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Frank Cannon

Founding President

Frank Cannon

Founding President

Frank Cannon is Founding President of American Principles Project. He is one of the social conservative movement’s premier thought leaders and the co-author of two important APP reports, The Case for Politics: Why Social Conservatives Must Invest Seriously in Politics, and Building a Winning GOP Coalition: The Lessons of 2012.

Mr. Cannon has also served as a political strategist for the Susan B. Anthony List for the last decade, helping it grow into one of the largest and most influential pro-life organizations in the country. He was a regular guest at the White House under the Trump administration, where he worked to ensure the achievement of many critical conservative policy goals.

Mr. Cannon has more than 30 years of experience in the public policy arena, during which time he has consulted for numerous nonprofit organizations, grassroots groups, government agencies, national campaigns, and members of Congress. He was the head of Students for Reagan in 1980, and served in key roles on the Kemp and McCain presidential campaigns. He is a graduate of Dartmouth College.


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Terry Schilling

President

Terry Schilling

President

Terry Schilling is the President of American Principles Project. Terry is responsible for developing, coordinating and implementing APP’s strategy, messaging and grassroots activity at the state and federal level.

As the son of a small business-owner, Terry knows how to leverage limited resources to generate maximum results. He takes the same approach to politics—especially campaigns.

In the past, Terry has worked in communications, development, grassroots, and management positions with Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ), Sen. Sam Brownback, and various state and local candidates. Before joining APP, Terry managed his father’s race for Congress in Illinois. Running in 2010 on a shoestring budget in a district that had been Democratic for nearly 30 years, Terry led the Bobby Schilling for Congress campaign to a 10-point victory. He is a graduate of Franciscan University of Steubenville and a proud father of five.


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Maggie Gallagher

Senior Fellow

Maggie Gallagher

Senior Fellow

Maggie Gallagher is a senior fellow at American Principles Project, and a co-author of the APP reports, Building a Winning GOP Coalition: The Lessons of 2012 and The Case for Politics: Why Conservatives Must Invest Seriously in Politics. She has been a thought leader on life, religious liberty, and especially marriage for more than 25 years.

Ms. Gallagher is the author of four books on marriage, including The Case for Marriage with University of Chicago Prof. Linda J. Waite, and her latest book, Debating Same-Sex Marriage, which she co-authored with Prof. John Corvino. After founding and running a think tank on marriage — the Institute for Marriage and Public Policy — Ms. Gallagher went on to co-found the National Organization for Marriage in 2007, which The Washington Post called the “pre-eminent organization” fighting the imposition of same-sex marriage. Her Weekly Standard piece “Banned in Boston” launched a national debate over the religious liberty consequences of same-sex marriage.

Jon Schweppe

Director of Government Affairs

Jon Schweppe

Director of Government Affairs

Jon Schweppe is the Director of Policy and Government Affairs for American Principles Project (APP). In this role, he advances the organization’s legislative priorities by working with allied groups and with federal and state lawmakers. Schweppe co-authored two groundbreaking reports released in 2020: Protecting Free Speech and Defending Kids: A Proposal to Amend Section 230, and Black Lives Matter and the BREATHE Act: A Radical Movement with a Radical Agenda.

Schweppe is an alumnus of the Claremont Institute’s Lincoln Fellowship. He has been published in a number of publications, including The New York Post, The American Mind, First Things, Newsweek, The Federalist, and the Daily Caller. Prior to joining APP, he worked on several political campaigns, focusing mainly on communications and policy. He is a graduate of Augustana College, where he majored in Economics and Finance.


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Paul Dupont

Communications Director

Paul Dupont

Communications Director

Paul Dupont joined American Principles Project in the spring of 2013, first as an intern and then full time as operations manager. He now serves as APP’s communications director, helping to manage and execute the organization’s public relations and press strategy.

Prior to his time at APP, Mr. Dupont was a fellow at the John Jay Institute and an intern at The Heritage Foundation. He also interned at Senator Pat Toomey’s Philadelphia regional office. He is a graduate of Villanova University, where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Humanities.

Spencer Lewis

Director of Operations

Spencer Lewis

Director of Operations

Spencer Lewis currently serves as the Director of Operations for American Principles Project. Spencer is a native of the great state of Texas and is a graduate of Texas State University with a degree in Business Management and a concentration in Entrepreneurship. He has several years of experience in the non-profit sector and is motivated by a passion for promoting social conservatism.

Chris Madden

Deputy Director of Development

Chris Madden

Deputy Director of Development

Chris Madden serves as the Deputy Director of Development for the American Principles Project. In this role, he assists in planning and implementing fundraising efforts to support the organization.

Prior to APP, Chris worked in development and advancement in collegiate athletics. He has also worked for several political non-profits and served as a field director for state elections in South Carolina. He is a native of North Carolina and holds a master’s degree from Liberty University.

Chris lives in Greenville, SC with his wife Chandler and their daughter Carter.

Chris Hopper

State Director - APP Texas

Chris Hopper

State Director - APP Texas

Chris Hopper is the State Director for APP Texas. In this role, he is responsible for implementing the organization’s pro-family mission at the state level, ensuring that the interests of Texas families are represented in Austin.

Chris is a fourth-generation Texan who has served for two decades as a student and mission pastor in the state. He also previously helped build two schools in Kenya and is still involved there in assisting over 300 children annually with medical care, education and learning a trade. Chris attended Arlington Baptist University and Louisiana Baptist University and has a bachelor’s degree in Bible and Counseling. He lives in the Fort Worth area with his wife Ashleigh and their three children.

Sandra Kirby

Policy Associate and Deputy Operations Manager

Sandra Kirby

Policy Associate and Deputy Operations Manager

Sandra Kirby is a Policy Associate and Deputy Operations Manager at the American Principles Project. She started at APP as an intern in December 2018 and has been working with the organization ever since.

In her current role she oversees company finances and manages APP’s family policy projects.

She is a proud graduate of Thomas More College of Liberal Arts and the Masters program at the Hillsdale College Van Andel Graduate School of Statesmanship.

Mary Ellen O’Leary

Assistant to the President

Mary Ellen O’Leary

Assistant to the President

Mary Ellen O’Leary joined American Principles Project in 2021 as the executive assistant to the president, Terry Schilling. She is responsible for managing Terry’s busy schedule, as well as assisting with other administrative tasks.

As someone who comes from a big family, Mary Ellen is passionate about the work the APP does. She is also a licensed real estate agent in Virginia.

Steven Jonathan Rummelsburg

Senior Fellow

Steven Jonathan Rummelsburg

Senior Fellow

Steven Jonathan Rummelsburg is a senior fellow at American Principles Project and has been a school teacher for 30 years. He currently teaches logic and the humanities at John Adams Academy, a classical school with a mission is to restore America’s heritage. Steven is on the Teacher Advisory Committee at the Sophia Institute Press for Teachers where he writes curriculum. He was a senior contributor at The Imaginative Conservative from 2013-2019 and has published articles for many online publications. He writes and speaks on matters of faith, culture and education.

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