Jessica Anderson

Age

28

Location

University of Florida, BA in Political Science

Occupation

Grassroots Director of Heritage Action for America

Twitter

@jessanderson2

BIO

Jessica Anderson is the Grassroots Director for Heritage Action for America, the sister affiliate to the Heritage Foundation. As Grassroots Director she oversees Heritage Action’s Sentinel Program and a team of 12 regional coordinators throughout the country. Prior to her work at Heritage Action, Anderson was the Outreach Coordinator for the John W. Pope Civitas Institute in Raleigh, North Carolina and interned for a Florida House member. She is a graduate of the Koch Associates Program and received her B.A. from the University of Florida as a Summa Cum Laude. She is the mother of a high-spirited 2-year-old boy and wife to an Army Veteran.

Why is it important that at this particular point in time, right-of-center youth become involved publicly, whether in politics, media, their communities, or in other capacities?

Today’s youth should know the issues, grow their network of influence, and go out and lead in their communities. Millennials and Generation Y have more access to resources and information than any other generation. We are more highly educated, affluent, better traveled, and a more diverse generation than any before us. We have all the resources available to make this country great, yet our generation will become the largest debt-paying generation. That is largely because of the policies handed down to us. As we take the stage as leaders, we have the ability to affect real change. We care because we have to.

What must elected officials and others in positions of leadership do to make a right-of-center message resonate with the Millennial generation?

To reach right-of-center conservatives, politicians should stop spoon feeding Millennials in ways they “think” they should be reached. Lawmakers should lay out the facts and empower youth to come up with their own ways of engaging others, creating change, and creating new channels for political involvement.

Where would you like to see the conservative movement in 10 years — and how can it get there?

Resolute but scrappy. Conservatives should strive to change the culture in Washington and make it politically profitable to do the right thing. To do this, we must stop making excuses for politicians and hold them accountable. We must strengthen the voting base with information and teach them how to cut the spin. The seeds of a conservative revolution have been planted since 2008 and the next 10 years are critical for the movement’s growth and opportunity.

Thirty Under Thirty 2015

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