Alex Smith is serving as National Chairman. Alex, a native of Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, is a graduate of The Catholic University of America, where she graduated magna cum laude with a degree in Politics. Prior to being elected as National Co-Chairman for the 2012 cycle, Alex served as Chairman of the D.C. Federation of College Republicans. During her tenure as State Chairman, she organized multiple deployments for candidates along the east coast.
Before becoming involved at the national level, Alex served as a chapter leader for the Catholic University College Republicans. She is a recent graduate of Seton Hall University School of Law and is also an alumna of Country Day School of the Sacred Heart, a member of the international network of Sacred Heart schools. In 2014, Alex was named as an RNC “Rising Star” and was the recipient of the RNC’s Jeane Kirkpatrick Award. During her free time, Alex proudly cheers on the Philadelphia Phillies and Eagles.
Ted Dooley is serving as National Co-Chairman. Ted, originally from Holliston, Massachusetts, is a graduate from Boston College. Before attending BC, Ted was a student at George Washington University where he was a leader in the school’s College Republican chapter. After transferring to BC, Ted was elected Chairman of the Massachusetts Alliance of College Republicans.
Under Ted’s tenure, the MACR was able to expand to over 20 chapters and fundraise record amounts. In 2014, Ted was elected Northeastern Vice Chairman for the CRNC and helped coordinate interstate deployments of College Republicans across the Northeast.
During the 2012 election, Ted managed and consulted for a number of local and congressional elections in Massachusetts. In 2014, Ted managed State Representative Shawn Dooley’s (no relation) special election in Massachusetts, which garnered over 60% of the vote in a competitive three-way election race. He currently works at Purple Strategies New England on the public affairs and communications team. Ted is an avid fan of the New England Patriots and enjoys spending as much time as possible on the beautiful shores of Cape Cod.
John is currently serving as Treasurer of the College Republican National Committee. Previously, John was a chapter chair of the Muscatine Community College Republicans and served several positions on the Iowa Federation of College Republicans including his two-year tenure as Chair. He has played a major role in many successful campaigns in Iowa.
John is currently studying political science at the University of Iowa and is a graduate of Wilton JR/SR high school. In his free time John enjoys working on his farm and keeping up on politics, and rooting for the Hawkeyes, Colts, and Lakers.
Liz serves as National Secretary. Liz is a 2015 graduate of the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy at the University of Virginia where she earned a Master’s Degree in Public Policy and a Bachelor’s Degree in government and economics as a Jefferson Scholar.
Originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota, Liz got her start in politics in 2009 when she was elected chairman of the Minnesota Teenage Republicans. Liz served as chairman of UVA’s chapter of College Republicans in 2013 before being elected state chair of the College Republican Federation of Virginia.
Her work reaching out to millennials during Virginia’s 2013 gubernatorial race helped Ken Cuccinelli win the youth vote by 6 points. She currently works as an economic policy research assistant at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C. Outside of politics, Liz enjoys shopping for Lilly Pulitzer sundresses and cheering on UVA basketball. Go Hoos!
Kasha is a fourth year at the University of Virginia and Chairwoman of the College Republican Federation of Virginia. Kasha has been actively involved in politics since 2012. Not only was she a Coordinator for Young Americans for Romney in the 2012 Presidential election campaign, she was one of the founders of the first chartered community college chapter in Virginia located in Northern Virginia.
During the 2013 election, Kasha worked on Barbara Comstock’s successful re-election campaign to the Virginia House of Delegate’s while also serving as the Political Director of the Fairfax County Republican Committee. In 2014 she worked on Barbara Comstock’s successful election to Congress in VA-10 and was also recognized for her efforts by the National Federation of Republican Women.
Kasha has spent the last two years traveling around the Commonwealth of Virginia engaging with millennial and minority communities sharing the Republican message. In addition to her work in the Republican Party, Kasha has been recognized by the Kosciusko Foundation and Ministry of Poland for her efforts towards U.S.-Poland alliance.
Southern Regional Vice-Chairman
Taylor Mason is serving as Southern Vice Chairman of the CRNC. Taylor is from Charleston, South Carolina and attended the University of South Carolina Beaufort where he served as the Student body Vice President. Taylor Served as Chairman
of the South Carolina Federation of College Republicans for the last 2 years where he grew the organization from 3 to 16 active chapters including starting the first College Republicans chapter at a HBCU in South Carolina.
In addition to being involved in the College Republicans Taylor is also serving as Vice Chairman of the South Carolina Republican Party and is actively involved in state politics. Taylor has played key roles in multiple campaigns for candidates all across the county including working for Mitt Romney in 2012 in Iowa and recently for Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina. Taylor’s hobbies include going to the beach, spending time with family, traveling and “grand ole partying”.
Midwestern Regional Vice-Chairman
J.R. Bloom serves as Midwestern Vice-Chair. Originally hailing from Castaic, California, J.R. moved to his adopted state of Nebraska five years ago to attend the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL). He graduated with a degree in Economics and minors in Political Science and History.
