At this year’s Defending the American Dream Summit, we want to arm you with the tools and knowledge to ensure you’re able to take on policy battles in your community. To do this, we will have multiple breakout sessions and workshops focused on some of the free market conversations below. Employees of Americans for Prosperity with extensive knowledge of policy battles and field operations join together with variety of experts in the field, to give you an insight into what to expect on the ground, and on the phones.


1:30 – 2:30 PM

  • Washington Power Grab: How the Obama administration’s regulatory overreach is taking over our lives and threatening our laboratories of democracy
    • Sofie Miller, George Washington University Regulatory Studies Center
    • Justin Sykes, Americans for Tax Reform
    • Ron Desantis, Florida Representative
  • Education Reform in the States: Putting power back in the hands of parents and local school boards
    • Jorge Lima, The LIBRE Initiative
    • David Barnes, Generation Opportunity
    • Matt Litt, Americans for Prosperity
    • Philip Byers
  • Social Media 101: How to build your brand…and maintain it!
    • Katy Abram, Americans for Prosperity
    • Abigail Alger, Leadership Institute
    • Peter Schorsch, Blogger

2:45 – 3:45 PM

  • Taxes/Spending: Current problems and solutions facing our states
    • Jonathan Williams, ALEC
    • Scott Drenkard, Tax Foundation
    • Bob Williams, State Budget Solutions
  • Finding Your Opportunity in the Free Market
    • Patty Simpson, Leadership Institute
    • Rudy Zitti, Americans for Prosperity
    • Kasey Darling, Charles Koch Institute
  • How Free Speech is being Silenced
    • Matt Kittle, Wisconsin Reporter
    • Kim Strassel, Author

4:00 – 5:00 PM

  • Protecting the First Amendment on Campus and in the Capitol
    • Coley Jackson, Competitive Enterprise Institute
    • Caleb Bonham, DC/O
    • Matt Nese, Center for Competitive Politics
  • Energy Unplugged: Threats and wins in the states on energy policy
    • Rea Hederman, Buckeye Institute
    • Todd Wynn, Edison Electric Institute
    • Dave Banks, American Council for Capital Formation
  • Test and Learn: What messaging and tactics work for a victorious policy battle
    • Dustin Zvonek, Americans for Prosperity
    • Eric Aldrich, i360
    • Beth Anne Mumford, Americans for Prosperity


9:30 – 10:30 AM

  • Right to Work: Understanding the case for worker freedom and the policies that get us there
    • Vinnie Vernuccio, Mackinac Center
    • Jason Huffman, Americans for Prosperity
    • Matt Patterson, Americans for Tax Reform
  • Government Gone Wrong: Stories from the Field
    • Shona Robertson, Activist
    • Rebecca Friedrichs
    • Jorge Lima, The LIBRE Initiative
  • Power of the Grassroots: The Freedom Network in Action
    • Cesar Grajales, The LIBRE Initiative
    • Diego Echevarri, Concerned Veterans for America
    • Andrew Vila, Generation Opportunity
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10:45 – 11:45 AM

  • Rising stars: Up-and-coming state legislators leading in the fight for economic freedom
    • Jose Oliva, Florida State Representative
    • Adam Jarchow, Wisconsin State Representative
  • Ground game – the keys to advancing free market policies in a community near you
    • Starla Brown, Americans for Prosperity
    • Ashley Klingensmith, Americans for Prosperity
    • Elliot Malin, Americans for Prosperity
  • Removing barriers to opportunity: How Free Market Reforms Can Uplift the Poor
    • Lee McGrath, Institute for Justice
    • Julia Crigler, Americans for Prosperity
    • Melony Armstrong, Natural Speaking Salon and Armstrong Academy

12:00 – 1:00 PM

  • Obamacare Check-Up: An update on how Obamacare is affecting you – and what free-market healthcare reform could look like instead
    • Tarren Bragdon, Foundation for Government Accountability
    • Richard Corcoran, Florida State Representative
    • Nathan Nascimento, Freedom Partners
    • Marilinda Garcia, The LIBRE Initiative
  • How to Talk to Your Legislator
    • Eric Bott, Americans for Prosperity
    • Skylar Zander, Americans for Prosperity
    • Jeff Glendening, Americans for Prosperity
  • Winning in the States: What the states can learn from each other’s policy fights
    • Donald Bryson, Americans for Prosperity
    • Evelyn Everton, Americans for Prosperity
    • Jerome Greener, Americans for Prosperity