George Conway is a co-founder of The Lincoln Project. He has practiced law for 30 years and is a Washington Post contributing columnist. In 2018 Conway expressed concern with the Trump administration’s actions, launching him into the broader conversation. Today, Conway remains a vocal critic of the Trump administration and the GOP.
Reed Galen is a co-founder of The Lincoln Project. He is an independent political strategist whose years of experience stem from working for President George W. Bush, Senator John McCain, and Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Jennifer Horn is a co-founder of The Lincoln Project and a communications strategy consultant. She served as Chairman of the NH Republican Party, 2013-2017, and was the 2008 NH2 Congressional nominee. She served as Co-Chair of the NH Log Cabin Republicans and sat on the Log Cabin Republicans national board of directors. She was an award-winning radio talk show host and is currently a columnist for the New Hampshire Union Leader.
Rick Wilson is a co-founder of The Lincoln Project. He is a seasoned Republican political strategist, frequent political commentator, New York Times best selling author, media consultant, and innovative ad-maker. He is currently Editor-at-Large of The Daily Beast. Author of Everything Trump Touches Dies, Wilson is an outspoken critic of the Trump administration and the current state of the GOP. Wilson served as field director for George H.W. Bush’s campaign in 1988.
Mike Madrid is a co-founder of The Lincoln Project. He’s a former political director for the California State Republican Party and a longtime Republican political strategist with an expertise in Latino voting trends and analysis. Mike is currently a partner at the public relations firm GrassrootsLab.
Ron Steslow is a co-founder of The Lincoln Project, and also hosts The Lincoln Project podcast, which debuted at #7 in America on Apple Podcasts. Steslow is an independent political strategist and a brand and marketing expert. Since leaving the Republican Party in 2016 he has worked to put voters first in our political system. Steslow is the owner of TUSK, Inc., a strategic consulting firm.
Steve Schmidt is a co-founder of The Lincoln Project. He’s a communications and public affairs strategist. He has worked on numerous Republican campaigns including, President George W. Bush, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Senator John McCain. Today, Schmidt is an MSNBC political analyst appearing frequently on the network.
John Weaver is a co-founder of The Lincoln Project. He is a political consultant with years of experience including serving as a political strategist for George H.W. Bush in 1988 and 1992, and overseeing Senator John McCain’s political operations from 1997 to 2007. Weaver also served as chief strategist for Republican John Kasich’s campaign race in 2016. He has served as chief strategist to scores of Governors and U.S. Senators.
Rachel Bitecofer is a nationally recognized election forecaster and a senior fellow at The Niskanen Center in Washington D.C. where in addition to her groundbreaking election analysis and election forecasting research on the presidential and congressional elections, she conducts pro-democracy research. She is the host of The Election Whisperer, a data-based politics & elections show she describes as an “election nerd Disneyland for wonks with a good sense of humor.”
Molly Jong-Fast is editor-at-large at The Daily Beast, and co-host of “The New Abnormal” podcast with Rick Wilson. Jong-Fast is the author of two novels, Normal Girl and The Social Climber’s Handbook, and a memoir, Girl [Maladjusted].
In addition to his work with The Lincoln Project, Windsor Mann is best known for his work as the editor of The Quotable Hitchens: From Alcohol to Zionism. Additionally, Mann is a member of USA Today’s board of contributors and a contributor to The Week.
Tom Nichols is an academic specialist on international affairs, currently a professor at the U.S. Naval War College and at the Harvard Extension School. His work focuses on issues involving Russia, nuclear weapons, and national security affairs. He is also author of the book, The Death of Expertise.
Chris Vance is a seasoned Washington state political operative. His experience begins as the former Republican State Representative, King County Councilman. Vance is also a former chair of the Washington State Republican Party and former nominee for the US Senate.
Sally Canfield brings more than 15 years of experience to The Lincoln Project from the policy, non-profit, and political worlds. She has worked as Deputy Chief of Staff to Senator Marco Rubio of Florida and as a senior director at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. A veteran of the Bush Cheney 2000 campaign where she was Domestic Policy Advisor, she also has held various roles throughout the Executive Branch, including as a founding member of the Department of Homeland Security.
Sarah Lenti is the Executive Director of The Lincoln Project. Lenti kicked off her career in politics by joining the Bush-Cheney 2000 campaign as a policy staffer. She served in the Bush administration on the National Security Council under National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice. Lenti also served as an advisor to former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney and was the lead researcher on his book, No Apology: The Case for American Greatness. She has worked on four Presidential campaigns.
