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.
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 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.
James Baehr is an attorney clerking on the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans and a Captain in the Marine Corps Reserves. While on active duty, Baehr served as a defense counsel judge advocate at Camp Pendleton, defending over 200 Marines in 13 fully contested trials, over 50 presentencing trials, and 63 administrative boards in cases ranging from Vietnam Era desertion to war crimes to free speech issues to manslaughter. He previously worked for the law firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom in Washington and New York. He also served as a law clerk in the Office of Legal Policy at the U.S. Department of Justice.
He received his J.D. and a Masters in History from the University of Virginia, where he served as the president of the Federalist Society. He graduated from Dartmouth College with honors in History and Government in 2005, and was a Rockefeller Center Presidential Scholar. He was a vice president of the Student Assembly and volunteered with the Tucker Foundation and Habitat for Humanity. He spent one term in Washington interning for the Office of Faith Based and Community Initiatives in the White House, and another at Oxford studying C.S. Lewis.
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 is Director of Operations for the international business development corporation of a major U.S. aerospace and defense company. Earlier, Dave served as Director of Homeland Security Programs, and as Director of Federal/Civil Programs, in the company's corporate business development organization.
Previously, Dave was a Special Assistant to the President and the Executive Secretary of the Homeland Security Council at the White House. Dave also served in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, and on the policy team of the 2004 Bush-Cheney campaign. Earlier, Dave practiced law in Los Angeles at O’Melvey & Myers LLP. He 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. Dave is a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Vanessa is the executive vice president of the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research. She joined the Institute in 2006 as a policy analyst for the Center for Legal Policy. She was recruited to work with the development team, was named vice president for development in 2009 and in 2012, named executive vice president of the Institute. Prior to joining the Manhattan Institute, she worked at a New York City-based lobbying firm, for the 2004 Republican National Convention, and for a private practice attorney. Vanessa earned her J.D. from Fordham University School of Law and her B.A. from New York University with a concentration in the fields of political science, history, and election law. She lives in Brooklyn, New York with her husband Eddie Valk and her son Jackson.
Brian is a partner at CBTX Capital, an investment firm focused on the Texas energy services space. He was previously a vice president at Limestone Capital Advisors, an investment advisory group and private equity fund, where he was responsible for developing and managing client relationships, deal flow and negotiations in the United States and Asia. He is also a founding partner of The Mita Institute & Technology Accelerator (M.I.T.A), a trans-national venture capital seed fund focused on entrepreneurship in Latin America.
Brian previously served as a senior advisor to Governor Tim Pawlenty and Senator John McCain, leading their national financing operations and raising over $500M. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Government and his Juris Doctorate from the University of Texas at Austin where he was elected student body president and appointed by Governor Rick Perry to the University of Texas System Board of Regents.
Brian serves as a trustee for the $2.4B Texas Pre-paid Higher-ed Tuition Funds. He is a young leader for the American Council on Germany, a Next Generation Fellow with the Strauss Center for Global Security and Law, and an adviser to Strategic Renaissance 21, a non-profit research and assessment group working on a comprehensive, long-term national strategy with China’s most senior policy makers.
He and his wife, Caroline Haley, call Austin, Texas home.
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 is passionate about women and children's issues, especially those pertaining to education, healthcare, and military families. Born and raised to a decorated US Army Special Forces veteran and a special education public school teacher, Brittany was taught from a young age that true opportunity comes from a mix of hard work and Providence. From her parents' example, three tenets guide her exercise of conservatism and activism: 1) Every child is unique and so too should their learning be 2) Freedom is certainly not free and so demands excellence, vigilance and sacrifice 3) To whom much is given, much is expected and so one with a voice must exercise it for the voiceless.
Brittany is a graduate of Duke (BA, History and Spanish; Health Care Policy certificate) where she received a full tuition scholarship as a Bill and Melinda Gates scholar and Stanford (MA, Policy Organization and Leadership Studies). She worked for Booz Allen Hamilton in strategy consulting for the U.S. Air Force and Army before deciding to transfer her process improvement and management skills to K12, Inc (NYSE: LRN) the nation's largest provider of online public school, reaching ~130,000 students. There she worked at the intersection of business, technology, education, and policy in managing 45+ charter high school programs across the country.
Brittany calls sunny Sarasota, FL home. She serves as Teneo's Engagement Chair and co-chair of Teneo Miami. She is on the board of the Southwest Florida Virtual Charter School and the board of Women's Rights Without Frontiers, a California-based international human rights organization. She is a member of the Junior League and takes great joy from mentoring young women in their spiritual and professional development. She is a vinyasa yogi who enjoys her meat on the rarer side, hot cups of looseleaf tea, reading 20th century biographies, and taking long beach walks with her entrepreneurial husband Noah and mischievous beagle Hoover (named after the president and the think tank).