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Frank Cannon — President

Frank Cannon has served as president of American Principles Project Foundation since its founding in 2009. He is one of the social conservative movement's premier thought leaders and the co-author of two important APP reports, The Case for Politics: Why Social Conservatives Must Invest Seriously in Politics, and Building a Winning GOP Coalition: The Lessons of 2012.

Mr. Cannon has also served as a political strategist for the Susan B. Anthony List for the last decade, helping it grow into one of the largest and most influential pro-life organizations in the country. He has been a regular guest at the White House under the current administration, where he is working to ensure the achievement of many critical conservative policy goals.

Mr. Cannon has more than 30 years of experience in the public policy arena, during which time he has consulted for numerous nonprofit organizations, grassroots groups, government agencies, national campaigns, and members of Congress. He was the head of Students for Reagan in 1980, and served in key roles on the Kemp and McCain presidential campaigns. He is a graduate of Dartmouth College.

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Terry Schilling

Terry Schilling — Executive Director

Terry Schilling is the executive director of the APP Foundation. Mr. Schilling is responsible for managing Foundation staff and developing and implementing the organization’s strategy at both the state and federal level.

In the past, Mr. Schilling has worked in communications, development, grassroots, and management positions with Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ), Sen. Sam Brownback, and various state and local candidates. Before joining the APP Foundation team, Mr. Schilling managed his father’s race for Congress in Illinois. Running against a 30-year entrenched incumbent on a shoe-string budget in 2010, Mr. Schilling led the Bobby Schilling for Congress campaign to a 10-point victory. During college, he served as vice president of his student government association and as the director of grassroots operations for the College Republicans. Mr. Schilling is a graduate of Franciscan University of Steubenville.

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Shane Vander Hart

Shane Vander Hart — Online Communications Manager

Shane Vander Hart serves as the online communications manager for the APP Foundation. He is a frequent contributor for the Foundation at TruthInAmericanEducation.com. Mr. Vander Hart is also the editor-in-chief of CaffeinatedThoughts.com, a popular Christian conservative blog.

He has been involved in youth ministry since 1992 in church, para-church, and Christian school settings, and currently works with juvenile offenders in the Des Moines, Iowa, metro area. He has also been an interim pastor for a local Evangelical Free Church and provides pulpit supply for area churches. Shane has been a member of the Polk County Republican Central Committee since 2006 and has served on their publicity and communications team. He was recently recognized by Campaigns and Elections Magazine as one of the top political influencers in Iowa.

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Maggie Gallagher

Maggie Gallagher — Senior Fellow

Maggie Gallagher is a senior fellow at the APP Foundation, and a co-author of the APP report, Building a Winning GOP Coalition: The Lessons of 2012. She has been a thought leader on life, religious liberty, and especially marriage for more than 25 years.

Ms. Gallagher is the author of four books on marriage, including The Case for Marriage with University of Chicago Prof. Linda J. Waite, and her latest book, Debating Same-Sex Marriage, which she co-authored with Prof. John Corvino. After founding and running a think tank on marriage — the Institute for Marriage and Public Policy — Ms. Gallagher went on to co-found the National Organization for Marriage in 2007, which The Washington Post called the “pre-eminent organization” fighting the imposition of same-sex marriage. Her Weekly Standard piece “Banned in Boston” launched a national debate over the religious liberty consequences of same-sex marriage.

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Emmett McGroarty

Emmett McGroarty — Senior Fellow

Emmett McGroarty is a senior fellow at the APP Foundation. Emmett leads the Foundation’s initiative to defend parental rights and fight attempts to exclude parents from having a say in what their children learn and who teaches it to them. Mr. McGroarty and his colleague, Jane Robbins, authored Controlling Education from the Top: Why Common Core Is Bad for America, which was co-published by the APP Foundation, Pioneer Institute, Pacific Research Institute, and the Washington Policy Center. He is a co-founder of TruthInAmericanEducation.com, a nationwide network of individuals and organizations that exposes the truth about the Common Core system.

