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Benji Backer, President

Benji is a conservative activist from Appleton, Wisconsin and a sophomore at the University of Washington 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.

He has contributed to sites such as FreedomWorks, IJReview, RedState, and TheBlaze. Benji has also spoken at events across the country, including CPAC in 2014 and 2016. He currently writes for CNBC.com.

In his free time, you can find Benji cheering on his favorite Wisconsin sports teams and enjoying the outdoors through hiking or skiing. Through ACC, Benji is excited to help unite Americans on pro-environmental reforms and change the narrative when it comes to the environment.

Contact Benji: benji@acc.eco

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Matthew Mailloux, Director of Strategy

Matthew is currently a senior at La Salle University in Philadelphia, PA. Majoring in Marketing and Finance, Matthew leverages his strong business background to champion political activism.

Matthew got his start in politics working on gubernatorial campaigns during the 2012 and 2014 elections. Most recently he served as the La Salle campus director for Students for Rubio. Since then, he has focused his efforts on digital and relationship marketing. With ACC, Matthew leverages this experience into creating a vision that engages supporters.

Matthew is proud to call New Hampshire home. He is an avid hiker and skier. In his free time, you’re most likely to find Matt listening to Chance the Rapper, reading Malcolm Gladwell, or planning his next weekend trip.

Contact Matt: matthew@acc.eco

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Danielle Butcher, Chief of staff

Danielle Butcher is a conservative political consultant and 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. 

Having grown up in Greater Minnesota, Danielle's passion for environmental issues sprouted at a young age, made only stronger by her father's background in the solar industry. Danielle became active in conservative politics in 2013 and was granted a Cabinet position with Future Female Leaders in 2014, where she now works on the leadership team as Outreach Coordinator. In 2015, she joined the OUTSET Network as a social media manager, which soon led to her current role as Marketing and Development Director. 

Serving as Chief of Staff with the American Conservation Coalition, Danielle merges her love of leadership with her passions for free market capitalism and the environment.

Contact Dani: danielle@acc.eco

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Quill Robinson, National Legislative director

Quill is a senior at the University of Washington in Seattle. He is majoring 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 hiking, 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 about American 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.

Contact Quill: quillan@acc.eco

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Stephen Perkins, leadership development director

Stephen Perkins envisions a world where individuals are empowered, informed, and engaged as leaders in their communities. He joined ACC because he believes in its mission to promote policy that is both economically and environmentally friendly. As ACC's Leadership Development Director, he helps the team influence change by advancing a culture of leadership.

Stephen serves as the founder and Editor-in-Chief of OUTSET, a network of political and cultural commentary from the next generation of conservative leaders. He’s also a founding partner at OUTSET & Co., an organization development and management firm.

An alumnus of the University of Texas at Arlington, Stephen graduated in 2017 with a degree in Political Science. Originally from Houston, he now lives in Dallas.

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Sage Kafsky, secretary

Sage Kafsky is a senior Political Science major and Writing minor at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Originally from the rural community of Ducktown, Tennessee, she has a passion for civic engagement, which she expresses through political activism and related writing projects.

Sage previously served as the 2016-2017 Secretary for the MTSU College Republicans, and she was the Vice President on the founding executive board of Turning Point USA at MTSU. Sage also worked closely with TN State Representative Dr. Bryan Terry to engage constituents on campus with his “Campus Connection” project, which gave university students the opportunity to share their concerns on pressing matters of state and local government. She gained campaign experience in 2015 through her work with the Grant Starrett for Congress campaign. Sage has worked in outdoor recreation since 2014, experience which has kept environmental issues close to her heart. 

When she has free time, Sage enjoys hiking, creative writing, and avidly following Ohio and Tennessee sports. She can also be found making innumerable puns or rereading one of the countless books in her personal library. She looks forward to combining her experience in conservative politics with her love for the environment.