Justin Danhof has been the executive vice president and head of corporate governance at Strive Asset Management, the investment firm cofounded by Vivek Ramaswamy, since its founding in 2022, as well as a policy advisor at the Heartland Institute. Prior to that, he worked at the National Center for Public Policy Research for 12 years—as a general counsel, director of its Free Enterprise Project (FEP), and finally, as executive vice president.
While leading FEP, Danhof produced an annual Investor Value Voter Guide for right-wing shareholder activists. It listed corporate proposals shareholders should oppose, such as ones that address the climate crisis, racism and sexism in the workplace, lobbying disclosures, reproductive health rights, and other societal concerns that impact Americans’ everyday lives.
Danhof’s public-sector work includes stints at the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office, the Massachusetts Alliance for Economic Development (MassEcon), and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
Danhof holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Bentley University and a law degree and master’s in tax law from the University of Miami. He is a member of the Christian Legal Society and the Federalist Society, as well as a frequent contributor to its right-wing online magazine The Federalist.
- Spoke on a panel titled “Should the Market or Regulators or Neither Mandate ESG Disclosures?” at the Federalist Society‘s Second Annual In-House Counsel Network Conference with Paredes Strategies Founder Troy Paredes, Former United States Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia, and United States Securities and Exchange Commissioner Hester Peirce (5/19/23)
- Participated in a panel discussion titled “ESG: Evil, Stupidity, or Grift?” at the 2022 National Conservatism conference, speaking about “post-ESG” investing (9/11/22)
- Spoke in a challenge circle titled “Reclaiming Corporate America: Pushing Back on Woke Activism” at the Resource Bank meeting of The Heritage Foundation with 1792 Exchange CEO Paul Fitzpatrick (6/2/22)
- Presented the “ESG threats to free enterprise” at the Bradley Foundation (2021)
- Signed an open letter to BlackRock CEO Larry Fink demanding that the asset management firm not take ESG factors into consideration when making investments (4/15/20)