Tackle your community’s biggest challenges with rising leaders in your region.
As a part of these action-packed, fast-growing centers of community and events, you will experience an exciting array of both in-person and digital programming each month. You’ll expand your network through connections with hundreds of like-minded peers and leaders, and you’ll gain access to opportunities that will deepen your impact in your local community.
These regionally-based Hubs are led by talented and experienced directors that actively work to grow their communities, make purposeful connections, and empower people to become leaders and drive change.
New England Hub
New York, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut,
Maine, New Hampshire, Delaware, and Vermont
Led by Larry Gillheeney
Larry is a lifelong resident of Cranston, Rhode Island and helped launch the Rhode Island chapter of AFF in 2018. In his full-time capacity, he is the advocacy manager for the Rhode Island Center for Freedom & Prosperity. He holds an advanced degree in International Relations from Salve Regina University, where he focused extensively on economic development and individual rights. Larry also writes for the Ocean State Current, is Grand Knight of KoC council #4331, and sits on the board of St. Pius Young Adults. In his ample spare time, he enjoys swimming, hiking, and Clint Eastwood movies. Email Larry
Why join the AFF-New England Hub?
“We are a new generation of leaders, inspired by the big ideas of liberty, restoring the northeast to its former glory. There are too many places here that have been failed by big government intervention, both before and during the COVID crisis. We’re empowering these leaders to dream of a freer and happier future.”
The New England Hub features unique and exciting events such as attending an annual polo match, exclusive dinners, trivia nights, and more!
Capital Area Hub
Washington DC, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania
Led by Kristin Underwood
Kristin led the DC chapter and served as the DC programs manager since 2019, where she also helped to plan and coordinate AFF’s flagship events. In addition to her role at AFF, Kristin is the marketing and communications director at The Fund for American Studies (TFAS), where she leads TFAS’s social media, print, email, and digital marketing efforts. In 2015, Kristin earned a bachelor’s degree in strategic communication and a minor in political science from Oklahoma State University. Kristin enjoys traveling and experiencing new cities and cultures, as well as staying home and taking care of her many houseplants in her small Washington DC, apartment. She also enjoys spending time with local OKState alumni, her Waterfront Church DC community, and learning and growing alongside friends across the liberty movement – especially at AFF events! Email Kristin
Why join the AFF-Capital Hub?
“We are a space for young professionals to connect, grow, and make a real impact in their communities. Through engaging events and valuable connections, you will learn how to get involved, make a difference, and level up to be the best versions of yourself. You will gain the tools you need to become an engaged citizen and make lifelong connections along the way.”
The Capital Area Hub is AFF’s home base, and in addition to regular monthly programming it also hosts AFF’s flagship events including Reaganpalooza, the Annual Gala and Buckley Awards, and Laissez Fair.
Arizona, Utah, New Mexico, Colorado, and Nevada
Led by Austin Jack
Austin launched the AFF-Phoenix chapter in 2019. He has managed fundraising and development efforts for non-profit organizations, large and small, as well as political campaigns throughout the Southwest region of the United States – all of this through his company, Jack Development Strategies, LLC where he serves as the president and CEO. Austin also serves as the chief development officer for the Goldwater Institute, and he is the founder of the non-profit organization Mindful U which aims to eliminate the stigma surrounding mental and behavioral health at the post-secondary level. Email Austin
Why join the AFF-Southwest Hub?
“We recognize the power that community activism has on societal changes, and how entrepreneurs, public servants, and experts in public policy are capable of building a bridge with their networks to decide clear needs of the communities in which they serve – while allowing for peaceful debate during that process. We’re providing a platform for young leaders to profess their philosophical and political beliefs in an environment where ‘cancel culture’ does not exist – to be pioneers for positive change in America.”
The Southwest Hub frequently features prominent speakers from across the region for stimulating discussions, in addition to regular skill-building workshops, Jeffersonian-style dinners, and more.