His written works have been published in a plethora of national and local publications, including, among others, Breitbart, Catholic Vote, Crisis Magazine, Townhall, The Daily Caller, Christian Post, New York Post, Public Discourse, The Examiner, The Federalist, and USA Today. Mr. McGroarty has testified before numerous state legislatures and has been a guest on shows such as Breitbart News Sunday with Steve Bannon, The Daily Rundown with Chuck Todd, Fox News, The Glenn Beck Show, Laura Ingraham, Lars Larson, The Hugh Hewitt Show, and The Steve Deace Show. He is a graduate of Fordham School of Law and Georgetown University.

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Steven Jonathan Rummelsburg — Senior Fellow

Steven Jonathan Rummelsburg is a senior fellow with the APP Foundation. Mr. Rummelsburg teaches philosophy and theology at Holy Spirit Prep High School in Atlanta. After graduating with a degree in history from the University of California Santa Barbara in 1990, he worked as a public elementary school teacher in California for 23 years. As an employee of the public school system, he has had extensive training on the methods of the Common Core, which he believes to be the next prolific step in the downward spiraling of American schools. Mr. Rummelsburg is a contributor to Crisis Magazine, The Imaginative Conservative, The Integrated Catholic Life, The Civilized Reader, The Standard Bearers, and Catholic Exchange, where he writes on the Catholic faith and education.

Kevin Dawson

Kevin Dawson — Operations Director

Kevin Dawson is the Operations Director at the APP Foundation. He is a graduate of the Catholic University of America, where he obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Politics. Prior to joining the Foundation, Mr. Dawson created and managed the technical customer service call center at the American Petroleum Institute, was an intern for the Americans for Prosperity Foundation, and served as an intern in the Parliament in Ireland. Mr. Dawson is a frequent contributor to The National Pulse.

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Sandra Kirby — Deputy Operations Manager

Sandra Kirby is the Deputy Operations Manager for APP Foundation. She graduated from Thomas More College of Liberal Arts with a BA in Classical Liberal Arts. During her studies, Ms. Kirby developed a love for political philosophy, which led her to attend the Institute for Comparative Political and Economic Systems run by The Fund for American Studies in Washington, D.C. There she worked with a small, Republican fundraising firm, attended lectures at the Senate, and had the chance to meet various political figures. That experience propelled her to seek out further opportunities in the D.C. area, ultimately leading to her discovery of APP Foundation.

PEYTON BOWEN

PEYTON BOWEN — Investment Relations Manager

Peyton Bowen joined the APP Foundation team in 2018 as an Investor Relations Manager. She is a 2018 graduate of Hillsdale College with a B.A. in Politics and an emphasis in Business Communications. Ms. Bowen became interested in combining politics and fundraising when she joined College Republicans and organized the funding for a trip to the Conservative Political Action Conference. Additionally, she served as Hillsdale’s senior fundraising chair, where she stewarded the highest donor class participation rate in the history of the college. Prior to joining APP Foundation, Ms. Bowen interned for the Media Research Center’s development department.

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Jon Schweppe — Director of Government Affairs

Jon Schweppe is the Director of Government Affairs for the APP Foundation. Prior to joining the Foundation, Mr. Schweppe worked on a number of campaigns during the 2010, 2012, and 2014 elections as a jack-of-all-trades, focusing mainly on media strategy. Mr. Schweppe is known for his willingness to take on controversial "social issues.” He is a frequent contributor to The National Pulse and has had works published at both Townhall and The Daily Caller. He is a graduate of Augustana College, where he double-majored in Economics and Finance.

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Paul Dupont

Paul Dupont — Communications Director

Paul Dupont joined the APP Foundation in the spring of 2013, first as an intern, then full time as operations manager. He now serves as the Foundation’s Communications Director, coordinating the organization’s press strategy as well as editing the political blog, The National Pulse.

Prior to his time at the Foundation, Mr. Dupont was a fellow at the John Jay Institute and an intern at The Heritage Foundation. He also interned at Senator Pat Toomey’s Philadelphia regional office. He is a graduate of Villanova University, where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Humanities.

