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Michael A. Needham

Chief Executive Officer

Mike Needham is the Chief Executive Officer for Heritage Action for America. He is responsible for setting the strategy and vision of Heritage Action, ensuring it advances the mission of The Heritage Foundation while building it into a permanent presence in Washington. He also oversees all policy decisions that hold Members of Congress accountable. He appears regularly on television, including Fox News, CNN, CNBC, MSNBC and CBS. Prior to his role at Heritage Action, Mike served in four different roles at The Heritage Foundation, including Chief of Staff, advisor to the President, and a director in The Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Institute for International Studies.

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Tim Chapman

Chief Operating Officer

Tim Chapman is the Chief Operating Officer of Heritage Action for America. He oversees the day-to-day operations while working closely with our sister organization, The Heritage Foundation, to ensure both organizations work towards common goals. Prior to his role at Heritage Action, Tim previously served as Chief of Staff to Heritage Foundation President Ed J. Feulner, Ph.D. In this position, Tim advised Dr. Feulner on public policy matters and activities of the conservative movement. He also managed Dr. Feulner’s office staff and Heritage’s day-to-day operations.

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Josh Arnold

Senior Legislative Assistant

Josh Arnold was born and raised in Canton, Ohio. He graduated from the University of Akron with a bachelor’s degree in international politics (magna cum laude) and a focus on U.S. national security. Before joining Heritage Action, he worked as an intern, then executive assistant for Congressman Jim Jordan of Ohio, chairman of the House Freedom Caucus and former chairman of the Republican Study Committee. Prior to moving to Washington, D.C., he was active in Ohio politics and worked in the golf industry alongside PGA staff, professionals, and manufacturers. A true Cleveland Browns fan, he always has hopes for next year and the year after that.

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Sondra Clark

Managing Director, Communications and Grassroots

Sondra oversees the outreach activities of Heritage Action and supports the work of the grassroots and marketing teams. Before joining Heritage Action, Sondra worked at Nestle, The Heritage Foundation, and oversaw digital fundraising and GOTV efforts at the Republican National Committee. Sondra is a contributor to the Daily Signal and has a Masters in Public Relations from Georgetown University.

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Wesley Coopersmith

Policy Manager

Wesley Coopersmith was born in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, and grew up in the greater Philadelphia area. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a bachelor’s degree in Biblical & Religious Studies at Grove City College. Before joining Heritage he worked at Generation Opportunity as a Policy Analyst for two years. Wesley has written on a wide variety of topics and has been published at a number of news media outlets including U.S. News & World Report, The Hill, Townhall, the Daily Caller, and the Richmond Times-Dispatch, among others. He resides in Washington, D.C. with his wife Elizabeth Coopersmith.

Hanna Hiel

Program Coordinator

Hanna Hiel is from Summerville, South Carolina. She is graduating in August from Clemson University with a degree in Communications. Before joining Heritage Action, Hanna was a part of The Heritage Foundation’s Young Leaders Program. She previously worked as a public speaking tutor for the Clemson Communications Department, and also interned as an event production assistant in downtown Charleston.

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Dan Holler

Vice President

Dan Holler is the Vice President of Heritage Action for America. Prior to his work with Heritage Action, Dan was the deputy director of Senate Relations for The Heritage Foundation.

Nick Iacovella

Senior Legislative Assistant

Nick Iacovella is a Senior Legislative Assistant on the Government Relations team at Heritage Action for America. Prior to his work with Heritage Action, Nick was a Legislative Assistant for former Representative Scott Garrett, Chairman of the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Capital Markets and Government Sponsored Enterprises and a senior member of the House Budget Committee. He graduated from the University of Tampa with a bachelor’s degree in International Business and Government and World Affairs and was a member of the varsity baseball team. He is originally from Tampa, FL and currently resides in Washington, D.C.

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Tyler Jacobs

Director of Marketing

Tyler Jacobs is the Director of Marketing for Heritage Action. In this role he is responsible for overseeing Heritage Action’s online engagement efforts and activist recruitment. Prior to joining Heritage Action, Tyler worked as a Research Analyst for Berkowitz Public Affairs, as well as at the American Enterprise Institute, The Republican National Committee, and on Capitol Hill. Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, Tyler holds a dual degree in Political Science and International Studies from American University.

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Matt Lauer

Director of Grassroots

Before joining, Matt completed a double major in political science and finance at Washington university in St. Louis. While studying, Matt was the President of the WashU College Republicans, where he publicly debated members of the College Democrats and organized events to advance the conservative movement. Matt also interned in the strategic communications department at the Heritage Foundation and for Senator Mike Lee in Washington, D.C.

Gina Lauterio

Legislative Assistant

Gina is a Legislative Assistant for Heritage Action. Prior to joining Heritage Action, she worked as a constitutional lawyer for a DC-area non-profit organization, aiding in education policy reform through drafting federal and state legislation and testifying at bill hearings. In 2016, she was chosen for the U.S. State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program, where she advised foreign state government lawyers and officials on legal ethics and reform. Gina holds a B.A. in Political Science with minors in Philosophy and Religion from The College of New Jersey and a J.D. from Washington and Lee University School of Law and Duke University School of Law Geneva Institute. She is a member of the Virginia Bar and is a board member of the Virginia Phi Delta Phi chapter.

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Andrea Palermo

Communications Coordinator

Andrea was born in Rochester, New York and grew up in Celebration, Florida. Before joining the Heritage Action team she interned for Congressman Ron DeSantis, Florida Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater, and was part of The Heritage Foundation’s Young Leaders Program. She earned her bachelor’s degree in public relations and political science from Florida State University.

