Cliff Maloney

Cliff Maloney is the President of the Young Americans for Liberty. Cliff has appeared on Fox News, PBS, Fox Business, Reason TV, and The Hill TV. His work has been published in TIME, The Hill, The Huffington Post, The Washington Times, Buzzfeed, and The Washington Examiner. Currently, Cliff’s greatest aspiration is to see the YAL network’s newest and most ambitious project, Operation Win at the Door, reach success in its goal of electing 250 liberty legislators by the end of 2022.


Justin Greiss
Vice President of Grassroots

After founding his YAL chapter, serving as the Pennsylvania State Chair, and serving as a Political Director in the 2016 Election, Justin joined YAL Headquarters and helped the organization launch Operation Win at the Door. Justin oversaw the deployment of over 500 activists to mobilize for state representative races in 2018 & 2019, securing 56 wins. Justin has recruited and hired over 2,000 full-time campaign contractors and scored wins in Pennsylvania, Michigan, Missouri, Virginia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Tennessee, Texas, Georgia, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Arizona, New Hampshire, Vermont, Rhode Island, Maine, California, Iowa, South Carolina, North Carolina, Mississippi, and more.

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Sean Themea
Vice President of  Development

Sean discovered YAL during his senior year of college. He quickly earned the title of New York State Chair, and doubled the size of New York’s YAL presence. After serving as Midwest Regional Director, Sean teamed up with Cliff Maloney to take YAL’s fundraising to the next level, raising nearly $8 million in 2019. Sean is a graduate of Ithaca College, where he sang with a nationally-touring a capella group.

Daniel Taylor

Daniel Taylor
National Campus Director

Daniel Taylor discovered YAL in 2016. After founding his chapter at Taylor University, he was brought in as a State Chair where he built a network of 32 chapters in Indiana and hosted dozens of speaker events in a single semester.

After his time in Indiana, he was brought in as the Mid-Atlantic Regional Director, showing the largest regional growth in all of 2018.

As the National Campus Director at Young Americans for Liberty, he has lead his team to place over 400 campaign staff through Operation Win at the Door, and has lead his team to train over 3,000 students at YAL National events.


Kristin Tate

Kristin Tate serves as an Analyst at Young Americans for Liberty. In this role she advocates for the principles of Liberty on media outlets such as Fox News, CNN, MSNBC  among others.

She also pens a weekly column for The Hill Newspaper. She is a Novak Journalism Fellow at the Fund for American Studies.

Her latest book, The Liberal Invasion of Red State America, was published by Regnery Publishing in January 2020. St. Martin’s Press published Kristin’s book How Do I Tax Thee? in March 2018. Tate’s debut book Government Gone Wild, published by Hachette Book Group, is available now.


Brandon Borke
Director of Strategic Partnerships

Brandon serves as the Director of Strategic Partnerships for Young Americans for Liberty. He is a native of northeast Michigan. He graduated in 2015 from Northwood University with a bachelors in International Business Administration. Soon thereafter, Brandon found his calling in politics. He began with Rand Paul’s presidential campaign on Iowa making calls, canvassing campuses, and attending the Iowa caucuses on behalf of Dr. Paul. He then served as the Youth Director for Rod Blum in Iowa. Since then he has been directing field programs and managing campaigns across the country in South Carolina, New Hampshire, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Maine on races ranging from State House to U.S. Senate. Brandon hopes to continue the work in tirelessly fighting for liberty at the national office of Young Americans for Liberty.


Jared LeSage
Foundations Officer

Jared founded the Young Americans for Liberty chapter at UNC – Charlotte, and served as a North Carolina State Chair. Before working on Capitol Hill, Jared knocked thousands of doors in the 2016 election. He currently oversees all of YAL’s Foundation partnerships.


Emma Meshell

Emma Meshell serves as an Spokesperson at Young Americans for Liberty. In this role she advocates for the principles of Liberty on media outlets such as Fox News, Fox Business Network, and Newsmax TV, among others. She also manages the YAL Legacy Society, a program that allows YAL alumni and supporters to invest in the youth liberty movement.

