Lindsay Young Craig is the president of National Review Institute, the non-profit William F. Buckley Jr. founded in 1991 to complement the efforts of the magazine and promote the ideals of a free society he championed. Prior to joining NRI in August of 2013, Lindsay spent 16 years at the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research, one of the country’s leading domestic-policy think tanks. As vice president of communications and marketing, she oversaw the development of the public-relations department, social-media and web development, and strategic marketing.
In addition to her communications department duties, Lindsay spearheaded numerous other Manhattan Institute projects – leading special initiatives, organizing major conferences, and overseeing MI’s internship program. In 2007, she launched MI’s Young Leaders Circle, a monthly forum for young professionals in the New York metropolitan area who are concerned about free-market ideas and public policy. Lindsay has worked with policy organizations and policy makers around the country creating partnerships, organizing events, serving on advisory boards, and speaking at conferences.
A Connecticut native, Lindsay has lived in New York City for over 20 years, since moving there to study photography and graphic design at School of Visual Arts with a focus on political art. She graduated from New York University with a B.A. in Politics. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and young daughter.
Director, 1955 Society
Meredith Bogacz is the Director of the National Review Institute 1955 Society, the organization of NRI‘s closest friends and supporters. Before working at NRI, Meredith was a full-time musician and fine artist, performing up and down the eastern seaboard, and showing artwork around the country. Meredith holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Fine Art from Hillsdale College, and an MFA from the New York Academy of Art, and lives in Brooklyn.
Director of Philanthropy
From 2004-2007, Francisco was the Director of Membership and Campus Leadership and later, a development officer, for the Intercollegiate Studies Institute, an organization devoted to “Educating for Liberty” on America’s college campuses. In 2008, Francisco joined The James Madison Institute, Florida’s premier free-market think tank, as its Director of Development and later, as Vice President of Advancement, until early 2017.
Francisco has served on the boards of Project Veritas (2010-2014) and Rock By The Sea (2010-2016). He currently serves on the Central Florida Board of Advisors for The Children’s Movement of Florida and is a member of Class VII of Connect Florida, a program for emerging leaders in the Sunshine State. In his leisure time, he enjoys playing tennis, watching college football, reading, running, working out, and hitting the beach. An adventurous traveler, Francisco has visited 44 U.S. states and 13 foreign countries. However, he currently resides in the happiest place on earth, Orlando, Florida.
Miranda Bond Melvin
Director, External Affairs
Miranda Bond Melvin is Director of External Affairs for the National Review Institute. She has spent the majority of her career working in the grassroots departments of the National Rifle Association and the National Federation of Independent Business. She was born and raised in Ohio and like many young conservatives she moved to Washington, D.C. to work at the Leadership Institute. At LI she trained college students to start independent publications on their campuses. Prior to that she worked on several advocacy and political campaigns in Ohio, Texas, and Colorado.
Before beginning her work in politics, she was a Reporter at the Toledo Free Press in Ohio and was Managing Editor of her college newspaper at Bowling Green State University, where she studied Print Journalism and Political Science. Currently she resides in Alexandria, Virginia with her husband Robert.
Campus Outreach and Programs Officer
Nate Mills is the Campus Outreach and Programs Officer at National Review Institute, where he is responsible for managing the NRI On Campus program and developing coalitions with student groups and organizations operating on college campuses. He holds a B.A. in political science from Grove City College in western Pennsylvania. Previously, Nate was a Koch research fellow at the Center for Vision and Values, as well as an intern and society leader at the Intercollegiate Studies Institute. He is a native of Toronto and currently lives and works in Washington, DC.
Manager, Finance and Operations
Aaron Robinow is the Finance and Operations Manager at National Review Institute, responsible for overseeing NRI’s accounting, financial management, and internal operations. In addition to his financial role, Aaron manages NRI’s internship programs and social media accounts.
Aaron graduated from the Sy Syms School of Business Honors and Entrepreneurial program earning a B.S. in Accountancy. Raised in Kansas City, Aaron first moved to New York in 2011 and now lives with his wife in Manhattan. Outside of work you may find him running through Central Park, in a spinning class, or watching a soccer game.
Kristen Welch is the Executive Assistant, responsible for maintaining Lindsay Craig’s schedule and for completing administrative tasks around the office. Kristen recently graduated from Grove City College in Western Pennsylvania with a B.A. in Political Science and Economics.
Member and Events Manager
Board of Trustees Liaison
Lydie White is the Director of Finance and Operations at National Review Institute and oversees internal operations, accounting, and event planning. She also provides administrative assistance directly to NRI’s president. Prior to joining NRI, Lydie worked in operations and finance for the Competitive Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C. Originally from Georgia, Lydie earned her B.A. in history from Davidson College in Davidson, North Carolina, and her J.D. from Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. She and her husband, John Anderson, reside in Georgia.
