“Russell Vought did a fabulous job in my administration, and I have no doubt he will do a great job in continuing our quest to make America great again.”

Donald J. Trump
45th President of the United States

Our Staff

Russ Vought

President

Russ Vought 

President

Russ Vought joined the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) when President Trump took office. Vought first served as Acting Director then as Director of OMB for nearly two years. He was a member of the President’s Cabinet and was responsible for overseeing the implementation of the President’s policy, management, and deregulatory agendas across the Executive Branch.

During the Trump Administration, OMB was a key office in pushing for conservative victories and helping President Trump cut through bureaucracy. During his four years at OMB, Russ was one of Trump’s most trusted and competent managers called by The Economist, the President’s Toolkit.

Prior to serving in the Trump Administration, Russ spent more than 20 years working in Washington, D.C. with grassroots and public policy organizations. He worked for seven years as Vice President of Heritage Action for America. Prior to this, he worked on Capitol Hill, serving as the Policy Director for the House Republican Conference, under then-Chairman Mike Pence, and as the Executive Director of the Republican Study Committee (RSC), and as a legislative assistance for U.S. Senator Phil Gramm.

Russ graduated from Wheaton College in 1998, and from George Washington University Law School in 2004. He lives in Virginia with his wife and two daughters.

Ashlea Frazier

Chief Operating Officer

Ashlea Frazier 

Chief Operating Officer

Ashlea recently served as Chief of Staff at the White House Office of Management and Budget under Director Russ Vought. In that role, she managed the largest agency in the Executive Office of the President while also overseeing agency staff transitions and implementing policy priorities of President Trump.

Prior to joining the Administration, Ashlea was the Director of Operations and Programs for Hillsdale College in Washington, D.C. where she oversaw operations, budget, and staff, with a focus on bolstering the scholastic mission of the college in Washington D.C. as well as building relationships with Capitol Hill. Ashlea also worked for The Heritage Foundation’s Center for American Studies as the Program Manager. In the 2012 and 2016 election cycles, Ashlea served with the Official Proceedings team at the Republican National Convention, where she was responsible for interfacing with VIP program participants, U.S. Secret Service, and RNC staff to ensure smooth transitions for the Convention.

Additionally, Ashlea advises students and young professionals on career development, speaking at events around the Washington, D.C. metro area.

Ashlea is a recipient of America’s Future Foundation’s William F. Buckley Award for her dedication to conservative values. She lives in Virginia with her husband Allen and goldendoodle Maple.

Wade Miller

Fellow & Executive Director of Citizens for Renewing America

Wade Miller 

Fellow & Executive Director of Citizens for Renewing America

Wade Miller is a combat veteran who served in the U.S. Marine Corps as an infantryman. He has spent more than a decade working with the conservative grassroots movement, campaigns, public policy development in Washington, and on Capitol Hill.

After deploying into combat theatres three times in Iraq and the Horn of Africa, Wade became involved in the Tea Party movement at home. Wade brought his understanding of the conservative grassroots to Heritage Action for America, working as a Senior Regional Coordinator covering the South Central portion of the United States, including his home state of Texas.

Wade also served as Political Director for Senator Ted Cruz during the 2018 Senate campaign cycle. Most recently, he served as Chief of Staff for his good friend Congressman Chip Roy.

Wade lives in Virginia with his family. He is a graduate of University of Texas at Dallas.

Rachel Semmel

Communications Director & Fellow

Rachel Semmel 

Communications Director & Fellow

Rachel Semmel has spent over a decade working with grassroots, campaigns, and movement conservatives across the country. She has overseen press strategy, media relations, and issue advocacy for campaigns, organizations, members of Congress, and the White House.

Rachel most recently served as the Communications Director at the White House Office of Management and Budget under Director Russ Vought, where she managed the day-to-day operations of the communications team and led OMB’s overall strategy and execution on some of President Donald J. Trump’s highest-profile policies.

Rachel started her career working in the U.S. House for then-House Republican Conference Chair, Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN). She also served as Communications Director to two primary challengers in the 2014 election cycle—Matt Bevin for U.S. Senate and Dave Brat for U.S. Congress. She was a vital team member responsible for launching Conservative Review, CRTV, and the Mark Levin TV show–now the Blaze, one of the fastest growing conservative news alternatives–where she was the Spokesman. Prior to working at the White House, Rachel did media relations and TV training for District Media Group.

