President – Christopher Malagisi
Vice President – Sarah B. Smith
Secretary – Richard Lim
Fundraising Director – Tim Teehan
Webmaster – Shana Teehan
Heather Pfitzenmaier


Christopher N. Malagisi, President

Christopher Malagisi

Christopher Malagisi serves as President of the Young Conservatives Coalition (YCC), which organizes the annual “Buckley Awards” ceremony – the most prestigious awards for young professional conservatives in the country, and the annual Reaganpalooza confab during CPAC weekend.

Malagisi is the Editor in Chief of the Conservative Book Club (CBC) – a division of Salem Media Group, with over 750K members nationwide. Malagisi is responsible for writing and managing editorial content for CBC’s website, daily e-newsletter, social media platforms (over 435K followers), serves as the Club’s public spokesman, and has personally conducted over 100 interviews with presidential candidates, high-profile authors, and conservative thought-leaders.

He is also a featured Author/Contributor at Townhall.com and has a weekly recurring segment on The Mike Gallagher Radio Show discussing political and cultural news, while announcing the weekly Conservative Book Bestseller List. He’s been published in over a dozen leading publications, has been a guest political analyst on Fox News, Fox Business, CNN, OANN, and CSPAN, and has been a guest contributor on numerous national radio shows, including The Hugh Hewitt ShowThe Dennis Prager Show, Bill Bennett’s Morning in AmericaBrian Kilmeade & Friends, and DC’s WMAL Mornings on the Mall.

Previously, he was the CPAC Director & Director of External Relations at the American Conservative Union, the Director of Political & New Media Training at The Leadership Institute, Education Director of Conservatism 101, worked at the International Republican Institute, and has served in coalition leadership positions on five U.S. presidential campaigns. For seven years, he was an Adjunct Professor at American University teaching History of the Conservative Movement.

He received his M.P.A. from the Maxwell School of Citizenship & Public Affairs at Syracuse University and a dual B.A. from American University. He’s also completed fellowships with National Review, The Claremont Institute (Lincoln), Montpelier Foundation (Madison), Foreign Policy Initiative, Hertog Foundation, and Liberty Fund. Campaigns & Elections magazine has recognized Malagisi as a “DC Mover & Shaker” and received their “Rising Star Award,” and was awarded the “Conservative Leader Award” from The Leadership Institute.

Fun Facts: Malagisi has sailed around the world and visited 40 countries, is a movie aficionado, is originally from Buffalo, NY, serves on the board of his church’s young professionals group, and has recorded two original piano albums. His favorite conservative classic is Dr. George H. Nash’s The Conservative Intellectual Movement in America Since 1945.

Follow him at @chrismalagisi.

Email: [email protected]


Sarah Elliott (Smith), Vice President

Sarah Elliott (Smith) is the managing director of The American European Business Association in London, UK. She was formerly an external relations/development officer at Americans for Prosperity in Arlington, Virginia, and a recruiter at Positions Inc., specializing in government relations, association, and non-profit placement. Prior to recruiting, Sarah was the manager of political research and the K Street Project at Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) in Washington, DC. There she ran ATR’s job employment service and the monthly Americans for Tax Reform Job Listings. For the Bush/Cheney ’04 re-election campaign, Sarah was the College Republican National Committee’s Pennsylvania team leader and field representative. Sarah started her career in Washington, DC, interning with the Republican National Committee’s major donor program, the Eagles. Sarah is also a veteran of many political campaigns.

She received her B.A. in International Affairs with honors and a concentration in Spanish from Mary Washington College in Fredericksburg, VA. She has also served as the Chair on the DC Steering Committees for the releases of critically acclaimed independent films, Bella and The Stoning of Soraya M. Sarah has been on Russian Television and Huffington Post Live defending conservatism, as well as, having her writing published in several nation and worldwide publications.

Sarah enjoys sharing life in London with her husband Matthew, such as finding great Indian food, exploring new restaurants, mentoring women, fighting the culture wars, learning the art of photography, and travelling the world.

Email: [email protected]


Richard Lim, Secretary

Richard Lim is a former political appointee for the White House and the U.S. Department of Labor and has also served at the U.S. Departments of State and Justice.  He is a graduate of the Maxwell School at Syracuse University with a Master of Public Administration and a Certificate in Advanced Security Studies from the Lauder School of Government in the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya, Israel.  He currently works at the Association of the U.S. Army as a national security analyst.

Email: [email protected]


Tim Teehan, Fundraising Director

Tim is currently a partner at Columbia Books & Information Services, the leading specialty information publishing firm for the government relations and association community for nearly 50 years. Columbia Books is home to such notable publications as The Original US Congress Handbook, The Washington Representatives Directory, Lobbyists.info, and Association Trends, as well as partnering with the American League of Lobbyists on the Lobbying Certificate Program.

An Aggie from San Antonio, Tim also lived in Bryan/College Station and Dallas before moving to Washington, D.C. to help fundraise for Members of Congress and charities close to his heart. Tim is married to Shana and they live in Virginia with their four children.

When not working, Tim can be found two-stepping, mountain biking, whitewater kayaking, or teaching kayaking classes (although not all at the same time).

Email: [email protected]


Shana Teehan, Social Media Deputy Director/Webmaster

A native Texan, Shana Teehan is a proud, homeschooling mother of four. Shana has worked for several conservative candidates, personalities and organizations from across the country, helping to develop comprehensive media and public relations strategies for brand promotion, advocacy, fundraising and list-building. A resident of Alabama for the last several years, Shana served as Communications Director for the Alabama Republican Party. Recently, Shana relocated to D.C. to join Congressman Kevin Brady’s team as his Press Secretary. Her children, Molly, Alex, Jak, Sam, and of course, her husband, Tim, are excited about exploring our nation’s capitol as a family.

Follow Shana on Twitter  - @ShanaJean


Heather Pfitzenmaier

Heather Pfitzenmaier is currently Director of Chapter Programs for America’s Future Foundation and previously served as Director of the Young Leaders Program at the Heritage Foundation where she oversaw Heritage’s efforts to reach out and promote its mission to the next generation of Americans. These programs include a rigorous but welcoming internship program, campus outreach and events for young professionals. Herself an alum of Heritage’s intern program, Pfitzenmaier joined Heritage in 2007.  Previously, she was intern coordinator for the Young Leaders Program, running various components of Heritage’s premier internship experience.

Pfitzenmaier was the recipient in November 2012 of the Young Conservatives Coalition’s Buckley Award, which recognizes individuals between the ages of 21 and 40 who have made “a significant contribution to the conservative movement.”  In December 2012, Forbes magazine named her one of “30 Under 30” young Americans who are making the greatest impact on law and policy. In 2014, she was also named one of “30 Under 30″ by Red Alert Politics based on the positive impact she has had on the conservative movement. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English and political science from the University of Michigan.