Staff

Frank Cannon – President

Frank Cannon is the president of American Principles Project and co-author of the report Building a Winning GOP Coalition: The Lessons of 2012. Mr. Cannon has worked in the public policy arena for over 30 years, advising numerous political campaigns and major organizations, and is widely recognized as a leading social conservative political strategist. He is a graduate of Dartmouth College.

Terry Schilling – Executive Director

Terry Schilling is the executive director of American Principles Project. Mr. Schilling has worked in communications, development, grassroots, and management positions with Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ), Sen. Sam Brownback (R-KS), various state and local candidates as well as managing the race for his father, Rep. Bobby Schilling, in his race for Congress in Illinois. Terry Schilling is a native of Geneseo, Illinois, and a graduate of Franciscan University of Steubenville, where he studied political science.

Jeff Bell – Policy Director

Jeff Bell is policy director of the American Principles Project. In 1978 and 2014, Mr. Bell was the Republican nominee for the U.S. Senate in New Jersey, and he has also served on the national campaigns for Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, and Jack Kemp. He is a graduate of Columbia University and a veteran of the U.S. Army in Vietnam whose distinguished career in public policy has spanned several decades. Mr. Bell is the author of Populism and Elitism: Politics in the Age of Equality and The Case for Polarized Politics: Why America Needs Social Conservatism.

Maggie Gallagher – Senior Fellow

Maggie Gallagher is a senior fellow at American Principles Project and co-author of the APP report, Building a Winning GOP Coalition: The Lessons of 2012. She has been a thought leader on life, religious liberty, and especially marriage, for over 25 years, helping found both the Institute for Marriage and Public Policy and the National Organization for Marriage. Ms. Gallagher is the author of four books on marriage.

Emmett McGroarty – Director, APP Education

Emmett McGroarty is the education director at American Principles Project. He is a co-author, along with his colleague Jane Robbins, of the groundbreaking report Controlling Education from the Top: Why Common Core Is Bad for America and a co-founder of truthinamericaneducation.com, a nationwide network of individuals and organizations that sheds light on the Common Core system. Mr. McGroarty is a graduate of Fordham School of Law and Georgetown University.

Jane Robbins – Senior Fellow

Jane Robbins is an attorney and a senior fellow with the American Principles Project, where she is involved in efforts to restore the constitutional autonomy of states and parents in education policy, and to protect the rights of religious freedom and conscience. With Emmett McGroarty, she co-authored the APP/Pioneer Institute report, Controlling Education From the Top: Why Common Core Is Bad for America, and she has published numerous articles about the problems with Common Core as well as testifying on the issue before the legislatures of nine states. Ms. Robbins is a graduate of Clemson University and the Harvard Law School.

Ralph Benko – Senior Economic Advisor

Ralph Benko serves as the senior advisor in economic policy at APP. He has several decades of experience in public policy, including service in multiple administrations. In 1981, Mr. Benko testified before the United States Gold Commission on the constitutional history of American monetary policy, and in 1986, he founded The Prosperity Caucus, a monthly meeting of free market economists and policy makers. He has remained actively interested in all areas of economic growth policy ever since.

Jon Schweppe – Communications Director

Jon Schweppe is the communications director for American Principles Project. Prior to joining APP, Mr. Schweppe worked on several congressional campaigns in Illinois during the 2010, 2012, and 2014 elections. He is a graduate of Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois, where he studied economics and finance.

Shane Vander Hart – Online Communications Manager

Shane Vander Hart serves as the online communications director for American Principles Project. He is also a frequent contributor for TruthInAmericanEducation.com and is the editor-in-chief for CaffeinatedThoughts.com, a popular Christian conservative blog. Mr. Vander Hart is a native of Iowa and has recently been recognized by Campaigns & Elections as one of the top political influencers in his state.

Paul Dupont – Managing Editor of ThePulse2016.com

Paul Dupont is the managing editor of ThePulse2016.com, APP’s blog covering the 2016 elections. He has been a part of the APP team since 2013, during which time he has served the organization in a number of different capacities. Prior to joining APP, Mr. Dupont interned at the Heritage Foundation and for Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA). He is a graduate of Villanova University and an alumnus of the John Jay Institute fellowship program.

Steven Jonathan Rummelsburg – Senior Fellow

Steven Jonathan Rummelsburg teaches philosophy and theology at Holy Spirit Prep High School in Atlanta. After graduating with a degree in history from the University of California Santa Barbara in 1990, he worked as a public elementary school teacher in California for 23 years. As an employee of the public school system, he has had extensive training on the methods of the Common Core, which he believes to be the next prolific step in the downward spiraling of American schools. He is a prolific writer on the Catholic faith and education.

Ze’ev Wurman – Senior Fellow

Ze’ev Wurman is a visiting scholar at the Hoover Institution. Between 2007 and 2009, he served as a senior policy adviser with the Office of Planning, Evaluation, and Policy Development at the U.S. Department of Education, and he served as a commissioner on the California Academic Content Standards Commission that in 2010 evaluated the Common Core’s suitability for California adoption. In October 2014, Mr. Wurman and American Principles Project published Why Students Need Strong Standards [And Not Common Core], a white paper demonstrating significant weaknesses in the Common Core’s math standards.

Elizabeth Winston – Grants Officer

Elizabeth Winston is the Grants Officer for the American Principles Project. She graduated from Hillsdale College in 2015, with a B.A. in English Literature and has past experience as a private contractor, writing, editing, and testing online courses. She is a native of Hillsdale, Michigan.

Anna Pfaff – Investor Relations Manager

Anna Pfaff joined American Principles Project as the Investor Relations Manager in May 2016, immediately following her graduation from Hillsdale College, where she received a B.A. in American Studies. Prior to joining APP, she interned with the Mackinac Center for Public Policy and the National Rifle Association, as well as serving as the NRA’s Youth Shooting Sports Ambassador. She is also a prolific writer, most notably serving as editor of the “Love Among the Ruins” blog on Patheos Catholic.

Johannah Rockwell – Executive Assistant

Johannah Rockwell joined American Principles Project in March 2014 and is the executive assistant to the president and executive director. Prior to joining APP, Ms. Rockwell supported executives in the healthcare and financial industry. She graduated with a Bachelor’s of Music from Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, and is a native of Northern Virginia.

Kevin Dawson – Operations Manager

Kevin Dawson is the operations manager at American Principles Project. He  graduated Catholic University of America in 2013 with a B.A. in Politics. Prior to joining APP, Mr. Dawson created and managed the technical customer service call center at the American Petroleum Institute, was an intern for the Americans for Prosperity Foundation, and an intern in the Parliament in Ireland.