Previously, Emma served as the Correspondent Director and Spokesperson for Campus Reform, a project of the Leadership Institute. Prior to that, she was a Policy and Outreach Associate at the Freedom Foundation in her home state of Oregon. Her foray into the Liberty movement came through an internship at Americans for Prosperity.

When she’s not fighting for liberty, Emma can usually be found fishing, snowboarding, or otherwise chasing fresh air.


Kathryn Brackbill
Director of Operations

Kathryn currently serves as YAL’s Director of Operations where she creates, organizes and runs all of the organizations events. Kathryn has been involved with Young Americans for Liberty since 2014 when she started her chapter at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, PA. She later became a Pennsylvania State Chair and helped grow the network in the Keystone State. Kathryn also has prior experience in the national office. Kathryn interned twice for Young Americans for Liberty; once as an intern in 2015 and then again in 2016 as a Development Executive. During her time in 2016 she helped organize and run that year’s National Convention. When Kathryn is not busy standing for liberty she enjoys; spending time with her husband and son, trying out new recipes, playing board games, and being in the great outdoors.


Ted Patterson
Director of Policy

Ted Patterson got involved in the liberty movement in 2008 in his home state of Maryland. He narrowly lost a race for State House in 2010, but instead was elected to his local GOP Central Committee. Ted graduated from University of Delaware with a Master’s Degree in Public Policy and ran grassroots liberty activist training at the Foundation for Applied Conservative Leadership until 2017. In addition to running for office, Ted has also worked on the inside as a Legislative Aide in the Maryland House of Delegates and over the past two years has operated his own marketing company. Ted now serves as Director of Policy with Young Americans for Liberty to help mentor and develop America’s next generation of liberty legislators.


Reed Cooley
Director of Public Relations

A lifelong writer, Mississippi native, and alumnus of Baylor University, Reed Cooley (like many others within YAL) began his involvement in the liberty movement while in college. After graduating in August 2017, Reed knew that he wanted to spend his life using his passions for writing and oratory to promote the ideals of liberty and limited government.


Alexander Staudt
Major Gifts Officer

Alex served as YAL’s Director of Free Speech for three years, where he trained thousands of students to challenge university bias against the 1st Amendment. Now, he strategizes with YAL’s top investors on the best ways to Make Liberty Win. Alex has a B.A. in Political Science and a minor in Entrepreneurial Management from the University of Iowa. As a true Iowan through and through, Alex enjoys hunting for vinyls, cheering for the Hawkeyes, and the outdoors.


Bill Rein
Development Specialist

Bill studied philosophy and political science at Chico State University. He’s interested in data-driven public policy, scientific fundraising and 20th century political theory.
Jeff Lyons

Jeff Lyons
Development Associate

After serving over eight years across two enlistments in the United States Navy, Jeff decided to return to college and chart a new course to serve his country and defend the Constitution. Jeff went on to get two Associates Degrees in Theatre and History/Government from Bunker Hill, while spending his free time working on pro-liberty campaigns and causes across the country, including serving as Campaign Manager for the Boston Globe Endorsed candidate Daniel Fishman for Auditor of Massachusetts.  After graduation, Jeff joined the National Staff in June of 2019 as an intern and was immediately hired as an Associate at the end of the internship.  Outside of the office, Jeff loves travelling, running obstacle course races, live music, playing guitar and singing karaoke, but most of all he enjoys standing like a rock in defense of Life, Liberty, the Pursuit of Happiness, and the United States Constitution.

Barrett Young

Barrett Young
Director of Grassroots

Barrett Young is the Director of Grassroots at Young Americans for Liberty, the fastest growing youth Liberty organization whose mission is to identify, educate, train, and mobilize the next generation of conservative activists to make Liberty Win. In 2015, Barrett was named “The Next Great Communicator” by the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation for making the case for principled restraint in foreign policy at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. In his time outside of YAL, Barrett serves as a field consultant for Liberty-minded campaigns, having mobilized over hundreds students to get off the couch and on the campaign trail. Between his YAL affiliated and personal projects, Barrett has designed over 100 pieces of campaign literature and been a part of over 150 campaigns, independent expenditures, and advocacy programs across the country.


