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Meet the Team

Our Leadership

Matt Schlapp

Chairman

Matt Schlapp is the Chairman of the Conservative Political Action Coalition, the nation’s original grassroots conservative organization. During his five-year tenure as chairman, CPAC has almost tripled in size, expanded its reach to over 25 million live viewers and 1 billion Twitter impressions, and hosted dozens of events, including Battleground CPACs in the US and international CPACs abroad.

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Dan Schneider

Executive Vice President

Dan Schneider has been Executive Vice President of The Conservative Political Action Coalition (CPAC) 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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Mercedes Schlapp

ACU Foundation Senior Fellow

Mercedes Viana Schlapp is a prominent Latina national leader and a political media commentator. She is currently a Senior Fellow at the American Conservative Union Foundation and regularly hosts the online show America UnCanceled on CPAC NOW. She worked in The White House for two different presidential administrations in senior level positions.

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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

CPAC & Events Team

Carin Walters

Carin Walters

DIRECTOR OF CPAC & EVENTS

Annabelle Stroud

Annabelle Stroud

DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF CPAC & EVENTS

Ruth Fisher

Ruth Fisher

CPAC & Events Coordinator

Development Team

Erin Johnston

Erin Johnston

DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATE

Amy Varner

Amy Varner

DEVELOPMENT OPERATIONS MANAGER

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

David Safavian

David Safavian

GENERAL COUNSEL

Ryan McGowan

Ryan McGowan

DIRECTOR OF FINANCE & OPERATIONS

Lynne Rasmussen

Lynne Rasmussen

STRATEGIC INITIATIVES MANAGER

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.