Christopher N. Malagisi, President
Christopher N. Malagisi is a noted conservative movement expert, writer and ed
He is an Adjunct Professor at American University teaching History of the Conservative Movement. He most recently was the Director of National CPAC & External Relations at the American Conservative Union and trained over 5,000 candidates and activists as Director of Political & New Media Training at The Leadership Institute.
He has been published in over a dozen publications and been a political analyst on Fox News, Fox Business, CNN and CSPAN. Due to his significant achievements in national politics, he was featured as a “DC Mover & Shaker” in 2011 and received the “Rising Star Award” from Campaigns & Elections magazine.
He is a frequent speaker at numerous conservative conferences and college campuses, serves on the Board of Trustees for The Philadelphia Society, is a Young President’s Club member of The Heritage Foundation and has completed fellowships with the National Review Institute, Foreign Policy Initiative and Claremont Institute.
He has also worked in leadership positions on four presidential campaigns, the Republican Party of Virginia, Capitol Hill and the International Republican Institute. He received his M.P.A. from Syracuse University and B.A. in Political Science from American University, and is originally from Buffalo, NY.
Fun Facts: Malagisi has sailed around the world, travelled to 36 countries, is a professional conservative debater, a movie fanatic, and recorded two original piano albums. Follow him at @chrismalagisi.
Sarah B. Smith, Vice President
Sarah Smith is a development officer at Americans for Prosperity. Most recently, she served as 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). There she ran ATR’s job employment service and the monthly Americans for Tax Reform Job Listings. Sarah started her career in Washington interning with the Republican National Committee major donor program, the Eagles. Sarah is also a veteran of many campaigns, such as the Bush/Cheney ’04 re-election campaign, where she worked as the Pennsylvania team leader & field representative for the College Republican National Committee. 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. Currently, Sarah serves on the board of Political Chicks RightNOW.
She received her B.A. in International Affairs with honors and a concentration in Spanish from Mary Washington College in Fredericksburg, VA.
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 is currently working at George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate, Museum & Gardens.
Tim Teehan, Fundraising Director
William Haun, Fellowship Director
William J. Haun is policy chairman for the Young Conservatives Coalition, coordinating its upcoming fellowship program, podcasts, and educational outreach.
Mr. Haun received his B.A. cum laude from American University, and his J.D. cum laude from The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law. While in law school, he was a published member of the Catholic University Law Review, an executive editor of the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, and a research and teaching assistant to constitutional law professor Mark Rienzi. Mr. Haun also worked in the Public Integrity Section of the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for Maryland, for two Article I federal judges, and under former U.S. Attorney General Edwin Meese at the Heritage Foundation. In 2005, Mr. Haun represented Connecticut as a recipient of the William Randolph Hearst Foundation’s U.S. Senate Youth Scholarship. He is a member of the Connecticut Bar, and currently lives in Chevy Chase, Maryland with his wife.
Matt Wolking, Social Media Director
Matt Wolking currently works as press secretary for a Republican Member of the U.S. House of Representatives. He is the former executive producer of The Laura Ingraham Show, a national conservative political talk radio show.
He was selected as the 2009 National Grand Prize Winner of Young America’s Foundation’s essay contest and his commentary has been published in Human Events and The Daily Caller. He has also appeared on TheBlaze TV and The G. Gordon Liddy Show.
He received his B.A. in American Politics and Policy from Patrick Henry College in Virginia.
Follow him on Twitter at @MattWolking.
Shana Teehan, Social Media Deputy Director
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.
Paul Hart, Advisory Board Representative