• Mike Rothfeld

    Mike Rothfeld has more than three decades of experience as a political activist. He works with major organizations on virtually every conservative issue, both as a political operator and professional direct marketer. In addition, he has decades of senior campaign experience at the local, state, federal, and presidential levels.

    Mike Rothfeld

    He founded and built the National Association for Gun Rights and is the founder and President of the Foundation for Applied Conservative Leadership. He is a retired homeschooling father of four and grandfather.

  • Kirk Shelley

    Kirk Shelley started working in grassroots politics in North Carolina as a college activist on the late Senator Jessie Helms’ 1984 campaign. Following college, he completed his Officer Basic Course for the Army, and was then hired to work in state legislation by the National Right to Work Committee.

    Kirk Shelley

    In seven years with the Oklahoma Freedom to Work Committee, Kirk created a 110,000-member organization.

    As a general consultant, Kirk has worked on 237 State House and Senate campaigns in ten states, with a success rate of 89 percent. He has worked on a number of Congressional and statewide races and was a senior consultant for both the Ron Paul and Rand Paul presidential campaigns. He also worked for eight years as the senior consultant for State Operations for Campaign for Liberty. He has successfully completed legislative and election projects in 49 states.

    Kirk has worked on a range of issues, including gun rights, homeschooling, right to life, medical scope of practice, property rights, superfund reform, tort reform and transportation issues. His work has included grassroots and grasstops mobilization, media work, campaign management, convention consulting and candidate recruitment.

    He has taken the lessons learned from many years of practical political experience and created much of the material taught by the Foundation for Applied Conservative Leadership and was the Foundation’s first instructor.

    Kirk is a graduate of East Carolina University. He is a father of four, lives in Oklahoma City, and is an active member of Crossings Community Church. He is an honorably discharged Captain of the U.S. Army Reserves and is a veteran of Operation Just Cause.

  • Nathan Adams

    Nathan Adams is the Georgia state coordinator for Campaign for Liberty, and the founder and Executive Director of Georgia Taxpayers United.

    Nathan began working in grassroots politics as a volunteer for Ron Paul’s 2008 presidential campaign, and later as a county chapter organizer for Campaign for Liberty.

    Nathan Adams

    As a grassroots activist, Nathan fights property taxes, wasteful spending in Georgia counties and municipalities, and federal intrusion on Georgia citizens. Other fights include healthcare freedom, Constitutional Carry, and holding politicians accountable at all levels of government.

    In 2012, Nathan helped lead a grassroots effort to defeat what would have been the largest tax increase in Georgia history, the so-called “T-SPLOST,” in 9 of 12 regions in Georgia. During that time, he helped to elect Charles Gregory (Georgia state coordinator for the 2012 Ron Paul presidential campaign) to the Georgia General Assembly, and in the process, defeated a well-funded 16-year liberal Republican incumbent.

    Nathan is an engineer by training and holds a Professional Masters in Applied Systems Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He worked on a variety of projects, including multi-million-dollar programs to upgrade aircraft avionic systems, high-fidelity real-time simulation frameworks, data acquisition and test software, and medical systems for critical care patients.

    Nathan lives in Atlanta with his wife, Melissa, where they are busy raising their two children, attending church, visiting family, and working.

  • Zach Lautenschlager

    Zach Lautenschlager is a 20-year veteran of professional political activism. He currently serves as the Vice President of the National Association for Gun Rights, leading its 4.5- million-member army in defense of the Second Amendment.

    Zach also serves on the board of the Foundation for Applied Conservative Leadership and is the senior consultant for Wilson Baird Communications.

    Zach Lautenschlager

    He has extensive experience in establishing and building conservative organizations, fundraising, grassroots mobilization, legislative programs and campaign management. He has served on over 200 campaigns, ranging from local races to bids for statewide office, and has a success rate of over 80 percent.

    He and his wife, Amy, live in Northern Colorado with their six children where they enjoy homeschooling, family music, entertaining guests, and outdoor activities ranging from skiing and mountaineering to sitting outside on a summer evening. They are members of Emmaus Presbyterian Church.

  • Shawn Dow

    Shawn Dow is a small business owner from Arizona. In 2009, after attending a training school put on by the Foundation for Applied Conservative Leadership, he began putting the principles he learned into action.

