Benji Backer, President

Benji is a conservative activist from Appleton, Wisconsin and a junior 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.

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 aids 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, The Daily Wire, and more.

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Nicholas Lindquist, National Policy Director

Nick is a Senior at Le Moyne College in Syracuse, NY, pursuing his bachelor’s degree in marketing with a minor in communications. He plans on continuing his education by obtaining an MBA.

Nick is driven by a passion for politics and motivated by engaging in marketing and entrepreneurship opportunities. 

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. Nick then started his own company, using the skills he learned as a DECA officer to produce and enable strategic visions to create success. In the business world, he is currently a brand consultant for a myriad of thriving organizations. 

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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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.  

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

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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