GOVERNING BOARD AND STAFF
At Take Back Action Fund, when our stakeholders and supporters expressed their desire for an organization comprised of individuals with experience formulating policy and executing multi-state grassroots lobbying through advocacy, we listened. And we responded. Shaped by a team with experience at every level, from serving as former legislators, advisors to think tanks such as the Heritage Foundation or on the staff of high-ranking Republican officials, our team has a record of personally delivering results in every corner of our nation. With a unique capability to conceptualize complex solutions, our team is never afraid to roll up our sleeves to mobilize evangelicals, demonstrate support or opposition for a local zoning issue, knock on doors to talk to voters, or hit the phones to collect data.
For more than three decades, we have stood shoulder to shoulder on the frontlines and experienced enemy fire in the trenches while fighting to protect our values and defend our sacred Republic. In both the 2016 and 2020 Presidential elections, the electoral college results were challenged because two-thirds of the losing party did not believe the President was legitimately elected (see John Pudner's Western Journal article). We have made it our mission to restore faith in our voting system and to hold accountable the candidates who seek to represent us.
Field Director, South
While John is credited with the biggest upset in Virginia history (Brat vs. Cantor), he credits Byron Shehee for the biggest upset in Alabama history when he managed Shadrack McGill (R) from 30 points behind to a 20,603 to 20,106 victory against Senate Majority Leader Lowell Barron (D). In addition to working with multiple winning state legislative races, Byron also ran a successful campaign for Congressman Rick Allen in Georgia. His political campaign experience includes managing Gubernatorial, Secretary of State, and Congressional races in Alabama and Georgia. Recently, Byron was a key member of the grassroots and lobbying operations for US Term Limits in the Southeast. His background also includes being a speechwriter, researcher, writing fundraising pitches, and public relations.
With TBAF’s President relocating to Milwaukee to oversee Midwest Grassroots efforts, Shehee will work with the remaining Alabama team members (Anna Carter and Jessica Mims) as well as South Carolina-based National Field Director Lars Wiechmann.
Operations Director | JessicaM@TakeBackAction.org
Jessica serves as Executive Assistant to TBAF after 13 years as the Executive Assistant in the External Affairs Department with the Alabama Farmers Federation, The department’s main objective is to oversee all activities of the 3rd largest political PAC in Alabama. Other job duties included planning and executing numerous annual meetings, support for all in-house lobbying, billing and invoicing, and providing campaign services such as door-to-door, campaign mail pieces, tracking campaign financials, and polling. Previously, Jessica worked at Palomar Insurance Corporation (where Board Member Perry Hooper was VP) as Marketing Coordinator - setting up display tables at major events and coordinating outreach to potential policyholders.
As project director for Concentric Direct (Pudner), she conducted programming of blackberries and recruiting and training of door-to-door canvassers who knocked on 168,000 doors in Alabama, Ohio, Pennsylvania and New Jersey in 2010 alone. Pudner stated, “There is no one else who ever accomplished more work and wins that were credited to me than Jessica Mims."
President / Midwest Field Director | JohnP@TakeBackAction.org
During John Pudner's tenure as Executive Director (2015-2021), Take Back Our Republic compiled a perfect record of five statewide referenda wins in five different states, and Pudner led a 2017 effort before the Federal Elections Commission, in which Take Back Action Fund defeated Facebook, requiring the social media giant to disclose who was paying for political ads on that platform. These important successes were a prime motivator in Pudner’s transition to full-time President of Take Back Action Fund, where he will be able to focus his attention on political and grassroots lobbying efforts.
Before shifting his efforts to the integrity of the system itself, Pudner spent 25 years running Republican political campaigns, including the faith-based turnout in 16 states for George W. Bush, and was first featured on Fox News after directing the campaign strategy of Republican Dave Brat’s historic primary upset of Republican Majority Leader Eric Cantor. In the same period, he also won 185 out of 202 local zoning referenda, as well as dozens of Planning Commission and Supervisor votes, preventing developments that would have saddled communities not only with massive traffic jams, but also with flooding and erosion.
