We Make New Leaders
What is American Majority?
The Progressive Left is set on flipping states that have been reliably “red” into liberal-leaning “blue” states. This is done with permanent campaigning which does not cease. And only those who understand, anticipate, plan, and yes, spend, on the Right have hope of combating it.
We fight it. Every single day. We are American Majority.
We are the nation’s premier conservative training organization, helping put in place a truly unique, separate political infrastructure—for use before, during and after election dates. As a 501c(3) non-partisan, nonprofit, American Majority continually trains, organizes, mobilizes, and equips new grassroots conservative leaders. We believe meaningful, lasting political change starts not in Washington, but at state and local levels, where most actual government decisions and spending occurs.
Our Trainings and the People We Train:
American Majority focuses on winning on the issues, and on giving candidates, campaigns, and activists the tools and technology to see the best policies adopted in the modern climate. Best-in-business speakers present cutting-edge topics to empower men and women to 1) run for office and 2) promote liberty through political activism. We bring you the top conservative political training in the nation. Thousands are trained each year in communities across the country to be catalysts for authentic change in government. Since 2008, we have held over 1,300 trainings across all 50 states. We’re even more proud of what they’ve accomplished with the things they learned.
Meet Our Team
- Ned RyunFounder and CEO
Ned Ryun is a grassroots and conservative activism expert. He is the founder and CEO of American Majority, a non-partisan political training institute whose mission is to identify and mold the next wave of liberty-minded candidates, grassroots activists and community leaders. Since its founding in January of 2008, while under Ryun’s leadership, American Majority has trained over 36,000 candidates activists and in September will celebrate their 1,000 in-person training as part of an unprecedented national effort to recruit new community leaders.
A former writer for President George W. Bush and the son of former Olympic medalist and U.S. Rep. Jim Ryun (R-KS), Ned Ryun is highly sought after for his commentary on Tea Party politics, the national political scene, grassroots engagement and the conservative movement in general. Ryun has appeared on Fox News’ “The O’Reilly Factor,” “Hannity,” “Special Report with Brett Baier,” “Your World with Neil Cavuto,” “Fox & Friends,” ABC’s “World News Tonight” and has been quoted in numerous print publications including Time Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, Politico, The Washington Post, and The Washington Times. He also writes a monthly column for The American Spectator.
Prior to launching American Majority, Ryun founded and directed Generation Joshua, a civics education program for middle and high school students that reached a membership of nearly 10,000. Ryun graduated with Highest Distinction (summa cum laude) from the University of Kansas with degrees in English and History. Together with his father and twin brother, Drew, he also authored Heroes Among Us and The Courage to Run.
Ned Ryun resides in Purcellville, Virginia, with his wife and four children.
- Matt BatzelNational Executive Director
Matt became National Executive Director following his tenure as Wisconsin Executive Director for American Majority. Under his leadership, the Wisconsin chapter of American Majority has trained 104 winning candidates at the state and local level, held over 100 trainings, and trained more than 3,800 individuals over 3.5 years. During the height of the 2011 union protests in Madison, Matt organized American Majority’s “I Stand with Walker” rally that gathered more than 10,000 patriots to show the nation their support for public sector union reforms. Prior to both Wisconsin recall elections (2011 and 2012), Matt executed training blitzes, to equip hundreds of activists on how to help their candidates at many locations across Wisconsin. Matt has also deployed a massive online army through co-creating a Twitter hashtag – #Wiright – designed to mobilize grassroots conservatives online in an unprecedented way.
Batzel has appeared on Fox News’ “Justice with Judge Jeanine,” TMJ4 (Milwaukee), WISC-TV (Madison), FOX 6 Milwaukee, Wisconsin Public Radio and has been quoted in numerous print and online publications including NYTimes.com, ABCNews.com, Politico, Roll Call, FoxBusiness.com, Reuters.com, CNBC.com, MSNBC.com, Yahoo News, Washington Examiner, Chicago Tribune, and Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. He also writes columns that have appeared on FOXNation, Townhall.com, Redstate.com, and RightWisconsin.com.
Prior to joining American Majority, Matt gained experience at the state and federal levels, including in all three branches of the federal government. He has a tax law background, having practiced in the private sector for over two years following his graduation from law school. He lives in Cedar Grove, Wisconsin with his wife and four children.
- Kelly AmorinChief Financial Officer
Kelly Amorin is the Chief Financial Officer for American Majority. In this position, she
manages corporate finances and operations, and is responsible for financial reporting and
recordkeeping. Amorin also functions as AM’s human resource department, monitoring
employee relations and managing the organization’s benefit package.
