what do we believe

We are conservatives in the American tradition. We believe in limited, constitutional government. We support individual liberty and free enterprise. We advocate a robust civil society and a strong national defense. Finally, we acknowledge a transcendent order, whether found in tradition, philosophy, or theology. These are our core commitments. Beyond these, our members are passionate about a variety of conservative and libertarian causes. Together, we reaffirm the promise of the American experiment begun in 1776 and commit ourselves to its renewal through an innovative application of conservative principles.

what do we do

Through our regional and national activities, we build relationships among the country’s most accomplished young conservatives and libertarians. Our members launch new ventures together, refine ideas and strategies, and grapple with the issues of the day. As part of our endeavor to wrestle with questions of politics, economics, and culture, we invite men and women of extraordinary accomplishment to join our members for discussions on a wide range of issues.

  • EVAN BAEHR
  • JIM BAEHR
  • DUNCAN SAHNER
  • DAVE TRULIO
  • ALEX BENARD
  • BRIAN HALEY
  • SARAH ISGUR FLORES
  • JAMIE STORY KOHLMAN
  • BRITTANY RHODES RINER

EVAN BAEHR

FOUNDER

Evan Baehr loves people and ideas... and works to bring them together at the intersection of technology, public policy, and venture capital. He is currently launching a technology company in Austin, TX, with his HBS classmate Will Davis. Most recently he worked for Facebook helping to build out the Facebook Platform. In an earlier life he worked with PayPal founder Peter Thiel to build a civic engagement social media company. Baehr graduated cum laude from Princeton University, and later graduated summa cum laude from Yale Divinity School. He serves on the board of the Heritage Foundation’s New York Committee, the Manhattan Institute’s Adam Smith Society, and the New Canaan Society.

JIM BAEHR

BOARD MEMBER

Captain James Baehr is a Marine Corps judge advocate. He was previously an attorney with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom in Washington and New York. Jim also served as a U.S. Department of Justice law clerk. He received his J.D. and a Masters in History from the University of Virginia. Jim graduated with honors in History and Government in 2005, and was a Rockefeller Center Presidential Scholar. He was vice president of the Student Assembly and volunteered with the Tucker Foundation and Habitat for Humanity. Jim spent one term in Washington studying Government, and another at Oxford studying C.S. Lewis and co-authoring the book Narnia Beckons.

DUNCAN SAHNER

BOARD MEMBER

Duncan Sahner works at Abdiel Capital, a value investment partnership in Manhattan. He graduated from Princeton University with a degree in History. He was assistant director of the Witherspoon Institute and later a special assistant to investor Peter Thiel. He serves several organizations as a trustee, among them the Dietrich von Hildebrand Legacy Project and Tumaini Tanzania, a nonprofit he co-founded to provide scholarships and educational opportunities to students in East Africa. He is an active Princeton alumnus, currently co-chairing his class’s annual reunion.

DAVE TRULIO

BOARD MEMBER

David Trulio is Business Development Director of Federal/Civil Programs for Raytheon. Before joining Raytheon Mr. Trulio was a Special Assistant to the President and the Executive Secretary of the Homeland Security Council (HSC). Previously, Mr. Trulio held the position of Deputy Executive Secretary at HSC, and before joining the White House staff in 2005, he served in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. During the 2004 Presidential campaign, Mr. Trulio was a member of the President’s policy team at campaign headquarters. Earlier, Mr. Trulio practiced law in LA at O’Melvey & Myers. Mr. Trulio earned an MBA from Harvard Business School; a JD from Columbia University School of Law, where he was an editor of the Columbia Law Review and received a certificate from the Parker School of Foreign and Comparative Law; and an AB cum laude from Princeton University.

ALEX BENARD

BOARD MEMBER

Alex is co-founder and president of whistlestop.com, a website at the nexus of social media and politics. Prior to that, he was managing director of Gryphon Partners, and the co-founder of a non-profit that works on rule of law in post-conflict countries. He has also worked as an associate at Cleary Gottlieb, where he focused on cross-border mergers and acquisitions. Alex’s public policy experience includes stints at the Hoover Institution, the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, the Defense Department, and the House Foreign Relations Committee. He has received fellowships from the Foreign Policy Initiative, the Foreign Policy Association, the Claremont Institute, and Freedom House. He sits on the board of directors of Young Professionals in Foreign Policy and Teneo. He holds a B.A. from Claremont McKenna College and a J.D. from Stanford Law School.

