Martin J. Gillespie communicates the mission of The Heritage Foundation, as well as its effectiveness in promoting conservative values, to members and prospective members in the Northeast. He is responsible for the states of Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont and West Virginia.
Before joining Heritage in 2013, Gillespie was executive director of American Majority Action, a non-profit political action organization devoted to equipping and mobilizing conservative grassroots activists. He oversaw more than two dozen get-out-the-vote headquarters in several battleground states for the 2012 election. Since 2010, he had served as northeast regional director for American Majority, conducting dozens of training events that trained more than 1,000 activists and candidates.
Gillespie previously worked as campaign manager for Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.) in 2008-09 and as political director for then-Sen. Sam Brownback (R-Kan.) from 2006 to 2008.
He worked at the Republican National Committee for three election cycles, serving as deputy director of coalitions in 2005-06, director of Catholic outreach and deputy director of grassroots development in 2003-04 and staff assistant in 2000-01.
From 2001 to 2003, by appointment of President George W. Bush, Gillespie also served with the United States Marshals Service.
He received a bachelor’s degree in political science with highest honors at Rutgers University in 2000. While there, he served as president of the Political Science Society. He was awarded the Ralph Bergen Allen Prize for English composition and the Jack Marvin Weiner Prize for highest academic average among political science majors.
He currently resides in Turnersville, N.J., where he is a third degree member of the Knights of Columbus.