Young America’s Foundation’s Reagan Ranch Center recently welcomed its summer interns. These student leaders will assist with the Foundation’s programs in Santa Barbara and at Rancho del Cielo.

Emiliano Sanchez was first introduced to YAF through YAF’s programs featured on YouTube. He is a recent graduate of Riverside City College, where he studied political science and economics. During his second year of college, he served on Riverside City College’s Model United Nations team, which traveled to conferences in New York and Spain, simulating diplomatic discussions and solutions on real international issues.

His other interests are political theory and writing, with an emphasis on the economic impact of policy.

Prior to college and joining YAF, Emiliano grew up in a household that was rather disinterested in political involvement, with mainly liberal leanings. As his interest in public policy and social issues increased, however, Emlianao began to align himself more with conservative values. He is especially fond of many of the speakers and writings provided by Young America’s Foundation.


Mary Warmbier is a junior at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB). She is a communication major and plans to receive an additional certificate in leadership and advocacy. In her free time Mary volunteers for Feeding America, writes for a UCSB website, and is a member of Alpha Chi Omega.

Originally from San Diego, she was raised in a conservative military family. Growing up in a liberal border town constantly provided Mary with opportunities to defend her conservative stances on immigration and tax policy.

Mary’s passion for freedom of speech was inspired by having spent many years with her beliefs being silenced and challenged by her peers and teachers. In high school, Mary started her own club to create an environment for other conservatives to voice their opinions. Mary applied to intern at Young America’s Foundation because she values the principles of limited government and freedom of speech and is passionate about non-profit work.


Kathryn Brooks was raised in southern California. Her involvement with Young America’s Foundation started her freshman year of high school when she joined her campus YAF chapter, which she eventually helped lead as vice-chair and chair. Kathryn helped bring various YAF speakers, including Star Parker and Steve Moore, to her campus.

Kathryn currently attends West Virginia University (WVU), where she studies international relations and business. She also restarted the Young Americans for Freedom chapter at WVU. As chair, she has helped organize key campus activism initiatives, including the 9/11: Never Forget Project and Freedom Week.


Jackson Kelly is a native of Tennessee. He is completing his bachelor of science degree in biological engineering at Mississippi State University, where he plans to graduate in May 2020. He plans to attend law school after earning his undergraduate degree.

This spring, Jackson served as a founding member of Young Americans for Freedom at Mississippi State University (YAF MSU), in which he now serves as the chairman of recruitment.


Alexander Jelloian is a rising senior at Whittier College, where he is double majoring in economics and business administration, with a minor in political science. Growing up in a conservative household, Alexander was taught traditional values and conservative principles at a young age.

Alexander first learned about Young America’s Foundation through Whittier College CRs. He has been inspired by the speakers YAF has sends to campuses all over the country. In his free time, Alexander enjoys hiking, swimming, and playing collegiate baseball for Whittier College.


Gina MacIsaac is a recent graduate of the University of Redlands, where she earned a degree in public policy. She was born and raised in San Dimas, California.

Gina has been involved with Young America’s Foundation since she was a freshman in high school when she attended her first conference at the Reagan Ranch. Since then, Gina has attended ten conferences over the last eight years and founded a Young Americans for Freedom chapter on her campus. As president of the club for the last three years, she organized lectures featuring Ben Shapiro and Michael Knowles on her liberal campus—with the University of Redlands paying for both events.

Gina has previously interned for a California state senator and worked for a local conservative radio show. During college, she worked at Krispy Kreme, which taught her many humbling lessons. Gina also volunteered for Big Buddies, a mentorship program for elementary and middle school kids.