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Stephen Slivinski (1996) is a research fellow at the Mercatus Institute at George Mason University in Arlington, Virginia.

Flagg Youngblood (1997) testified in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee during the Elena Kagan hearings.  Watch the hearing here – his remarks begin at about 21:00. 



Nancy Morgan (2000) now has columns published nationwide in several new venues including Washington Examiner, Chicago Sun-Times, American Thinker and dozens of other print and internet publications. She is a columnist and news editor for conservative news site and lives in South Carolina

Chris Gillott (2000) was promoted to Chief of Staff for the Division of Administration in the office of Governor Bobby Jindal in Louisiana.  Previously, Gillott served as an economic advisor to the Governor.  He is also an MBA candidate at Columbia University.

Lindsay Boyd (2003) is now publicity director at the Independent Institute in California.

Alexa Moutevelis (2004) recently left the RNC to become the Director of New Media at Citizens United.

Austin Weatherford (2004) is legislative director for Congressman Charles Djou, representing the 1st district of Hawaii. 

Lauren Daugherty (2005) spoke at the National Conservative Student Conference on a panel discussion about ROTC and students rights.  She also was published in National Review Online with her column about Elena Kagan’s unfortunate views on student military issues.

Charles Mitchell (2005) accepted a position as vice president and COO of the Commonwealth Foundation of Pennsylvania, the Keystone State’s free market think tank.   

Jess Jensen

Jessica (Koebensky) Jensen (2005) was married on April 10, 2010 in Washington, D.C., to Austen Jensen, senior legislative assistant to Congressman Patrick McHenry.  She is assistant to the president at Young America’s Foundation.



Orit Skylar

Orit Sklar (2006) was featured in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and spoke at the National Conservative Student Conference in tribute to David Horowitz, who received a Lifetime Achievement Award during the event.  Ruth Malhotra (2006) also spoke at the dinner banquet along with Ed Feulner, Senator Jeff Sessions, Senator Jon Kyl, and Congressman Michele Bachmann, Ed Royce, and Jack Kingston.   

Lindsey Miranda

Lindsey Miranda (2006) works for America's Health Insurance Plans in Washington, D.C. doing business development. She lives in Arlington, Virginia and is engaged to Daniel Canaley, who attended the University of Illinois.


Daniel Wanke (2006) has accepted an invitation to sing with the Congressional Chorus in Washington, D.C. for the 2010-2011 season.  He is an Analyst in the Government Affairs and Regulatory Affairs section of The Surety & Fidelity Association of America. 

BRittany Farrell

Brittany Farrell (2007) is currently serving as the Associate Director of Policy for the North Carolina Family Policy Council. She married Brian Makely, a mechanical engineer from Raleigh, NC, in October 2009 and they are expecting a daughter in March 2011.


Michael Carter

Michael Carter (2008) is founder, president, and CEO of Strive for College, a nonprofit group dedicated to helping low-income students enroll in the college of their choice.  He is a graduate of Washington University in Saint Louis. 


Dennis Lennox

Dennis Lennox (2008) was recently named co-chairman of Yes on Proposal 1, which supports a Michigan constitutional convention. Lennox currently serves as the elected drain commissioner of Cheboygan County.  He chaired Campus Conservatives during his time as a student at Central Michigan University. 


Andrew Meeuseen

Andrew Meeusen (2008) works part-time as a substitute teacher in Mesa, Arizona and was accepted at the University of Arizona to pursue his Master's degree in Information Resources and Library Science beginning December 2010.  He is former Vice-Chairman of the Northern Arizona University College Republicans and former Communications Director for the Arizona Federation of College Republicans. 

Barry Lucier

Barry Lucier (2009) is clerking in the District and Superior Courts in York County, Maine. He was recently accepted into the graduate studies program for Public Policy and Management at the University of Southern Maine. He also works hard on grassroots activism for local causes. 


Adam Tragone (2009) is the Managing Editor of Human Events, the nation's leading conservative weekly.


Katie Poedtke

Katie Poedtke (2010) was promoted to Legislative Correspondent in the Washington, D.C. office of Congresswoman Michele Bachmann.  She started working there in July as a Staff Assistant, after graduating from Fordham University in May.

This section features regular updates about our alumni.  The listed year is the latest in which the person was involved with the Foundation.  If you would like your career update to be considered for inclusion, please email the information about your new job, wedding, birth in the family, or other accomplishment to Katie Taran at or call 800-USA-1776. 

Foundation News

Dave Bossie Receives Alumni of the Year Award

Citizens United President Dave Bossie received the 2010 alumni of the year award from Young America’s Foundation for his outstanding efforts to advance freedom.  Bossie was a leader in the Supreme Court case Citizens United vs. Federal Election Commission, which allows for greater freedom of speech.  He is also a leading producer of films on a range of subjects that can be found at  

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Alumni Board Meets 

Young America’s Foundation is pleased to announce the formation of the Alumni Board of Directors.  The mission is “to grow the Conservative Movement by increasing alumni referrals of current students, recognizing alumni who are excelling in their careers, overseeing networking opportunities, and building financial support from alumni.” 

Members include Chuck Cunningham, Elizabeth Graham, Kathryn Lopez, Jonathan Miller, Orit Sklar, Ruth Malhotra, Matt Schenk, Melissa Moskal, Flagg Youngblood, Michael Waller, Michael Boos, and Andrew Wong. 

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