Tara Olivia Setmayer is currently a CNN Political Commentator, Contributor to ABC News and former GOP Communications Director on Capitol Hill. She has appeared on ABC’s The View, ABC’s Good Morning America, and on HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher. In addition to her work with The Lincoln Project, Setmayer is also the host of the podcast, Honestly Speaking w/Tara.
Fred Wellman is Senior Advisor for Veterans Affairs. He served in the U.S. Army for 22-years as an aviator and public affairs officer including four combat tours over Operation’s Desert Storm and Iraqi Freedom. He was spokesman for General’s David Petraeus and Martin Dempsey in Iraq before embarking on a civilian career as an entrepreneur and veterans advocate. Recently, he served as Administrative Chief of Staff of a COVID Field Hospital in New York City staffed by military special operations veterans. He is Ranger qualified and a graduate of West Point and the Harvard Kennedy School. In addition to his Lincoln Project work he advises corporations, nonprofits and political campaigns on their veterans outreach, programs and policy initiatives.
Stuart Stevens is regarded as one of the preeminent Republican political operatives of his generation and has spent decades electing Republicans at every level. He has worked with George W. Bush, Mitt Romney, Bob Dole, and Chuck Grassley. Stevens was a founding partner of Strategic, Partners & Media. He is a contributor to The Daily Beast, and recently published his eighth book, It Was All A Lie.
Timmer is a political and public affairs consultant. He’s advised hundreds of candidates, trade associations, ballot initiatives, and major corporations. He is a writer, pundit, redistricting expert, was the executive director of the Michigan Republican Party, but is now an independent.
Susan Del Percio is a political strategist and crisis communications consultant. She was also a credited consultant for the award-winning HBO show, The Newsroom.
Kurt Bardella has been a strategic communications advisor and media relations consultant for 16 years. Prior to joining The Lincoln Project, he worked as the spokesperson and senior advisor for Republicans on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee under the leadership of Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA). During his time at the committee, Kurt choreographed the media strategy for investigations related to the 2008 financial crisis, the bailouts of financial institutions like Merrill Lynch and Bank of America, probes into corporate conglomerates such as Toyota, BP, and Johnson & Johnson. Kurt first came to Washington D.C. in 2006 to serve as the Communications Director & spokesperson for Rep. Brian Bilbray (R-CA) and later Senator Olympia Snowe (R-ME). Kurt is also the Creator and Publisher of the influential country music media platform the “Morning Hangover.”
When elected Lt. Governor of Maryland in 2003, Michael Steele made history as the first African American elected to statewide office; and again with his subsequent chairmanship of the Republican National Committee in 2009.Steele is a political analyst for MSNBC and the host of the Michael Steele Podcast. Author of Right Now: A 12-Step Program for Defeating the Obama Agenda and co-author of The Recovering Politician’s Twelve Step Program to Survive Crisis.
Born at Andrews Air Force Base in Prince George’s County, Maryland, Steele was raised in Washington, DC. Upon graduating Johns Hopkins University, he entered the Order of St. Augustine where he studied for the priesthood. He is a graduate of Georgetown Law Center, an Aspen Institute Rodel Fellow in Public Leadership and a University of Chicago Institute of Politics Fellow.
John (Twitter: @john_sipher) is the co-founder of Spycraft Entertainment, a production firm providing content and talent to the entertainment industry.
John is also a foreign policy and intelligence expert and social media influencer. His articles have been published in the New York Times, The Atlantic, The Washington Post, Politico, Foreign Affairs, Newsweek, Slate, Lawfare, and Just Security, among others. He regularly appears on the PBS NewsHour, CNN, NPR, MSNBC, BBC and speaks to corporate, academic and governmental groups.
John retired in 2014 after a 28-year career in the Central Intelligence Agency’s National Clandestine Service. At the time of his retirement, he was a member of the CIA’s Senior Intelligence Service, the leadership team that guides CIA activities globally. John served multiple overseas tours as Chief of Station and Deputy Chief of Station in Europe, Asia, and in high-threat environments. He has significant experience working with foreign and domestic partners to solve national security challenges. John also served as a lead instructor in the CIA’s clandestine training school and was a regular lecturer at the CIA’s leadership development program. He is the recipient of the Distinguished Career Intelligence Medal.
John also worked from 2014-2019 as a consultant for McChrystal Group and CrossLead, a software and services firm.
John is from Cortland, NY and graduated from Hobart College. He has a Master’s in International Affairs from Columbia University. At Hobart, he was the captain of the four-time national champion lacrosse team. He has attended a variety of executive courses at Harvard University, Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, The Aspen Institute, and the Intelligence Community’s Executive Leadership program.