Fellows – Class of 2013
For our inaugural fellowship program, we selected 15 rising leaders within the conservative movement from Capitol Hill, think tanks, media, education institutions, nonprofits, the private sector and our military. They were reporters, legislative directors, policy wonks, writers, activists and even a leadership consultant. They also represent various branches of the conservative movement – economic, social, national security and constitutional conservatives.
They participated in a comprehensive six-month fellowship program teaching them about fusion conservatism – the philosophical coalition of classical liberals/libertarians, traditionalists and anti-communists that were fused together post-WWII by William F. Buckley, Jr. and Frank Meyer, which was the foundation of the modern conservative movement. They met with various leaders in the conservative movement in Washington, DC (Grover Norquist, Donald Rumsfeld, Jonah Goldberg, Ed Meese, Tony Perkins & Leonard Leo) to discuss how various conservative strands could be re-fused together and practical applications of conservative philosophy.
YOUNG CONSERVATIVE LEADER FELLOWS – CLASS 2013
Tiffany Bates works as an administrative and research assistant in the Edwin Meese III Center for Legal and Judicial Studies at The Heritage Foundation. She received a B.A. in Politics, magna cum laude, from Hillsdale College. While at Hillsdale, Tiffany focused on political philosophy and law and had the opportunity to participate in an independent study with a Justice of the Michigan Supreme Court. She was actively involved in the Hillsdale Christian Fellowship and in the leadership of the Hillsdale College Republicans.
Tiffany is a graduate of the Washington Scholars Fellowship Program, a two-time recipient of the Phillip’s Foundation’s Ronald Reagan College Leaders Scholarship, and recipient of several parliamentary procedure awards. She intends to enter law school next year. A native of northern Michigan, Tiffany currently resides in the District of Columbia.
Christopher Bedford is an editor at The Daily Caller, where he writes a twice-weekly column and is responsible for center-right outreach and coalitions building. He is the vice chairman of the Young Americans for Freedom board of governors, and is a former editor of their magazine – The New Guard. He was a 2010-2011 associate at the Charles G. Koch Institute and is a 2008 graduate of American University, where he studied politics and journalism. He was raised in Massachusetts and lives on Capitol Hill.
As Vice President of Policy and Regulatory Affairs of SABIR – States Alliance for Balanced Insurance Regulation, Matt focuses on the critical relationship between the federal government and the private sector. Prior to joining SABIR, Matt worked at the Law & Economics Center, located at George Mason School of Law, where he was a member of the law school faculty. Matt was integral in contributing to a number of empirical projects and long-term studies focused on the impact of governmental intervention in the free market. Before he relocated to Washington, Matt was an associate at an international law firm in Chicago. He gained invaluable insight into the structure of the industry and understands the demands and constraints on the private sector generated by federal regulations.
Matt holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Economics, cum laude, from The Ohio State University (2006) and a Juris Doctor from DePaul University College of Law (2009), where he also earned a Certificate in Health Law (2009). In law school, Matt served as the Editor-in Chief of the Journal of Health Care Law and as the Co-Chair of the Student Board of Directors of the Health Law Institute.
Brittany Corona is a 2012 graduate of Colorado Christian University, a John Jay Institute Fellow, and current Heritage Foundation intern. Ms. Corona graduated CCU Magna Cum Laude with a double major in Political Science and Social Sciences, with an emphasis in psychology. She was first introduced to works of classical political philosophy and their influence on the political thought and writings of the American Founders while in college. She has since developed a particular interest in the social compact theory of the Founding.
During her time at CCU, Ms. Corona was a competitor on the Speech and Debate team, a representative in the Student Government Association, captain of the NCAAII women’s soccer team, and founder of the prison ministry, “Freedom”. She also worked at the state-based think tank, the Centennial Institute, under the tutelage of former State Senate President, John Andrews, and former U.S. Senator, Bill Armstrong. She also interned for the First Judicial District Attorney’s office under District Attorney Scott Storey, working primarily with district court cases. Ms. Corona feels a strong calling to public service and a desire to continue her education in metaphysics and the politics of freedom.
Daniel Couladis is an executive coach and leadership consultant at CRA, Inc. Daniel has an established track record of coaching and consulting leaders across industries. Using his expertise in leadership strategy, relationship building, communication, public speaking and the generational dynamics of the workplace, Daniel has partnered with numerous leaders to lay the foundation for career growth, goal execution and organizational effectiveness.