Field Director, East | JohnnyB@TakeBackAction.org
Babilon is a rising star of successful conservative ground operations in Georgia (National Republican Senatorial Committee), Florida (Cong. Dr. James St. George, R-FL-3) and most recently West Virginia (non-partisan TBAF outreach to elected officials). Recruited out of Richmond, Virginia to play lacrosse for Florida State, his past partisan efforts included oppositional research and campaign strategy through constituent targeting within voter databases. He was on the Florida State University Virtual Operations Support Team and, more recently, volunteered for COVID-19 Response efforts.
Compliance (and Treasurer)
Anna was one of three team members who were on the original team both for TBAF’s former sister organization and TBOR. She originally handled all compliance and accounting for both organizations as a member of the top accounting firm in Alabama, Jackson Thornton, and since 2015 as treasurer for TBAF. She oversees the annual audit, documents every expenditure and donation to provide regular running transactions to the President, and works with lobbyists to ensure TBAF is in compliance in every state.
Anna serves as Controller for a major Roadbuilding network of companies, and for more than a decade as the Financial Advisor of Delta Zeta Sorority.
National / Field Director, National | LarsW@TakeBackAction.org
Wiechmann brings unparalleled skills and experience in field organization and grassroots mobilization gained through his career in Republican political campaigns and issue advocacy efforts across the country. After a few years on the political vending side that included the production of direct mail from coast to coast, he returned to South Carolina where he currently runs TBAF’s national field operation. He started at a young age in his native Virginia, first as a Field Director in races for Congress and Governor, then as a Campaign Manager for Virginia legislative races that included upset defeats of entrenched incumbents. He also served as Finance Director and built from scratch the fundraising operation that elected a first-time candidate as Virginia’s Lt. Governor in an upset victory over a popular member of Congress. After the election, he served in the Lt. Governor’s Office as Policy and Legislative Affairs Director. He, Hellwig and Pudner have a decades-long history of combined efforts with spectacular results.
PROJECTS AND HOURLY
ANNE LOUISE PETERSON
Anne Louise Peterson provides legal and governmental affairs services in a host of issue areas throughout the State of South Carolina, networking with lobbyists and legislators at national gatherings. A graduate of the University of Notre Dame and Brooklyn Law School, she got her start in politics in 2008, when she successfully challenged the four term incumbent State Representative in House District 115 by knocking on 9000 constituent doors. She flipped a seat, fought an election challenge by the incumbent and then fought a third party ballot challenge that ended in the South Carolina Supreme Court. Peterson lost her House seat in 2010, in part due to the spoiler effect of the same third party candidate, who got 10% of the vote, and believes in instant runoffs to ensure it takes a majority to win an election.
Peterson returned to the statehouse in 2013 as a lobbyist. She led the 7th South Carolina Congressional District effort to elect John Kasich in 2016 and is very active in the effort to expand school choice and public charter schools in South Carolina. Her two college-aged children are proud charter school graduates.
Coleman is more than just a superlative election lawyer. His work as a conservative talk radio host and a tested political consultant who led campaigns unseating entrenched multi-term members of state legislatures prepared him for hard hitting battles, not the least of which for the research team in the case that resulted in the indictment and removal of a State House Speaker for multiple felony ethics violations. Prior to the formation of Take Back Action Fund, Coleman helped Pudner win local fights to stop zoning variances in the Midwest that would have harmed communities.
Field Director, Central | CarlA@TakeBackAction.org
Carl Anderson, a former volunteer coordinator who helped TBAF grow the Missouri effort, serves as TBAF Central Field Director where we works with conservative leaders from every corner of the state to implement conservative policy in all 114 Missouri Counties.
Anderson, a former farmer and Southern Baptist pastor, is the latest volunteer to be elevated to field position, and is based in Salem, Missouri - less than two hours from both St. Louis and the State Capitol in Jefferson City.
