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. Lindsay serves on the Board of Trustees for The Fund for American Studies and on the Board of Advisors for Young Voices.

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 lived in New York City for over 30 years, after she moved 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.

Taisha Camacho

Director of Events

Taisha Camacho serves as the Director of Events for National Review Institute. Taisha comes to NRI from the Tocqueville Group (TQ), a technology company specializing in blockchain, consulting, research, engagement, open-source software, and community building. Previously, she served as the Events Director at the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research, where she worked for more than twenty years. Taisha is a native New Yorker and lives in Manhattan with her family.

Stephanie Cates

Regional Development Lead, Southwest

Stephanie Cates is NRI’s Regional Development Lead in the Southwest. Based in Phoenix, she fosters 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 Jr. 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. 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 veterans’ 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 beagle.

Rachel Dynkin

Marketing Coordinator

Rachel Dynkin is the Marketing Coordinator at National Review Institute, responsible for promoting events and news related to the organization via social media and email. Rachel graduated from NYU with a B.S. in Media, Culture and Communication. Prior to joining NRI, she was the Marketing Coordinator at FuturePay, a fintech startup, as well as a social media marketing intern at Girl Scouts of the U.S.A. and a public relations intern at Rubenstein PR. Rachel lives in the Upper East Side with her husband, Sam.

Matthew Jean-Baptiste

Office Services Coordinator

Matthew Jean-Baptiste is the Office Services Coordinator at National Review Institute, where manages reception and provides administrative support. He was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. He holds a BA in Communications from Brooklyn College and has a wealth of office-support experience. He enjoys music and sports and currently resides in Brooklyn.

Peter Johnson

Vice President of Development

Peter Johnson is the Vice President of Development at National Review Institute, responsible for advancing charitable support and donor relations for the 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Prior to joining NRI, Peter oversaw fundraising and community relations for St. Matthew’s House, a human-services agency in Southwest Florida. Before that, he was an External Relations Officer for the Acton Institute and served in various capacities for the Boy Scouts of America. He also lived for one year in West Africa, and spent more than two years working as a beekeeper in rural Paraguay.

Peter is a graduate of New York University and is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE). He serves on the Estate Planning Council of Naples, Florida, where he makes his home with his wife and three children.

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 almost 10 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 private school PTA since 2008, first as the PTA president and then as the Parent Teacher Liaison. She has also been a participating member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) and the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP).

Miranda Melvin

Director of External Affairs

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, and their daughter.

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 Lead, Northwest

Jason Wise is the Regional Development Lead for the Northwestern 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 17. 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.

Ilana Wolf

Accounting and Operations Manager

Ilana Wolf is the Accounting and Operations Manager at NRI. In this role she is responsible for NRI’s accounting and finance, manages human resource-related functions, and supports management and development operations. Ilana came to NRI from Airline Pros in New York City, where she was responsible for all accounting duties for many of their foreign and domestic entities. She has payroll and HR-related experience with former employers. She majored in Accounting at Fairleigh Dickinson University. Ilana lived in Russia and Israel before moving to the U.S. She and her family live in New Jersey.

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Lynn Gibson

Manager, Burke to Buckley Fellowship Program

Lynn Gibson serves as the Manager of the Burke to Buckley Fellowship Program—a multi-session program that consists of in-person meetings around the country, as well as two levels of virtual courses. 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.

Michael Brakey

Regional Coordinator, Burke to Buckley Fellowship Program, Dallas 

Michael Brakey is a Managing Director and the Head of Strategic Client Solutions for Rockefeller Capital Management. Mr. Brakey also serves on the Rockefeller Capital Management Committee. Prior to joining Rockefeller, Mr. Brakey was a Managing Director at Morgan Stanley, which he joined in 2011 to accelerate the firm’s banking growth strategy. At Morgan Stanley, he developed and led the High Net Worth lending and Private Banking Group strategy. Previously, Mr. Brakey spent 17 years at Merrill Lynch, later Bank of America Merrill Lynch, where he finished as a Managing Director and Head of Global Wealth Credit Strategy and Investment Lending. Mike is an accomplished public speaker and graduate of the Wharton Securities Industry Institute. He began his career in the Corporate Lending unit of Bank One (now JPM) and is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).