Justin Maloney
Candidate Specialist

Justin Maloney founded his YAL chapter shortly after the 2016 Presidential Election at his Alma Mater of Brescia University, in Owensboro, Kentucky. After spending the next semester growing his chapter as a chapter president, Justin spent the summer of 2017 working on various pro-liberty campaigns and ballot initiatives. Justin also began his tenure as a Kentucky State Chair in the summer of 2017, and spent the next academic year growing the Kentucky network and cultivating new leaders in the liberty movement. Justin joined YAL National Staff after graduating from Brescia University in May of 2018 as the Northeast Regional Director. He currently serves as YAL’s Candidate Specialist.


JP Kirby
Director of Free Speech

JP is a native of Bowling Green, Kentucky and an alumnus of the University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg, Kentucky.  As a lifelong believer in self-government and individual liberty, JP joined the liberty movement by founding a YAL chapter on his campus in 2016, while also working on the Presidential election. Since then, he has recruited hundreds of activists and knocked thousands of doors on YAL campaigns. Now, as the Director of Free Speech, JP spends his days helping students on campus fight back against oppressive restrictions on speech and assembly that exists at many colleges and universities.

Stuart Hench
Data Director

Stuart started his journey with YAL in 2017 where he served as Chapter President at Virginia Tech and Virginia State Chair. He began working on Operation Win at the Door campaigns in early 2018, and quickly stepped into a leadership position as Election Director. Stuart now serves in the national office as the Data Director.


Ian Brennan
Grassroots Associate

Ian currently serves as the Grassroots Associate at Young Americans for Liberty. He got his start in the liberty movement in 2015 when Rand Paul ran for president, volunteering for his campaign in his home state of Vermont and starting a Students for Rand chapter at St. Lawrence University. He became involved with Young Americans for Liberty when he started a YAL chapter at St. Lawrence University in place of his Students for Rand chapter. Ian’s first YALCON in 2017 inspired him to take further action, making his chapter one of the most active in the Northeast. Continuing his work in YAL as a New York State Chair, Ian expanded the liberty network in the Northeast, accruing several State Chair of the Month awards. When he’s not fighting for liberty, Ian enjoys singing, craft beer, and metal concerts.
Maggie Anders

Maggie Anders
Northeast + West Coast Regional Director

Maggie Anders was born and raised in Louisiana. She was introduced to the liberty movement at a young age when her mother knocked doors during the 2008 presidential campaign. During her freshman year, she joined the YAL chapter at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, and that summer she participated in Operation Win at the Door. She became the Louisiana State Chair in 2018 in hopes of bringing her home state back from the brink of overregulation and mass incarceration. In Spring 2019, she became the Great Plains Field Coordinator, driving to different campuses and training chapter presidents. Now she works as the Regional Director for the Northeast & West Coast Regions. She enjoys cajun food, live music, and empowering others to take action in their communities.

Tony Guajardo

Tony Guajardo
Midwest + Northern Regional Director

Tony Guajardo is the Midwest & Northern Regional Director for Young Americans for Liberty (YAL). He has been involved in politics since the fall of 2012 when he served as an intern on Capitol Hill. A graduate of Texas A&M University, Tony worked to recruit YAL students on the ground across Michigan and Florida, before returning to his home state to serve as a Regional Director at YAL HQ.

Ryan Jacoby
Mid-Atlantic + Appalachian Regional Director

Ryan is currently the Mid-Atlantic & Appalachian Regional Director with Young Americans for Liberty. He founded the Franklin & Marshall College YAL chapter in Lancaster, Pennsylvania during the fall of his sophomore year. He built his home chapter from scratch into a 50-member chapter at a school with only 2,000 students. Ryan has come through the YAL pipeline to find a home in the YAL National HQ. After building his home chapter, he turned his attention to helping other Pennsylvania students bring liberty to their campuses in his role as a Pennsylvania State Chair. He served as a Pennsylvania State Chair for almost two years and then, after graduating from F&M, he stepped up to become the YAL Mid-Atlantic Regional & Appalachian Regional Director to help students in those regions develop into incredible leaders within the liberty movement. When Ryan is not fighting for liberty he enjoys eating Texas BBQ, exploring Texas, and rooting for the Yankees.


