guidance. Caleb was named by Yellowhammer News as one of 2015’s “50 Most Powerful and Influential People in Alabama”, which is a list composed annually to recognize the most prominent players in the political and business worlds. He currently serves on the advisory board of the National Christian Foundation, the advisory board for the United Way, and has been a member of the Birmingham Rotary Club for five years.
Caleb is a Lifetime Alumni Member of the University of South Alabama. He and his wife, Destin, a USA alumna, currently reside in Mountain Brook, Alabama. Caleb proposed to Destin on Stanky Field before his last game as a Jaguar. They have three children, Noah, Eden, and Naomi.
Carl Jones joined the API team in the summer of 2018. He is from Mobile, Alabama, and has a Finance Degree from Louisiana State University. He received a commission in the Marine Corps in 1985 and served 12 years as a Marine aviator. He transferred to the Alabama Air National Guard in 1997 and lived in Montgomery while employed by United Airlines. In the wake of 9/11, Carl’s F-16 squadron was mobilized. He spent the next four years helping to lead this Alabama unit through several operations as a Flight Commander and Squadron Commander. Carl retired in 2005 from the military and moved back to Mobile where he worked nearly seven years with a local intermodal trucking company. In 2012, Carl moved his family to Birmingham to direct the operations for JH Ranch. He helped lead this ministry for over six years. He has been married to his wife Laura for 20 years and they have a daughter Sophie who is a High School Senior.
Phil Williams is the Chief Policy Officer & General Counsel for the Alabama Policy Institute. Phil has served in that role since November of 2018. API is an Alabama based conservative think tank and policy advocacy organization whose focus is on matters of law that affect all Alabamians. API has advocated for conservative principles of limited government, free markets, and strong families for over thirty years and is recognized nationally as a leading voice in the realm of public policy. As a part of his work at API Phil is responsible for directing and managing the policy positions and efforts of API and is often called upon to give public speeches, media broadcasts and to write published opinion pieces in a variety of media outlets.
Phil is also the managing member of Williams, Driskill, Huffstutler & King, a law firm based in Gadsden, AL. His legal experience covers all levels including appellate, and he is admitted to practice in the State and Federal Courts in Alabama. His primary focus in the practice of law is largely in the areas of civil litigation, corporate, municipal, and governmental general counsel, as well as a thriving real estate practice. He has been ranked as “AV-Preeminent” as a peer-evaluated Attorney by Martindale-Hubbell.
Prior to practicing law Phil was in full time ministry for seven years with the international youth outreach organization YoungLife. With YoungLife Phil served as an Area Director which involved direct ministry and counseling with teens, recruiting and training volunteers, public speaking, public relations, fund raising and close work with the members of the YoungLife Committee.
In addition to his day-to-day employment Phil recently served two terms as the State Senator for the Tenth District of Alabama. During his tenure in the Senate Phil served as the Chairman for the Alabama Senate Committee on Fiscal Responsibility & Economic Development, and the Vice Chair for the Committee on Judiciary. He also served as the Vice Chair for the Committee on Finance and Taxation (General Fund), and as a sitting member of the Committees for Rules, Government Affairs, Veterans and Military Affairs, and the Joint Committee on Transportation.
Aside from his civilian experience Phil also comes from a family with a long military tradition. He is an Airborne Ranger and retired in July 2017 after 30 years of service with the rank of Colonel (USAR). Phil served two combat tours in the Global War on Terror, one each in Afghanistan and Iraq, as well as one tour in the Pentagon on the Army Staff’s Special Operations Division. His service was at all levels with time spent as a Long Range Surveillance Platoon Leader, twice a Company Commander, and various staff positions at Battalion, Group, and Army Staff levels. His last troop leading position was as the Battalion Commander for the 1-167th Infantry – the legendary “4th Alabama”. His final duty assignment was as a reserve instructor for the Joint Special Operations University, US Special Operations Command.
Phil’s education includes a BS from the University of South Alabama and a Juris Doctorate from the Birmingham School of Law. He is also a graduate of the US Army’s Combined Arms and Services Staff School and the US Army Command and General Staff College. He is also a certified higher education instructor as a result of coursework through the Joint Special Operations University.