Amorin has an extensive background in nonprofit accounting, working in the areas of senior
housing and politics since returning to the Washington DC area. She holds a B.S. in Accounting
from University of Kentucky.
- Lonny LeitnerChief of StaffLonny LeitnerChief of Staff
Lonny Leitner specializes in political training, campaign management, and voter education.
Lonny brings 14 years of public and private sector experience to American Majority. He worked for many years as a political operative, public relations public affairs specialist and his background in campaign management helped hone excellent leadership and motivational skills.
Lonny previously served as a Regional Director for a 501(c)3 non profit political training institute, American Majority and a 501(c)4 American Majority Action. During that time, he worked with candidates on media training and campaign management. Lonny headed up American Majority’s efforts in the upper Midwest as well as in the battle ground state of Florida. In the 2010 election cycle he helped train 100 candidates in Minnesota running for local, state, and federal offices, of which 94 won their primaries.
That same election cycle, Lonny spearheaded American Majority Action’s Get Out the Vote Efforts in Wisconsin, working successfully with local media outlets to further the movement. The group targeted a U.S. Senate race and three U.S. Congressional races, winning 3 out of the 4 contests. In 2012, Lonny oversaw the Get Out the Vote efforts in 6 target counties in Florida where they saw increases in the Conservative voter turn out compared to the 2008 results.
Lonny has worked on several campaigns in Minnesota. He worked for U.S. Senator Rod Grams in 2000 and Mark Kennedy's successful re-election campaign in 2002. He led the charge in 2004 as a Regional Field Director for Bush-Cheney and was Political Director for Congressman Mark Kennedy's U.S. Senate bid in 2006. Lonny has also worked on Federal campaigns in Texas for Congressman Henry Bonilla and Washington State for Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers, and most recently as campaign manager for Adam Hasner’s U.S. Senate race in Florida.
Lonny has successfully built relationships and pitched media opportunities for fortune 500 companies and small start-ups alike. His media background is diverse, and includes Ford Motor Company, a sustainable agriculture company, the telecom industry, a professional sports team, and the immigration reform movement.
Lonny was born and raised in Saint Paul, MN and graduated from Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI, with a Bachelor of Arts in political science.
- Angela KelleyDirector of Operations
Angela is the Director of Operations for American Majority. She has an extensive professional background in higher education and program management. Angela has experience in grant writing, supervision, government, and online education.
Angela graduated from Blue Ridge Community & Technical College as a Phi Theta Kappa honor society member with certificates and LORs in Business, Management, Marketing, and Technology. She is a mother of four children and three grandchildren. She loves politics and genealogy and is a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution.
- Nate NelsonWisconsin Executive DirectorNate NelsonWisconsin Executive Director
Nate Nelson has built a career shaping public policy through grassroots efforts. He cut his teeth organizing at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, actively involved in student government, political campaigns and student org development. As a Leadership Institute graduate, Nate put those skills to use as an LI Field Representative, GOTV Field Representative for Governor Walker on his last County Executive race, State Senate Campaign Manager, and Legislative Assistant in the Wisconsin State Capitol.
Before joining American Majority, Nate has worked as Wisconsin’s NRA Campaign Field Representative helping to elect a pro-gun Governor, Americans For Prosperity Field Coordinator, Heritage Action For America’s Regional Coordinator and Chairman and Vice-Chairman of his County’s Republican Party. As an avid outdoorsman, Nate spends his free time enjoying Wisconsin’s lakes and woods with his wife and son.
- Jennifer DeJournettMinnesota Executive DirectorJennifer DeJournettMinnesota Executive Director
Jennifer DeJournett is serving her second term as an elected Commissioner of the Three Rivers Park District representing 174,000 residents.
As a well-known Republican political operative, Jennifer has appeared on local television and national political radio programs as a Republican political analyst and has been a speaker at conferences and training events.
Jennifer has been a contributor to numerous local and state legislative campaigns offering data-driven advice regarding campaign strategy and micro-targeting, volunteer recruitment, fundraising best practices and efficient and effective campaign operations.
Jennifer co-founded two organizations that encourage and engage women in the political process and support common sense, pocketbook women running for elected office. Her organizations have trained, elected and re-elected over 50 women to local, county and state legislative offices in four states.
In 2008, Jennifer was a volunteer for Catholics for McCain and recruited volunteers for their efforts at the Republican National Convention held in Minnesota. In 2011, Jennifer was the Minnesota Deputy State Director for the Newt Gingrich for President campaign.
