Meet the AM Fellowship Class of 2022

Back Row (left to right): Matthew Smith, Andrew Garcia, Nate Hampson, Joseph Neff, Nick Ortiz, Jacob Chacon, Ziven Havens; First Row: Alex Gorman, Brian Dan-Ding, Caleb Burdett, Jacob Zanca, and Joseph Porter






Brian Dan-Ding is a rising senior at Rutgers University, double majoring in History and Public Policy. He was born and raised in Edison, New Jersey. Brian currently works as a research assistant with Professor Salzman looking into the history of H-1B visas. Brian wanted to get involved in policy after seeing the negative impacts technology job outsourcing and guest worker importation have had on the American STEM workforce and how current policy overwhelmingly benefits technology companies and universities. Brian was a Fellow at U.S. Tech Workers this summer and will continue working for them as he finishes his undergraduate education.



Jacob Zanca is a rising senior at Pepperdine University from New Orleans, Louisiana. As an Integrated Marketing major, Jacob has built experience communicating conservative ideals through work on local and state campaigns and as the Chapter President of Pepperdine’s College Republicans. He is motivated by family policy, as well as trade and tech issues. This summer he was a Fellow at the Senate Foreign Relations Committee under ranking member Senator Jim Risch (R-ID).



Nate Hampson is a senior at Huntingdon College in Montgomery, Alabama and a native of Rochester, New York. He is a member of the College Republicans club, as well as a student-athlete on the Huntingdon College baseball team. His main policy priorities include apragmatic and restrained approach to foreign relations that protect domestic interests, a scaled-down immigration policy that ensures economic prosperity for the American people, and conservative social policy that supports the formation of families. This summer he was a Fellow in the office of Representative Jason Smith (R-MO) and intends to return to Washington in January, 2023 after completing his undergraduate degree.



Caleb Burdett is from Akron, Ohio and graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, with a focus on National Security, and with a Bachelor of Science in Education with a focus on Sport Studies, from The University of Akron. Caleb aspires to transform the Republican Party into a party that prioritizes Main Street before Wall Street, advocates a restrained foreign policy, and fights to return the nation to the Christian values upon which it was built. This summer he was a Fellow in the Office of Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO).



Alex Gorman is a recent graduate of Benedictine College and a lifelong Kansan. His chosen majors in Economics and Philosophy animated his engagement with civic life. On top of his leadership in student government at Benedictine, Alex completed internships with Congressman Jake LaTurner and Kansas’ largest lobbying firm, 1861 Consulting during his senior year. Alex is driven by a desire to bring a mature, prudential common good into consideration in political life. This summer he was a Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center and was subsequently hired to be their External Affairs associate.



Ziven Havens serves as the Policy Director of the Bull Moose Project, a 501(c)4 non-profit organization. A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, he has seen first hand the effects of bad policy. He was motivated to pursue a career in public policy by watching America’s middle class decline. Havens’ policy interests include main-street economics and antitrust policy. This summer he was a Fellow at the Center for Renewing America and will continue working with them moving forward. As part of his Fellowship, he published a policy primer on Section 301 tariffs, which can be found at the Center for Renewing America’s website.




Jacob Chacon is a rising senior at Arizona State University and a lifelong Arizonan. As a political science major, his primary areas of interest include cross-sector collaboration to address complex urban issues. In college he is active in public service, working as a leader in ASU’s Next Generation Service Corps. Jacob is inspired to further a conservatism that supports working families and addresses issues of homelessness and economic displacement. This summer he was a Fellow with the American Principles Project and will return to Washington in 2023.



Nicholas “Nick” Ortiz is a recent graduate from the University of California, Irvine, who was born and raised in Riverside, California. Graduating with a degree in Political Science, Nick has an active interest in serving his community through local and state government. He is the former Chairman of the California College Republicans. Nick is driven to promote a conservatism that enforces national security, fairly offers equal opportunities to all, and protects the interests of Americans. This summer he was a Fellow at the Center for Immigration Studies and will continue on with them as a research assistant.



Joseph Porter is a recent graduate from the University of Texas at Arlington with a Bachelor’s in Liberal Arts with a major in History and a minor in Geography. Joseph is a native Texan who has spent most of his adult life as a christian conservative activist. Joseph was the founding member of the Young Republicans Club of his home county of Ellis and was active in his school’s Turning Point USA Club. Joseph is motivated by reinforcing an America First foriegn policy and supporting the traditional family. This summer Joseph was a Fellow in the Office of Representative Dan Bishop (R-NC) and will continue working on Capitol Hill as a Legislative Correspondent for Representative Lauren Boebert (R-CO)




Joseph Neff is a rising senior at Thomas More University majoring in History. His interests include philosophy, education, and politics. Raised in Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati, he is an alumnus of Covington Catholic High School. Previously, Joseph interned for the JD Vance for U.S. Senate campaign. Like Vance, experiencing the Rust Belt’s economic and social decline sparked his interest in politics and policy. Joseph applied for the Fellowship for American Statecraft to advance a pro-family, pro-community conservatism focused on revitalizing left-behind communities. This summer he was a Fellow with the Ethics and Public Policy center and will return to Ohio in the fall to complete his undergraduate education.




Andrew Garcia was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area and he graduated from the University of California Davis with a degree in Psychology. Andrew was motivated to come to Washington and be an American Moment Fellow because he believes in a conservatism that prioritizes foreign diplomacy over foreign intervention, produces an economic environment where young Americans can experience consistent wage growth to ease the burden of purchasing a home and raising a family, and raises the standard of living for its constituents by prioritizing an orderly society through law enforcement. This summer he was a Fellow with the Republican Study Committee under the leadership of Congressman Jim Banks (R-IN) and will continue working for them as a Research and Operations Assistant.


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