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.
Led by Pagona Manologlou
Pagona is the California Hub Director here at America’s Future. In her full time capacity, she is the Founder and Principal at Elefthero, a consulting firm which seeks to advance the people and possibilities of California and beyond by working with organizations and individuals committed to projects, policy, campaigns, art and media which exemplify the changes available to advance a free society. An active participant in both the liberty movement and the Hellenic community in the United States, Pagona is an advisory board member of the Center for Liberal Studies in Athens, Greece, a board member of the Politismos Museum of Greek History, as well as chair of multiple committees for the Pancretan Association of America. Email Pagona
Why join the AF-California Hub?
“All Californians hope to lay roots at home. We want to work hard, support ourselves and our families, and enjoy all the diverse communities across our beautiful state. AF-California is connecting liberty-minded young professionals across the state so we can grow and support a community of empowered, dedicated Californians to turn that hope into a reality – a place where we can freely live, work, create and thrive.”
The California Hub is our newest Hub, and we can’t wait to see what sort of fantastic programming they start producing!
D.C. Metropolitan Area
Led by Lydia Pitea
Lydia Pitea leads the AF-D.C. Hub. In her full-time capacity, Lydia is the marketing and events manager at DonorsTrust and the program coordinator for its young givers project, Novus Society. Lydia joined DonorsTrust in 2016 as a participant in the Koch Associate Program and has since participated in the Atlas Network Academy and Leader Lab, as well as the America’s Future Writing Fellows Program. Lydia is a graduate of Montclair State University in New Jersey, where she received her B.S. in business administration with a concentration in marketing and a minor in political science. When not helping young professionals delve into charitable giving or hosting fun events for the DC Hub, Lydia can be found volunteering at her church and bopping around the DC area for epic day trips. Email Lydia
Why join the AF-DC Hub?
“The DC Hub is a community for young professionals of all backgrounds, ideologies, and passions to join together to learn more about ways to make the world a freer and happier place all while growing alongside each other in the skills they need to excel in their careers.”
The DC Hub is AF’s home base, and in addition to regular monthly programming it also hosts AF’s flagship events including the Annual Gala and Buckley Awards and Laissez Fair.
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 AF 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 AF-Northeast 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 Northeast Hub features unique and exciting events such as attending an annual polo match, exclusive dinners, trivia nights, and more!
Arizona, Utah, New Mexico, Colorado, and Nevada
Led by Austin Jack
Austin launched the AF-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 AF-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.
Led by Sarah Silberstein
Sarah Silberstein is the Texas Hub Director for America’s Future. Born and raised in Northern California, Sarah’s family moved their small business to Texas following the state’s economic downturn in 2008. Sarah attended the University of Texas at Austin and graduated with a degree in journalism. She worked as a newspaper reporter covering local government for a small Texas town before joining the Texas Public Policy Foundation’s communications team in 2017. Sarah left her role as Director of Media Relations at TPPF in 2021 to join the Associated General Contractors of Texas as Director of Marketing and Communications. In her spare time, Sarah enjoys listening to true crime podcasts and spending time with her three pups Theodore, Eleanor, and Franklin. Email Sarah
Why join the AF-Texas Hub?
“Now is the perfect time to highlight and preserve the individual rights that lead to increased opportunities and happier, freer communities. We are a professional development network for those who believe in the power of personal liberty, entrepreneurship, and innovation–channeled through free markets–to promote positive social change.”