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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.


Bay Buchanan

Young America's Foundation


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.


Michelle Easton

Clare Boothe Luce Center for Conservative Women

Founder & President

In January 1993, Michelle Easton finished 12 years of service in the Administrations of Presidents Reagan and Bush. She received presidential appointments from both Presidents Reagan and Bush with Senate confirmation for her position at the U.S. Department of Education, where she served for seven of the 12 years. In 1994, Virginia Governor George Allen appointed Ms. Easton to the Virginia 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, she 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 her BA from Briarcliff College in New York where she briefly taught elementary school before moving to Washington DC in 1973. Clare Boothe Luce Center for Conservative Women, founded by Michelle Easton 20 years ago, is putting forward conservative role models who promote traditional family values and reach out to women all over the nation to prepare them for effective conservative leadership.


Ronald Robinson

Young America's Foundation


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.


Peter Schweizer

Hoover Institution

William J. Casey Fellow

Peter Schweizer, Young America's Foundation alumnus and director, is the bestselling author of the book Secret Empires: How the American Political Class Hides Corruption and Enriches Family and Friends. Secret Empires and his previous books-Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich, Extortion were all New York Times bestsellers. Mr. Schweizer, a regular speaker for Young America's Foundation, is also the author of several other bestsellers, including Do As I Say, Not As I Do; Reagan's War, and Architects of Ruin, among others. Since launching his latest bestseller, he has appeared on Fox News, MSNBC, ABC, C-SPAN, CNN, CBS, Fox Business, Bloomberg, NBC, and many other television programs. The Washington Post, USA Today, New York Times, Forbes, Wall Street Journal, and dozens of other media outlets have also featured stories on Schweizer and Secret Empires. Mr. Schweizer is currently the senior editor-at-large at Breitbart and the co-founder of the Government Accountability Institute.


Nicole Hoplin

Young America's Foundation

Vice President

Nicole Hoplin completed her undergraduate education at St. Olaf College in Minnesota. During her time there, she helped organize lectures with Newt Gingrich, Ralph Reed, and Ben Stein. She has dedicated her life to advancing conservative ideas ever since Lt. Col. Oliver North inspired her during her freshman year of college! It is a bond she shares with many who come to know conservatism through a Young America's Foundation speaker and then go on to work in the Conservative Movement to give others that same life-changing experience. Upon graduating with political science and psychology degrees, she completed a fellowship with the US Department of Veterans Affairs in the Office of Intergovernmental and International Affairs. She graduated with her Master in Public Policy degree with a concentration in Nonprofit Management and Leadership summa cum laude from the University of Minnesota in 2007. She co-authored Funding Fathers: The Unsung Heroes of the Conservative Movement (Regnery Publishing, 2008) with Young America's Foundation president, Ron Robinson. She has also served on the Reagan Ranch Board of Governors since June 2005.


Andrew Coffin

The Reagan Ranch

Vice President & Director

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.


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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