Manager, NRI Fellowship Program
Lynn Gibson serves as the Manager of the NRI Fellowship Program – an eight-week program designed to provide select mid-career professionals with an intellectual survey of conservatism’s greatest writers and thinkers. In this role she oversees the programs that currently run in four cities – Washington, D.C., New York City, San Francisco, and Dallas. Her professional career has spanned the academic, governmental, nonprofit, and private sectors. She currently works for a small family foundation. Her previous employers and/or consulting clients have included, the National Math and Science Initiative, The Philanthropy Roundtable, the U.S. Department of Labor, the U.S. Senate, The Heritage Foundation, and her alma mater, Grove City College. Lynn has a bachelor of science in biology from Grove City College and a master’s degree in student personnel from Slippery Rock University. She is from Youngstown, Ohio.
Regional Coordinator, NRI Fellowship Program, Washington DC
Amanda Gordon serves as Regional Coordinator for the NRI Regional Fellows Program in Washington, D.C. In this role she is responsible for recruitment of the Fellows and managing the program locally. Amanda is also an alumna of the program, having been selected for the Washington Regional Fellows 2014 class. In addition to her duties for NRI, Amanda provides independent consulting services and owns a small business based in Alexandria VA. She previously spent 20 years advising on transnational and other matters, working with the financial services industry and for the US Government. Amanda has a Bachelor of Arts with Honors in History from Trinity College and a Joint Juris Doctor and Master of Business Administration from Boston College. She lives in Northern Virginia.
Regional Coordinator, NRI Fellowship Program, NYC
Joshua Grundleger serves as Regional Coordinator for the NRI Regional Fellows Program in New York City. In this role he is responsible for recruitment of the Fellows and managing the program locally. Joshua is a sovereign analyst at Moody’s Investors Service, covering mainly European countries, including Ukraine, Norway, Iceland, and Israel. He has a master’s degree in international relations and economics from Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), where he concentrated in American Foreign Policy, Global Theory & History, and International Economics, and specialized in the Middle East. He also has a bachelor’s degree, in government and economics, from Cornell University. He is an avid reader of political economy and fiction and any other book that he finds on the streets of Brooklyn, where he currently lives with his wife, Alexandra, and son, Gabriel.
Regional Coordinator, NRI Fellowship Program, San Francisco
Tim Williamson serves as Regional Coordinator for the NRI Regional Fellows Program in San Francisco, CA. Tim participated in the inaugural New York City class and has recently moved to the Bay Area, allowing NRI to leverage the experience of an alumnus while launching in a new market. When not supporting NRI in California, Tim works for FreeWheel, a Comcast company, helping to power the advertising businesses of the largest media and entertainment companies in the world. Tim has a Bachelor of Arts in history from the University of Georgia, and a Master of Education from Georgia State University.
Regional Coordinator, NRI Fellowship Program, Dallas
Andrew D. Graham serves as the Regional Coordinator for the NRI Regional Fellowship Program in Dallas, Texas. Andrew is a first-generation American (Australian parents). He is also the first person in his family to attend college. After graduating summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Southern Methodist University (SMU), Andrew earned graduate degrees in history from Oxford University and the University of Chicago before earning his law degree from The University of Texas School of Law. He is a former partner at Jackson Walker L.L.P. and has extensive experience in handling complex litigation in state and federal courts. He is also an alumnus of the 2015 Dallas Regional Fellows Program. Andrew is married to his college sweetheart. He and his wife have three kids and attend Park Cities Presbyterian Church.
Regional Coordinator, NRI Fellowship Program, Philadelphia
Jeff Webb serves as Regional Coordinator for the NRI Regional Fellowship Program in Philadelphia, which he volunteered to help launch after participating in the New York City program in 2017. Jeff is a Principal at Bessemer Trust, a private multi-family office and investment firm. He earned an MBA from the University Virginia and a Bachelor of Science in Ocean Engineering from the United States Naval Academy. Upon receiving his Navy commission, Jeff became a Navy SEAL Officer and deployed with his teammates to Latin America, Europe, and the Middle East. He is also co-founder and director of the non-profit Run To Honor, which has motivated him to run the Marine Corps Marathon each year since 2007. Jeff resides in Haverford, Pennsylvania with his wife Shannon and three children.
Joseph Siegel is a sophomore at Columbia University, pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and Economics. At Columbia, he writes as a columnist for the Columbia Daily Spectator and performs jazz guitar in the music performance program. In addition, he serves on the boards of Columbia Political Union and Columbia University College Republicans. In his free time, he enjoys playing in a rock band, running in Riverside park, and cooking in the Columbia Jazz House kitchen, where he resides with eight other jazz musicians. He comes from West Hartford, Connecticut, where he interned at the Connecticut Office of the Attorney General this past summer.
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