About Grassroots Leadership Academy
Who We Are
Since 2015, Grassroots Leadership Academy has inspired citizens to be bold leaders that improve their communities and break barriers that stand in the way of people realizing their potential. As a project of Americans For Prosperity Foundation, we focus on providing educational programs and partnering with local organizations to educate the public about some of the biggest challenges facing our communities, like K-12 Education, Free Speech and Toleration, and Criminal Justice Reform.
Our goal is to move our society toward one of mutual benefit, where people succeed by helping others improve their lives.
What We Do
Grassroots Leadership Academy offers free, in-person trainings in 35 states. Our training programs focus on equipping concerned citizens with the skills needed to remove barriers to opportunity in their communities. We empower our activists to elevate themselves into positions where change is at their fingertips.
Thomas joins the Grassroots Leadership Academy after working in the Political Training Division for the Leadership Institute and managed the Campaign Management School and Campaign Data Workshop.
With over a decade of experience in grassroots organizing, Ryan has served in previous roles as a Field Director for Americans for Prosperity Foundation and other pro-liberty organizations.
Michael joined the Grassroots Leadership Academy after nearly a decade of grassroots organizing experience, including most recently with Americans for Prosperity Foundation in New Hampshire.
Cheryl previously served as a Field Director for Americans for Prosperity Foundation and a Sr. Outreach Director for the Bridge to Wellbeing.
Jason comes to the Grassroots Leadership Academy after spending the last decade being involved in political campaigns in his home state of Massachusetts.
Ron has served as a Senior Field Director for Americans for Prosperity Foundation and worked five years as a television journalist.
Mallon joined the Grassroots Leadership Academy after spending the last 6 years with Americans For Prosperity Foundation working in donor events, team management, and executive teams.
Sean joins the Grassroots Leadership Academy after serving as the Southeast Legislative Director for U.S. Term Limits and as the Chairman for the Greater Birmingham Young Republicans in Alabama.
After serving as a U.S. Marine for 11 years, Kiran Hill joins the Grassroots Leadership Academy with previous work for The Libre Institute in Nevada.
Ray Hoskins is a former United States Air Force Pararescue serviceman who served his country with distinction.
Daryn has years of experience as a political activist and campaign strategist, most recently as the New Jersey State Director of Americans for Prosperity Foundation.
Jamie Jackson joins the Grassroots Leadership Academy after more than ten years as an award-winning, Emmy-nominated journalist.
Dave founded several successful political consulting and public affairs firms, one of which was named a “100 Best” political consulting firm by Campaigns & Elections magazine.
Zak joins Grassroots Leadership Academy after spending four years at Americans for Prosperity Foundation’s Arkansas state chapter.
Duane joined Grassroots Leadership Academy with years of experience as an independent conservative blogger and former Navy journalist.
Paige joined the Grassroots Leadership Academy after nearly twenty years serving in political activism and Republican Party leadership, as well as eleven years teaching at the collegiate level.
Stephanie is a political, democracy, and media educator of eighteen years with work spanning thirteen countries.
Jeb previously served in grassroots leadership with Generation Opportunity Institute, Americans for Prosperity Foundation, and numerous campaigns at the federal, state, and local levels.
Jenna joins the Grassroots Leadership Academy after previously being elected as the youngest female state legislator of South Dakota and considers herself and advocate of liberty home and abroad.
Mary’s experience includes work as National Volunteer Coordinator for McCain-Palin 2008 as well as work for the Republican Governors Association and a Colorado Congressional campaign.
Cait’s unique experience includes work for former Iowa Governor Terry Branstad’s gubernatorial campaign and administration, as an Americans for Prosperity Foundation Field Director, and the owner of a horse ranch in Arizona.
Louis joined the Grassroots Leadership Academy after spending six years with Americans For Prosperity Foundation in Florida.
Carlos joined Americans for Prosperity Foundation after years of experience working with an international nonprofit organization working directly with members of congress on Capitol Hill.
Janisset is a leading Cuban human rights activist, having represented Cuban’s struggle for freedom and democracy at the UN’s Human Rights Council and OAS’s Inter American Commission for Human Rights.
Prior to joining the Grassroots Leadership Academy, Caleb trained extensively at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City, where he was a member of their 2011 Off-Broadway Repertory Company.
Mike joins the Grassroots Leadership Academy after spending time in both the public and private sectors across the United States and Canada.