America First Policy Institute

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The America First Policy Institute (AFPI) is a Virginia-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit founded in late 2020 by former Trump administration officials and launched in April 2021.[1]

News and Controversies

Launched "Constitutional Litigation Partnership"

In May 2021, the organization launched the Constitutional Litigation Partnership, which AFPI's President and CEO Brooke Rollins called "another strong addition to AFPI's already impressive arsenal of weapons against these assaults on our freedoms."[2] Brooke said the Constitutional Litigation Partnership was important because "Federalism, free speech, and the rule of law are under attack. Big tech, big media, and big government wield unprecedented power against the interests of the American way of life."[2]

Funding

AFPI is not required to disclose its funders and IRS filings for its first year of operation are not yet available for public inspection.

Core Financials

Core financials taken from IRS filings are not available because AFPI submitted a IRS 990-N filing for 2020. It was reported that AFPI has a first-year budget of $20 million and hopes to have $40 by its second operating year, according to Brooke Rollins, the organization's president.[1]

Personnel

As of March 2022:[3]

Leadership

  • Linda McMahon, Chair of the Board
  • Lawrence W. Kudlow, Vice Chair of the Board and Chairman, Center for American Prosperity
  • Brooke L. Rollins, President and CEO
  • Chad Wolf, Executive Director, Chief Strategy Officer & Chairman, Center for Homeland Security and Immigration
  • Doug Hoelscher, Chief Operating Officer
  • Nick Barbknecht, Chief Marketing Officer
  • Catharine Cypher, Chief of Staff, Constitutional Litigation Partnership and Advisor, Center for the American Child
  • Martin Gillespie, Chief Development Officer
  • Ashley Hayek, Chief Engagement Officer
  • Aaron Hedlund, Ph.D., Director of Research
  • Marc Lotter, Chief Communications Officer
  • Rachael Slobodien, Senior Advisor & Director, Center for the American Worker
  • Steven M. Smith, Chief of Staff and Director, Center for New Frontiers
  • Jessica Hart Steinmann, General Counsel

Chairs

(Not included above)

  • David Bernhardt, Chairman, Center for American Freedom
  • J. Kenneth Blackwell, Chairman, Center for Election Integrity
  • Pam Bondi, Chairman, Constitutional Litigation Partnership and co-Chair, Center for Law and Justice
  • Jack Brewer, Chairman, Center for Opportunity Now and Vice-Chair, Center for 1776
  • Fred Fleitz, Vice Chair, Center for American Security
  • Lou Holtz, Chair, Center for 1776
  • Bobby Jindal, Chair, Center for a Healthy America
  • Lt. General (Ret.) Keith Kellogg, co-Chair, Center for American Security
  • Dr. Alveda King, Chair, Center for the American Dream
  • Robert Lighthizer, Chair, Center for American Trade
  • Rick Perry, Chairman, Center for Energy Independence
  • John Ratcliffe, Co-Chairman, Center for American Security
  • Scott Turner, Chairman, Center for Education Opportunity
  • Paula White-Cain, Chairman, Center for the American Values
  • Andrew Wheeler, Chairman, Center for the Environment
  • Matthew Whitaker, co-Chair, Center for Law & Justice
  • Steve Yates, Senior Fellow and Chair, China Policy Initiative

Board of Academic Advisors

(Not included above)

  • Dr. Ge Bai
  • Dr. Richard Valentine Burkhauser
  • Dr. Jeffrey Campbell
  • Kevin Hassett, Chair
  • Dr. Casey Mulligan
  • Dr. Kiron K. Skinner

Staff

(Not included above)

