Heritage Intern Emeritus, D.C. Court of Appeals Judge

Policy Promotion

Intern Emeritus Neomi Rao, who spearheaded President Trump’s regulatory roll-back, has been nominated to fill Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s seat on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Training Tomorrow’s Leaders; Enlightening Today’s

2018 was quite a year for Neomi Rao. She celebrated her first anniversary as administrator of the federal Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs. In her first 15 months on the job, she oversaw the withdrawal or delay of more than 1,500 planned rules. On balance, she eliminated 22 regulatory actions for every one new regulation on the books.

In June, the Network of Enlightened Women named her their Empowered Woman of the Year, citing “her monumental leadership of regulatory reform.” Rao’s work in cutting regulations, they noted, had empowered countless women to flourish.

In October, Heritage President Kay Coles James and Vice President for Policy Promotion Bridgett Wagner presented her with our Distinguished Intern Alumni Award—an honor previously bestowed on conservative luminaries such as Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., and Marjorie Dannenfelser, founder and president of the Susan B. Anthony List.

In the fall of 1994, during her senior year at Yale, Rao interned at Heritage as our Lawrence Wade Journalism Fellow. After graduating college, she went on to the University of Chicago Law School.

Then, it was back to Washington, where she clerked for Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, served as counsel to both the Senate Judiciary Committee and President George W. Bush, and taught at George Mason University’s Antonin Scalia School of Law, where she founded the Center for the Study of the Administrative State.

Rao credits Heritage with helping instill the conservative principles that have guided her throughout her professional life. “Heritage has a long history of fighting for individual liberty, limited government and constitutional principles,” she said at our 2018 President’s Club meeting. “These are all ideas that have animated my work both as an academic and in my career in public service.”

And 2018 had even bigger things in store for this distinguished alumna. On Nov. 13, President Trump announced that Rao was his pick to succeed recently installed Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

Policy Promotion in 2018

Heritage President Kay Coles James interviews Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.

CATO Institute vs. Heritage Intern Debate

(Left to right) Reps. Mia Love, R-Utah, Martha Roby, R-Ala., and Ann Wagner, R-Mo.

Resource Bank at 41

Truly an extraordinary event. The presentations and discussions offered genuinely fresh perspectives and new ways to think about old issues.

Doug Badger, Galen Institute Senior Fellow

(Left to right) Kelsey Harkness, Dann Mead Smith, Rebecca Liner, and Lyndsey Fifield

Zachary Wood stressed the importance of free speech and the need for a diversity of views on campus.

Heritage Vice President Bridgett Wagner

Genevieve Wood interviews Kay Coles James and Kim Holmes.

It’s the “Big Tent Meeting” of the conservative movement. In June, nearly 400 leaders representing the broad spectrum of modern conservatism gathered in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, for Heritage’s 41st annual Resource Bank Meeting.

Think tank CEOs, experts, donors, marketers, and litigators come for animated policy discussions and practical workshops designed to help attendees adopt best-in-class techniques in everything from fundraising to advocacy.

Highlights of the 2018 meeting included a sparkling discussion of “disruptive innovation” by Newt Gingrich, Steve Forbes, and George Gilder at the Robert H. Krieble Dinner and presentation of our Salvatori Award for Citizenship to broadcaster and journalist Tucker Carlson.

Another popular speaker was Zachary Wood, a 2018 graduate of Williams College and Robert L. Bartley fellow at The Wall Street Journal. Wood served as president of “Uncomfortable Learning,” a student group that sparked national controversy for inviting provocative (i.e., conservative) speakers to the liberal campus. Wood stressed the importance of free speech, the power of uncomfortable conversation and the need for a diversity of views on campus.  

Young Leaders of Tomorrow

The Young Leaders Program that brought us Neomi Rao in 1994 had another banner year in 2018, welcoming 180 interns from 112 universities. Each intern worked shoulder-to-shoulder with Heritage staff—researchers, fellows, and communications and marketing professionals—learning firsthand how to develop and promote modern policy solutions grounded in the wisdom of the ages.

In addition to this hands-on learning, Heritage interns benefit from formal instruction—lectures and study programs that allow them to hear from foreign leaders, members of Congress, and scholars from around the country.

Our intern program shapes and sharpens promising young conservatives so the rising generation can have the leaders needed to keep America pointing True North. But that’s not all Heritage does to promote an understanding of conservatism among America’s youth.

Indeed, our headquarters have become a popular “briefing station” for college groups making field trips to our nation’s capital. In 2018, the Young Leader’s Program hosted 52 briefings for over 1,300 university students visiting D.C. The briefings allow us to deliver the conservative message to young people who’ve never heard it.

Kay Coles James reached an even more under-served section of America—conservative African-American teenagers. In July she spoke to Turning Point USA’s High School Leadership Summit—a gathering of black conservative leaders-in-the-making.