BRIAN Haley

BOARD MEMBER

Brian works at Limestone Capital Advisors, an Austin based private equity fund, where he is responsible for developing and managing trans-Pacific client relationships, deal flow and execution. He is also a founding partner of The Mita Institute & Technology Accelerator (M.I.T.A), a trans-national technology incubator, venture seed fund, and think-tank based in Punta Mita, Mexico.

Brian previously led the national financing efforts for Pawlenty for President and John McCain 2008 where he was responsible for devising and executing strategies that raised over $500M and grew national networks to more than 1.3M members. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Government and his Juris Doctorate from the University of Texas at Austin, where he served as the student body president and was later appointed by Governor Rick Perry to the University of Texas System Board of Regents.

Brian was recently appointed by both Lt Governor Dewhurst and Speaker Straus to serve as a trustee for the Texas Pre-paid Higher-ed Tuition Funds, overseeing $1.6billion under management, he also serves on the boards of Whistlestop.com, the MITA Tech Talks, the Texas Conservative Roundtable, Teneo, and the Texas Cowboys Alumni Association. Additionally, Brian was selected as a 2012 young leader for the American Council on Germany, is a Next Generation Fellow with the Strauss Center for Global Security and Law, and serves as an adviser to Strategic Renaissance 21, a non-profit research and assessment group working on a comprehensive, long-term national strategy with China’s senior policy makers. He previously served on the board of PlayOff PAC, which Sports Illustrated credits for catalyzing the NCAA’s move to a football playoff system.

JAMIE STORY KOHLMAN

Finance Chair

Jamie Story Kohlmann, Finance Chair Born and raised in Bedford, Texas, Jamie Story Kohlmann is president of Citizen Leader Alliance, a 501(c)(4) and PAC that aim to re-establish self-governance as the core principle of the Texas political structure. As part of those efforts, she also serves as president and head of government relations for the Texas Families First Coalition, with the goal of restoring local control and family empowerment to Texas public schools Previously, Jamie served as president of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, the state’s free-market think tank. She has also held positions as managing director of the Campaign for Primary Accountability, education policy analyst at the Texas Public Policy Foundation, and associate consultant in the Dallas office of Bain & Company. Jamie also completed a year of service as Miss Texas 2004, during which she spoke to public school students, educators, government leaders, and civic organizations. Jamie holds a B.A. in Mathematical Economic Analysis and Sport Management from Rice University.

SARAH ISGUR FLORES

Membership Chair

A Texan from birth, Sarah is the deputy communications director at the Republican National Committee. Sarah took her bachelor's degree from Northwestern University and completed her thesis on the Americanization of British campaign communication at the London School of Economics. While at Harvard Law School, Sarah was President of the Harvard Federalist Society and staffed the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy. She then worked at Romney for President, Inc., the National Republican Senatorial Committee, the Office of Legal Policy at the Department of Justice, Cooper & Kirk LLP, and Wiley Rein LLP. Sarah served as a law clerk to Chief Judge Edith Jones of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. More recently, Sarah was the political director for Texans for Ted Cruz and was the national election day operations advisor for the Romney campaign.

BRITTANY RHODES RINER

Regional Coordinator

Brittany Riner is a manager at K12 Inc, a virtual education company that provides online schooling for students, grades kindergarten through twelve. Believing in the power of technology, school choice, and business best practices to help transform and revitalize American education, Brittany chose to work for K12 because of its unique position as a for-profit, publicly traded company with a mission to provide tuition-free public schooling to students regardless of socioeconomic level or academic ability. She completed her Masters in Education at the Stanford Graduate School of Education, focusing on education policy and management. Prior to graduate school, Brittany worked at Booz Allen Hamilton in strategy consulting for the U.S. Air Force and Army. She graduated from Duke cum laude where she studied Spanish, History, and Health Policy as a Bill and Melinda Gates University Scholar. Brittany is on the board of Women’s Rights Without Frontiers, an organization that works to end sexual slavery and forced abortion in China. She is a member of the Junior League of Louisville and enjoys mentoring young women. Brittany enjoys reading (and reliving) history, cooking, target shooting, and hiking with her phenomenal husband Noah and their mischievous beagle named after President (and the think tank) Hoover.