Board of Directors


Pete Fagella

Board Member
In addition to being a board member, Pete also serves as the president of the New England Stoics. He is an active pilot with the Civil Air Patrol and the Franconia Soaring Association. He flies everything from gliders to high performance single engine aircraft. He also has two teenage sons with whom he spends quite a lot of time. In his capacity as a director of the board, he is responsible for the organization of Stoicon-x events around the world.


Nick Guggenbuehl

Co-Founder & President
Nick Guggenbuehl is a social entrepreneur with an academic background aimed at the intersection of neuroscience and philosophy. He founded the Minnesota Stoics, co-founded The Stoic Fellowship, and is happiest when he’s in the cockpit of a kayak or in the midst of creating something, be it a new business, piece of music, or batch of home-brewed beer. Read more or contact him at


James Kostecka

Co-Founder & Treasurer
James Kostecka, F.C.S.P., is a mentor at the College of Stoic Philosophers as well as co-founder of the Redwood Stoa, Stoic Fellowship, and Intergalactic Stoic School. He is currently an active member of the Fremont Stoa, Regional Support Volunteer for West Coast, U.S.A., and a board member at The Stoic Fellowship. James's current projects include curriculum development at Intergalactic and supporting the Stoic Fellowship Pioneers Program.


Greg Lopez

Co-Founder & Secretary
Gregory Lopez is the founder and facilitator of the New York City Stoics, co-founder of The Stoic Fellowship, co-host of Stoic Camp New York, and on the team at Modern Stoicism. He is also co-author of A Handbook for New Stoics with Massimo Pigliucci. You can find out more about him at


Juan Pérez

Board Member
Juan Pérez is an author, podcaster, and co-founder and Sr. Change Manager at Axia Stoic Management. He founded the group Estoicismo Práctico in Guadalajara, Mexico. He is a business consultant, entrepreneur and organizational psychologist that enjoys his time creating new projects, reading, playing music and sharing time with his two kids and wife. Juan's current goal is to share Stoicism with vulnerable groups of young people in Mexico. You can find more at


Massimo Pigliucci

Board Member
Massimo Pigliucci is an author, blogger, podcaster, as well as the K.D. Irani Professor of Philosophy at the City College of New York. His academic work is in evolutionary biology, philosophy of science, the nature of pseudoscience, and the practical philosophy of Stoicism. He is the author of How to Be a Stoic: Using Ancient Philosophy to Live a Modern Life (Basic Books) and his most recent book is Think like a Stoic: Ancient Wisdom for Today’s World (Teaching Company / Audible). More by Massimo at his blog, Philosophy as a Way of Life.


Brittany Polat

Board Member
Brittany Polat is co-founder of Stoicare, an organization that shares Stoicism with everyone who cares about other people and our beautiful planet. She is also a member of the Modern Stoicism team and frequently contributes talks, interviews, and articles to the worldwide Stoic community. Brittany holds a Ph.D. in applied linguistics. You can read more of her thoughts on humanist Stoicism, human nature, and moral psychology at Living in Agreement.

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