Our Team


Lindsay Craig

President

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 National Review magazine and promote the ideals of a free society he championed. Under Lindsay’s leadership, NRI has established sound fiscal footing, even as NRI has become the parent company for NR, Inc., significantly expanded and enhanced its existing programs while establishing new ones, and broadened its partnerships with policy organizations and policy makers across the country. She remains active in the broader conservative movement, organizing events, serving on advisory boards, and speaking at conferences.

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 such as launching the Young Leaders Circle, organizing major conferences, and overseeing MI’s internship program.

A Connecticut native, Lindsay has lived in New York City for over 25 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 just outside New York City with her husband and young daughter.

Michelle Abady

Accounting and Operations Manager  

Michelle Abady is the Accounting and Operations Manager at National Review Institute, responsible for financial reporting, payroll, and operational tasks. Michelle graduated Yeshiva University with a Bachelors and Masters in Accounting. She is also a CPA. Michelle is a Florida native currently residing in NYC.

Stephanie Cates

Regional Development Officer

Stephanie Cates is our newest Regional Development Officer. Based in Phoenix, she will be fostering relationships with NRI friends and donors throughout the Southwestern U.S. Prior to NRI, Stephanie spent 24 years directing the marketing and communications for a consumer packaged goods manufacturer in Spokane, Washington.

Stephanie is excited to meet new people who are equally passionate about promoting the conservative movement, while being closer to family in Arizona and Southern California. In her leisure time, she enjoys reading, wine tasting and exploring the unique beauty of the desert Southwest. She graduated from Grove City College with a B.A. in Communications, and laments that she missed having William F. Buckley as her commencement speaker by one year.

Chris Ciancimino

Director of Regional Development

Chris Ciancimino is the Director of Regional Development at National Review Institute, responsible for managing relationships with NRI friends and donors in the Midwest. Chris also serves as the Coordinator for the Regional Fellowship Program in Chicago. Prior to joining NRI, Chris spent 13 years directing annual campaigns and major gift efforts for the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, a 27,000 student public research University. Chris has served on a wide range of boards in his community, including organizations focusing on veteran’s affairs, education, and animal welfare. A Wisconsin native, Chris graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh (B.A. in Criminal Justice) where he first discovered the writings of William F. Buckley Jr. He also has a Master of Public Administration from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He currently lives outside of Milwaukee with his wife, two daughters, and four-year-old beagle.

Francisco Gonzalez

Director of Philanthropy

Francisco Gonzalez is the Director of Philanthropy at National Review Institute. From 2004 to 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 45 U.S. states and 13 foreign countries. However, he currently resides in the happiest place on earth, Orlando, Florida.

Amanda Johnson

Campus Outreach and Events Manager

Amanda Johnson is the Campus Outreach and Events Manager at National Review Institute. Amanda has spent the past 6 years working in higher education and recently completed her Master’s in Public Administration and Certification in Government Management from Virginia Commonwealth University. Amanda has previously worked for the National Rifle Association, Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute, and the Virginia House of Delegates. She is a lifelong resident of Richmond, Virginia.

Thomas Kilkenny

Vice President of Finance and Operations

Tom Kilkenny is the Vice President of Finance and Operations at National Review Institute. Tom was most recently the Senior Vice President and Controller of McGraw-Hill Education, Inc. Prior to that, he was Senior Vice President and Controller of Core Media Group, an entertainment company, and he was Chief Financial Officer of Perseus Book Group. He previously held a number of positions at S&P Global (formerly McGraw-Hill) after beginning his career at Ernst & Young. He is a magna cum laude graduate of Seton Hall University, holds an MBA from New York University, and is a Certified Public Accountant. He serves on the Board of Directors for Neighborhood Coalition for Shelter, a NYC homeless organization.

Karlene Maharaj

Development Operations Coordinator

Karlene Maharaj is the Development Operations Coordinator at National Review Institute, responsible for managing the direct mail program, providing financial reporting and campaign analysis, and assisting the development staff in outreach, logistics, marketing, follow-up, and events. Karlene has worked in the development arena for over 6 years. Her passion for fundraising began when she worked for an organization that served veterans and their families, a mission very close to her own story. Throughout her career, she has worked vigorously to connect donors to the stories of “why one gives” and to the messaging of an organization’s mission.

