He has been a presenter and adjunct lecturer at over thirty college and university campuses as well as at think thanks, public affairs institutions, seminars, and workshops – both in the United States and abroad. Chris has served as the U.S. representative on the Board of the International Young Democratic Union, the international organization for conservative, libertarian, and free market political parties; and he has worked on political campaigns in Norway, Sweden, and Germany.
As Executive Director, Chris managed start-up operations for a policy think-tank in Virginia and for an organization promoting e-government initiatives. He has also served in the administrations of three Virginia governors, as well as in the offices of several members of state legislatures and Congress. He’s worked on issues as diverse as transportation, natural resources, immigration and language, education, public sector economics, and property rights. Chris has worked as a lobbyist for advocacy organizations and private businesses, and he has been a national and international spokesperson – dealing with hostile reporters on a variety of national, regional, and international media outlets.
Chris did his undergraduate work in political philosophy at Wake Forest University in North Carolina and graduate work in communications at the University of Oslo in Norway. He tells us that his favorite “hobbies” are teaching both practical politics and political philosophy, discussing free market economics and classical liberal (as opposed to modern socialist) politics over dinner, tutoring Norwegian and German, and teaching history as a sometimes tour guide in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia.
Mark Daughtery, Shenandoah Valley Tea Party Patriots -
Mark has served as the Treasurer, Secretary, and Newsletter Editor for the Shenandoah Valley Tea Party Patriots. Mark and two other Tea Party officers started and developed three new Tea Party chapters in 2010 in Harrisonburg, Luray, and Waynesboro, joining the original chapter in Staunton that was formed in April 2009.
He has business degrees from Texas Christian University and The University of Chicago. Earlier in his career, Mark worked as a financial analyst for Dean Witter Reynolds in New York City and Pan American World Airways in New York.
Over the past decade, Mark has been an active volunteer in his community. He has served in various capacities including President, Treasurer, and Board member for a local DUI task force, nutrition coalition, running club, neighborhood association, and on five church committees.
A resident of Augusta County, VA, Mark enjoys running, bicycling, skiing, creative writing, and Tea Party activities.
Nancy Schiffman, Founder, Prince William Tea Party - (bio coming soon)
Wayne Winslow Chair, Fredricksburg Patriots – (Bio coming soon)
Gilbert Wilkerson - Executive Board, Richmond Tea Party, Chair, Minority Outreach, Richmond Tea Party.
Gilbert Wilkerson, a Christian conservative author and speaker serves as Vice Chair for the National Black Conservative Alliance, Vice President of Students Reaching Students, President of the Coalition Against Violence and board member for the East End Pregnancy Center. He also serves as Division Chaplain for the Henrico Police Department. Gilbert is a graduate of National Business College. He is married, has four children and resides in Richmond, VA.
John Pride, Elections Committee, Richmond Tea Party
Mary Leedom, Co-Organizer, Peninsula Tea Party