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Governor Scott Walker

Young America's Foundation

President

Governor Scott Walker was raised with a heart for public service, patriotism, and hard work. He moved to the small town of Delavan, Wisconsin, when he was in third grade. There, his father was a minister and his mother worked part time as a bookkeeper and secretary. Scott was active in school, sports, church, Scouts, and American Legion's Badger Boys State and Boys Nation programs.
In June 1993, Scott was elected to the state assembly, where he helped lead the way on welfare reform, public safety, and educational opportunities. In 2002, he was elected to the Milwaukee County executive office. In this position, Scott worked to reform the scandal-ridden county government and faithfully kept his promise to spend taxpayer money as if it were his own.
In 2008, he won re-election with nearly 60 percent of the vote. On November 2, 2010, Scott was elected the 45th Governor of Wisconsin. Inheriting a $3.6 billion budget deficit, $800 million worth of unpaid bills, and an eight percent unemployment rate, he immediately implemented reforms to renew economic revival, fiscal order, and government accountability in Wisconsin.
Scott became the only governor in American history to survive a recall election on June 5, 2012. He was re-elected in 2014 and sworn into a second term on January 5, 2015.

He serves on the boards of Students for Life Action, American Federation for Children, and the Center for State-led National Debt Solutions.

Scott and his wife, Tonette, have two adult sons.

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Ronald Robinson

Young America's Foundation

Former President

Ron Robinson served as Young America's Foundation's president for 43 years, before retiring in 2021.  

During his leadership, Time magazine wrote that Young America's "Foundation-run by a former Reagan Administration advisor, Ron Robinson, is now the nation's largest advocacy group devoted to student politics." Time referred to Robinson as one of the "seasoned generals of the right" who is leading the "diverse and well-funded" generation of conservatives who are "winning battles on campus."  

He received a bachelor of arts degree in political science at Canisius College and a juris doctor degree at The Catholic University of America. Mr. Robinson served as executive director of Young Americans for Freedom (1977-79), president of the United States Youth Council (1983-85), and president of the International Youth Year Commission (1983-84). He was an advisor to the US Department of Education during the Reagan administration.  

He is also co-author of Funding Fathers: The Unsung Heroes of the Conservative Movement.  

Mr. Robinson has served as a trustee of the Philadelphia Society and is the vice-president of the Free Speech Defense and Education Fund. He is also a director of Citizens United and the Citizens United Foundation, the American Conservative Union, the Government Accountability Institute, and the National Center for Public Policy.


Mr. Robinson served as a trustee of the Philadelphia Society, is currently a trustee of The Phillips Foundation, a director of Citizens United and the Citizens United Foundation, a director of the American Conservative Union, and he is the vice-president of the Free Speech Defense and Education Fund.

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Peter Schweizer

Government Accountability Institute

President

Peter Schweizer is a five-time New York Times bestselling author, the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling book Secret Empires, and the President of the Government Accountability Institute. He is a director of Young America's Foundation. From 2008 to 2009 he was a consultant to the Office of Presidential Speechwriting in the White House. He has also served as a member of the Ultraterrorism Study Group at the U.S. government's Sandia National Laboratory and is a former consultant to NBC News. His books have been translated into 11 languages and include several New York Times or Washington Post bestsellers. Clinton Cash became a New York Times best-seller and spurred independent reporting by multiple mainstream media outlets. He also authored Extortion: How Politicians Extract Your Money, Buy Votes, and Line Their Own Pockets. Both Extortion and his previous book, Throw Them All Out, were New York Times bestsellers and were featured on CBS's 60 Minutes. His other non-fiction books include Reagan's War (Doubleday, 2002), Architects of Ruin (Harper, 2009) Victory (Atlantic Monthly Press, 1994), Do As I Say (Not As I Do) (Doubleday, 2005), and Makers and Takers (Doubleday, 2008). He is also the co- author of The Bushes: Portrait of a Dynasty (Doubleday, 2004). His academic books include Landmark Speeches of the American Conservative Movement (Texas A&M University Press, 2006), The Reagan Presidency: Assessing the Man and His Legacy (Rowman and Littlefield, 2005), and The Fall Of The Wall: Reassessing the Causes and Consequences of the End of the Cold War (Hoover Institution Press, 2000). He was also a contributor to Living in theEighties (Oxford University Press, 2008). His articles have appeared in Foreign Affairs, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, National Review, and elsewhere. He has appeared on numerous radio and television programs. Peter received his M.Phil. from Oxford University and his B.A. from The George Washington University. He lives in Florida with his wife, Rhonda, and his children.




