Heritage Action Staff

The Heritage Action team is passionate and dedicated to restoring conservative principles to America. The team is located in Washington, DC and across the country to ensure we can be the voice for reason and sound policy for the American people.

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Jessica Anderson
Executive Director

Jessica Anderson serves as the Executive Director of Heritage Action. In this role, Anderson is responsible for the strategic vision and operations of Heritage Action while working alongside The Heritage Foundation leadership to ensure both organizations are working toward common goals.

Prior to serving as Executive Director, Jessica Anderson served as Vice President to the organization, where she was responsible for the strategic operation and day-to-day activities of the government relations, policy, digital marketing, and grassroots teams.

Before returning to Heritage Action in 2018, Anderson served as Associate Director, Intergovernmental Affairs and Strategic Initiatives for the Office of Management and Budget in the Trump Administration. Anderson has over 10 years of political experience which includes her first tour at Heritage Action as Grassroots Director. Anderson landed on the 2017, 30 Under 30 Forbes List for Law and Policy and is a recipient of other top 30 Under 30 awards from Newsmax and Red Alert and is a 2020 Buckley Award winner for conservative leadership. Jessica Anderson has been published in The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Real Clear Policy, The Hill, and The American Spectator. She graduated Cum Laude from the University of Florida and is a graduate of the Koch Associate Program. Anderson is a founding Board Member of N2 America.

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Garrett Bess
Vice President of Government Relations and Communications

Garrett Bess is the Vice President of Government Relations and Communications. He is responsible for managing the government relations, grassroots, and digital team. He has served for nearly a decade on the Hill as a senior staff member to two Members of Congress. He is a native of Tampa Bay, Florida.

Ian Artinger
Digital Campaign Director
Thad Brock
Digital Communications Manager
MaryBeth Burns
Executive Assistant and Program Coordinator
Melody Clarke
Senior Regional Coordinator, Mid-atlantic
MaryClaire Couch
Director of Development and Strategic Partnerships
Nathan Duell
Regional Coordinator, Southwest
Walker Gallman
Manager of House Relations
RJ Gibson
Manager of Senate Relations
Karly Hahn
Digital Associate
Eli Huber
Upper Midwest Regional Coordinator
Karen Jaroch
Regional Coordinator, Florida
Stephanie Kreuz
Regional Manager and Senior Advisor
Abigail Ortman
Graphic Designer
Paige Pristas
Development Assistant
James Quarles
Regional Coordinator, Southern and Upper Midwest
Gabrielle Schirmer
Executive Assistant & Program Coordinator
Brian Schmitt
Strategic Partnerships Coordinator
Janae Stracke
Grassroots Director
Ryan Walker
Director of Government Relations
Rebekah Warwick
Regional Coordinator, Western
Noah Weinrich
Press Secretary