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 list of “Thirty Under Thirty” young conservative leaders.

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.

Jessica Browning

Co-Chair

Jessica Browning is the National Co-Chair of the College Republican National Committee. She first became involved in College Republicans her freshman year at Texas A&M University. In 2015, she was elected to the Texas Federation of College Republicans state board as the East Region Vice Chair. The following year, she was elected as the State Chair.

Under Jessica’s tenure as State Chair in Texas, the organization reached new heights during the 2016 election. Jessica and her team expanded College Republican efforts through campus voter registration, statewide GOTV efforts, and through strike forces to neighboring states.

Jessica is a born and raised Texan who loves to cheer on the Aggies. Gig’em!

Charlie Kolean

Treasurer

Charlie Kolean is the National Treasurer of the College Republican National Committee. He served as a two-term State Chair of the Michigan Federation of College Republicans.

Charlie attended Michigan State University. He has Bachelor of Arts in Economics. Additionally, he is a fellow in the Michigan Political Leadership Program.

Under Kolean’s tenure, Michigan College Republicans have enjoyed three successful deployments to highly contested state legislative districts, a ten-fold increase in fundraising, and Michigan voting Republican in the presidential election for the first time since 1988. Charlie is originally from Holland, Michigan.

Kolean works at Fidelity Investments in institutional asset management. He enjoys spending time with his family, hitting a round of golf and sailing.

Abby Bennett

Secretary

Abigail is a senior the University of Maine majoring in Financial Economics. She served as the Chairman of the Maine Federation of College Republicans from 2015-2017, expanding chapters and helping elect Republican candidates across Maine. She has interned for Senator Collins and Governor LePage, and has volunteered on multiple state and national campaigns. She currently serves on the Maine GOP Platform Committee as the representative from Oxford County.

On campus, she is a member of the Honors College, Co-President of the Student Portfolio Investment Fund which is a $2.4 million fund managed and invested by students, the Fundraising Chair for All Maine Women, Ambassador of the School of Economics, and Historian of the Class Council.

She currently works at Atlantic Trust and as the Executive Assistant at ValueEdge Advisors.

Ben Rajadurai

Northeast Regional Vice Chair

Ben Rajadurai is currently serving as Northeast Regional Vice Chairman. 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 2016 election, Ben served as a Deputy Regional Field Director for MassVictory, overseeing a successful field program in a competitive district. Ben is a rabid New England Patriots and Boston Red Sox fan and can usually be seen arguing about it incessantly on Twitter.

Hunter Foster

Southern Regional Vice Chair

Hunter Foster serves as the Southern Regional Vice Chairman for the College Republican National Committee. Originally from Brookhaven, Mississippi, Foster is a graduate of Mississippi College where he earned his Bachelor’s of Science degree in Political Science/Pre-law with a minor in German. He has served in numerous positions such as chapter chair, district chair, and State Chair of the Mississippi Federation of College Republicans for two years. Hunter is a veteran of numerous campaigns on a national, state, and local level. Hunter is currently a student at Mississippi College of Law.

Caitlin Holman

Midwest Regional Vice Chair

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 has served as 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.

Morgan Murphy

Western Regional Vice Chair

Morgan Murphy originally from Chesapeake, Virginia is a recent University
of Oregon graduate. She pursued a double major; graduating with a degree in both Political Science and Planning, Public Policy and Management.

Morgan joined College Republicans as a freshman, running for an executive
position her sophomore year. Following this, she served as Chair of both the University of Oregon College Republicans and the Oregon Federation of College Republicans, where she served two terms of office.

During her time, the Oregon Federation of College Republicans assisted on
a variety of races, and saw Dennis Richardson elected as Secretary of State; the first Republican in a statewide office in Oregon since 1998.

In her free time, Morgan enjoys cheering on the Seahawks and Oregon Ducks
with friends and family. Sco Ducks!

John Ross Serrano

Comptroller

John Ross Serrano is serving as National Comptroller of the College Republican National Committee. Born and raised in Puerto Rico, he founded the College Republican Federation of Puerto Rico in 2014 and served as its Chairman. John is an alumni of the University of Puerto Rico, where he obtained a B.A. in political science with a concentration in international relations, and will receive his Juris Doctor in the summer of 2017.

During his time as an undergraduate student, John got involved in Puerto Rican politics as a member of the Statehood Party (NPP) and became a pro-statehood student activist. As such, he joined the Puerto Rico Statehood Students Association in 2013, where he served as Chairman of the UPR Río Piedras Chapter and later on as the organization’s liaison with the Republican Party. In these capacities, he laid the groundwork for introducing College Republicans into Puerto Rico’s public universities and political landscape.

As a law student, John was involved with the UPR Business Law Journal, where he contributed as a Senior Editor. He also became the Chairman of the Environmental Section of the University of Puerto Rico’s Student Pro Bono Program, where he organized environmental policy workshops for public school students. John is also interested in immigration policy and bankruptcy law.

Staff

Ted Dooley

Executive Director
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Ted Dooley is the Executive Director of the College Republican National Committee. Prior to that, he served as the organization’s National Co-Chairman, Regional Vice-Chairman, and was a three-term State Chairman for the Massachusetts Alliance of College Republicans.

Aside from his work with College Republicans, Ted most recently worked as Vice President of Merrimack Potomac + Charles, a full-service strategic communications firm based in Boston and Concord, NH where he oversaw a broad range of strategic communications campaigns across the region. Ted began his political career managing and consulting for local and state Republican campaigns in Massachusetts. During the 2016 cycle, Ted served as a digital media advisor to New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu’s campaign.

Ted has been quoted in The Boston Globe, Politico, The Boston Herald, CNN, ABC Nightly News, Fusion, Univision and other outlets for his insights on millennial republicans.

Originally from Holliston, Massachusetts, Ted is a graduate of Boston College. He now resides in Washington, D.C. with his fiancé Nicole and their puppy, Kennedy. In their free time, they enjoy spending as much time as they can on the beautiful shores of Cape Cod.

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