Benji Backer, President

Benji is an entrepreneur and political activist from Appleton, Wisconsin and a senior at the University of Washington. He serves on the Wisconsin Conservative Energy Forum's Leadership Council and is a fellow at the Chapman Center in Seattle. He previously served as the co-chair for Young Americans for Mitt Romney in Wisconsin and was named one of RedAlert's top "30 Under 30" conservatives in 2015. Recently, he was awarded the Grist 50 and GreenBiz’s 30 Under 30.

He has contributed to publications such as CNBC, The Hill, Townhall, Washington Times, and RedState. Benji has also spoken at events across the country, including at CPAC three times.  Through ACC, Benji is excited to be helping unite Americans on pro-environmental reforms and change the narrative when it comes to the environment.

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Danielle Butcher, Chief Operating Officer

Danielle Butcher is a conservative political strategist who aides organizations in communicating their big ideas and empowering leaders. She attended Bethel University in Saint Paul, Minnesota, where she studied Political Science and Rhetoric Communications. Danielle serves as COO of the American Conservation Coalition, where she merges her love of leadership with her passions for free-market capitalism and the environment. Danielle has spoken at several prominent conservative events including CPAC, appeared as a frequent guest on Fox News Radio and NPR, and has had her work featured in publications such as The Times, The Hill, The Washington Examiner, VOX, and more.

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Nicholas Lindquist, National Policy Director

Nick is a conservative activist and recent graduate from the Madden School of Business at Le Moyne College in Syracuse, NY. He majored in Marketing and Management with additional coursework in Communications and Political Science. He plans on continuing his education by obtaining an MBA. Nick's passion for business began in high school and came to fruition in college. At 19, he started his own tech company, using the skills he learned as a Regional DECA Officer and business consultant. In the business world, he is currently a marketing consultant for a myriad of thriving organizations.

Speaking at conservative conferences, working on several congressional campaigns, being a College Republican, and being a contributor for several conservative publications fueled Nick's passion for politics and public policy as well. He has developed a well-rounded knowledge of public policy, especially in the energy and environmental arena. Nick's passion for the environment stems from growing up hiking, biking, boating, and enjoying the great outdoors that Upstate New York has to offer. Ultimately, Nick hopes to combine his passion for business and passion for politics to create a driving force for change.

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Bethany Bowra, Communications Director

Bethany has a Master's degree in Political Science and is currently working on a graduate specialization in mass communications and social media.  She has worked various capacities in conservative media for several years, writing for multiple national news sites and sharing a millennial perspective on current events.

In her capacity as Communications Director, Bethany manages media relations for ACC and promotes the message of ACC to outside publications and news outlets, as well as oversees the online efforts of the organization.

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Quill Robinson, National Legislative director

Quill is a recent graduate of  the University of Washington in Seattle. He majored in Political Science and International Studies, with a focus on Central Europe. As an undergrad, Quill gained political experience working on campaigns, interning in the US Senate, and conducting research for a local free-market think tank.

A Seattle native, Quill grew up backpacking, skiing, and fly fishing in the Cascades. He is proud of Washington State’s history of producing strong and conservative leaders on the environment like Senator Slade Gorton and Governor Dan Evans. In his free time, Quill enjoys reading history, volunteering at a local shelter for homeless teens, and cheering on the Huskies. He is excited to help turn ACC’s bold vision into substantive policy outcomes as Legislative Director.

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Lucero Cantu is a digital strategist creating at the intersection of communication strategy, culture, and political science. She graduated from the University of North Texas (UNT) with her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. During her time at UNT, Lucero helped build a non-partisan women’s political organization from the ground up.

Lucero has spent her undergraduate and postgraduate career honing in her communications and content strategy skills in various industries from artificial intelligence to interactive design to workforce solutions, and more At ACC, Lucero leads ACC’s digital department with the priority of creating meaningful content that resonates with our various target audiences.

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Tex Fischer, National Field Director

Tex Fischer is a political organizer and strategist from Youngstown, Ohio. His past experience includes dozens of political campaigns, America Rising, Turning Point USA, and the Ohio Republican Party. As National Field Director, Tex oversees ACC’s campus program, which empowers students to advocate for conservative solutions to environmental issues to their fellow students.

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Tom Cummings, Corporate Outreach Coordinator

Tom is a libertarian-conservative from a small town on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. He is currently a senior Political Science major at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and is also pursuing a History minor. Tom became engaged in politics at an early age during the 2012 presidential election and hasn't slowed down since. 

After graduation, Tom is planning on entering the public sector in state or local government, with the possibility of law school in the future. His environmental political interests include cost-effective renewable energy, fish & game management, wildlife conservation, and ethical land management.

Outside of school, Tom spends most of his on a baseball diamond, where he has played through the college level. He also volunteers as a Pitching Coach for an American Legion 19u team in his hometown. Tom is an avid fisherman and outdoorsman, and spends his time doing other outdoor recreational activities.

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Marina is a recent graduate of the University of Washington, where she studied Political Science, Law, Societies, and Justice, and Mathematics. As an undergrad, Marina has gained political experience through interning for state and federal legislators and assisting a local think tank in policy research. 

Marina was born and raised in Russia and moved to the United State six years ago. She enjoys learning new languages, reading, and playing volleyball in her free time. Marina is very excited to join ACC and help expand its supporter base.

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kaleigh cunningham, development director

Kaleigh was raised in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania before attending Kutztown University where she earned her degrees in Political Science and Environmental Geography. While in college, she began her career by forming a Young Americans for Liberty chapter on her campus and becoming a state chair who eventually helped form chapters across the country. After college Kaleigh moved to beautiful Bozeman, Montana and has done speaking engagements nation-wide to teach students how to be effective in their activism and teaching the principles of how free-markets will save our nation and environment. In late 2017, Kaleigh became a Grassroots Engagement Director with Americans for Prosperity and has been building a grassroots army in Western Montana since. Kaleigh joined ACC because it allows her to utilize both of her passions – activism and environmentalism, and is proud to work daily to expand the capabilities that make ACC effective.