Mike received his MBA from the Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University and his bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin. Mike and his wife of 32+ years, Gigi, have recently moved back home to Dallas from the New York. They have 2 children, Jolie and Chris, both serving as officers and on active duty in the U.S. Marine Corps.

James DiBartolo

Regional Coordinator, Burke to Buckley Fellowship Program, Philadelphia

James DiBartolo comes to NRI with more than 9 years of professional experience. He has expertise in financial services and recent accomplishments have included positions at Goldman Sachs, Lazard and Barclays. James is a member of the Young Friends of the Pennsylvania Ballet, the Racquet Club of Philadelphia and St. Mark’s Episcopal Church. He resides in Washington Square West with his wife and son. James received a bachelor’s degree in finance and history from New York University and an MBA from Yale University.

Francisco Gonzalez

Regional Coordinator, Burke to Buckley Fellowship Program, Miami

Francisco Gonzalez is the founder and CEO of Fearless Journeys, a community for aspiring and ascending entrepreneurs as well as travel enthusiasts. As host of the Agents of Innovation podcast since 2015, Francisco has had engaging conversations with over 100 entrepreneurs, philanthropists, and artists. He is passionate about connecting people with role models, mentors, and stories of entrepreneurial journeys to learn from. He was previously Director of Philanthropy for National Review Institute (2017-2021). In 2021, he moved to Guatemala City, where he has been a visiting professor at the Universidad Francisco Marroquin, teaching courses on entrepreneurship and innovation. Born in Miami and living in various places around Florida, Francisco has traveled to 24 countries and 47 U.S. States. Through his journeys, he has learned that travel helps us get out of our comfort zone and allows us to see the world from a fresh perspective. It emboldens the mission of the innovative soul. A student of history, Francisco has degrees from Florida Atlantic University and the University of Maryland.

David J. Mulvihill 

Regional Coordinator, Burke to Buckley Fellowship Program, Chicago

David Mulvihill is Vice President and Lead Counsel in the Commercial Banking Division of Wells Fargo’s Legal Department, supporting commercial deposits, payments, and treasury management services. David earned his B.A. in Politics from The Catholic University of America, and his J.D. and LL.M. in Financial Services from the Chicago-Kent College of Law.

He is actively involved with the Federalist Society Chicago Lawyers Chapter, the Hugh O’Brian Youth Foundation of Illinois, and the Sovereign Military Order of Malta. David lives in Glenview, Illinois with his wife, Ellen, and daughters Alexandra, Christiana, and Zoe.

Kate O’Connor

Regional Coordinator, Burke to Buckley Fellowship Program, New York City

Kate O’Connor participated in the Burke to Buckley program in 2020. She currently leads Strategy and Operations for a healthcare technology company and has advised numerous early stage startups on fundraising and launch strategy. Previously, she was a management consultant in the health practice at Ernst & Young, assisting clients with business transformation and operational improvement. She hails from Michigan and attended the University of Michigan for undergrad, where she earned a BA in Economics with a minor in Romance Languages. She also holds an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, with concentrations in Economics and Strategic Management. Kate enjoys golf and yoga, traveling and spending time with family.

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Frank Filocomo

Intern

Frank Filocomo is currently a graduate student at the Wilf Family Department of Politics at New York University. His focus is American government and U.S. trade policy. As an undergraduate student, he attended St. Francis College in Brooklyn Heights. There he chaired the St. Thomas Moore Pre Law Society’s Mock Trial Committee; founded the William McKinley Society, a free speech club and; is a member of Pi Sigma Alpha, the National Political Science Honor Society. In his free time, Frank is a jazz guitarist who plays at various restaurants and cafes throughout New York City.

Danielle Huber

Intern

Danielle Huber is a recent graduate of Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio, receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Communications with a concentration in Journalism and a minor in Theology. During her time at Franciscan she wrote broadcast scripts and news articles, and designed newspapers and magazines. In addition to these skills, she has experience in videography along with editing audio and video. For two years Danielle was involved in the school’s newspaper, the Troubadour, covering student government meetings and activities.

Matthew Malec

Intern

Matthew Malec is a rising senior at Boston College majoring in political science with a minor in journalism. He serves on the Executive Board of the Massachusetts Citizens for Life (MCFL) and spent last summer interning at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI). On campus, he serves as Christian Life Community Leader and is a Public Service Fellow at Boston College’s Clough Center for the Study of Constitutional Democracy.