Jack is President of Turning Point USA at the University of Wisconsin. On projects, he completes thousands of calls per week personally, and was the leader of a recent effort that completed 50,000 calls in one week. Jack speaks English, Spanish, Polish and German, and interned with AfD-Bundestagsfraktion in Berlin, Germany. He worked as a journalist for Campus Reform and interned for the Republican Assembly Campaign Committee.
A native of Lake Forest, IL, Jack scored a 1550 on his SAT before working as a legislative assistant in the Wisconsin legislature and as a full-time field director for the Republican Party of Wisconsin. He is majoring in History.
JOSHUA W. JONES
Chief Communications Advisor
Joshua W. Jones has provided strategic counsel to some of the world’s leading corporations, political candidates and associations. Jones has consulted for more than 450 political and public affairs campaigns. His extensive experience in political advocacy, management and communications has translated into victories in nearly every state. During the George W. Bush administration, Jones served as a lead for the White House Office of Presidential Advance, where he was responsible for planning, organizing and executing presidential events. Jones has appeared on broadcast news networks, including NBC and ABC, and his work has been featured on cable news networks across the country. He is a frequent guest on syndicated talk radio. He has been named 40 Under 40 by the University of Georgia and resides in Atlanta.
Graphics and Digital
Ryan is a partner with Arete Consulting LLC, and handles graphics and digital for Take Back Action Fund. A veteran of many political campaigns including Alabama Governor Kay Ivey, her political start came at a young age when she was part of her father Paul Sanford’s stunning upset in 2010 that helped Republicans take control of the Alabama legislature for the first time in 136 years. Throughout her time on political campaigns, Ryan has gained experience on all levels ranging from local municipal and state legislative races to congressional, gubernatorial, and U.S. senatorial. Ryan also served as Sampling Coordinator for Cygnal, ranked as the top Republican pollster by Nate Silver, and run by Brent Buchanan.
Ryan modernized the social media plan for Take Back Action Fund’s previous sister organization, Take Back Our Republic, by developing and executing social media plans that provide clear strategic direction and a tactical action plan designed to meet and exceed recruitment goals; aid in the development and advancement of digital marketing strategies of the organization; creating and designing graphics for social and marketing distribution.
Board, Outreach Focus
Wisconsin U.S. Senator Ron Johnson’s former Central Regional Director and Minority
Outreach Director Camille Solberg has joined the Board of Directors of Take Back Action Fund. A Puerto Rico native and former bilingual journalist, Solberg served the Chairman’s Advisory Council for the American Latino Museum, in addition to having founded the Hispanic-American Council and served as Chair of Wisconsin Viva Bush (President George W. Bush). She organized multiple heavily-attended Hispanic events for Scott Walker’s successful gubernatorial campaigns, and previously hosted Pudner, a fellow appointee to Mitt Romney’s National Faith & Values Steering Committee, at Walker’s 50th birthday party before a Monday Night Football game in Green Bay as well as major events for Rawhide (the group formed by NFL legend Bart Starr).
Solberg served on the Governing Board of Take Back Action Fund's C3 sister organization until departing to serve in the Trump Administration in the White House and at the U.S. Agency for International Development. She also served in the Bush Administration.
The Charlotte News and Observer credited Hellwig with the defeat of heavily favored U.S. Senate candidate Cal Cunningham (“How racy texts surfaced, upended NC's 2020 Senate race”), ultimately averting a 51-49 Democratic majority in the Senate. Hellwig has proven an unusual ability to adopt modern tactics to the conventional tasks of turnout and political engagement (such as the special events and door-to-door work he employed alongside Pudner and Lars Weichman to turn out a record 10,000+ Republican convention delegates), geofencing Trump events and leading interactive text campaigns, both in his native battleground of North Carolina and across the country.