An Indiana native and a graduate of Purdue University, Rachel currently lives in Washington D.C.

Andrew Heim

Director of Development

Andrew Heim 

Director of Development

Andrew Heim has spent the past several years building academic programs and has worked with some of the brightest minds on the political right who are teaching and promoting America’s founding principles. He has directed fundraising teams, overseen licensing and accreditation, website creation, and implemented market research and recruitment strategies to launch and grow academic programs and organizations.

He recently served as the Managing Director for Hillsdale College’s Washington D.C. campus, where he directed various aspects of the school’s programs, operations, and personnel. Prior to his role as Managing Director, Andrew led the effort to launch the Van Andel Graduate School of Government and re-launch the James Madison Fellowship program for Hillsdale in D.C.

For over a decade, Andrew has volunteered and worked with local non-profits and grassroots organizations. From walking across America to raise over a hundred thousand dollars for the pro-life movement in one summer to door-knocking and answering phones for tele-town hall events to inform voters, Andrew has a passion for educating people on the first principles of what makes America great.

Andrew earned his B.A. from Ave Maria University and his M.A. from Hillsdale College in Michigan. He currently resides in Washington, D.C.

Edie Heipel

Deputy Communications Director & Fellow

Edie Heipel  

Deputy Communications Director & Fellow

Edie Heipel has spent the past few years working in communications outreach, media pitching and booking, and coalitions building for the conservative movement, faith-based organizations, and pro-Israel groups.

Most recently, she was the deputy press secretary at the White House Office of Management and Budget under Director Russ Vought. There, in addition to communications work, she spearheaded efforts to end federal grant funding for pro-abortion groups overseas.

Edie also fights to protect the life of the pre-born, and has worked in the pro-life movement in crisis pregnancy centers and non-profit groups.

She lives in Virginia and is a graduate of Wheaton College.

Adam Candeub

Senior Fellow

Adam Candeub 

Senior Fellow

Adam Candeub is a professor of law at Michigan State University where he directs its Intellectual Property, Information, and Communications Law Program.  Under the Trump administration, he served as Acting Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Telecommunications and Information and Deputy Associate Attorney General.  Prior to entering academe, Professor Candeub worked at private law firms and the Federal Communications Commission.  He served as a law clerk to J. Clifford Wallace, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.  He is a recognized national authority on telecommunications, internet, and antitrust law.

Mark Paoletta

Senior Fellow

Mark Paoletta 

Senior Fellow

Mark Paoletta served as General Counsel of the Office of Management & Budget (OMB) for three years during the Trump Administration.  He worked with agencies across the administration to help implement President Trump’s agenda, including developing the legal pathway to build the wall along the southern border.  Mark also served as Counsel to Vice President Pence during the first year of the Trump Administration.  In both positions, Mark helped prepare nominees for confirmation hearings, including playing key roles in the confirmations of Justices Gorsuch and Kavanaugh.

Mark previously served in the Bush 41 White House Counsel Office, where he played a key role in the confirmation of Justice Clarence Thomas.  Mark has written extensively on Justice Thomas’ confirmation and jurisprudence, and he created two websites to honor and defend our nation’s greatest jurist.

Mark also served for a decade as Chief Counsel for Oversight & Investigations for the House Energy & Commerce Committee, managing nearly 200 investigative hearings.  He investigated waste, fraud, and abuse in the Clinton and Bush 43 Administrations, and he also conducted vigorous oversight of corporate America, investigating Enron, Worldcom, Global Crossing, HealthSouth, and many other big corporations.

In between his government service, Mr. Paoletta has served as a partner in several law firms.

Mark received his B.A. from Duquesne University (1984) and his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center (1987).  He resides in Falls Church, Virginia with his wife, Tricia, and is the proud father of four grown children.

Michael Young

Visiting Fellow

Michael Young 

Visiting Fellow

Michael Young is a leading writer and researcher focused on culture, political philosophy, and the rise of postmodernism. Previously, he spent a number of years working in government before turning his attention to writing. His essays, which have been key in shaping the debate on the pushback against cultural Marxism, as well as postmodernism, education, and Critical Social Justice, can be found at Counterweight where he currently writes. He is currently working on his first book. You can follow him at @Wokal_Distance on Twitter.

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