A regular guest on Fox News and a popular campus speaker, Kate Obenshain is an articulate, fearless defender of conservative principles. She inspires audiences with her passionate, experienced insights, never hesitating to speak her mind, even when it contradicts the political establishment—as it often does.
As chairman of the Virginia GOP from 2003 to 2006, Kate garnered national attention when she led the charge against tax increases and the expanding role of government at the state and national levels. During her tenure, she earned the designation from the The Atlanta Journal-Constitution as one of the rising stars in the GOP.
Kate served as Senator George Allen's chief of staff and as his chief education and health policy advisor when he was Virginia's governor. From 1995 to 2000, she served as an appointee of Governors Allen and Gilmore on the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia, implementing both governors’ vision for budgetary reform and programmatic accountability. Currently, Kate champions her conservative convictions as vice president of Young America’s Foundation, the nation’s premier campus conservative organization and owner of Ronald Reagan’s beloved Rancho del Cielo, otherwise known as the Western White House.
Kate has been speaking on college campuses for 18 years, enlightening and entertaining students on a wide variety of issues including life, national security, education, economic policy, political correctness on campus, and the changing role of women in public policy. A Virginia native, Kate is a graduate of the University of Virginia where she was editor of the campus conservative newspaper, the Virginia Advocate. Kate is now a resident of Winchester, Virginia where she lives with her four children. She is a co-founder of James 1:27 Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing assistance to widows and orphans in times of crisis.
Grace-Marie Turner is president of the Galen Institute, a public policy research organization that she founded in 1995 to promote an informed debate over free-market ideas for health reform. She has been instrumental in developing and promoting ideas for reform that transfer power over health care decisions to doctors and patients. She speaks and writes extensively about incentives to promote a more competitive, patient-centered marketplace in the health sector. Grace-Marie is founder and facilitator of the Health Policy Consensus Group which serves as a forum for analysts from market-oriented think tanks around the country to analyze and develop policy recommendations. She is the editor of Empowering Health Care Consumers through Tax Reform and produces a widely-read weekly electronic newsletter, Health Policy Matters. She has been published in major newspapers, including The Wall Street Journal and USA Today, she has appeared on ABC’s 20/20 and on hundreds of radio and television programs in the U.S. She also received the 2007 Outstanding Achievement Award for Promotion of Consumer Driven Health Care from Consumer Health World.
In the mid-1990s, Grace-Marie served as executive director of the National Commission on Economic Growth and Tax Reform. For 12 years, she was president of Arnett & Co., a health policy analysis and communications firm. Her early career was in politics and journalism, where she received numerous awards for her writings on politics and economics.