Evan McMullin started his career with the Central Intelligence Agency in 1999. He spent much of his service overseas as a clandestine operations officer. After over a decade with the Agency, Evan joined Goldman Sachs’s Investment Banking Division, where he worked on a variety of strategic and capital raising project.
In 2013, McMullin returned to government service, first as a senior advisor to the Foreign Affairs Committee and then as chief policy director to the House Republican Conference, where he led national security, government reform, natural resources and veterans’ healthcare initiatives. In August 2016, Evan announced his candidacy for President of the United States as an independent conservative, selecting Mindy Finn as his running mate. After winning 21.5% of the vote in Utah, their three-month presidential campaign became one of the most successful third-party candidacies in US history.
Mindy Finn is a 15-year veteran of digital politics, leading digital and technology programs for the RNC, Mitt Romney and George W. Bush. During the 2012 election, she directed strategic policy and advocacy partnerships for Twitter, and she has also advised Google, Medium and Change.org.
In 2008, Finn founded Engage, one of the first digital media agencies for politics and advocacy working to usher the industry into the Internet era. She has been named one of Washingtonian’s 100 “Tech Titans,” one of POLITICO’s 50 Politicos to Watch, and one of AdAge’s 40 Under 40 leading innovation in media. Finn is also founder and president of Empowered Women, which gives voice to a bold, new generation of American women and promotes them into civic life.
David Jolly is a former Member of Congress from Florida and frequent television political commentator. He is a licensed attorney and chairman of Dusty Face Enterprises, a political consulting and communications firm.
Jolly is also an instructor at the University of South Florida and holds degrees from Emory University and George Mason University.
Bryan Jones is currently the president, CEO and co-founder of GetHealthy, having previously started technology companies in the mobile, advertising and healthcare sectors. Involved in the community, he is a mentor at CapitalFactory and TechStars, and has served on the executive committee of several non-profit boards.
Jones has BSci, MBA and JD degrees, all from the University of Texas at Austin. An Eagle Scout, he also has held swimming world and American records, and competed at two world championships.
Tara Setmayer is an ABC News Political Contributor and former GOP communications director on Capitol Hill. She’s appeared on ABC’s The View, Good Morning America and HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher. Prior to joining ABC, Tara was a CNN political commentator from 2014 through the 2016 presidential election cycle, offering her no-nonsense commentary and analysis on political issues that impact America. She’s written for Cosmopolitan, The Daily Beast and CNN.com. She has also guest-hosted on SiriusXM’s Patriot and POTUS channels.
Having worked as the communications director for Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) for seven years, Tara successfully led the national effort to free unjustly imprisoned Border Patrol Agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean through a presidential commutation issued by President George W. Bush on his last working day in office. In addition to her communications duties for Rep. Rohrabacher, Setmayer handled policy issues on immigration and federal law enforcement.
Until he stepped down in December after 23 years, Charles Sykes was one of Wisconsin’s top-rated and most influential conservative talk show hosts. He is currently an MSNBC contributor and was co-host of the national public radio show “Indivisible.” He is an outspoken critic of the Trump administration.
Sykes is also author of nine books, including A Nation of Victims, Dumbing Down Our Kids, Profscam, The Hollow Men, The End of Privacy, 50 Rules Kids Won’t Learn in School, A Nation of Moochers, and Fail U.: The False Promise of Higher Education. He was co-editor of the National Review College Guide. His most recent book, How the Right Lost Its Mind, will be released in October 2017. Sykes has written for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Politico, Salon, USA Today, National Review, The Weekly Standard and other national publications.
Jerry Taylor is the president of the Niskanen Center. Prior to founding the center in 2014, he spent 23 years at the Cato Institute, where he served as director of natural resource studies, assistant editor of Regulation magazine, senior fellow, and then vice president. Before that, Taylor was the staff director for the energy and environment task force at the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).
Over the past two decades, Taylor has been one of the prominent and influential libertarian voices in energy policy in Washington. He is the author of numerous policy studies, has testified often before Congress, and his commentary has appeared in The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and other prominent outlets.