“One-off” briefings and speeches can be enlightening and inspiring, but in 2018 we moved to establish a more rooted connection with young people in the D.C. area who are interested in public policy but lack meaningful exposure to conservative philosophy at work or at school.

Through two pilot programs—the Conservative Hill Intern Program and the Local University Conservatives Program—we reached out to local Millennials and the even younger and more numerous Generation Z. We recruited 50 participants in 2018 and look forward to expanding both programs in 2019.  

2018 Named Interns

Christian Andzel, Liberty University

Dominic Bayer, Northwestern University

Henrique Carneiro, The New School

Macarena Martinez, University of Texas at Austin

Luis Parrales, University of Richmond

Jorge Villarreal, Texas Tech University

Kelley Babphavong, Harvard University

Richard Barkauskas, College of the Holy Cross

Emily Henn, University of Maryland

Georgia Cline, Patrick Henry College

Joseph Natali, Saint Vincent College

Jeremiah Poff, Franciscan University

Julia Howe, Pepperdine University

Kyle Perisic, University of Minnesota Twin Cities

Shekinah Hollingsworth, Salisbury University

Austin Avery, Simpson University

Bryan Cosby, Southern Utah University

Gabriel Lepisnki, University of Kansas

Alexa Secrest, Gettysburg College

Denitsa Nikolova, University of Texas at Austin

Megan Decker, Brigham Young University – Idaho

Jaimie Erker, Colorado Christian University

Mary Soren Hansen, University of Notre Dame

Emily Maxson, Hillsdale College

Ashley Vaughan, University of Texas at Austin

Alex Deise, Florida State University

Richard Howell, Georgetown University

Brian Hilliker, Liberty University

Monique Lopez, California State University San Bernardino

Iulia Lupse, Seton Hall University

Charles McKay, University of Alabama

Patrick Farrell, Hillsdale College

Garrison Grisedale, Hillsdale College

Alex Miller, Hillsdale College

Vincent Miozzi, Hillsdale College

Rachel Umana, Hillsdale College

Randi Doran, Texas A&M University

David Grogan, University of Michigan

Elliott Raia, University of Texas at Austin

Airielle Jenkins, James Madison University

Troy Worden, University of California Berkeley

Kayla Sarin, Grove City College

Adriano Bordoli, University of California Los Angeles

Taylor Anthony, Berry College

Kenny Xu, Davidson College

Allison Baxter, Texas Christian University

Amanda Botts, Oklahoma State University

Joseph Chesser, North Carolina State University

Cooper Millhouse, Patrick Henry College

Luc Sasseville, College of William and Mary

Will Thatcher, Texas A&M University

Bradley Tune, University of Mississippi

Joshua Waechter, Hillsdale College

Jared Eckert, Hillsdale College

Gil Gatch, Georgetown University Law School

Edgar Barrios, Florida State University

Hayden Combs, University of Louisville

Bailey Oedewalt, University of Alabama

Dan Ziegler, Hillsdale College

Taylor Chaffetz, Colorado State University

Christopher Baldacci, Patrick Henry College

Holly Bahadursingh, University of Notre Dame

Ian Belliveau, George Washington University

Julia Bentley, John Brown University

Kevin Budd, The Catholic University of America

Ryan Hein, Indiana University

Shaina Hilsey, California University of Pennsylvania

Lucy Holmgren, Brigham Young University – Idaho

Helen Lamm, Wofford College

Katherine Rohloff, Trinity College

Jessica Schultz, Duke University

Liliana Serna, University of Dallas

Celine Bookin, University of California Berkeley

Cobi Williams, Coastal Carolina University

Alec Fornwalt, Liberty University

Toni-Anne Barry, The Catholic University of America

Joshua Lane, Christendom College

Matthew Larson, Georgetown University

Marie Ryan, University of Florida

Andrew Vadyak, University of Florida

Caroline Willcox, Georgetown University

Paul Fredrick, Miami University of Ohio

Alexandra King, University of Tennessee Knoxville

David Beleson, Stanford University

Dan Lee, Pacific Azusa University

Joshua Starr, Lubbock Christian University

David Lee, American University

Michael Patton, Patrick Henry College

Sarah Williams, The Catholic University of America

Corianna Baier, Troy University

Chrissy Clark, Michigan State University

Amanda Delekta, University of Michigan

Babs Hough, Michigan State University

Stuart Monk, Yale University

Kevin Wilkinson, Hillsdale College

Matthew Bartilotti, University of Notre Dame

Kayla Beale, James Madison University

Stone Washington, Clemson University

Margaret Clemmons, Vanderbilt University

Brandon McCoy, Yale University

Spencer McCloy, Union University

Nathan DeBevoise, California State University Northridge

Sarah Roberts, Patrick Henry College

Rachel West, Baylor University

Tristan Justice, George Washington University

Scott French, University of Virginia Law School

Anthony Brooks, Christendom College

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