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Larry O'Connor

Larry O'Connor Show

Host

Larry O'Connor hosts the O'Connor & Company, heard daily from 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 a.m. on WMAL FM in Washington, D.C.

He appears regularly on Fox News on Tucker Carlson Tonight, Fox News at Night with Shannon Bream, and Varney & Co., and was a regular on the cult hit Red Eye with Greg Gutfeld.

He is a senior columnist and creative director at Townhall. Prior to joining Townhall, his writing has appeared on Hot Air, The Federalist, Washington Free Beacon, IJ Review, and Andrew Breitbart's original websites, Big Hollywood, Big Government, and BreitbartTV.

Larry is married to Meredith Dake-O'Connor, and they have four children. He previously worked in management in the Broadway theatre industry.

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Nicole Hoplin

Hoplin Jackson Charitable Advisors

Co-Founder and President

As co-founder and president of Hoplin Jackson Charitable Advisors, Nicole Hoplin shows the company's clients how the same business best practices that create wealth can also be used when giving it away. An expert in philanthropy, Nicole helps clients create more impact with their charitable giving, and, in so doing, makes giving away wealth as joyful and fulfilling as creating it.
Nicole's boutique philanthropic advising company grew out of her 17 years of working with individuals, families, and private foundations to connect them with the nonprofit programs that reflect their most treasured values and produce extraordinary results. During these nearly two decades, she raised millions of dollars, engaged multiple generations of family members in philanthropy, and became an expert at responding to donors' unique needs and preferences.
She is a philanthropy thought leader, having spoken in forums across the country about the impact generous donors can make in our country. Nicole coauthored Funding Fathers: The Unsung Heroes of the Conservative Movement (Regnery Publishing) with Ron Robinson, president of Young America's Foundation. The book shares the stories of ten prominent entrepreneurs who made the most important philanthropic gifts to advance free enterprise and liberty. The Chronicle of Philanthropy, profiled the book and said it "shines a light on conservative philanthropy." Nicole is also the co-author of the Ten Secrets of Successful Giving, a publication designed to share tips and advice with donors who seek to maximize their impact through their charitable giving.

Nicole dedicated many years as a vice president at Young America's Foundation. She managed relationships with more than 200 supporters to identify their philanthropic priorities and connect them with programs that aligned most with those interests. While at the Foundation, Nicole managed YAF's cruise program, coordinating voyages worldwide, featuring speakers of national and international reputations.
Nicole acquired a Master's degree in Public Policy with an expertise in nonprofit management and leadership summa cum laude from the University of Minnesota and a Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Olaf College.
Together with her husband, Eric, they are raising their three boys in Oakton, Virginia. She currently serves on the Reagan Ranch Board of Governors and on Young America's Foundation's Board of Directors.


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Eric Hoplin

National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors

President and CEO

Eric Hoplin is president and CEO of the National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors (NAW), representing 30,000 companies that account for one-third of the American economy, by supplying businesses with the products they need to serve their customers in nearly every sector of commerce.
A seasoned executive and communicator who has worked at the highest levels of government and business, Mr. Hoplin was previously the head of external relations for Wells Fargo, where he led a team focused on improving the company's reputation and advancing pro-growth policy objectives in concert with third-party organizations across the political spectrum. Before joining Wells Fargo, he served as the executive director at the Financial Services Roundtable (now BPI), a trade association representing the CEOs of the nation's largest financial services companies. Prior to that, Mr. Hoplin worked in management consulting at Booz Allen Hamilton where he helped senior leaders across the government solve their most vexing challenges. Earlier in his career, he worked in politics, supporting many congressional, gubernatorial, and Presidential campaigns.
Mr. Hoplin is a leader in the charitable community, where he serves on the Boards of the Trust for the National Mall and the Reagan Ranch. He's a prolific fundraiser, having raised millions of dollars for charitable organizations, NGOs, and public officials.
A Minnesota native, Mr. Hoplin holds a Master of International Affairs degree from Columbia University, an MBA from Augsburg College, a BA in political science and communications from St. Olaf College, and a certificate in Change Management from Georgetown University McDonough School of Business. He lives outside of Washington, DC, with his wife, Nicole, and their three boys.

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