Neither a think tank nor an electioneering organization, we operate in the middle ground between policy and politics, seeking to make things happen by taking ideas and helping to put them into action. We believe that a principled yet prudent conservatism that gears its efforts toward the well-being of Main St. Americans can unite a wide range of citizens, from the Tea Party to the centrist independent, who are looking for an antidote to big-government liberalism. In that spirit, we are working to advance a conservative reform agenda that will secure the blessings of liberty and promote the happiness of the citizenry.



Jeffrey H. Anderson, Executive Director
A Ph.D. in political science from Claremont Graduate University, Anderson was the senior speechwriter at the United States Department of Health and Human Services from 2008-09. His writings have been published in the Wall Street Journal, the Weekly Standard, National Affairs, National Review, Claremont Review of Books, Investor’s Business Daily, the Washington Times, and the New York Post. From 2001-07, he taught American government and political philosophy at the U.S. Air Force Academy. He won the department’s highest honor for research and writing (the Coble Award) for “Learning from the Great Council of Revision Debate” (Notre Dame’s Review of Politics, Winter 2006) and was named “Outstanding Upper Division Instructor” for 2006-07. From 2009-10, he directed the Benjamin Rush Society. He is co-creator of the Anderson & Hester Rankings (1994-present), which were part of college football’s Bowl Championship Series throughout the BCS’s entire 16-year run (1998-2014).

R. Brian Blake, Managing Director

Jennifer Felten, Director of Operations

Tripp Baird, Special Advisor


Board of Directors

William Kristol, chair
Spencer Abraham
Yuval Levin
Dan Senor