Jane Robbins

Jane Robbins — Senior Fellow

Jane Robbins is an attorney and a senior fellow with the APP Foundation, based out of Georgia. In that position, she has modeled federal and state legislation designed to restore the constitutional autonomy of states and parents in education policy, and to protect the rights of religious freedom and conscience. Her essays on these topics have been published in various print and online media, including Townhall, The Federalist, The American Spectator, The Daily Caller, Christian Post, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Public Discourse, and others.

With Emmett McGroarty, she co-authored the APP Foundation/Pioneer Institute report, Controlling Education From the Top: Why Common Core Is Bad for America. In addition to her groundbreaking research highlighting the problems with Common Core, including those of intrusive data-collection and threats to student privacy, Ms. Robbins has testified before the legislatures of nine states. She is a graduate of Clemson University and Harvard Law School.

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Erin Tuttle

ERIN TUTTLE — POLICY ANALYST

Erin Tuttle is a policy analyst for American Principles Project Foundation, providing information and strategies to individuals, organizations, and legislators seeking to limit federal control over state and local policy-setting. Before joining APP Foundation, she co-founded Hoosiers Against Common Core, a grassroots organization which led Indiana to become the first state to “legislatively” repeal the Common Core Standards. Ms. Tuttle has written extensively on the academic deficiencies of the Common Core, and her work has been published in a variety of print and online media. She is also the co-author of Deconstructing the Administrative State: The Fight for Liberty, which offers readers a blueprint for restoring the constitutional structure and individual liberty.

Ze'ev Wurman

Ze’ev Wurman — Senior Fellow

Ze’ev Wurman is a senior fellow with the APP Foundation and a visiting scholar at the Hoover Institution. Between 2007 and 2009, he served as a senior policy adviser with the Office of Planning, Evaluation, and Policy Development at the U.S. Department of Education. Mr. Wurman served as a commissioner on the California Academic Content Standards Commission that in 2010 evaluated the Common Core’s suitability for California adoption. In October 2014, Mr. Wurman and the Foundation published Why Students Need Strong Standards [And Not Common Core], a white paper demonstrating significant weaknesses in the Common Core’s math standards.

Anna Anderson

Anna Anderson — Director of Family Policy

Anna Anderson joined the APP Foundation in 2016, following her graduation from Hillsdale College, where she received a B.A. in American Studies and competed with the school’s varsity shotgun team. During fall semester of her senior year, she interned at APP while taking classes at Hillsdale’s D.C. campus. Prior to joining the Foundation, Ms. Anderson interned with the Mackinac Center for Public Policy and the National Rifle Association, as well as serving as the NRA’s Youth Shooting Sports Ambassador.

Ms. Anderson serves as editor of the "Love Among the Ruins" blog on Patheos Catholic, where she writes and publishes essays on culture as it encounters John Paul II's Theology of the Body. She has also written pieces for The Imaginative Conservative, First Things, and The National Pulse.

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Joshua Pinho

JOSHUA PINHO - DIGITAL COMMUNICATIONS ASSOCIATE

Joshua Pinho is a digital communications associate for APP Foundation. Mr. Pinho has been with the organization since February 2015, when he began as an intern, and in his current role is responsible for helping implement the organization's communications strategy via social media and email. Prior to his work at the Foundation, Mr. Pinho interned for the office of Congressman Jon Runyan, the Senate Committee on the Environment and Public Works, and the 2014 congressional campaign of Steve Lonegan in New Jersey's 3rd District.

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Alexis McClellan — Investment Relations Manager

Alexis McClellan joined the APP Foundation team as Investor Relations Manager in 2017. She previously attended Ave Maria University and graduated with a B.A. in Political Science. Ms. McClellan first became actively involved in politics in her home state of Mississippi, where she canvassed for Senator Roger Wicker and also volunteered for Congressman Steven Palazzo’s campaign. She first came to Washington, D.C., as an intern for The Heritage Foundation working in Development for Major Gifts. She currently assists APP Foundation’s mission fundraising for its Religious Liberty project.

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