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.
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 joined the Alabama Policy Institute as Public Affairs Officer in October 2020 and has 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.
Senator Bill Hightower was consistently ranked among the most conservative members during his tenure as a State Senator. He quickly gained a reputation in Montgomery as a conservative reformer who relentlessly pushed for lower taxes and smaller government – even sponsoring legislation to change Alabama to a Flat Tax and enact Term Limits. In addition to being a champion of rightsizing state government, Bill was a fierce defender of religious liberty and the family. He proudly sponsored and passed legislation to protect faith-based adoption agencies in Alabama. Senator Hightower was and is an advocate for conservative and innovative reforms which will enhance the lives of all Alabamians.
Bill graduated from the University of South Alabama with his B.S. in Commercial Banking/Finance. He later went on to receive his M.B.A. at Vanderbilt University, and completed special studies in Economics at the London School of Economics and Political Science. During his studies he authored publications regarding European economic development and the European Union, and presently works in multiple countries philanthropically. In 2018 he was given special recognition for his work by His Royal Highness, Karl von Habsburg, receiving the honorary title of Knight of the Order of St George, a Christian Order upholding our Judeo-Christian heritage. He is also a member of the Society of International Business Fellows (SIBF).
In business, Bill has worked globally with Fortune 500 corporations including Emerson Electric, AlliedSignal, Eaton, and Balfour-Beatty. In 2002, shortly after the terror attacks of September 11, Bill returned home to Mobile to be closer to family. He continues his work with global corporations to assist them in strategic development, and corporate acquisitions.
Bill is married to Susan Binegar Hightower, and they have three children; Will, Haven, and Ben. His daughter, Haven, interned at API years ago and after a career at the European Parliament, is now working in European Public Relations. His son Will is married to Jeanette Brabston from Fairhope and they reside in Birmingham, along with three important grandchildren. Senator Hightower’s youngest son Ben, is a 1st Lieutenant in the Air Force, and will be a professor at the US Air Force Academy.
During his political career Bill has had the honor of being endorsed by such conservative greats as Senator Ted Cruz, Senator Rick Santorum, Economist Stephen Moore, activist Gary Bauer as well as the National Right to Life Committee for his strong conservative stance and accomplishments. He was also endorsed by leading conservative groups in DC such as GOPAC and Club For Growth.
He is (or has been) a board member or active with JH/Outback, NEST (juvenile delinquent rescue), Bethany Christian Adoption, the National Prayer Breakfast & European Prayer Breakfast, Governor appointed Alabama Statewide Health Coordinating Council, Middle East Project Advisor (Oslo), Covenant School Board, the Society of International Business Fellows, and a member of Toastmaster’s International.
Dr. John Hill is a Fellow and Resident Scholar at the Alabama Policy Institute
Over API’s thirty-plus-year history, he has authored more than thirty publications on education, energy, the state of the environment, the health of families, gambling, and government growth. He is the primary author of three of API’s signature serial publications: Cultural Indicators for Alabama and the United States, Environmental Indicators, and How Business Friendly are Alabama’s 50 Largest Cities?
Dr. Hill is a professor at Amridge University, where he teaches statistics, research methods, and a variety of communication courses. He is also an adjunct professor at Faulkner University, where he teaches business statistics. As president of American Indicators, a statistical consulting service, Dr. Hill partners with think tanks in other states to produce custom reports on policy issues and cultural trends.
Dr. Hill holds a Ph.D. in Mass Communication from the University of Alabama and an M.A. in Speech from the University of Memphis.
Bishop Jim Lowe is the Senior Pastor of The Guiding Light Church in Birmingham, Alabama. He has frequently stated his intention is not to have people merely attend church but to become disciples in the church. He desires to empower them to think, speak, and to act to transform society. After every service, the congregation chants their word of faith in God as, “We have been created to excel, not fail, that is our divine potential.”
Bishop Jim Lowe is also a founding member of the Gatekeepers Association of Alabama. A diverse association of pastors and church leaders organized to extend the influence of God’s Kingdom into the governmental realm.
Bishop Lowe was called into the ministry at the age of six and grew up as a young man in Birmingham, Alabama, in an era of segregation and great civil rights distress and struggles. At the age of 11, he experienced a life-changing event when he nearly lost his life in the 16th St. Baptist Church bombing in 1963, causing the death of four young girls in Sunday School. He recognized that type of hate could only be conquered when God’s love changes the haters’ heart.
The Bible is the compass Bishop Lowe uses to direct his life. He believes there are only two types of people; those who know Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior and those who do not. He also believes every human being was created by God and must be treated with respect, dignity, and honor.
Bishop has been married to Patricia Bruce of Holly Springs, Mississippi for 42 years. He has three children, Bobby, James Louis, and Adrienne. He is the grandfather to three grandchildren; Kaydence, Samuel, and Jonathan.
He is the Chairman of the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame and an honors graduate of A.H. Parker High School and Birmingham Southern College, receiving a B.A. in Business Administration.
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.
Bryan Taylor is a former Alabama state senator and has held senior positions in three governors’ administrations, most recently as general counsel to Alabama Governor Kay Ivey. He is also an Iraq War veteran and Army JAG lawyer in the Alabama National Guard.
Bryan is licensed to practice law in both Alabama and Texas. He earned his B.A. in Communication from the University of Alabama in 1998. He went on to receive his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law in Austin in 2001. During his first year of law school, Bryan served as a legal intern under Texas’s then‐Governor George W. Bush. While in law school, he also worked as a legislative aide in the Texas House of Representatives.
Shortly after 9/11, Bryan entered the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps and served four years on active duty, including a combat tour in Iraq and a tour in Honduras. He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for his service in Iraq and received the American Bar Association’s Outstanding Young Military Lawyer Award in 2004. As a JAG officer, Bryan has been both a prosecutor and a defense counsel, as well as a legal advisor to military commanders in combat and humanitarian operations.
Following active duty and a brief period of private practice, Taylor served as Personal Aide for Governor Bob Riley in 2006 and was then promoted to policy director and counsel to the governor through 2010. In 2010, Taylor returned to private practice and was elected to the Alabama State Senate, becoming the first Republican ever to represent the 30th District.
He is known as the architect of ethics reform in Alabama. As a freshman, Taylor sponsored and helped steer through the Legislature a historic package of bills strengthening Alabama’s governmental ethics laws.
In January 2016, he returned to state government as general counsel for the Alabama Department of Finance, where he served until his appointment with the Ivey Administration in April of 2017. In January 2020, Bryan returned to private practice with the law firm he co-founded, Bachus Brom & Taylor.