Leadership Team

Jim Lanshe

Jim Lanshe

Jim Lanshe is the Founder and President of The Leadership Foundation for American Values. He is a lawyer, businessman and academic. Jim is a graduate of Georgetown University (BA with Distinction), Harvard University (MPA), Cardiff University (MPhil), and Cornell University School of Law (JD); and, he is admitted to practice before various state and federal courts, including the Supreme Court of the United States. Jim has been on numerous civic and charitable boards; and, served as a Captain in the United States Marine Corps, during which time he received an appointment from the State Department to act as a U.S. Representative to the Courts of Japan. His published writings focus on the interface of religion and the rule of law.

Ron Banks

Ron Banks

Ron Banks is the Executive Director of The Leadership Foundation for American Values. He has served in management positions with non-profit organizations, public corporations, and sports administration. Ron was a collegiate basketball player at Texas Tech University and studied at the SMU School of Business. He is a United States Marine Corps Vietnam Veteran and recently directed a civics education program presented by Veterans from all branches of military service. Ron has done volunteer work with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and as a mentor to young students. He is also a member of Hillsdale’s College Liberty and Learning Society.

The Declaration of Independence and the Constitution may be the cornerstones of our form of government, but they, in turn, owe a great deal to the principles expressed in some of our earliest political writings.


The best of our traditions provide the additional knowledge that things which have had a good reputation over the course of time are more trustworthy than untried and untested theories.

Larry P Arnn

“Put another way, most of the documents at the center of American political theory – and the values, concerns, and preferences they embody – emerge out of the experiences and circumstances of the American people at different times and places. As such, these documents are integral to coherently explicating the American political tradition; indeed,  they constitute its essence.”

George W Carey

“America is great because she is good, and if America ceases to be good, she will cease to be great.”

Alexis de Tocqueville

“I know in my heart that man is good, that what is right will always eventually triumph, and there is purpose and worth to each and every life.”

Ronald Reagan, Epitaph