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Nathan Rogers

Grassroots Assistant

Nathan Rogers was born in St. Louis, Missouri, and grew up in St. Louis. He earned a Bachelors of Arts degree in Politics at Ave Maria University. Nathan is a graduate of the Young Leaders Program at Heritage. Before joining Heritage he worked at Strategic Advocacy as a Director of Field Operations for the 2014 election Cycle. He resides in Falls Church, Virginia.

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Emily Stewart

Grassroots Assistant

Emily graduated in May 2016 from Baylor University with a BA in International Studies and a minor in Asian Studies. She interned for The Heritage Foundation in the Asian Studies Center as a part of the Young Leaders Program. Though most of her childhood was spent in Europe, she is originally from Beaumont, Texas.

Ryan Shrum

Legislative Assistant

Ryan Shrum is a Legislative Assistant for Heritage Action for America. Before working with Heritage Action, Ryan worked on the hill for Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler. He grew up in rural southeast Missouri and currently resides in Washington DC.

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Gloria Taylor

Grassroots Assistant

Before joining Heritage Action, Gloria interned for The Heritage Foundation in the Roe Institute for Economic Policy Studies and with Congressman Trent Franks. She graduated magna cum laude from Furman University with a BA in economics and political science. She is a native of the Carolinas.

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Dan Ziegler

Managing Director, Government Relations

Dan Ziegler is the Managing Director of Government Relations for Heritage Action for America. In this role he manages the day to day interactions and relationships with Members of Congress and their staff. He is returning to Heritage Action after previously serving as one of the original employees of the organization. Previously, he served as a senior staffer to a Member of Congress and then worked for several other conservative non-profits dedicated to advancing conservative policy. He hails from the Buckeye State where he graduated from Malone College in Canton, Ohio.

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Melody Himel Clarke

Mid-Atlantic Regional Coordinator

Melody Himel Clarke was born and raised in New Orleans, LA. Melody is a life-long entrepreneur having founded and operated businesses in the hospitality, realty, and communications industries. She was the first woman to run for the 100th Legislative District in Virginia and has worked on numerous state and federal campaigns. She is an avid equestrian and also hosts a conservative talk-radio show.

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Nathan Duell

Southwest Regional Coordinator

Nathan Duell is a native Arizonan and a graduate of Arizona State University with bachelor’s degrees in economics and supply chain management. While at ASU, he was a conservative voice in student government and College Republicans, and Nathan also completed the Koch Internship Program in DC where he interned with Mercatus Center at George Mason University. Before joining Heritage Action, he worked in banking as an analyst and remained involved in politics as a precinct committeeman.

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Shane Duffy

Gulf Coast Regional Coordinator

Shane graduated from Hampden-Sydney College in May 2016 with a BA in Government, and a minor in Spanish. He has Interned for Heritage Action as part of the Young Leaders Program and with Congressman Dave Brat. He is originally from Richmond, Virginia.

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Karen Jaroch

Florida Regional Coordinator

Karen Jaroch is a University of South Florida graduate and licensed professional engineer from Tampa, FL. After working several years in manufacturing, Karen changed professions and followed her passion into politics. In 2009 she co-founded a vibrant, active tea party and then co-led a successful campaign that defeated a local sales tax increase for light rail despite overwhelming odds. Her efforts led to her board appointment to the local transit agency HART. During the 2012 election cycle she served as a field coordinator in the Tampa area building grassroots relations with conservative organizations while managing a top-producing volunteer phonebank and canvassing center.

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Stephanie Kreuz

Midwest Regional Coordinator

Stephanie Kreuz has been involved in public policy and political campaigns since 2005. Prior to joining the Heritage Action team she worked in the legal field, and wrote for WatchdogWire, a project of the Franklin Center for Government and Public Integrity. She also previously interned for the Mackinac Center for Public Policy in Midland, Michigan in education policy. Stephanie graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Hillsdale College in 2012, with a major in Politics and a minor in Latin.

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Betsy Nelsen

Upper Northeast Regional Coordinator

Betsy Nelsen was born and raised in the Western Philadelphia suburbs. She earned a degree in Political Science at Dickinson College and spent two summers abroad at the University of Oslo studying government. Before joining Heritage Action, Betsy worked as Executive Director for the Cumberland County Republican Party and has experience working on other campaigns throughout PA and NJ.

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James Quarles

Southeastern Regional Coordinator

James Quarles was born and raised in upstate South Carolina. He earned a degree in Political Science from Clemson University, where as a member of College Republicans, he worked with conservatives on campus and volunteered on several campaigns around the state. Before joining Heritage Action, he interned in the Roe Institute for Economic Policy Studies at The Heritage Foundation, with a focus on regulation and free market issues. James now serves as the Southeastern Regional Coordinator.

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Stephen Siao

Regional Manager

Stephen Siao returned to Heritage Action after working for Senator Ted Cruz’s presidential campaign as the Georgia & Tennessee State Director and on the Delegate Operations team. He previously worked in communications at the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty and completed a fellowship at the John Jay Institute. A longtime Tennessean, Stephen received his B.A. from Vanderbilt University.

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Rebekah Warwick

Western Regional Coordinator

Interested in politics since she was eligible to vote, Rebekah Warwick has spent time working with Colorado Legislators at the Capitol in Denver. She has been involved with various grassroots campaigns, advocating conservative principles and encouraging citizens to engage in politics and public policy. She is a graduate of Colorado Christian University with a double-major in Political Science and History.

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Josh Wheeler

Southern Regional Coordinator

Josh Wheeler was born in Birmingham AL and grew up in Pelham AL. He attended the University of Mississippi receiving a degree in Political Science. He has served in the Mississippi National Guard since 2010. Before working at Heritage Josh worked with his father in their family business.