    Shawn Dow

    Now, removing politicians from office, killing bad legislation, and forcing politicians to pass legislation that expands our liberties are just a few of his favorite activities.

    Shawn has taken the model of confrontational politics to 29 states, winning over 70 elections and writing legislation that has ultimately been passed into law in over 15 states.

    He has led the fight to remove red light cameras all across the country, winning 100 percent of elections involving these automatic ticketing machines. Ending these contracts has saved Americans an estimated one billion dollars per year.

    In 2012, Shawn served as Ron Paul's State Director, and worked on Rand Paul's presidential campaign in 2016.

    Shawn is considered by many to be the most inspiring of the Foundation’s trainers, and is universally recognized as the most energetic.

    Shawn and his lovely wife of more than 20 years live in Fountain Hills, Arizona.

  • Talbert Black Jr

    Talbert Black is the President of South Carolina Campaign for Liberty and founder of Palmetto Liberty.

    He is a married father of three, a homeschooling dad, a full-time software engineer, is active in his church, and has been a political activist since 1999 when he started fighting for gun rights in South Carolina.

    Talbert Black Jr

    Talbert started leading political fights in 2008 with Campaign for Liberty, beginning with a three-year battle to successfully pass legislation to force the South Carolina state legislature to record their votes on every new law that is passed.

    He also gets involved in local battles, like a recent fight to stop a one percent local options sales tax referendum in his home county of Lexington. Despite hundreds of thousands of dollars being spent to promote it by the pro-tax establishment, he led efforts to defeat it with a budget of less than $5,000 by a margin of 70 – 30 percent.

    He has led many successful political fights at the state and county levels -- expanding gun rights, stopping tax hikes, limiting government growth, and protecting property rights and free speech.

    Talbert is credited with removing many political enemies from office, including a State Senator who had him jailed, the Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, and played a significant role in the conviction of the South Carolina Speaker of the House on corruption and abuse of office charges.

  • Luke O'Dell

    Lucius O’Dell is a veteran political operative. He has worked professionally in politics for nearly fifteen years on local, state, and federal level campaigns. He has served as an aide and staff advisor in both the state legislature and in Congress. He has built and run political non-profits -- training staff and raising millions of dollars for conservative causes.

    Luke O'Dell

    Luke got his start working campaigns in college, leaving to serve as Field Director for the re-election campaign of Congresswoman Marilyn Musgrave. He later served as a legislative aide and Executive Director of the Republican Study Committee of the Colorado General Assembly.

    Luke spent nearly ten years as Political Director and Vice President of the National Association for Gun Rights. He is an expert in grassroots organization building, as well as political strategy.

    In 2017, Luke left the Congressional office of Congressman Ken Buck to found Five Tool Strategies, a political communications and consulting firm built around excellence in the fundamentals of political success.

    Luke and his wife, Courtney, live with their two children in Northern Colorado.

  • Ted Harvey

    Retired legislator, State Senator Ted Harvey (R-CO), never lost an election, nor his passion for protecting the unborn or promoting core conservative values.

    At the age of 22, Ted received a political appointment to serve in the White House of President Ronald Reagan.

    Ted Harvey

    He returned to Colorado empowered by the vision of the Reagan Revolution and committed to defending the foundational and constitutional values of our nation.

    After returning home, Ted quickly became involved in Colorado politics and secured a staff position in the Colorado House of Representatives as the House Reading Clerk. After two years, Ted became the Program Director at the Independence Institute, a conservative/libertarian Colorado think tank.

    In December of 2001, through a vacancy election, Ted was elected to the Colorado House of Representatives and became a conservative champion inside the Capitol. He was re-elected in both 2002 and 2004, and was then elected to the State Senate in 2006 and 2010.

    During his legislative tenure, Ted has proven himself to be a leader of the conservative movement. He led the fight against illegal immigration, for the passage of Right to Work, and sponsored the only abortion restriction ever passed in Colorado -- the Parental Notification Act. Ted has also been one of the legislature’s staunchest defenders of the Second Amendment.

    Ted is also a founding member and Chairman of the Stop Hillary PAC, renamed the Committee to Defend the President following the election of 2016. It is now the largest pro-Trump PAC in the country.