As both a wife and mother, Karlene pursued her academic goals online, attending the School of Professional Studies, CUNY in New York for her B.A. in Business Administration. Her personal and professional affiliations include sitting on the board of her children’s PTA since 2008, first as the PTA president and currently as the Parent Teacher Liaison. She is also a participating member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) and Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP).

Miranda Melvin

External Affairs Director

Miranda Melvin is the Director of External Affairs at 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 Richmond, Virginia with her husband Robert who is a lobbyist.

Alexandra Rosenberg

Member and Events Manager

Alexandra Rosenberg is the Member and Events Manager at National Review Institute, responsible for planning and coordinating NRI’s member events throughout the year, including the annual William F. Buckley Jr. Prize Dinner. Alexandra graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in December 2014 with a B.A. in Political Science and International Studies. She is a Wisconsin native now residing in New York City.

Kristen Welch

Executive Assistant

Kristen Welch is the Executive Assistant at National Review Institute, responsible for maintaining Lindsay Craig’s schedule and for completing administrative tasks around the office. Kristen graduated from Grove City College in Western Pennsylvania with a B.A. in Political Science and Economics.

Lydie White

Board of Trustees Liaison

Lydie White is the Board of Trustees Liaison, responsible for updating, coordinating with, and providing information to NRI’s board. Previously, she worked as the Director of Finance and Operations at NRI, overseeing internal operations, accounting, and event planning and providing 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.

Jason Wise

Regional Development Officer

Jason Wise is the Regional Development Officer for the Western United States, managing and facilitating donor outreach and development. Having read National Review since the early days of the website, his association with the magazine started in 2002 when he sailed the Mediterranean on what was to become the first of many NR cruises—now up to 16. He served as an NRI trustee from 2005 to 2015. Prior to joining NRI, Jason worked as an equity trader in the hedge fund industry for 19 years in San Francisco, New York City, and Connecticut. He holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of Washington. He now lives in his hometown of Seattle.

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Lynn Gibson

Manager, Burke to Buckley Program

Lynn Gibson serves as the Manager of the Burke to Buckley 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 chapters that currently run in six cities—Washington, D.C., New York City, San Francisco, Dallas, Philadelphia, and Chicago. 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 B.S. in Biology from Grove City College and a Master’s degree in Student Personnel from Slippery Rock University. She is from Youngstown, Ohio.

Jonathan Madison

Regional Coordinator, Burke to Buckley Program, San Francisco

Jonathan Madison serves as the Regional Coordinator for the Burke to Buckley Program in San Francisco. He is a trial attorney at Fried & Williams LLP. Jonathan represents clients in the Bay Area on probate, real estate, and civil litigation matters. Prior to his legal career, Jonathan worked as professional policy staff for the U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on Financial Services, from 2011 to 2013. As professional policy staff, Jonathan managed policy portfolios on housing and oversight issues for the Committee Chairman, and conducted strategy to facilitate the passage of housing reform legislation in the 112th Congress. From 2009 to 2011, Jonathan worked as a congressional intern for several offices in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, including Congressman Donald Manzullo. Jonathan is Northern Regional Vice Chair of the California Young Republican Federation and a California Republican Party delegate.

Jonathan graduated Magna Cum Laude from Howard University with distinguished honors in 2011. He went on to graduate from the University of San Francisco School of Law in 2016.  Beyond this, Jonathan regularly contributes opinion columns in newspapers circulated throughout the Bay Area, including the San Francisco Chronicle and the San Mateo Daily Journal.  He frequently appears on Fox Business News as a political strategist.

Dan McDonough

Regional Coordinator, Burke to Buckley Program, Philadelphia

Dan McDonough serves as the Regional Coordinator for the Burke to Buckley Program in Philadelphia. He is chairman of Elauwit, a holding company with businesses in media and technology. He also is a founding partner of Woden, a brand narrative agency, and is a managing partner of the strategic consulting firm Baron Hunter. Dan’s early career was in media, and his news experience includes serving as editorial-page editor for daily newspapers in New Jersey; as a New York City-based special correspondent for the Washington-based Bureau of National Affairs, Inc.; and as a news professional with Gannett Co. and Dow Jones & Co. Dan’s articles on business, technology, and politics have been published in Intellectual Capital, National Review, The Christian Science Monitor, In These Times, and a number of other publications.

An Eagle Scout, Dan served on the National Committee of the Order of the Arrow and the honor society of the Boy Scouts of America, and has served as an officer and board member for many local council boards of the Boy Scouts. He spends considerable time traveling to and helping to support economic development in Haiti, and serves as a trustee of the Haitian Education and Leadership Program (HELP).

