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 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.
Campus Outreach and Programs Officer
Director of Regional Development
Director of Philanthropy
Francisco Gonzalez is the Director of Philanthropy at National Review Institute, responsible for managing relationships with NRI friends and supporters in Florida, Texas, and the Southeast. Born and raised in South Florida, Francisco earned his B.A. in History from Florida Atlantic University, and an M.A. in History from the University of Maryland.
Prior to joining NRI, Francisco was the Vice President of Advancement for The James Madison Institute, Florida’s premier free-market think tank, where he worked from 2008-2017. He served in campus leadership and development roles for the Intercollegiate Studies Institute from 2004-2007.
Francisco is the host of the Agents of Innovation podcast. He has served on the boards of Project Veritas (2010-2014) and Rock By The Sea (2010-2016), and currently serves on the board for AMIkids Orlando. He is a member of the Philadelphia Society and a member of Class VII of Connect Florida, a program for emerging leaders in the Sunshine State. An adventurous traveler, Francisco has visited 47 U.S. states and 17 countries. However, he currently resides in the happiest place on earth, Orlando, Florida.
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.
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 field. 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 Virginia with her husband.
Alexandra Zimmern Rosenberg
Member and Events Manager
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.
Board of Trustees Liaison
Lydie White is the Board of Trustees Liaison. 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 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.
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.
Regional Coordinator, NRI Regional Fellowship Program, Dallas
Lathan Watts serves as Regional Coordinator for the NRI Regional Fellowship Program in Dallas. 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, Watts 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. Watts 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.
Regional Coordinator, NRI Regional Fellowship Program, San Francisco
Jonathan Madison serves as Regional Coordinator for the NRI Regional Fellowship Program in San Francisco. Jonathan 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.
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.
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
Aidan Adams-Campeau is an intern with National Review Institute. A senior at New York University, Aidan studies interdisciplinary humanities, pursuing a joint major in Anthropology & Classical Civilization as well as a second major in Philosophy. In addition, Aidanis minoring in Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies. He is highly interested in foreign languages and cultures more broadly. He studied Russian language in St. Petersburg two summers ago, and he spent this past summer as a conversational English tutor in Italy. Aidan finds the study of the humanities particularly enriching, and he gravitates toward conservative political philosophy in part due to its emphasis on time-honored wisdom and truths. Aidan greatly admires the eloquence, intelligence and principled conviction that William F. Buckley Jr. displayed throughout his life, so he is eager and honored to help carry on WFB’s legacy through his work with NRI.
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