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Meet the Team

Our Leadership

Matt Schlapp

Chairman

Matt Schlapp is the Chairman of the American Conservative Union, the nation’s original grassroots conservative organization. During his five-year tenure as chairman, ACU has almost tripled in size, expanded CPAC to reach 25 million live viewers and 1 billion Twitter impressions at the most recent CPAC. ACU also hosts dozens of additional events, including Battleground CPACs in the US and international CPACs abroad.

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Dan Schneider

Executive Director

Dan Schneider has been Executive Director of The American Conservative Union (ACU) for nearly five years. He is passionate about conservatism which he defines as “the political philosophy that sovereignty resides in the person.” He also believes deeply in the unique American experiment which daily tests the proposition whether people can govern themselves.

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Center for Legislative Accountability Team

Fred McGrath

Fred McGrath

DIRECTOR OF THE CENTER FOR LEGISLATIVE ACCOUNTABILITY

Thomas Bradbury

Thomas Bradbury

POLICY ANALYST

Zoe Reese

Zoe Reese

OPERATIONS ASSOCIATE

Communications Team

Ian Walters

Ian Walters

COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR

Zach Crandell

Zach Crandell

Creative Director

Luke Schneider

Luke Schneider

DEPUTY COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR

CPAC & Events Team

Carin Walters

Carin Walters

DIRECTOR OF CPAC & EVENTS

Annabelle Stroud

Annabelle Stroud

CREATIVE AND PRODUCTION COORDINATOR

Development Team

Lynne Rasmussen

Lynne Rasmussen

STRATEGIC INITIATIVES MANAGER

Erin Johnston

Erin Johnston

DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATE

Abby Draiss

Abby Draiss

DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATE

Amy Varner

Amy Varner

DEVELOPMENT OPERATIONS MANAGER

Kim Lilienthal

Kim Lilienthal

STRATEGIC OPERATIONS ASSOCIATE

Nolan Center for Justice Team

David Safavian

David Safavian

GENERAL COUNSEL

Kaitlin Owens

Kaitlin Owens

POLICY ANALYST, ACUF'S CENTER FOR CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM

Patrick Plein

Patrick Plein

POLICY ANALYST, ACUF’S CENTER FOR CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM

Operations Team

Autum Billings

Autum Billings

ASSISTANT GENERAL COUNSEL

Dave Patrick

Dave Patrick

ACCOUNTING ASSOCIATE

David Safavian

David Safavian

GENERAL COUNSEL

Ryan McGowan

Ryan McGowan

DIRECTOR OF FINANCE & OPERATIONS

Ruth Fisher

Ruth Fisher

EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT

Join Us

Located in the Beltway, and growing

Thanks for your interest in joining our team! We are looking for people who are passionate about spreading the message of hope and prosperity conservatism offers. Please check out the job openings below and send us your resume if you want to help us accomplish our mission. We look forward to hearing from you.