YAL National Staff

Full-Time Staff

Cliff Maloney Jr.

Cliff joined YAL in 2011 as a Chapter President and quickly took on the role of Pennsylvania State Chairman. He now serves as YAL's President. Last year, he served as National Youth Director for Rand Paul's 2016 Presidential Campaign Committee where he managed "Students for Rand" and mobilized 507 chapters nationwide. Prior to the campaign, Cliff worked as the YAL Northeast Regional Director where he grew the Northeast to over 160 YAL chapters. In 2014, he served as Youth Director on the Igor Birman for Congress campaign and decided to dedicate his life to the cause of liberty. Cliff was named the 2013 Ron Paul Liberty Scholar. He is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, Class of 2014, with a B.A. in Education and a B.S. in Theatre Arts. He is an avid Philadelphia sports fan.

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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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Matthew Boyer
Director of Communications 

Matthew Boyer is a graduate of Rutgers University, where he first got involved with YAL. At Rutgers Matthew studied political science and German, and received a great deal of publicity for his activism on campus. He became the New Jersey State Chair, and was recognized as the Northeast State Chair of the Year in 2015. Matthew was also a contributor to The Daily Targum and The College Fix. Matthew is a Pennsylvania native who enjoys the outdoors and traveling.

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Mary Hannah Lott
Director of Events

Mary Hannah is a graduate of Jacksonville State University where she studied Political Science and English. Following college, she spent time overseas teaching English in Asia. Her love of Liberty began in college where she worked on numerous grassroots campaigns. Mary Hannah is an avid Alabama football fan and enjoys spending the weekends traveling with her two dogs. 

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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 enjoying the outdoors.


Crissy Brown
Development Executive

Crissy joined YAL as a chapter member at the University of Alabama in 2010, and went on to become Chapter President in 2012. She now serves as YAL's Development Executive. Before coming on staff she worked as a Regional Field Coordinator for the Leadership Institute where she consulted with and provided support to over 160 pro-liberty student groups in the Southeast. From 2013-2015 she worked as a Field Director for Americans for Prosperity in Illinois organizing and mobilizing a team of over 170 staff and volunteers in the Chicago area. Her written work has appeared in The Daily Caller, CapX, The American Thinker, openmarkets.org, and Thoughts on Liberty.

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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.
Cody Chipman
Development Associate

Cody joined YAL in 2012 as a founding member and Chapter President at the University of Michigan. In addition, Cody was a Campus Coordinator with Students for Liberty. During his time as a student leader, he helped overturn unconstitutional restrictions on student group funding on his campus and organized YAL's 2013 "Event of the Year." Cody graduated from the University of Michigan in 2016 with a B.A. in History and is currently a participant in Praxis. 

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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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Sean Themea
Midwest Regional Director

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.



Part-Time Staff

Billy Grant
Billy Grant
Social Media Consultant 

Billy got involved with YAL after founding the Hamline University chapter, where he is currently enrolled. Billy then became the Minnesota State Chair of YAL where he built the network of chapters in Minnesota. He was later named YAL’s National State Chair of the Year in 2015. He then joined Cliff Maloney on the Rand Paul for President campaign, where the two worked to create over 500 Students for Rand chapters nationwide. Billy is an outdoorsman who enjoys hunting and fishing, and is an avid Minnesota sports fan.

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Christine Burger

Christine grew up in upstate New York and is graduating from the State University of New York at Albany in May of 2017 with a degree in political science and a minor in philosophy.  After attending YALCON in the Summer of 2016 she had to find a way to advance liberty across the country. She interned as the University of Albany’s Campaign Coordinator for Presidential Nominee Governor Gary Johnson in the Fall of 2016 and has volunteered for local races in New York's capital region.  When she’s not discussing politics with new people she’s home with her dog or at the gym. 

Erik Cooper

Erik studies political science at Northeastern State University. Erik became involved with Young Americans for Liberty when he started a YAL chapter on his campus during his freshman year. Erik now serves as a State Chair for Oklahoma. When he is not reminding his fellow Americans that taxation is indeed theft, he can be found near a body of water with a fishing pole in hand, or at a local gun range.


Isaac Edikaukas

Isaac started out early becoming a dues paying member of Young Americans for Liberty during his sophomore year of high school. He had no idea of the impact this organization would have on his life until he went to his first State Convention. Moving into college, he helped found a chapter at Michigan State University and in two years assisted in building the chapter into a powerful force on campus. Last summer he attended his first national conference in DC. YALCON 2016 changed his life and equipped him with the tools necessary to become a successful activist. While he was spreading the message of liberty on campus, he could see clearly how important this movement was. He has now decided to dedicate his life to this movement and the principles of liberty.

Eddie Stamper, Jr.

Eddie first got involved with Young Americans for Liberty when he was contacted by Matt D'Alesio during the summer of 2016. Shortly after, he attended YALCON and fell in love with Liberty, deciding to change his major to political science. That fall he attended Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia. There he served as Recruitment Director for half of a semester before becoming the West Virginia State Chair. After feeling disenfranchised with his undergraduate education, he decided to take a semester off (or longer) to intern with YAL in DC. In his spare time, Eddie enjoys reading, playing video games, and keeping up with current events.

Chairman of the Board

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.