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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.

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.

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 Mr. Vander Hart is also the editor-in-chief of, 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.

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.

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.


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.

TRAVIS STERLING — Director of Development

Travis Sterling is a native of Salisbury, Maryland. The son of a pastor and a social worker, he grew up exposed to the importance of serving his community. Mr. Sterling attended Salisbury University to study International Conflict Analysis and Dispute Resolution, and first became involved in politics in 2010 after volunteering for the election campaign of Representative Andy Harris (R-MD). This sparked a passion for political engagement, which took him to Virginia, Illinois, Louisiana, Georgia, Montana, California, and Minnesota, where he spent time working on state and federal level races. Mr. Sterling moved back to Washington in 2019, and now serves as Director of Development for APP Foundation.

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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.

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.

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.

Joshua Pinho


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 — Investor 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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