Hellwig began his career in Virginia politics where, among other efforts, he worked with Pudner on the Ollie North for Senate campaign. He then moved back to the Carolinas, where he built a real estate business while orchestrating winning political campaigns at all levels -- as he continues to do across NC from his base in Raleigh. Before taking over as Board Chair of Take Back Action Fund, he had a long and varied career as a Republican volunteer, having been elected County Chair, District Chair, and serving on the NCGOP Central Committee.
Board, Policy Focus
Hilary Ryan Tucker’s thought and writing has spanned a range of conservative issues, with a particular focus on educating future generations of citizens. A graduate of Boston University, she worked behind the scenes as a speechwriter for two of the most influential conservative think-tanks in the country, the Heritage Foundation and the Acton Institute. In the early 1990s, Tucker was among the first to identify and address the Education Department’s promotion of a modern “Common Core.” Her cover story in Crisis Magazine, “Fiddling While Rome Burns,” advocating the replacement of an education secretary, was an opening shot against the undoing of William Bennett’s important work of protecting and promoting traditional Western thought in our schools. Take Back Action Fund elected Tucker, now active in the Classical Christian Education movement in the South, to its governing Board at the 2020 annual meeting.
Board, Analytics Focus
Braynard, a frequent commentator on Fox News, Fox Business, and One America News, is the former Director of Data and Strategy for the Trump campaign, drafting and executing the strategy of targeting low-propensity voters who had a high affinity for then-candidate Trump. He is the president of Braynard Group, a political consulting firm, and the Executive Director and Founder of Look Ahead America, a patriotic voter registration nonprofit. He has worked for more than 150 federal, state and municipal candidates, including five presidential campaigns, and many national advocacy organizations and nonprofits. He previously worked on messaging and survey research for Frank Luntz, was a senior redistricting and election administration analyst at Election Data Services, and served for three election cycles in the Republican National Committee’s Political Analysis department, joining the RNC in 1996.
Board, Policy Focus
The Boeing Company was a Fortune 10 company during Meggan Abboud’s 17 years as a corporate executive overseeing grassroots advocacy and constituent relations. Current TBAF President John Pudner worked in her effort to facilitate constituent contacts with elected officials in 42 states to win policy legislation to support veterans, energy, the military and business. She also assigned Pudner to launch the efforts of 3-time Super Bowl Champion Riki Ellison to establish the Missile Defense Advocacy Alliance and address the need to defend the US from Russian missiles.
Following her early career in Republican politics, Abboud’s 30 years of government and public affairs experience made her a proven expert in designing and executing complex issue campaigns on federal, state, and local levels, as she pioneered the use of third party advocacy on major public policy campaigns. Meggan continues to build clients’ comprehensive grassroots, grasstops and third party advocacy programs to catapult their impact in Washington, DC. She has developed unbeatable tactics for working Congress, the White House and federal agencies, and as President of Red Reveille LLC she recently launched Vets4Vet Leadership, a 501(c)(4) to advance Veteran leadership in Congress.
PERRY O. HOOPER, JR.
Board, Fundraising Focus
Hooper, a key power player in Alabama and National politics, is named after his father, who became the state’s first elected Republican Justice and the first Republican Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court since Reconstruction. Hooper Jr. has extended his father’s legacy with his own personal imprint. First elected to the Alabama State House in his twenties, Hooper helped guide the conservative movement to make Alabama a national example on tort reform, the creation of enterprise zones, banning partial birth abortion, and innovative paths for new business development. Beyond having a hand in most of Alabama’s conservative victories, he has wielded national influence as a six-time delegate to the Republican National Convention.
Board, Fundraising Focus
Brooks is the CEO of Avast Real Estate, an operation of hundreds of realtors that has been built with his unique method of personal coaching. As a developer, he learned to build in acres for holding ponds and other methods to save developments from flooding risk due to a lack of infrastructure planning -- and has also learned how to interact successfully with politicians and other influencers concerned with development. Brooks is a passionate supporter of many causes that enrich our American life, from the mission of Take Back Action Fund to local youth sports.