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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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Madeleine Tate

Madeleine Tate joined Young America’s Foundation’s team at our national headquarters as a program assistant for digital media. Before her time at YAF, Madeleine worked in pro-life ministry at a local pregnancy center in Falls Church, Virginia. There she worked as the client services director, counseling women through pregnancy decisions and crisis pregnancies. In addition, […]

Tyler Rasmussen

In August, Tyler Rasmussen joined YAF’s team as a ranch hand at Rancho del Cielo. He is excited to be working at President Reagan’s Western White House. Tyler graduated from Santa Ynez High School in 2020 and loves sports and the outdoors. Most recently, he has worked with his father, learning the construction trade. Tyler […]

Rayna Laakso

Rayna Laakso serves as the event coordinator at YAF’s Reagan Ranch Center in Santa Barbara. In this position, she facilitates the planning and the execution of events at the Center and Rancho del Cielo. Rayna is originally from Montana and graduated summa cum laude from Rocky Mountain College (RMC) in Billings, Montana, in 2022. She […]

Brett Eazell

Brett Eazell serves as senior social media manager. He is responsible for YAF’s digital presence across social media platforms, including Youtube, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and TikTok. Brett focuses on increasing YAF’s brand recognition, cultivating a community for conservatives to share their thoughts and ideas, and overseeing content with YAF’s digital team. Brett previously served as […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Emily Butler

Emily, senior director of marketing and social media. discovered YAF through her experience as the director of marketing at the Daily Wire. While there, she built the company’s social media team and ran all marketing and social media efforts for the Daily Wire hosts’ YAF events, even accompanying Ben Shapiro on his now- famous trip […]

Caroline Howerton

Caroline Howerton serves as a development assistant at YAF’s national headquarters in Reston, Virginia. She is from Rocky Mount, North Carolina, and graduated from Christendom College this past May. Caroline has been involved with YAF since 2017, when she attended her first YAF conference, where her love for the Foundation was first sparked. Ever since, […]

Damaris Martinez

Damaris Martinez joined YAF’s team as the office operations coordinator for the Ronald Reagan Boyhood Home in Dixon, Illinois.  As a child living in California, Damaris grew up listening to stories of her mother’s life in Cuba under Fidel Castro’s Communist regime. Damaris’s grandfather was a political prisoner in Cuba for 21 years.  Upon his […]

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