Dominick Schirripa

Regional Coordinator, Burke to Buckley Program, Washington, DC

Dominick Schirripa serves as the Regional Coordinator for the Burke to Buckley Program in Washington, D.C. In this role he is responsible for recruitment of the Fellows and managing the program locally. Dominick was also a member of the 2018 Washington Regional Fellowship class. A tax attorney by training, Dominick is currently the Practice Lead for Business Entities and Tax Accounting with Bloomberg Tax, where is is responsible for managing the technical content of a range of tax research and reference products relating to the federal taxation of corporations, partnerships, and other pass-though entities.

Prior to joining Bloomberg Tax, Dominick spent time in private tax practice with a large DC firm and served as an attorney-advisor to Judge Carolyn P. Chiechi of the United States Tax Court. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Cornell University, double majoring in Government and Economics, a Juris Doctor from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, and a Master of Laws (in Taxation) from New York University School of Law. He has been active, and held leadership positions, in the alumni organizations for both his college fraternity and Cardozo Law School.

Lathan Watts

Regional Coordinator, Burke to Buckley Program, Dallas

Lathan Watts serves as the Regional Coordinator for the Burke to Buckley Program in Dallas. In that role, he is responsible for recruiting the Dallas Fellows and managing the program locally. Lathan is the Director of Legal Communications for First Liberty Institute, responsible for all efforts to increase First Liberty Institute’s profile in local and national markets. His focus is on expanding public awareness of First Liberty’s mission, legal matters, and educational projects by coordinating communication with community leaders, influencers, policy makers, and the public at large.

Prior to joining First Liberty Institute, Lathan served in various campaign and official staff positions for U.S. Congressman Jeb Hensarling, U.S. Senator John Cornyn, and Texas Governor Rick Perry. His executive leadership roles in non-profit organizations specializing in political affairs and community outreach contributed to the election of numerous members of the U.S. Congress, multiple state legislators, and governors. His work in and around the political process served him well in the four years he spent as a City Councilman in Lewisville, TX. Lathan received his Juris Doctor from the University of Mississippi where he served two terms in the student senate, one as President Pro Tempore. He received his Bachelor of Arts in History from Harding University, where he was a member of multiple honor societies and the University Concert Choir.

Sage Withrow

Regional Coordinator, Burke to Buckley Program, New York City

Sage Withrow serves as the Regional Coordinator for the Burke to Buckley Program in New York City. In this role he is responsible for recruitment of the Fellows and managing the program locally. Sage is a Trader at Holocene Advisors, specializing in investments in the Technology, Media, and Telecom industries. Prior to joining Holocene, he performed a similar role at Viking Global Investors. He has earned an MBA from the College of William & Mary and has Bachelors degrees in Economics and Political Science from Boston College. After spending much of his youth on his family’s sheep and cattle ranch in Wyoming, his career brought him to Greenwich, Connecticut where he currently resides with his wife Morgan, daughters Reagan and Ainsley, and son Colt.

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Grace Maffucci

Intern

Grace Maffucci is an NYC native and a junior at Providence College, where she is in the Liberal Arts Honors Program and majors in Music Performance and Spanish. She is a professional singer with a passion for jazz and an affinity for Latino culture. She has grown up with National Review because her grandfather, the late James P. McFadden, founder of the Human Life Review, was on the NR staff for twenty-five years, twelve of those spent as associate publisher. She is passionate about life issues as well as women’s health.

Antonia Sylva

Intern

Antonia “Nia” Sylva is a rising junior at Notre Dame majoring in the university’s Program of Liberal Studies with minors in history and journalism, ethics, and democracy (JED). On campus, Nia writes for both The Observer and The Irish Rover (Notre Dame’s Catholic newspaper). She copy edits for The Observer and will be co-editor of the Rover’s campus section in the fall. Nia is also involved in Notre Dame’s de Nicola Center for Ethics and Culture as a Sorin fellow, and she teaches beginning Latin to 5th grade students through the Aequora program. Last summer, she worked to further develop her Catholic identity and her understanding of the relationship between culture and religion by attending the Catholic Worldview Fellowship.

Anne Whelan

Anne Whelan is a rising senior at the College of William and Mary. She is majoring in Classics and especially enjoys studying Latin and Greek. She has founded a chapter of the Thomistic Institute on campus and is a leader in the college’s pro-life group.