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Edwin Meese III

The Heritage Foundation

Ronald Reagan Distinguished Fellow Emeritus

Edwin Meese is a prominent leader, thinker, and elder statesman in the Conservative Movement and America. He served as Governor Reagan's executive assistant and chief of staff in California from 1969 through 1974. He then served as the 75th U.S. attorney general and later held the position of counsellor to the President-the senior position on the White House staff-where he functioned as Reagan's chief policy advisor. As attorney general and counsellor, Meese was a member of Reagan's Cabinet and the National Security Council. Today, he is the Ronald Reagan distinguished fellow emeritus at the Heritage Foundation. He also serves as the co-chairman of the Reagan Ranch Board of Governors.

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Bay Buchanan

Young America's Foundation

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Bay Buchanan began her political career as the national treasurer of Ronald Reagan's Presidential campaign in 1980. This position catapulted her into a distinguished career beginning in 1981 when President Reagan appointed her to be the treasurer of the United States. At the age of 32, she was the youngest person to hold that position since it was established in 1775. In the 1990s, Buchanan co-anchored Equal Time, a talk show on CNBC and then MSNBC. She was also an analyst for Good Morning America and hosted a two-hour radio talk show program covering current events. In 2012, Buchanan served as senior advisor to the Mitt Romney Presidential campaign. In this role, Bay emerged as a top surrogate for Romney on both national television and radio. She regularly speaks for Young America's Foundation on college campuses and at student conferences about leadership and conservative principles and can often be seen on television doing the same.

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Michelle Easton

Clare Boothe Luce Center for Conservative Women

Founder & President

Michelle Easton is the president of the Clare Boothe Luce Center for Conservative Women, an organization she founded in 1993 as the Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute, which puts forward conservative women role models who promote traditional family values and prepares young women for conservative leadership. The Center for Conservative Women also produces an annual calendar and hosts campus lectures, conferences, seminars, and summits featuring and honoring rising conservative women leaders. Prior to founding CBL, Ms. Easton received Presidential appointments from both Presidents Reagan and George H. W. Bush with Senate confirmation for her position at the U.S. Department of Education, serving the full 12 years of their administrations. During the Reagan Administration, she also served as Private Voluntary Liaison of the Agency for International Development's Africa Bureau and as the first director of President Reagan's new Missing Children's Program at the U.S. Department of Justice. In 1994, Virginia Governor George Allen appointed Ms. Easton to the State Board of Education, whose members later elected her president of the Board. She led the Board to create nationally acclaimed academic standards, tests, and a rigorous new system of accountability for both students and schools. Prior to her government service, Ms. Easton worked five years for Young Americans for Freedom and two years for National Right to Work, putting herself through law school at night to graduate from American University's Washington School of Law in 1980. She received a BA in development psychology from Briarcliff College in New York where she briefly taught elementary school before moving to Washington, D.C., in 1973. Ms. Easton travels widely to promote conservative principles and speaks at conferences, meetings, and campus events. She has been interviewed on hundreds of talk radio programs and television programs, including C-SPAN. She lives in Reston, Virginia, with her husband, Ron Robinson, and they have three grown sons and three grandchildren.

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Ronald Robinson

Young America's Foundation

President

Ron Robinson has served as Young America's Foundation's president for more than four decades. 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 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. He also serves on the boards of the Strong Charitable Trust and the D.J. Findley Family Foundation.

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Peter Schweizer

Hoover Institution

William J. Casey Fellow

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. Mr. Schweizer 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 eleven 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. Mr. Schweizer 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). Mr. Schweizer 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). Mr. Schweizer 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. Mr. Schweizer has appeared on numerous radio and television programs. He received a M.Phil. from Oxford University and a BA from The George Washington University. Mr. Schweizer lives in Florida with his wife, Rhonda, and his children.


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Nicole Hoplin

Young America's Foundation

Vice 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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Andrew Coffin

Young America's Foundation

Vice President & Director of the Reagan Ranch

Andrew Coffin is a vice president of Young America's Foundation and the director of the Reagan Ranch. Beginning his service with the Foundation in 2001, Andrew is the longest serving team member in the Santa Barbara office. Andrew has been active in every facet of the Reagan Ranch project: student outreach programs (including the launching of the annual College Conference at the Reagan Ranch), communications, development, and the completion of the Reagan Ranch Center. Formerly, Andrew was a staff assistant in the communications office of the Judiciary Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives; this office was assigned to handle receipt of the report of the Independent Counsel's investigation of President Clinton. Andrew also served for five years as a correspondent for WORLD Magazine, writing on film and culture for the national news weekly.


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T. Kenneth Cribb, Jr.

The Young America's Foundation

Troy Kenneth Cribb, Jr. is a trustee and counselor to the Federalist Society, chairman of the board of trustees for the Brevard Music Center, and a trustee of the Sarah Scaife Foundation. He also serves on Young America's Foundation's Board of Directors and as the chairman of YAF's National Journalism Center Board of Governors. Mr. Cribb has received numerous awards, including the Edmund Randolph Award, the highest honor given by the U.S. Department of Justice, and the Charles H. Hoeflich Lifetime Achievement Award, an honor rarely awarded by the Intercollegiate Studies Institute. He is the past president of the Collegiate Network, the Council for National Policy, and the Philadelphia Society and a former senior fellow of the Heritage Foundation.

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