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 is the president of American Principles Project. He is responsible for developing and implementing APP’s strategy, messaging and political activity at the state and federal levels. Since taking the reins at APP, Terry has overseen its growth into the premier national organization defending the family in politics. In 2021, he founded APP’s Big Family initiative, which aims to make the family into the most powerful special interest group in Washington, D.C. Through APP’s super PAC, he has also directed numerous election efforts, including campaigns to make defending women’s sports and protecting parental rights in education key Republican issues.
In the past, Terry worked for several pro-family political leaders like Sen. Sam Brownback (R-KS), Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ), and various state and local candidates. Before joining APP, Terry’s proudest accomplishment was managing the successful campaign of his father, former Congressman Bobby Schilling, for U.S. Congress in 2010. He is a graduate of Franciscan University of Steubenville, an alumnus of the Claremont Institute’s Lincoln Fellowship, and, most importantly, the proud father of six wonderful children. He, his wife Katie, and their family live in Virginia.
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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 is the Director of Policy 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 the groundbreaking 2020 report: Protecting Free Speech and Defending Kids: A Proposal to Amend Section 230.
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 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. He also co-authored the APP report Family First: Reclaiming the GOP’s Forgotten Constituency.
Paul is an alumnus of the John Jay Institute fellowship, the Leonine Forum, and The Heritage Foundation’s Young Leaders Program. He is a graduate of Villanova University, where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Humanities.
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.
Sandra Kirby is the government affairs manager for American Principles Project. She started at APP as an intern in December 2018 and has been working with the organization ever since.
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.
Joe Proenza serves as the political director for American Principles Project, where he works to identify and support pro-family politicians across the country.
Joe is a Georgia native who has served in several campaign roles in his home state, including most recently as Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene’s campaign manager for her re-election in 2022. He previously served in multiple positions with the Georgia Republican Party, including Political Director and Deputy Election Day Operations Director.
Mary Ellen O’Leary
Mary Ellen O’Leary
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
Steven Jonathan Rummelsburg
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.