Daniel Stuart
Northern Deputy Regional Director

Daniel has been a long time fan of the liberty movement. During his first month at Illinois State University he helped to start up the Young Americans for Liberty chapter and oversaw it’s growth and development. In March Daniel became the Illinois State Chair and took his leadership to the next level with YAL. He oversaw the growth of the liberty movement in Illinois and worked to grow his network and foster good relationships with his chapter presidents. He has since left Illinois State University and is now helping grow the Northern Regional network.


Chelsea Marrie
Mid-Atlantic Deputy Regional Director

Chelsea Marrie is the Mid-Atlantic Deputy Regional Director. She graduated from Youngstown State University with a duel degree in Political Science/Pre Law and History. She loves Liberty, Constitutional Law, and Rand Paul. She began her journey in the liberty movement as a student Door Knocker with Operation Win at the Door in 2018, and joined YAL full-time in 2020 to join the fight to Make Liberty Win.


Carter Quill
Appalachian Deputy Regional Director

Carter Quill is the Appalachian Deputy Regional Director at Young Americans for Liberty. A lifelong fan of freedom, philosophy and American history, he began his tenure with YAL as a North Carolina Recruitment Director, then State Chair in 2019. He is now the youngest member of YAL’s national staff.

When Carter is not growing the Appalachian network, he is spending time with his family, three dogs and 8-year old brother, Chase, who also loves Liberty.


Cody Collyer
Coastal Deputy Regional Director

Cody Collyer joined YAL in 2017 and has never looked back. He quickly took over his local chapter and was promoted to State Chair of Georgia just as quickly. Under his leadership, Georgia’s team of activists grew immensely and became one of the most effective in the country. Cody is now the Coastal Deputy Regional Director and works hard every day for the liberty revolution. Atlanta will be taken by storm when he runs for office in 2024.


Sulamita Barbiyeru
Northeast Deputy Regional Director

Sulamita’s parents emigrated from Moldova a few months before the Berlin Wall fell. The Sisyphean amount of persistence it took them to move to the United States from the Soviet Union is what motivates her to pursue a career in the liberty movement. A native of Oregon and graduate of the University of Oregon, her journey with YAL began in 2019 with Operation Win at the Door. After helping elect two liberty legislators as a door knocker, she was inspired to work directly on campus as a Deputy Regional Director.


Grayson McNew
Senior Election Director

Grayson McNew became involved in the Liberty movement back in 2017 after his first YAL summit in Pittsburg. He joined Operation Win at the Door in 2008 and helped to elect our 4th (Dirk Deaton), and 6th (Cal Bahr) victories. After finishing college he rejoined OWD and has traveled the country to help elect our Liberty Loving Legislators. Grayson began his career in politics back in 2014 in his home State of Maryland. After working with a variety of candidates on the trail he moved to the Statehouse to work for his state Senator Steven Waugh as his legislative aide. Through his time in the abyss, he discovered the lack of principle in our state legislators and wanted to make a change. He now serves as a Senior Election Director with Operation Win at the Door.


Michael Anderson
Senior Election Director

Michael Anderson kickstarted Young Americans for Liberty at the University of Houston in 2016. He and his YAL chapter were essential players in the passing of body camera policy reform in Harris County. After becoming a Texas State Chair with YAL in February of 2017, his efforts on free speech and dedication to ending the war on drugs gained significant local media attention, such as becoming a contributor at The Isiah Factor on FOX 26 and Ken Webster Jr’s Pursuit of Happiness Radio on KPRC 950.  After graduating from the University of Houston, he became a national leader in YAL’s ‘Operation Win at the Door’ program where he has been traveling  across the country and helping to elect Liberty Legislators.

Bailey McKee
Graphic Designer

Bailey serves as the Graphic Designer for Young Americans for Liberty. Her experience ranges widely to include political campaigns, podcast branding, YouTube campaigns, merchandise advertising, social media content and so much more. She is a content creator in charge of creating all the physical and digital assets needed for a successful marketing campaign. She has been making exciting political content since 2016 and moved in-house in 2020 to join YAL’s fight for liberty full-time.

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