Brian Engler, Veteran Activist and Ally, Elected to CFI Board of Directors

December 8, 2015

The Center for Inquiry is proud to announce the election of the newest member of its Board of Directors, longtime friend and colleague Brian D. Engler. 

For many years, Brian has been a tireless activist and ally on behalf of CFI’s mission, as a local volunteer, advisory board chair of CFI’s Washington, DC branch, and a contributor to Skeptical Inquirer — as well as serving as our most excellent unofficial conference photographer! For his work with CFI, he has been the recipient of the 2009 CFI–DC Freethinker of the Year Award.

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“I identify as a secularist, an atheist, a humanist, and a skeptic,” said Engler. “I am also a reasonable and responsible member of our shared society, and therefore consider it incumbent upon me to put these values into practice through activism, including on social justice issues.” 

“Few have been so generous with their time, talents, and wisdom as Brian Engler,” said Ronald A. Lindsay, president and CEO of CFI. “We have been extremely fortunate to be on the receiving end of that generosity for so long. He has long been a truly indispensable part of CFI, and we’re delighted to have him take on this new leadership role with the organization.” 

Committed to community volunteerism, critical thinking, science, reason, and a secular society, Brian has a rich and varied background spanning several fields. He has served in the U.S. Navy, in industry as an operations research analyst, and in the non-profit sector as Executive Vice President of an international professional educational association. He earned a BS in Engineering from the United States Naval Academy, an MS in Operations Research, and an MBA in Finance and Accounting. An amateur photographer, his work has been published in Secular Nation, Skeptical Inquirer, and several northern Virginia newspapers. 

“To have been elected a Director of the Center for Inquiry is a signal honor,” said Engler. “I thank my fellow Directors for their confidence in me, and I look forward to starting work with the Board to ensure that the Center, through its mission ‘to foster a secular society based on science, reason, freedom of inquiry, and humanist values,’ continues to brightly shine the light of critical thought throughout our nation and our world.”

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The Center for Inquiry (CFI) is a nonprofit educational, advocacy, and research organization headquartered in Amherst, New York, with executive offices in Washington, D.C. It is also home to both the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry and the Council for Secular Humanism. The mission of CFI is to foster a secular society based on science, reason, freedom of inquiry, and humanist values. CFI‘s web address is