FPE Fellows

The FPE Fellows Program is designed to provide opportunities for guests of the Wheaton Center for Faith, Politics & Economics (FPE) to share their expertise with students, faculty and constituencies at large in a way that affirms the values of the Center. A fellow may be a current or past public servant, distinguished scholar, or a business or cultural leader.

FPE Fellow 2023-2025

The Wheaton Center for Faith, Politics & Economics is delighted to have Ammon Simon '07 serving as our current FPE Fellow. 

Ammon Simon is Counsel to SEC Commissioner Peirce, covering crypto, corporate finance, and accounting. He was previously Counsel for capital markets on the Senate Banking Committee under Ranking Member Toomey. He also served as Chief of Staff and Senior Counsel to the General Counsel of the Department of Housing and Urban Affairs (HUD) in the Trump Administration and was previously Banking Counsel for Senator Ben Sasse. Ammon started his career at the Judicial Crisis Network, where he wrote on constitutional and legal policy issues for multiple conservative outlets, including National Review.

He has a J.D. from Columbia Law School and graduated from Wheaton College (IL) with a B.A. in Political Science and Economics.

FPE Fellow 2021-2022

Chad Gauger ’95 Chad joined the Scoular company in the fall of 2021 as the general manager of their High Nutritional Value Protein business unit.  Prior to that Chad was the Chief Transformation officer at Cargill Agricultural Supply Chain North America. He led a $200M annual transformation effort for 3,000 employees across multiple geographies and product lines. Before being named Chief Transformation Officer in October of 2018, Chad served Cargill in several Managing Director roles in Thailand, Norway, Indonesia and Minnesota. As the inaugural Managing Director for Cargill Aquaculture Nutrition in Asia South (18 factories across 6 countries), he worked to build a diverse regional leadership team representing 5 nationalities and a 50/50 gender balance. As the Deputy Managing Director for Cargill Animal Nutrition in Jakarta, Indonesia, they achieved a record revenue of $300M/year while also achieving Zero Accidents.

Chad is a graduate of Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois and earned an MBA and a Masters of Science in Finance from Kelley School of Business at Indiana University.


Previous FPE Fellows

Galen Smith
Galen Smith (Fall 2019-Spring 2021)


Bonnie Wurzbacher (2018)

Bud Cummins

Bud Cummins (Fall 2015 - Fall 2016)

Diane Schanzenbach

Diane Schanzenbach (Spring 2013 - Fall 2014)


Max Schanzenbach (2012 - 2013)

Bill Scholl

Bill Scholl (2012 - 2013)

Michael J. Gerson

Michael J. Gerson (Fall 2010 - Spring 2012)