Ashlee Rich Stephenson -  Former Guest Speaker at the Leadership Institute

Ashlee Rich Stephenson, Partner of New Strategies Group, is an experienced Republican strategist and political consultant, and has provided strategic guidance for GOP candidates on all levels of political campaigns. She currently serves as the general consultant for candidates running for United States Congress, statewide constitutional offices and independent expenditure efforts.

In August 2011, Ashlee directed the successful voter contact program for Michele Bachmann's Iowa Presidential Straw Poll victory. During the 2008 presidential election cycle, Ashlee served as the Polling Director for New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani's Presidential Campaign in 2008.

Ashlee provides political analysis and briefings for a number of groups, including past updates for the Freshman Republican Class of the 111th U.S. House of Representatives, the bipartisan political action committee of the American Medical Association (AMPAC) and the Pacific Northwest Waterways Association.

Also a pollster, Ashlee served as Deputy to the President/CEO and as a Senior Research Analyst at The Tarrance Group, one of the nation's most respected and successful Republican survey research firms. A skilled researcher and professional focus group moderator, she provided strategic research counsel to U.S. Presidential candidates, national, statewide and local political campaigns, political campaign committees, independent political expenditure groups, public interest groups, domestic and international corporations. Ashlee appears as a strategist and pollster on Washington, DC's FOX 5 News and, discussing political trends and providing partisan analysis.

She also volunteers her time teaching campaign management training classes for the Leadership Institute, a conservative grassroots campaign training organization founded in 1979 by Morton Blackwell. A graduate of Allegheny College in Meadville, Pennsylvania, she holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a minor in Spanish. Ashlee was featured in Allegheny College’s “The First Five” a series of profiles celebrating the accomplishments of Allegheny College graduates in their first five years as alumni. She was also named a “Hot Shot of the 2008 Election” and served as a speaker for the Allegheny College Center for Political Participation panel reviewing the 2008 Presidential Election results.

A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Ashlee now resides in Alexandria, Virginia with her husband Mark. She completed her first full marathon race in May 2011.

Ashlee Rich Stephenson