Among his associations and awards are the following: Phil is a member in good standing of the Alabama Bar Association (Alabar); He has been ranked as “AV-Preeminent” as a peer-evaluated Attorney by Martindale-Hubbell; a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW); the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA); The National Infantry Association; The Order of St. Maurice; Paul Harris Fellow, Rotary International; and the Etowah County Patriots Hall of Honor. In addition he was licensed and ordained to ministry by the Southern Baptist Association. His military awards include the Legion of Merit, two Bronze Star Medals, the Meritorious Service Medal, three Army Commendation Medals, two Army Achievement Medals, the Humanitarian Service Medal, both the Afghan and Iraq Campaign Medals with 3 campaign stars, The Ranger Tab, Senior Parachutist Wings, the Pathfinder Badge, German Parachutist Wings and the Combat Action Badge.
Josh Pendergrass was named API’s Chief Communications Officer in September 2019; he has over a decade of experience working in political communications, politics, and media relations. In 2017, he was named by Governor Kay Ivey as Communications Director. In that capacity he managed the entire communications efforts of the governor’s office and held the main responsibility for crafting the governor’s speeches, press statements, and public comments, as well as overseeing press relations, social media, and other activities.
Josh has worked closely on communications efforts with the Alabama House Rural Caucus and played a role in dozens of Alabama campaigns in the 2010, 2014, and 2018 cycles. He has served as either a paid staffer or a general consultant for campaigns ranging from local offices, state legislative, constitutional offices, and congressional seats. Most recently he served as Director of Client Strategy and General Counsel at the nationwide political consulting firm Cygnal, which was ranked by the New York Times as the most accurate political pollster during the 2018 election cycle.
Josh holds a Bachelor’s degree from Lambuth University in political science and communications, a Juris Doctor from Thomas Goode Jones School of Law at Faulkner University, and a Master of Theological Studies from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Josh has been licensed to practice law in Alabama since 2011 and has served as pastor of several local churches. Concurrent with this appointment he serves as Pastor of Wadsworth Baptist Church. He and his wife Leslie have been married since 2010; they have a three-year-old son.
Bobby Jordan, a native of Gadsden, Alabama, currently resides in Glencoe and joined the Alabama Policy Institute in March 2020.
He is a graduate of Jacksonville State University with a double major in Marketing and Economics.
Bobby comes to API after retiring from a successful 32 year career with Merck, Sharp, & Dohme (MSD), where he is a member of the Merck Hall of Fame for sales. During his time with MSD Bobby served in many roles including sales training, meeting services/communication, institutional contracting, and both hospital and office based sales.
Prior to MSD Bobby was a small business owner in the Gadsden area.
Bobby and his wife Lana have been married for 8 years and between them they have 5 children, Amy, Kaley, Riley, Reece, and Josh. They are members of Church of the Highlands where they serve on the leadership team as married coordinators.
Scott Stantis join the Alabama Policy Institute as Public Affairs Officer in October 2020 have a long and successful career in journalism and media.
Scott joined the staff of the Chicago Tribune in 2009 following a 13 year stint as the editorial cartoonist for The Birmingham News where he lampooned the likes of Fob James, Don Seigelman and Roy Moore.
Scott has appeared on every television news program in the Birmingham market. He was a regular on Alabama Public Television’s political round table talk show ‘For The Record’. He has also been a regular on local political talk radio stations WERC and Talk 99.5. Scott had his own afternoon drive time show on WYDE.
While working in Chicago Scott did a regular segment for WGN America, which reached over 74 million homes. (The segment was nominated for an Emmy Award). Scott was a frequent guest on many other Chicago radio and television news programs.
Scott was one of the early adopters of podcasting, producing his first in 2006. He is currently in development of a new podcast slated to be launched in late 2020.
Scott attended college in Southern California where, as a pre-law major, he fell in love with cartooning and his wife.
Scott’s editorial cartoons are syndicated to over 400 newspapers around the world. They have appeared in such varied places as The Week Magazine, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Nightline and Guns & Ammo.
Scott has created a trio of internationally syndicated comic strips. (The middle one, The Buckets, had a gag chosen as one of the funniest cartoons of the 20th century). His current comic strip, Prickly City, was launched in 2004 and appears in over 120 newspapers.