In 2012, she led VOICES of Conservative Women’s efforts at the Iowa Straw Poll. Those efforts included hosting a Presidential Candidate Forum breakfast and constructing, staffing and managing a large reception area on the straw poll grounds in partnership with a local women’s organization as well as speaking to National and International media regarding the importance of engaging women voters to support Republican candidates.
In 2015, Jennifer was the Minnesota State Director for CARLY for America, the Super PAC supporting Carly Fiorina. Jennifer recruited and managed the Minnesota field staff, developed a statewide Minnesota political strategy, managed the Minnesota ground efforts of innovative voter identification and recruitment and supported the National CFA team’s efforts.
Jennifer lives in Maple Grove with her husband and four children. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Iowa State University and has completed a Mini MBA through the University of St. Thomas Executive Education Series. She is also currently pursuing a second-degree accounting and management.
- Liz DickinsonVirginia Executive DirectorLiz DickinsonVirginia Executive Director
Liz Dickinson is the Virginia Director for American Majority. She has a background in activism, outreach, county leadership, and national security. Recruited by the CIA during graduate school, Liz moved to Virginia and began her career as an Intelligence Analyst. She briefed and wrote finished intelligence for senior US officials on Russian political-military issues. While she enjoyed working for the Agency, she wanted to become directly involved in the political process.
Free from the constraints of the Hatch Act, Liz jumped into politics, volunteering with state, local, and national campaigns to promote conservative candidates. She became active in the local Republican Party, serving as the Loudoun County Republican Committee’s First Vice-Chairman, as well as several other leadership positions. She has worked with elected officials and candidates, planned and directed the county’s Republican convention, oversaw Election Day staffing, recruited volunteers, and worked on campaigns.
Liz earned a Master of Arts degree in International Policy Studies & Nonproliferation and a Bachelor of Arts in Russian and Political Science. She is a news junkie who enjoys politics, international relations, and spending time with her family. A lover of all things Virginia, she is excited to work with conservatives across the Commonwealth. Liz resides with her husband and their seven children in Leesburg, VA.
- Scott EllisWisconsin Campus Director
Scott Ellis is the Wisconsin Campus Director for American Majority. His position takes him to different campuses throughout the state and nation to equip conservative campus groups grow and become more effective in their mission. Scott is the co-creator of American Majority’s Campaign-In-A-Day event which puts attendees through the rigors of the campaign process during an interactive and competitive training. Prior to his position at American Majority, Scott interned in Senator Ron Johnson’s Washington D.C. and Milwaukee offices. Scott graduated from Olivet Nazarene University in December 2013, with a Bachelors of Arts in political science. Scott currently lives in Wisconsin’s Lake Country in the City of Oconomowoc.
- Lauren FarrellExecutive AssistantLauren FarrellExecutive Assistant
Lauren Farrell became the Office Coordinator for American Majority in Spring of 2016 and was promoted to Executive Assistant in 2017. She has enjoyed working with the public for six years in positions ranging from retail to reception. Raised by conservative parents, Lauren has had an interest in politics since she was young and holds a strong belief in the ideals that our Founding Fathers set forth. She enjoys classic country and blues music, car shows, and spending time with her boxer, Cali and fiancé, Dustin. She resides in Berryville, Virginia.
- Josh ReesVirginia Field RepresentativeJosh ReesVirginia Field Representative
Josh Rees is the Virginia Field Representative for American Majority. His position focuses on training and equipping grassroots conservatives to effect change within the Commonwealth of Virginia. Josh holds a Bachelors of Science in Criminal Justice from Liberty University and is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Marketing from Liberty University. While in College, Josh was an active member of his university’s chapter of College Republicans. In addition, Josh interned with American Majority during the summer of 2017. He then accepted an internship position with FreedomWorks as their digital marketing intern.
Josh grew up in Appomattox, Virginia and has been a Virginia native his whole life. Having grown up in Central Virginia and now living in Northern Virginia, Josh understands the needs of the Commonwealth through multiple perspectives. Thus, Josh is very passionate and invested in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
- Courtney HahnVirginia InternCourtney HahnVirginia Intern
Courtney Hahn is a 2019 summer intern for American Majority. She graduated from Christendom College in Front Royal, Virginia with a Bachelors of Arts in political science at the beginning of May 2019. She has worked closely with Wisconsin politics since her early high school years. She has volunteered for the Waukesha County GOP numerous times, interned for and was a campaign manager for Adam Neylon, her local state representative, and for a short time was a campaign manager for Dr. Brad Boivin, a candidate running for US Congress to replace Paul Ryan’s seat. Courtney was born and raised in Waukesha, WI and is back home in Waukesha for the summer months. She hopes to attend Law School in the fall of 2019.
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