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Raj Kannappan

As the director of YAF’s Center for Entrepreneurship & Free Enterprise, Raj Kannappan leads the organization’s efforts to educate and inspire students to advance free market ideas among their peers. His focus is growing the share of young people who adopt the free enterprise philosophy—through free market student conferences and seminars, campus lectures, and digital […]

Governor Scott Walker

The Occupy Movement didn’t start on Wall Street. It started in Madison, Wisconsin, when 100,000 protestors descended onto the grounds of the State Capitol soon after Scott Walker took office as Governor. Their goal was to intimidate him and his allies, but he did not back down. He was unintimidated. Scott’s reforms took power from […]

Gabby Dankanich

Gabby Dankanich serves as the Capitol Hill outreach director for Young America’s Foundation, working to advance YAF’s mission on Capitol Hill. Originally from Buffalo, New York, Gabby graduated magna cum laude from The Catholic University of America (CUA), where she studied world politics and theology. Prior to her role as the Capitol Hill outreach director, […]

Tawny Kilpper

Tawny Kilpper, a creative strategist and committed advocate of conservative values, has recently taken on the Middle School Program Director role at Young America’s Foundation. Her mission is to inspire and instill conservative values in young learners nationwide. With over two decades of professional experience spanning various sectors, Tawny brings a wealth of knowledge to […]

Victoria Franklin

Victoria Franklin serves as the program assistant for alumni at Young America’s Foundation’s national headquarters in Reston, Virginia. Victoria is originally from San Diego and graduated from The King’s College in New York City with a bachelor’s degree in politics, philosophy, and economics in 2022. She was first introduced to Young America’s Foundation by longtime […]

Gabe Rader

Gabe Rader joined YAF’s team as a development officer at the Foundation’s national headquarters. Gabe became familiar with and involved with YAF as a student during his sophomore year at College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout, Missouri. His first conference was the National Conservative Student Conference that next summer. This conference further evoked his […]

Anna Garrett

Anna Garrett

Anna Garrett joined the team as the development assistant at Young America’s Foundation’s Reagan Ranch Center. She was born and raised in Dallas, Texas, and recently graduated from Southern Methodist University with a degree in corporate communications and public affairs. Anna attended her first YAF conference in 2015 in Dallas, Texas, where she began to […]

Kody McLain

Kody McLain joined Young America’s Foundation as an assistant curator at the Reagan Ranch Center in Santa Barbara, California. Growing up in Simi Valley, California, home of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, sparked his interest in history, the Conservative Movement, and the museum field. Kody obtained his BA in history from Westmont College, focusing on […]

Matthew Scheller

Matthew serves as video editor on the Foundation’s digital team. He is responsible for editing and curating video content across various social media platforms, including YouTube, Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.  In addition to video editing, Matthew also produces cutting-edge original video content to serve the massive online conservative community that YAF has helped cultivate over the […]

Katie Cupp

Young America’s Foundation is excited to welcome Katie Cupp back to the team as a development officer at our National Headquarters. Katie became involved with YAF as a student after attending the Foundation’s Fall College Retreat during her freshman year. This conference ignited her passion for conservative ideas and inspired her to start the first […]

Michael McGonigle

Michael McGonigle joined YAF’s team as director of public relations. In this role, he handles press while working to maintain and improve YAF’s relationships with key audiences. Michael relocated to northern Virginia from Colorado, where he worked for a major non-profit managing media relations and a team of content producers and journalists. Before moving to […]

William Phillips

Bill joins Young America’s Foundation following a 22-year career at Hillsdale College, where he served as executive director of gift and estate planning. His journey to conservatism began in college in 1980 when he and three other students helped organize a visit by Governor Reagan to visit the Claremont College campus in Southern California. Bill […]

Micah Salazar

Micah grew up in a conservative family in Orange County, and originally wanted to pursue a career in firefighting. In high school he started working for Lorrain Lim catering who caters all of the Reagan Ranch lunches and Round Table events. While catering a YAF High School Conference lunch at the Ranch, he spoke with […]

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