He lives in Hoover, Alabama. Scott is still married to his college sweetheart and they have two grown boys.
Justin Bogie joined the API team in March of 2020. A native of Wetumpka, Alabama, he holds a bachelor’s degree from Auburn University in political science and a master’s degree in public administration from Auburn University Montgomery.
Justin has more than a decade of federal and state policy experience. He joins API from The Heritage Foundation where he spent over four years as Senior Policy Analyst in Fiscal Affairs. In that capacity, he helped to develop and implement federal spending and budget reforms.
In 2016, Justin served as budget policy advisor to the Trump presidential campaign and was also appointed as a member of the Presidential Transition Team for the Office of Management and Budget. Prior to his work at Heritage, he spent four years working as a policy advisor for the majority staff of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on the Budget under Chairmen Paul Ryan (WI) and Tom Price (GA).
Justin also has state fiscal policy experience, working for the Alabama Legislative Fiscal Office (now part of the Legislative Services Agency) from 2008-2011.
Originally from Memphis, Parker graduated from Samford University with an honors degree in Political Science. Before graduation, Parker interned with the Alabama Policy Institute, the United States House of Representatives, and the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention. While at Samford, Parker served as Vice President of his graduating class and was published regularly in the school newspaper. After graduation and until returning to API, Parker worked full-time for multiple statewide senatorial campaigns. He is a member of the Church at Brook Hills, where he is a student ministry small group leader.
Originally from Augusta, Georgia, Meredith attended the University of Virginia and graduated in 2017 with a degree in Religious Studies and Archaeology. After graduation, Meredith moved to Birmingham to participate in the 2017-2018 Briarwood Fellows Program. During the Fellows Program she interned for aTeam Ministries, a local non-profit, and fell in love with the city of Birmingham. Meredith joined the API Staff in the summer of 2018.
Adam J. MacLeod was appointed an API Professorial Fellow in September 2019; he is also Professor of Law at Faulkner University’s Thomas Goode Jones School of Law. He has been a Thomas Edison Fellow in the Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property at George Mason University and a visiting fellow in the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University.
He is co-editor of Christie and Martin’s Jurisprudence (4th edition, West Academic, 2020) and Foundations of Law (Carolina Academic Press, 2017), and author of Property and Practical Reason (Cambridge University Press, 2015). MacLeod has also authored numerous articles, essays, and book reviews in peer-reviewed journals and law reviews throughout the English-speaking world. He writes and speaks in numerous venues about the foundations of private law and private ordering.
MacLeod has served as law clerk for state and federal judges in Massachusetts and Colorado, as special Deputy Attorney General of Alabama, and as a lawyer in Boston. He holds degrees from Gordon College and the University of Notre Dame Law School.
Former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Drayton Nabers was named an Alabama Policy Institute Distinguished Fellow in September 2019 by API President Caleb Crosby. As an API Distinguished Fellow, Chief Justice Nabers will lend his voice to advocating for conservative policies which lead to better government and more freedom for all Alabamians.
Nabers was appointed Alabama State Finance Director in 2003 and served in that capacity until becoming Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court in 2004 serving until 2006. In December 2018 Chief Justice Nabers retired as the director of the Frances Marlin Mann Center for Ethics and Leadership at Samford University after leading the Center for four years. He has practiced law with the Birmingham firms of Cabaniss, Johnston, Gardner, Dumas & O’Neal and Maynard, Cooper & Gale. He served as the general counsel and chief executive officer of Protective Life Corporation, retiring in 2002 after serving the company in various roles since 1979.
Nabers has served as board chair for Cornerstone School of Alabama, president of the Kiwanis Club of Birmingham, and board chair for United Way of Central Alabama and Leadership Birmingham. He has been inducted into both the Alabama and Birmingham Business Halls of Fame. In 2011, he received the Birmingham Bar Association’s L. Burton Barnes Public Service Award.
A 1962 graduate of Princeton University, Nabers earned his law degree from Yale University in 1965. Before returning to Birmingham to practice law, he was a law clerk to Justice Hugo Black on the U.S. Supreme Court.
Nabers is an active member of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Birmingham. He and his wife, Fairfax, have three children and seven grandchildren.