YAL National Staff

 

Full-Time Staff

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Cliff Maloney Jr.
President

Cliff Maloney Jr. is the President of Young Americans for Liberty (YAL), a non-profit youth organization based in Arlington, VA that boasts over 900 college chapters across the country.  YAL's mission is to identify, educate, train, and mobilize youth activists committed to winning on principle.

Before YAL, Cliff served as National Youth Director for the Rand Paul Presidential Campaign and built an apparatus of 507 "Students for Rand" chapters.  He has built field programs for over 22 campaigns, including dog-catcher, state legislature, congress, senate, and presidential. Cliff has appeared on FOX Business and Reason TV. He has been published in TIME, The Hill, Huffington Post, and the Washington Examiner. Cliff enjoys empowering freedom activists to find the most productive ways to advance the principles of liberty.
 

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Ty Hicks
Ty Hicks
Executive Vice President

Ty first got involved with YAL when he founded the chapter at Central Michigan University. Ty later became Michigan State Chair with YAL, growing and supporting the network of Michigan chapters. Ty later joined Students For Liberty's Campus Coordinator program and participated in SFL's inaugural Professional Advancement Fellowship as a Data Associate. During his fellowship, Ty founded SFL's Liberty in North Korea activism initiative, and he is active in humanitarian efforts to rescue North Korean refugees.

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Pooja Bachani
Director of Communications 

Pooja Bachani first got involved with YAL when she founded the chapter at Long Island University Post. Shortly thereafter, she became a State Chair in New York and worked to advance the ideas of liberty. She recently graduated with a Masters in Adolescent English Education and was part of both the Charles Koch Institute Internship and Fellow Program in Policy. In addition, she holds a Masters in Literary Theory and Literature from the University of Freiburg, Germany and Bachelor degrees in English and Philosophy from Boston University. Pooja's love for liberty began at BU when she started studying Pragmatism. A philosopher at heart, when she is not traveling, she enjoys spending her afternoons reading and drinking coffee.

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Sean Themea
Development Strategist

Sean founded the Ithaca College YAL chapter during his senior year of college. He quickly earned the title of New York State Chair, and created over a dozen chapters in his region. Sean was named Northeast State Chair of the Year for 2016, and joined the national staff shortly after. He holds a B.A. in Communication Studies from Ithaca College, where he sang with a nationally-touring a capella group.

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Alexander Staudt
Director Free Speech

Alex recently served as the Students for Rand chapter president at the University of Iowa. He previously worked on congressional campaigns, and interned with Jamestown Associates. Alex has a B.A. in Political Science and a minor in Entrepreneurial Management from the University of Iowa. As a true Iowan through and through, Alex enjoys hunting for vinyls, cheering for the Hawkeyes, and the outdoors.

 

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Justin Greiss
Director of Mobilization
In the fall of 2013, Justin founded a YAL chapter at Elizabethtown College and later took the helm as YAL Pennsylvania State Chair. Upon graduation in January 2015, Justin joined the YAL National staff as Southeast Regional Director. Soon after Senator Rand Paul announced his presidential bid, Justin joined the team as Iowa's 1st District Congressional Director. After the campaign, Justin remained with Senator Paul as Kentucky Political Director for Rand's Senate run. After a 16 point win in November 2016, Justin returned to YAL as the Director of Mobilization. Justin is a graduate of Elizabethtown College with a B.A. in Political Science and a Pennsylvania native.
 
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Lydia Schwertfeger
Southeast Regional Director

Lydia joined her YAL chapter at the University of Wisconsin - Green Bay as an undiscovered libertarian. She assisted the group with event programming organizing several tabling events and multiple trips to conferences/conventions. As a State Chair she worked diligently to strengthen the network in her state and even developed the first Wisconsin YAL Leadership Forum. In her spare time she enjoys traveling, painting, and binge watching Netflix.

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Erin Yeoman
West Regional Director

Erin is a New Hampshire native. She moved to Montana in 2014, where she attended Montana State University in Bozeman. Through school, she worked as a veterinary technician and volunteered at wildlife sanctuaries, working with animals ranging from dogs and cats to wolves and Grizzly Bears. She began her education in Liberty by attending Liberty pubs and volunteering within the movement. From there, she became the Montana State Coordinator for Students for Rand Paul, starting several chapters throughout Montana and Wyoming. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, reading and cooking. 

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Matt D'Alesio
Deputy National Field Director

Matt served as the Office Manager for Rand Paul's 2016 Presidential Campaign in Des Moines, Iowa. In this role, he mobilized and managed hundreds of volunteers in a campaign that made over 1.2 million phone calls. Previously, he interned at a foreign policy NGO in Washington, DC as well as the Irish Government in Dublin, Ireland. He graduated from The State University of New York at Cortland in 2015 with a B.A. in Political Science.

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Brittany Wilson
Brittany Wilson
Central Regional Director

Brittany found her start in the liberty movement at the 2014 YAL National Convention when she decided to start a chapter on her campus, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. From there, she got involved further by participating in YAL's intern program and later became a State Chair in North Carolina. Additionally, Brittany has worked as a Development Intern, Conference Director, Regional Director and North American Executive Board Member for Students for Liberty, and has interned at the Foundation for Economic Education. In her spare time, Brittany enjoys playing tennis, hiking, and spending time with family.

