Again, nowhere in her statement does Rachel make any mention of Ian. She says only “FTL at large”.
Yes, of course, Rachel has “masters to obey”. She’s employed by the Board of Directors of Free State Project, Inc and, as such, cannot overturn their edicts as she sees fit. That’s how corporations work: the Board of Directors creates policy and the Executive Director oversees day-to-day implementation of those policies.
The Board of Directors very specifically banned banned Ian, by name, from attending FSP-hosted events. PorcFest is “the flagship annual event of the Free State Project”. So, he’s pretty clearly banned from attending. The statements of any particular employee, even the Executive Director, do not change corporate policy, regardless of what you think they’re trying to do.
If Rachel, you, Rodger Paxton, or anyone else wants Ian to be free to attend PorcFest (should he so desire) their necessary course of action is to have the current Board of Directors revoke the ban they issued two years ago.