Leadership Team

Jo Ann Davidson

Jo Ann Davidson chairs the board of American Crossroads and is the president of JAD & Associates, a consulting firm that provides strategic planning, policy and public affairs advice.  Davidson served as co-chair of the Republican National Committee and chaired the 2008 Republican National Convention.  She made history as the first woman elected Speaker of the Ohio House of Representatives.  Davidson is also an expert on grassroots mobilization and voter turnout strategies.

Mike Duncan

Mike Duncan helped found and serves on the board of American Crossroads.  He is the president and chief executive officer of the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity. Duncan served as the 60th chairman of the Republican National Committee, helping to raise and direct more than $400 million in political spending during his tenure.  He was chairman of the board of the Tennessee Valley Authority and has served in numerous leadership roles in educational, charitable and public service organizations.

Steven Law

Steven Law is the president and chief executive officer of American Crossroads.  Law was nominated by President George W. Bush and confirmed by the U.S. Senate as deputy secretary of labor.  In that role, Law promoted union financial integrity reforms and chaired the Bush Administration’s e-government initiative. Law was chief legal officer and general counsel of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and has been the executive director of the National Republican Senatorial Committee and chief of staff to U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY).  Law was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar at Columbia University Law School and has served on the board of the C.S. Lewis Institute.

Carl Forti

Carl Forti is the political director of American Crossroads and a founding partner of the BlackRock Group, a political and public affairs consulting firm. Forti is one of the nation’s foremost experts in independent political action. Prior to joining American Crossroads, he was executive vice president of Freedom’s Watch and was the director of the National Republican Congressional Committee’s independent expenditure program for the 2002, 2004 and 2006 election cycles. In the 2012 presidential election, Forti helped found and led Restore Our Future, the Super PAC dedicated to supporting Mitt Romney. Forti was also deputy campaign manager and political director for Romney for President in 2008.

Jennifer Fay

Jennifer Fay is the chief of staff at American Crossroads.  In this role, she ensures efficient management of the budget and balances cash-flow constraints by evaluating detailed cost-benefit analyses.  Fay also manages the Crossroads staff and HR practices, leading the team by promoting each staffer’s individual development.  Prior to her tenure at Crossroads, she helped launch a small business government affairs firm, J.A. Green & Company on Capitol Hill, and was a scheduler and office manager on both the Senate and House sides.

Kelly Nallen

Kelly Nallen is the digital director and deputy political director at American Crossroads. Nallen started as Employee No. 3 at American Crossroads in 2010.  She first served as Media and Online Specialist and was promoted in 2013 to Digital Director, overseeing all of Crossroads’ multimillion-dollar digital media portfolio.  In the role of Deputy Political Director, Nallen helps manage all of Crossroads’ political activities and focuses on integrating data and metrics across all advertising platforms.

Ian Prior

Ian Prior is the communications director for American Crossroads, overseeing all media relations and press strategy. Previously, Ian was with the National Republican Congressional Committee from 2013 through 2015, where he was the national press secretary and deputy communications director and helped Republicans achieve their largest House Majority since 1928. Before joining the NRCC in 2013, Prior worked as a campaign manager and as a successful trial attorney.

Sean Philbin

Sean Philbin is research director and strategic communications advisor for American Crossroads.  In 2014, he served as deputy research director for the National Republican Congressional Committee, which led Republicans to their largest House Majority since 1928.  In that capacity, Philbin spearheaded the effort to integrate research and communications strategies for the Committee.  Previously, as part of the NRCC’s 2012 Independent Expenditure unit, he assisted in the planning, development, strategy and execution of television and radio productions in competitive House races, as part of more than $65 million in political advertising.  Also an attorney, Philbin previously worked as a committee staffer in the U.S. Senate.