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 in Brooklyn with her husband and young daughter.

Clare Ath

Campus Outreach and Programs Officer

Clare Ath is the Campus Outreach Coordinator at National Review Institute in conjunction with being in the Koch Associate Program. She holds a B.A. in political science from Saint Mary’s College with a supplementary major in peace studies from the University of Notre Dame. Previously, Clare was a Grewcock Intern Scholar at Young America’s Foundation, as well as an intern on Capitol Hill in Senator Ted Cruz’s Office. She is an Illinois native but currently lives in Alexandria, Virginia with her husband Viraktep.

Chris Ciancimino

Director of Regional Development

Chris Ciancimino is Director of Regional Development for National Review Institute, responsible for managing relationships with NRI friends and donors in the Midwest. 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

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 45 U.S. states and 13 foreign countries. However, he currently resides in the happiest place on earth, Orlando, Florida.

Thomas Kilkenny

Vice President, Finance and Operations

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 for NRI, 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 event support. 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 BA in Business Administration. Her personal and professional affiliations include sitting on the board of her children’s PTA since 2008, as the former PTA president, now serving 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 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.

Alexandra Rosenberg

Member and Events Manager

Alexandra Zimmern 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.

Michelle Sher

Accounting and Operations Manager

Michelle Sher 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.

Kristen Welch

Executive Assistant

Kristen Welch is the Executive Assistant, 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 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.

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 – 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 Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics from the University of Washington. He now lives in his hometown of Seattle.

Lynn Gibson

Manager, NRI Regional Fellowship Program

Lynn Gibson serves as the Manager of the NRI Regional 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 five cities – Washington, D.C., New York City, San Francisco, Dallas, and Philadelphia. 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.

Amanda Gordon

Regional Coordinator, NRI Regional Fellowship Program, Washington DC

Amanda Gordon serves as Regional Coordinator for the NRI Regional Fellowship 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 Fellowship 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.

Lathan Watts

Regional Coordinator, NRI Regional Fellowship Program, Dallas

Lathan Watts serves as the Regional Coordinator for the NRI Regional Fellowship Program in Dallas, Texas. 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, NRI Regional Fellowship Program, NYC

Sage Withrow serves as Regional Coordinator for the NRI Regional Fellowship 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 bachelor’s 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.

Jeff Webb

Regional Coordinator, NRI Regional 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.

Jonathan Madison

Regional Coordinator, NRI Regional Fellowship Program, San Francisco

Jonathan Madison 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 2011-2013. 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 – 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.

Daniel O’Keefe

Intern

Daniel O’Keefe is an intern with National Review Institute. Heading into his sophomore year at Binghamton University, Daniel is pursuing a major in Politics, Philosophy, and Law and hopes to attend law school in order to obtain a degree in constitutional law. Daniel was an intern on former representative Claudia Tenney’s 2018 reelection campaign and is the founder and current chairman of Binghamton University’s Young Americans for Freedom chapter, a chapter affiliate of the conservative youth organization Young America’s Foundation. Daniel’s love for political philosophy and economics has played a crucial role in his embrace of conservative thought over the last several years. Some of his favorite authors include Milton Friedman, Robert Nozick, and Thomas Sowell. Daniel is honored to work with NRI over the summer to help preserve and promote the legacy of William F. Buckley Jr.

Justine Smykowski

Intern

Justine Smykowski is an intern with the National Review Institute. As a junior at the Franciscan University of Steubenville, Justine studies Political Science. She also has a minor in Human Life Studies and is a member of the “Great Books of Western Civilization” Honors Program. Justine is very interested in the humanities, and especially in political philosophy. She is also passionate about the pro-life and pro-family movement and hopes to make a vital contribution to it in her lifetime. In addition, Justine is very inspired by her Polish heritage and has participated in cultural activities including Polish Scouting and Polish supplementary school since she was young. Last summer, she studied the Polish language at the Jagiellonian University in Kraków, Poland. Justine is very eager to learn from the thought of William F. Buckley and the example of his life, and to help carry on his legacy through the work of the National Review Institute.