College Republican Leadership

Officers

Chandler Thornton

Chairman
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Chandler Thornton is the National Chairman of the College Republican National Committee. Prior to being elected in 2017, he served two one-year terms as Northeast Regional Vice Chairman during the 2016 cycle, and previously as Chairman of the D.C. Federation of College Republicans during the 2014 cycle.

Chandler is a proud graduate of American University, where he earned a Master of Public Administration degree with concentrations in public management and applied politics and a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science with a concentration in American government. He received the Bryce Harlow Foundation Award for his research on the Foreign Agents Registration Act, and the Catheryn Seckler-Hudson Award for the American University graduate who best exemplified qualities of character and achievement.

Chandler is also a graduate of the Campaign Management Institute in Washington, the European Public Affairs and Advocacy Institute in Brussels, and was a George C. Marshall Fellow at The Heritage Foundation. He was featured on the 2016 Red Alert Politics “30 Under 30” list of young conservatives, the 2017 Maverick PAC “Future 40” list of young professionals, and the 2018 Newsmax “30 under 30” list of most influential Republicans.

During his free time, he is cheering on his favorite D.C. and Baltimore sports teams, spending time with friends and family, and enjoying the great outdoors. Chandler was born and raised in Frederick, Maryland.

Tom Ferrall

Co-Chair
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Tom Ferrall is the National Co-Chairman of the College Republican National Committee. Prior to being elected in 2019, he served two one-year terms as Chairman of the Ohio College Republican Federation, and previously served for a year as President of the University of Dayton College Republicans.

Tom is a graduate of the University of Dayton, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science. He has extensive campaign experience throughout his years in politics, including serving as a staff member on Senator Rob Portman’s 2016 re-election campaign. Tom also served as Campaign Manager for multiple races in southwest Ohio, and is currently an associate at FP1 Strategies in Washington, DC.

Originally from Long Island, New York, Tom is an avid fan of New York sports teams. He is thankful for the opportunity to serve College Republicans, and is looking forward to growing the conservative movement on campuses across the country.

Ty Seymour

Treasurer

Ty is currently a student at Southern Connecticut State University, majoring in Political Science and History. Ty is the re-founder of the SCSU College Republicans, served as the Chairman of the Connecticut Federation of College Republicans since September 2016 to May 2019. He has previously served as Northeast Regional Vice Chair

Ty is also heavily involved with the sport of swimming and its governance, and is currently serving on several national committees for United States Swimming and is the Athletes’ Executive Committee Leadership Chair. He also is active in volunteering, and has helped raise awareness for Alzheimers and drowning prevention.

Caitlin Holman

Secretary

Caitlin Holman is currently serving as the Midwest Regional Vice Chair for the College Republican National Committee. A Senior from Lincoln, Nebraska, she is majoring in Political Science and History at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln (UNL).

Caitlin previously served as Midwest Regional Vice Chair for 2 years and State Chair of the Nebraska Federation of College Republicans (NFCR) for two years. Prior to this, she served for a year as NFCR Communications Director. She also spent over 2 years as the University of Nebraska – Lincoln College Republicans Chapter President and has worked for the Nebraska Republican Party for the past 3 years.

Tori Biondolillo

Northeast Regional Vice Chair

Tori is currently a student at University it Vermont, majoring in Political Science and Business Administration. She served as the Chairwoman for the Vermont Federation of College Republicans from 2017-2019. 

Tori is passionate about recruiting and electing hard working Republicans—even in tough districts. She has worked as a communications professional on a variety of campaigns up and down the ticket. In her free time, she is an avid runner.

Courtney Britt

Southern Regional Vice Chair

Courtney Britt has been heavily involved in College Republicans for the past six years. Throughout that time she has served in various capacities ranging from chapter chair to state chair of the Virginia Federation. Coming from a state with elections every year, she has worked on numerous campaigns including managing a state house race won by 124 votes in 2017. For the past two years she worked for the Republican Party of Virginia’s General Counsel to help ensure fair elections across the commonwealth. She is currently the Research & Policy Director for the Virginia Senate Republican Caucus.

Courtney graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a degree in philosophy and French and is currently a third year law student at the University of Richmond.  She was the 2018 Virginia Bar Association Law School Counsel President and is an active member of the Junior League of Richmond.

Ryan Ring

Midwest Regional Vice Chair
Ryan is the Midwest Regional Vice Chair. Prior to being elected in 2019, he served as Chairman of the Wisconsin Federation of College Republicans, and was appointed by Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker to serve a two-year term as a Regent on the University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents.

Ryan earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, where he studied Finance and Political Science. Ryan brings a strong leadership focus, as well as a wide-ranging political background. He served on numerous local campaigns in Wisconsin, and served as Regional Field Director in Senator Ron Johnson’s hard-fought and successful re-election campaign in 2016.

Originally from Green Bay, Wisc., Ring is an avid Packers fan and all-things Wisconsin sports and enjoys golfing in his free time.

Jack Pickett

Western Regional Vice Chair

A senior and a Political Science and Spanish major at the University of Washington, Jack has been dedicated to the success of the Republican Party since he was in high school. He has previously served as a PCO, an intern for Congressman Dan Newhouse (WA-04), deputy campaign manager for Susan Hutchison’s US Senate Campaign, and the youngest delegate from Washington to the 2016 Republican National Convention. Jack is a big fan of good sushi, visiting our National Parks, and binge watching VEEP. He believes that with hard work, and a winning attitude, we can flip Washington State together!

Dallas Ernst
Comptroller

 

Staff

Ben Rajadurai

Executive Director
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Ben Rajadurai is currently serving as Executive Director. Ben, a resident of North Attleboro MA, is a graduate of Stonehill College. At Stonehill College, Ben re-built his College Republican chapter into one of Massachusetts’ largest and most active chapters and became a two-term Chairman of the Massachusetts Alliance of College Republicans.

MACR expanded to 25 chapters under Ben’s leadership and remained one of the premier youth political organizations in the commonwealth. During the 2018 cycle, Ben served as campaign manager for Helen Brady overseeing the Massachusetts GOP’s most successful down ballot campaign. Ben is a rabid New England Patriots and Boston Red Sox fan and can usually be seen arguing about it incessantly on Twitter.