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 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!
Capital Area Hub
Washington DC, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania
Led by Lydia Pitea
Lydia Pitea leads the AF-Capital Area 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 Capital Area Hub, Lydia can be found volunteering at her church and bopping around the Capital Hub area for epic day trips. Email Lydia
Why join the AF-Capital Hub?
“The Capital Area 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 Capital Area Hub is AF’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 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.