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 36 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.
Zak joins Grassroots Leadership Academy after spending four years at Americans for Prosperity Foundation’s Arkansas state chapter.
Nick holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration in addition to an MBA and before joining the Grassroots Leadership Academy served as the Video Coach for the 2018 Women’s Olympic Ice Hockey Team.
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.
Rachel joined the Grassroots Leadership Academy after serving in Human Resources Operations at Americans for Prosperity Foundation and Freedom Partners Shared Services.
Jeb previously served in grassroots leadership with Generation Opportunity Institute, Americans for Prosperity Foundation, and numerous campaigns at the federal, state, and local levels.
Carlos has been involved in advocacy for economic freedom and grassroots organizing for more than 20 years with organizations like Americans for Prosperity Foundation.
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.
Louis joined the Grassroots Leadership Academy after spending six years with Americans For Prosperity Foundation in Florida.
Nick joined the Grassroots Leadership Academy after working as an Executive Leadership Coach for freedom-minded thought leaders.
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 GLA, Christopher served in George W. Bush’s Presidential Administration as a Special Assistant in the Department of Labor’s Center for Faith-Based & Community Initiatives.