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John Goodnight
Northeast Regional Director


John served as an Outreach Coordinator on the Rand Paul campaign in Iowa. He is currently a student at Liberty University online and studies public policy. John started his contributions in the liberty movement at the University of New Mexico where he served as the Recruitment Coordinator for Students for Rand. In addition, John has recently become a part of the Koch Associate Program. John originally wanted to go into medicine but found an interest for politics in 2012 because of his U.S. history teacher. Since then, John has found a passion for promoting free societies and spreading the message of liberty. John was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico.


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Barrett Young
Midwest Regional Director

Barrett grew up in Nixa, Missouri, the home of Jason Bourne and Peter Quill, a.k.a "Starlord". Barrett is currently a student at George Washington University studying Political Science and Intellectual History. Barrett previously interned for the Rumi Forum for Interfaith Dialogue and Intercultural Understanding, Denver for Governor, Carlyle Gregory Company, the Office of Congressman Dave Brat, and RAND PAC. When he is not watching midnight showings of The Room at E Street Cinema, you may find Barrett hiking, reading, or praying in the Shenandoah Valley.

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Interns

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Aleksandra Srdanovic
Mid-Atlantic Field Intern 

Aleksandra is currently a student at the George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs, majoring in International Affairs with concentrations in International Politics, Asian Studies, and a minor in history. Previously, she has interned for the Council on Foreign Relations, Capitol Hill for the House Policy Committee, and with Rand Paul for his 2016 Presidential campaign. When she isn't working, Alex enjoys reading, hiking, and listening to podcasts.

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Ben Waldman
Southeast Field Intern

Benjamin Waldman grew up in the mountains of Asheville, North Carolina. As a kid, his focus was set solely on the world of sports, yet towards the end of high school, he became concerned with the government's unconstitutional tendencies. When arriving on campus at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, he immediately joined the YAL chapter, worked his way up to being the Recruitment Director and became a Political Science and Criminal Justice major. Since then, he has become the chapter's Vice President, an NC State Chair and summer intern with YAL. Benjamin also works with Student for Liberty as the Blue Ridge Regional Director.

 Brendan Noble
   
Brendan Noble
Central Field Intern

Brendan Noble is a rising senior Economics major at Hillsdale College and is from Canton, Michigan. He has been working and volunteering in politics since he was 14 years old. He managed a successful state house race in 2016 and is currently a Michigan State Chair for Young Americans for Liberty. Brendan loves talking and studying economics and politics as well as cheering for Michigan football and Eintracht Frankfurt, his favorite soccer team.

Caitlyn Tierney
 
Caitlyn Tierney
Events Intern

Caitlyn grew up in suburban New Jersey and is an incoming senior at Virginia Tech, studying multimedia journalism and political science. Caitlyn has been an advocate for individual rights and minimal government during her time on campus through her roles at Young Americans for Liberty and Student for Liberty. She served as president of her campus YAL chapter, Virgina State Chair for YAL, Campus Coordinator for SFL, and is a Speak Freely Advocate for SFL. When she is not hiking, going to concerts or spending time with her adopted kitten, you can find Caitlyn at a nearby farmer's market.

Charlie Gers 
Charlie Gers
Midwest Field Intern

Charlie Gers is an economics major at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities. After volunteering at the Iowa for Rand Paul caucus in 2016, Charlie gained a passion for libertarianism. Charlie is an active member of the Libertarian Party of Minnesota, Students for Liberty, Young Americans for Liberty, and College Libertarians. Besides libertarianism, Charlie is passionate about traveling, reading, and hanging out at local coffee shops.

Lisa Di Giovanni 
Lisa Di Giovanna
West Field Intern

Lisa is a Southern California girl obsessed with America and the ideas of liberty. She got started in the liberty movement when she heard and read about Rand Paul and decided to join YAL as a chapter leader at CSULA in September of 2016. The following November, Lisa volunteered on Operation Randslide in Kentucky and has been working in the movement ever since. After Rand's campaign, she was hired as a State Chair for the West Coast region where she is working to make liberty win. She loves country music, freedom, chocolate milk, and Jesus.

Mason Thibault 
Mason Thibault
Northeast Field Intern

Mason is from Fall River, Massachusetts, a small gateway city south of Boston. A graduate of BMC Durfee High School in Fall River and a current Politics student at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., Mason is a hardworking and motivated individual. He often misses his friends and family back home and is always looking for ways to use political knowledge or influence to improve the living conditions of his home town. When he is not working or studying, he can be found reading, writing, or playing basketball or football with his friends. Mason is excited to be interning with Young Americans for Liberty and hopes that his friends and family back home are proud of him.

Savannah Soto 
Savannah Soto
Executive Intern

Savannah is a current State Chair with Young Americans for Liberty working in North and South Carolina. She is a full-time student at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte studying Communications with a concentraion in Public Advocacy. When not busy spreading liberty, promoting free speech, or attending class, Savannah can be found on the soccer field coaching her favorite soccer teams in Charlotte.

 Chairman of the Board

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Jeff Frazee 

Jeff served as National Youth Coordinator for Ron Paul's 2008 Presidential Campaign Committee and worked exclusively with Congressman Paul to start the Campaign for Liberty and host the Rally for the Republic. Prior to the campaign, Jeff worked as a Deputy Campus Services Coordinator for the Leadership Institute and interned for Ron Paul's congressional office in the summer of 2005. He is a graduate of Texas A&M, Class of 2005, with a degree in Telecommunications & Media Studies and a minor in Political Sciences.