Prior to election to national office, J.R. served two terms as State Chair of the Nebraska Federation of College Republicans (NFCR). During his tenure, NFCR more than doubled the state’s number of active CR chapters. By placing young conservatives on campaigns throughout the state, NFCR fueled the historic Nebraska GOP gains made in 2014.
Before serving on the state level, J.R. served as chapter chair for the UNL CR chapter. He previously worked for the Nebraska Republican Party and currently pursues his Juris Doctorate at the UNL College of Law. When not politicking, J.R. likes a good round of golf and chanting Go Big Red at Husker games.
Western Regional Vice-Chairman
A native of Tucson, Arizona, Zoey is a graduate of the University of Arizona Honors College, where she graduated summa cum laude with a degree in Political Science. Prior to being elected Western Regional Vice Chair, Zoey was recently re-elected to her second term as Chairman of the Arizona Federation of College Republicans.
A fourth generation Wildcat, Zoey has served as her chapter’s president, and will continue her education at the University of Arizona Rogers College of Law this fall to earn her J.D. Aside from a academics and politics, she enjoys PAC-12 sporting events, spending time with family, and exercising her Second Amendment rights.
Northeast Regional Vice-Chairman
Chandler Thornton currently serves as Northeastern Regional Vice Chairman. Chandler was born and raised in Frederick County, Maryland, located approximately 50 miles from Washington and Baltimore. He is a proud graduate of American University, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. Chandler was elected to two terms as Chairman of the D.C. Federation of College Republicans, where he organized campaign deployments across the country.
He has local, state, and national experience in the public policy and political campaign arenas. On campus, Chandler managed a six-figure budget and 10 full-time staff members as Director of the Kennedy Political Union Lecture Series. He is a member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity and the Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity.
Chandler is currently a Master of Public Administration degree candidate at American University. During his free time, Chandler loves cheering on his favorite Washington and Baltimore sports teams, enjoying the great outdoors, and being with his family and friends.
Gus Portela is serving as the National Political Director. Gus, born in Bayamon, Puerto Rico, has been active in Michigan politics since his sophomore year in high school. Gus is a seasoned political operative having worked on multiple campaigns in Michigan and most recently on Rick Santorum’s Presidential campaign as a part of the Delegate Operations Team. Prior to coming on board, Gus worked for the Michigan based firm Strategic National.
Gus worked his way up from being a member of the College Republicans his freshman year at his college, to becoming first Hispanic Chairman of the Michigan Federation of College Republicans for the 2010-2011 cycle, one that proved to be extremely successful for the organization shattering fundraising records, expansion in number of chapters, and improved online presence. Under his leadership, the Michigan College Republicans helped to bring a new Republican Governor to Michigan, a majority in the state house, and a super majority in the state senate. Gus’ work aided in the capture of two Congressional seats, as well as, abetting the election of a new Republican Attorney General and Secretary of State.
Most recently, Gus served as the Political Director and Midwestern Regional Vice Chairman for the College Republican National Committee under Chairman Alex Schriver. As a proud Hispanic Republican, Portela’s biggest passion is to bridge the gap between Hispanic voters and the Republican Party.
National Digital Director
Stefanie Petropoulos is serving as the CRNC digital director. Managing the CRNC’s digital and communications efforts has allowed the CRNC to reach thousands of millennials on and offline. At the CRNC, Stefanie has helped rebrand the GOP message to reach the millennial generation through new language and innovative digital tools.
Steafanie joined the CRNC from the Republican consulting firm, DC London, Inc., where she served as an associate on the communications team. She graduated with a degree in political science and communication from American University in Washington, DC in 2012. Stefanie is from the northern Chicago suburb of Lake Forest, IL where her passion for politics was fueled by the shenanigans of Chicago politics. As a third generation Greek, Stefanie credits her Greek American heritage for her love of freedom, expression and of course, democracy.
National Political Director
Catharine Cypher is serving as Political Director. Born in Georgia and raised in Michigan, she attended Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where she graduated in April of 2014 with a B.S in Legal Studies with honors.Catharine grew up in a politically active family and she attributes her initial political interests to her grandfather who held a county seat for over 20 years. Catharine’s active political involvement began in the 2012 election cycle where she worked as a Campaign Manager for a county commissioner, raising just under $20,000. She also worked for her county party assisting in state, house, and senate races, as well as the Romney campaign. Leading up to her work at the CRNC Catharine interned for Congressman Bill Huizenga in his D.C office and worked on his 2014 re-election campaign.
Catharine has also worked at top international law firms in the D.C area as a Legal Assistant and Recruitment Assistant. When she is not working she enjoys participating in a number of outdoor activities including kayaking, biking and horseback riding.
Carolina Hurley is serving as the Executive Assistant. Growing up in Northern Virginia only a short drive from D.C., she had early experience with the political world. She graduated from Christopher Newport University in May 2014 with a double major in Political Science and Communications. While at Christopher Newport, she was involved with the College Republicans, Gamma Phi Beta Sorority and served as a non-partisan survey research interviewer for the Wason Center for Public Policy.
Carolina’s political experience includes interning for the Newport News Romney for Victory Campaign, interning with Congressman Frank Wolf (VA-10) and most recently serving as a press assistant for Congressman Jeff Denham (CA-10).