Benji Backer, President
Benji is a conservative activist from Appleton, Wisconsin and a junior 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. Through ACC, Benji is excited to help 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. Serving as COO with the American Conservation Coalition, Danielle merges her love of leadership with her passions for free market capitalism and the environment. Prior to her involvement with ACC, Danielle worked as Outreach Coordinator for Future Female Leaders.
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Nicholas Lindquist, National Policy Director
Nick is a Junior at Le Moyne College in Syracuse, NY where is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in marketing with a minor in communications.
Nick is driven by a passion for politics but also by in engaging in marketing and entrepreneurship. While serving as a DECA Officer for ESM High School and New York’s 9th Competitive Region, he competed in two international DECA Conferences and organized a number of various projects and events. Later, Nick started his own company, using the skills he learned as an officer to produce and enact strategic visions to create success. Nick hopes to unite his passions for business and politics into a driving force for change.
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Bethany Bowra, Communications Director
Bethany Bowra is a graduate student at Florida Atlantic University, where she is completing her Master's degree in Political Science. 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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Mike Yelovich, Digital Director
Mike is a conservative political commentator, researcher and strategist from Chicago, IL. Before joining ACC, he served as the Digital Marketing Chairman and National Outreach Director for the PragerFORCE student ambassador group. Mike has also previously worked for the U.S. Treasury Department, has worked with nonprofits and has advised several local and national campaigns. He has also presented original research at the American Political Science Association’s national teaching and learning conference.
Mike is currently a senior at Marist College in New York, where he is majoring in Political Science. At Marist, Mike has served in several leadership positions in campus organizations and is an inducted member of the National Society of Leadership and Success.
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Tex Fischer, National Field Director
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Stephen Perkins, leadership Advisor
Stephen Perkins is a conservative strategist and writer who serves as a leadership advisor to ACC and its leadership team. Stephen has been with ACC from the beginning, helping the team inspire and influence through developing a culture of strong leadership.
Formerly the Editor-in-Chief of OUTSET, a digital publication for emerging conservative voices, Stephen currently works as a digital strategist for conservative campaigns.
Originally from Houston, Stephen graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington with a degree in Political Science and now lives in Dallas, Texas.
Brandon Neuman, General Counsel
Brandon is an attorney licensed and based in California; he practices regulatory, administrative, political, and business law. He is also admitted to the US District Court for the Central District of California and is certified as in-house counsel for ACC in the state of Wisconsin.
He received his JD and a Graduate Certificate in Business Law from the University of Southern California Gould School of Law, where he served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Southern California Interdisciplinary Law Journal.
He graduated summa cum laude from George Washington University with a double major in history and political science, and a minor in philosophy. While studying, he also served as the Treasurer for the GW College Republicans. Professionally, he is a member of the Federalist Society, the American Bar Association, and the Ventura and Los Angeles County Bar Associations.
An avid adventurer, he has more than 20 years of leadership in the Boy Scouts of America, where he currently serves as a Committee Member and Unit Commissioner for the Ventura County Council. He also holds a Doctorate in Boy Scout Science, a Master’s Degree in Commissioner Science, and the Wood Badge. He is an Eagle Scout.
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Marina Dolgova, Development Coordinator
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.
Sage Kafsky, secretary
Sage Kafsky is a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University with a degree in political science and a concentration in pre-law, minoring in both history and writing. Originally from the rural community of Ducktown, Tennessee, she gained political experience in many facets of the conservative movement. From 2016-2017, Sage served as the Secretary for MTSU's College Republicans chapter, and she helped to found a campus chapter of Turning Point USA as well, later serving as the chapter Vice President. Sage also worked closely with State Representative Dr. Bryan Terry as he developed "Campus Connection," a program that gave students the opportunity to air their concerns on matters of state and local government. She interned with the Grant Starrett for Congress campaign in 2015, and she has worked in outdoor recreation since 2014, experience which has helped fuel her passion for conservation.
In her spare time, Sage enjoys reading, hiking, and creative writing. She can often be found making cringe-worthy puns or adding to her expansive personal library. She looks forward to combining her passion for civic engagement with her love for the environment through working with the ACC.