    Ted and his wife, Janie, have been married for 24 years. They are passionate Christians and are very active in their church.

    Janie is a highly accomplished dyslexia therapist working with elementary-age children while also teaching at the college level.

    Ted and Janie have two children. Their son, Jack, is a student at Colorado School of Mines where he is earning a degree in Petroleum Engineering. Their daughter, Brooke, is a junior in high school and spends her summers doing Christian missionary work throughout China.

  • Patrick L. McGrady

    Patrick L. McGrady is an expert in robocall marketing for issues and campaigns. He has experience in party politics, issue advocacy, PAC operations, and online marketing.

    Patrick's motivation for working with the great activists of the Foundation for Applied Conservative Leadership is to show activists that our political destiny does not need to be determined by others.

    Patrick L. McGrady

    With the right training and learning from every engagement, the good guys can win.

    Patrick was elected Mayor of Aberdeen, Maryland in November, 2015. As the Mayor of Aberdeen, Patrick is the CEO of the City and the Chairman of the City Council. When he is not working with city governance, he manufactures stainless steel auto parts for vintage cars and works in real estate development and general capitalism.

    Patrick has a B.S. in Finance and a B.A. in Economics from Pennsylvania State University.

    Patrick is married to Liz McGrady and they have two children, Independence and Remy. The McGradys are members of Living Hope PCA Church in Aberdeen, Maryland.

  • Dave Pridgeon

    Dave Pridgeon is a grassroots activist from Harford County, Maryland, where he built a successful Campaign for Liberty organization. Dave has participated in numerous local elections, helping get constitutionally-minded candidates elected to office for County Council, Sheriff, Mayor of Aberdeen, and numerous spots on the county Republican Central Committee.

    Dave has also been active at the state level, helping defeat both a sanctuary state and a Section 8 housing bill at the Maryland legislature.

    Dave Pridgeon

    He helped lead a successful statewide effort to replace Maryland Republican National Committeeman Louis Pope, who was responsible for numerous RNC rules limiting the ability of the grassroots to affect the party, particularly during election season.

    Dave was employed with the 2012 Ron Paul presidential campaign and was responsible for finding and developing state leaders. Since 2012, he worked first with Campaign for Liberty, and now with the Foundation for Applied Conservative Leadership to help constitutionally-minded individuals start grassroots organizations and to train existing organizations and activists to be more effective and politically dangerous.

    For over 30 years, he has been a Civil War reenactor and has helped raise millions of dollars for battlefield preservation. One of his proudest accomplishments is burying the modern-day power line at the scene of Pickett’s Charge at Gettysburg. For his tireless work in helping to preserve our nation’s history, he has received awards from organizations such as the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation.

    Dave and his wife have been married nearly 40 years. He is a proud father, grandfather, and great-grandfather.

  • Joseph W. Neville

    Joseph W. Neville brings a wealth of political experience as a seasoned veteran in business management and politics.

    Career highlights include serving as senior staff for several Colorado State Senators and working for the Republican Party, where he developed legislative tracking and analysis prowess.

    He has managed campaigns from local City Council races to U.S. Senate elections, and has directed and lobbied for

    Joseph W. Neville

    several different issue groups fighting for Christian values, Second Amendment rights, and the Right to Work.

    As Political Director for Rocky Mountain Gun Owners, Joe grew the grassroots group to defend the constitutional right to bear arms into the largest state-based gun rights organization in the country.

    As a campaign manager, Joe is a trusted consultant and advisor both on and off the campaign trail. Through his leadership, Colorado won back the Senate majority in 2014 for the first time in over a decade. He has since managed two U.S. Senate campaigns.

    Joe is a staunch conservative activist. He has been the catalyst for forming and building several PACs and issue groups to tackle emerging issues in liberty, education and healthcare.

    He holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with an emphasis in Project Management, and a certificate in Biblical Studies from Colorado Christian University in Denver. He honorably served four years in the U.S. Navy, including responding to 9/11 aboard the USS John F. Kennedy in 2001.

    Joe and his wife, Jennifer, and their three children reside in Colorado, where they spend as much free time as possible shredding fresh powder on the slopes in the winter and cutting through the clean glass of mountain lakes in the summer.

    Joe Neville is now President and Principal Consultant of Rearden Strategic, LLC.


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