A popular speaker, Daniel has spoken nationally to hundreds of groups of all sizes. He has coached and consulted leaders in organizations such as Barclays, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Scout Capital, the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), and General Dynamics.
Daniel lives in Arlington, VA, and earned his MBA from the Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University and a B.A. in CLEG (Communications, Law, Economics and Government) from American University.
Wesley Goodman currently serves as the Managing Director of the Conservative Action Project, an effort that facilitates conservative organizations and leaders working together to achieve shared goals and leverage the power of the movement. In 2011 he took the position of Director of Conservative Coalitions and State Outreach with the U.S. House Republican Study Committee, under the chairmanship of Representative Jordan. In that role, he served as the primary liaison between house conservatives and the conservative movement, working to develop and promote conservative solutions like Cut, Cap, and Balance.
Wesley Goodman was born and raised in Cardington, Ohio, a small town in Central Ohio, where his family owns and operates a family farm. He attended Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware, Ohio, where he graduated magna cum laude in 2006. During his junior year, he spent a semester in Washington interning for Senator Sam Brownback (R-KS).
Upon graduation, he served on the staff of Senator Mike DeWine (R-OH). In 2007, he began working for Representative Jim Jordan (R-OH), serving as a legislative assistant focusing on health care, education, labor, and traditional values and pro-life issues. He and his wife Bethany live on Capitol Hill in Washington and attend McLean Bible Church.
Richard Hoar is currently the Legislative Director for U.S. Representative Gus Bilirakis (R-FL), where he serves as the congressman’s chief policy advisor, providing legislative and political advice on all issue areas as they relate to the congressman’s policy goals and congressional district. Prior to joining Rep. Bilirakis’ office in 2010, Mr. Hoar served for six years as a professional staff member for the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, where he worked on legislative issues regarding labor and workforce policy, helping Republican committee members pursue policies and oversight that encouraged and allowed employers to provide jobs to the economy, workers with safe and healthy work environments, and common sense reform to the federal government.
Hailing from the Tampa Bay area and a military intelligence officer in the Army Reserve, Mr. Hoar earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from George Washington University.
Brian Miller is currently studying at George Mason University School of Law in Washington, D.C. Brian, a native of Pensacola, Florida, grew up in a family that owned a small business and witnessed the struggle that many Americans face when the economy is mishandled. These life experiences influenced him to be involved in political activism. Despite being only an undergraduate, he was appointed to leadership positions in Gubernatorial and Presidential Campaigns and served as a Congressional Intern.
Formal education has not ended Brian’s desire for knowledge. He continues to search for answers, and as an avid reader, his search has led him to thinkers like Edmund Burke, Alexis de Tocqueville, and G.K. Chesterton. Outside the hectic schedule of Law School, he still makes time to read and write on current events and conservative thought. His current interests include the intersection of Law and Religion and the application of traditionalist conservative thought in the 21st Century.
Born in Cameroon, Africa, Vincianne Ngomsi immigrated to the United States twenty years ago. Prior to moving to Washington, DC, Vinciane called Kansas City her home for the last 20 years. Vincianne currently interns at the American Conservative Union in the communications department. She is a graduate of Truman State University in Kirksville, MO, where she earned a Bachelor’s of Arts in Political Science. During her time at Truman, Vinciane was involved in college conservative organizations, eventually becoming the first African-American Chairwoman of the Truman State College Republicans.
Vinciane spent the summers of 2010 and 2011 in the Washington, DC Metropolitan area interning for the Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute and Young America’s Foundation, respectively. Vinciane has also spoken on a number of student activist panels and hosted several all-star conservative speakers on Truman’s campus. In her spare time, Vinciane enjoys watching college football (Go LSU Tigers!), cooking, playing soccer, and reading comic books.
Brendan O’Morchoe is currently the National Director of Operations at Students for Life of America, directing the growth of the field program to best serve the needs of the more than 700 pro-life student groups across the nation. He travels the country training and inspiring pro-life student leaders to take a stand for Life on their campuses and in their communities.
He is a 2011 graduate of Fordham University where he earned a B.A. in philosophy with a minor in political science. While a student, he became active in the pro-life movement in New York City and began coordinating with student pro-life groups across the northeast, helping them grow and fostering a network of pro-life students in the region. In 2010, he was named National Pro-Life Student Activist of the Year by Students for Life of America.
