Ron Lindsay

Board Vice President

Ron Lindsay, a lawyer and philosopher (JD, University of Virginia; PhD, Georgetown University), has been a secular activist since the early 1980s, when he began representing the Council for Secular Humanism in various legal matters on a pro bono basis. He was a member of the Council’s board of directors for one term in the 1990s. In 2006, he left the law firm he had been with for twenty-six years to become in-house counsel for the Center for Inquiry (CFI). In 2008, CFI’s board of directors appointed him to the position of president & CEO, a position which he held for the next eight years.

During his tenure at CFI, Ron increased the level of cooperation between CFI and other secular organizations, a process which included making CFI a member of SCA. Ron also helped bring about the 2016 merger of the Richard Dawkins Foundation and CFI. His last book, The Necessity of Secularism (Pitchstone 2014), argues for the critical importance of keeping religion out of politics and public policy matters.