  • Jason Allen, Michigan Policy Advisor
  • James Baehr, Senior Fellow, Center for 1776
  • Lauren Baldwin, Policy Analyst, Center for American Values
  • Lea Bardon, Development Manager
  • Kweku Boafo, Director of Policy and Research, Center for Election Integrity
  • Beatrice Brooke, Policy Analyst, Center for American Prosperity and Center for Energy Independence
  • Phil Bryant, Senior Advisor
  • Alexandra Caro Campana, Director, Center for 1776
  • Josh Campbell, Attorney, Constitutional Litigation Partnership
  • James Carter, Director, Center for American Prosperity
  • Cale Clingenpeel, Visiting Fellow
  • Chad Connelly, Senior Advisor, Center for Election Integrity
  • Cate Crosbie, Development Specialist
  • Jerry C. Davis, Senior Advisor, Center for 1776
  • Kaelan Dorr, Senior Advisor for Communications
  • Scott Erickson, Senior Fellow
  • Alec Ernst, Digital Deployment Manager
  • Michael Faulkender, Visiting Fellow
  • Fred Fleitz, Vice Chair, Center for American Security
  • Chase Forrester, Events Manager
  • Drake Franklin, Southeastern Development Director and Policy Analyst
  • Hogan Gidley, Director, Center for Election Integrity
  • Garrison Grisedale, Policy Analyst, Center for Opportunity Now and Center for American Values
  • Troup Hemenway, Policy Analyst, Center for Homeland Security and Immigration and Center for Law and Justice
  • Davis Ingle, Communications Specialist
  • Rachel Jag, Associate Attorney, Constitutional Litigation Partnership
  • Kendall Johnson, Digital Media Producer
  • Miles Johnson, Government Affairs Manager
  • Jordan Kittleson, Western Regional Policy Director, Center for Election Integrity
  • Bethany Kozma, Director, Center for American Values
  • Joseph Lavorgna, Senior Fellow
  • Mary Katherine Lacroix, Senior Director of Development Operations
  • Dr. Chris Leader, Chief Advisor, Center for the American Dream
  • Gloria Mcdonald, Policy Analyst, Center for American Security
  • Ryann Mcenany, Digital Marketing and Brand Communications Strategist and Engagement Officer
  • Ashley Mocarski, Senior Director for Development
  • Cole Mushegan, Policy Analyst, Center for 1776
  • Jacob Olidort, Director, Center for American Security
  • Charlie O'Neal, Pennsylvania Policy Advisor
  • Joshua Orlaski, Policy Analyst, Center for the American Worker and Center for Education Opportunity
  • Heidi Overton, M.D., Director, Center for a Healthy America
  • Rob Pacienza, Senior Fellow, Center for the American Dream
  • Preston Parry, Strategic Assistant to the President & CEO
  • Javon Price, Policy Analyst, Center for Opportunity Now; Center for American Values; and Center for American Security
  • Andy Puzder, Senior Fellow
  • Venetia Resciniti, Staff Assistant, Constitutional Litigation Partnership
  • James Sherk, Director, Center for American Freedom
  • Travis Shirkman, Director of Donor Relations
  • Cliff Sims, Senior Fellow, Center for American Security
  • Rachael Slobodien, Senior Advisor & Director, Center for the American Worker
  • Abigail Slagle, Policy Analyst, Center for a Healthy Mind
  • Alexandra Smith, Digital Marketing Coordinator
  • Steven M. Smith, Chief of Staff and Director, Center for New Frontiers
  • Dr. Laurie Todd-Smith, Director, Center for Education Opportunity
  • Craig Trainor, Senior Litigation Counsel, Constitutional Litigation Partnership
  • Sam Trippie, Development Specialist
  • Thomas Tsaveras, Director of Operations
  • Mike Vallante, Senior Advisor, Center for Election Integrity
  • Alexander Wilgocki, Policy Analyst, Center for 1776
  • Gail Wilson, Engagement Officer
  • Bill Woolf, Senior Fellow
  • John A. Zadrozny, Director, Center for Homeland Security and Immigration
  • Kristen Ziccarelli, Policy Analyst

Former Employees

  • Juan Caro, Director of Youth Engagement and Policy Analyst, Center for Energy Independence
  • Rachel Craddock, Policy Analyst, Center for the American Worker and Center for Education Opportunity
  • Abigail Graham, Press Assistant
  • Brian Morgenstern, Senior Advisor
  • Ja’ron Smith, Chairman, Center for Second Chances
  • Katharine Sullivan, Director, Center for Election Integrity; Director, Center for Law and Justice
  • Emily Tubb, Policy Analyst

Board of Directors

As reported on 1023 tax-exempt application:[4]

  • Linda McMahon, chair
  • Tim Dunn, Texas GOP donor and right-wing operative
  • Thomas “Tim” Lyles, chairman of the Texas Public Policy Foundation
  • Cody Campbell, billionaire GOP donor

Contact Information

America First Policy Institute
1635 Rogers Road Building A
Fort Worth, Texas 76107
Phone: 210-274-0985
Website: https://americafirstpolicy.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AmericaFirstPolicyInstitute
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/a1policy/?hl=en
Twitter: https://twitter.com/A1Policy
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCymmdN-7aztapRuS0Hwpm9Q

Articles and Resources

Application for Tax Exempt Status

1023 Application

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Mike Allen, "Scoop: Trump alumni launch largest post-administration group", Axios, April 13, 2021, accessed May 22, 2021.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Christian Datoc, "Exclusive: Top Trump allies begin legal effort to stop federal government 'assaults' on constitutional rights", Washington Examiner, May 14, 2021, accessed May 22, 2021.
  3. America First Policy Institute, Team, America First Policy Institute, accessed March 10, 2022.
  4. America First Policy Institute, 1023 IRS Tax-Exempt Application, America First Policy Institute, November 2020.