Chris Palko is a committed conservative with a background in research, writing, and communications. Most recently, Chris was with Smart Media Group, a premier Republican political media buying firm. While there, he was responsible for tracking spending for clients such as Steve King, Pat McCrory, and Dan Benishek. In this capacity, Chris also had the opportunity to have his blog posts featured on the website of Campaigns and Elections magazine.
He received his BA in Political Science from American University, and received a Master’s in Political Management from George Washington University. He served as the Secretary of the American University College Republicans for two years. Chris has held two different internships on Capitol Hill as well as previously interning for The Daily Caller, Townhall.com, and the Media Research Center. Chris also is active in volunteering with political campaigns. Most recently he served as a campaign intern for Bob McDonnell’s successful campaign for Virginia governor and was a volunteer for the Romney-Ryan campaign in 2012. Chris currently resides in Old Town Alexandria.<
Charlotte Sawyer currently works as a consultant for the Hudson Institute’s Center for Religious Freedom, raising awareness for religious persecution issues through social media and forums/conferences.
Charlotte Ann Sawyer was raised in Boca Raton, Florida. She graduated early from Ave Maria University in December 2012 with a degree in Politics. During her time at Ave Maria University, she helped promote the conservative cause through various means. She founded Ave’s College Republicans chapter her freshman year and successfully led the chapter for three years as President. In addition to her work with College Republicans, she worked on the Lizbeth Benacquisto campaign, helping her win the State Senate District 27 seat (now District 30).
Charlotte promoted pro-life values on campus by planning fundraising events that benefitted mothers-in-need for her Catholic, pro-life sorority. She was the Opinions Editor of her university’s newspaper, where she wrote about articles pertaining to societal problems, such as aid to pregnant and post-birth women and sex-trafficking in the United States. Charlotte wrote her undergraduate thesis on America’s Energy Crisis and why we must drill here, drill now and why green energy is not a viable solution.
Maureen Wagner, Esq. is Deputy Director of the State Courts Project at the Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies where her work focuses on informing the debate over state level judicial selection methods. She is the editor of the Federalist Society’s quarterly publication State Court Docket Watch and many of the organization’s white papers.
A native of New Jersey, Maureen completed her B.S. in Marine Sciences and Ecology and Natural Resources (double major) at Rutgers, where she was a four-year member of the Division 1 Varsity Women’s Crew Team. She has a master’s in Marine Affairs from the University of Rhode Island and law degree from Roger Williams School of Law. Her hobbies include ornithology, rowing, and volunteering on political campaigns.
Dan Whitfield is a direct mail copywriter, working for one of the oldest conservative fundraising agencies in America – Eberle Associates. He has written and designed appeals for US congressman, senators, and retired Army generals, helping raise much-needed funds for PACs, political campaigns, advocacy groups, troop support organizations, and patriotic museums. Having been involved with several political campaigns in both the US and the UK, Dan uses his experience to craft compelling communications which help fund the conservative movement, broaden its base, and deliver its message.
A native of Birmingham, England, Dan came to the United States in 2005 to pursue a Master’s Degree in History at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He graduated in 2007, having spent two years as a Teaching Assistant hosting seminars on Early American history. Since then, Dan has worked for The Leadership Institute, America’s leading organization for teaching conservative activists how to win in public policy. He also briefly served as the Membership Manager of a DC-based trade association.
Dan has lectured extensively on political communication, and his writing has appeared in The Washington Times, The Daily Caller, The American Thinker, Menzies House, Freedom Today, and The Commentator.
Nichole Wilson is currently the Senior Research Analyst at the Center for American Freedom, home to the Washington Free Beacon. An attorney with Philadelphia roots, Nichole Wilson joins the YCC with a background in constitutional law, business, and politics. After earning her B.S.B.A from Drexel University, Nichole marketed for the banking industry for two years before earning her J.D. from Widener University School of Law in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
Working for the Governor’s Office of General Counsel while in law school, Nichole developed an affinity for administrative and constitutional law; she went on to draft a tort reform bill for the Pennsylvania legislature to modify the standard of proof threshold required in emergency medical care trials.
A staunch constitutionalist, Nichole completed a legal fellowship for a conservative member of the House of Representatives after moving to Washington. There, she gained exposure to the Financial Services Committee while aiding the member in hearing preparation and legislative analysis.
Nichole volunteered for Lawyers for Romney during the 2012 election cycle, collaborating with Election Day Operations Directors in the Philadelphia Legal Command Center. There, she supported Election Court hearings, and trained lawyers, poll-watchers, and Minority Inspectors on relevant sections of the Pennsylvania Election Code.