CWA Fellows are former employees of Concerned Women for America who are still largely connected to the CWA movement and wish to expand CWA’s reach as they join the common goal of bringing Biblical Truth to American public policy. They serve as CWA representatives when current CWA staff members are unable to attend an event or speaking engagement or when a specific area of knowledge is needed.
WHAT THEY DO
Each Fellow has particular areas of expertise and is able to cover a range of topics. They are willing to travel and speak on behalf of CWA in many different contexts across the nation.
Name: Alexandria Paolozzi
Job at CWA: Senate Legislative Director, Issue Specialist on Israel
Where are you from: Native of Utica, New York; transplant in Washington, D.C.
Education: Bachelor of Science in Politics and Policy and Certificate in Paralegal Studies from Liberty University
Bio: Alexandria Paolozzi lives in Washington, D.C., where she influences policy and works at an International Law Firm. She sits on American Enterprise Institute’s Values & Capitalism Idea’s Council, is the Former Senate Legislative Director and Issue Specialist on Israel for Concerned Women for America (CWA), works with Liberty University students as the Resident Director of the Washington Fellowship Program in D.C., and serves as the head of Missions for Triumph D.C. Church.
Personal passions: Running/soul cycle/reading/ travel/ history related to the War of Independence and the founding of America
Areas of expertise: Israel, women’s rights abroad, international religious liberty
- “So Why Should I Support Israel?”
- “Why Young American’s Should Be Engaged in Policy”
- “The Israel/U.S. Relationship”
- “Real Life: Capitol Hill”
- “Attacks against Christians Abroad”
Name: Chelsea Patterson
Job at CWA: Young Women for America Coordinator
Where are you from: North Carolina, Romania (Originally)
Education: Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from Liberty University
Bio: Chelsea currently serves as a Legislative Assistant for Congressman Trent Franks (Arizona-08), where she works on child welfare issues, including domestic and foreign adoption, foster care, child sex trafficking, etc. She also helps handle social issues for the Congressman. Her experience on Capitol Hill has given her a front row seat to see how policy is created and how to successfully advocate on issues. Prior to serving on Capitol Hill, Chelsea worked at Concerned Women for America as the Young Women for America Coordinator. Chelsea is a prolific writer and has been featured on The Gospel Coalition, the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, Red Alert Politics, Conservative Book Club, and has her own column on Patheos, where she regularly writes on engaging on current issues from a Christian perspective.
Personal passions: Writing/international travel/ conversations over coffee/ live music!
Areas of expertise: Life, adoption and foster care, sex trafficking, engaging the culture on social issues
- “So You Want To Change the World? (How to successfully advocate for the things that matter to you!)”
- “You Can Win the Argument, but Lose the War – Successfully Engaging The Culture On The Issues That Matter”
- “We Are The Pro-Life Generation – Engaging your campus on Pro-Life Issues”
- “Sex Trafficking in America, and What You Can Do To Stop It”
Name: Chelsen Vicari
Job at CWA: Communications Strategist
Where are you from: Thibodaux, Louisiana (originally).
Education: Bachelor of Science in Political Science and History from Radford University and a Master’s de-gree in International Politics from Regent University’s Robertson School of Government.
Bio: Chelsen Vicari serves as the Institute on Religion and Democracy’s Evangelical Program Director. Prior to joining the IRD, Chelsen packed her car trunk, waved goodbye to Southwest Virginia, said a prayer, and set off for Washington D.C., where she joined Concerned Women for America, the nation’s largest faith-based public policy women’s organization.
She is the author of the book Distortion: How the New Christian Left is Twisting the Gospel and Damaging the Faith. Her articles and commentary on religious liberty, the persecuted Church, and various women’s issues have appeared in The Christian Science Monitor, Charisma Magazine, The Blaze, The Christian Post, CNS News, Conservative Review, and RealClearReligion. In addition, Chelsen hosts the Patheos.com blog “Faith & Chelsen,” where she weekly tackles the tough topics facing Christian women and culture.
Personal passions: Mystery novels/teatime/baked goods
Areas of expertise: Domestic Religious Liberty, international Christian persecution, sexuality and marriage
- “How to be a Christian Woman Engaged in Pop Culture and Politics”
- “A Compassionate, Conservative Approach to Changing Sexuality and Gender Norms”
Name: Alison Howard
Job at CWA: Communications Director
Where are you from: South Jersey born and raised. Now living in Washington, D.C.
Education: Graduated with Honors with a Bachelor of Science in Communication Studies: Advertising and Public Relations with a double minor in Journalism and Psychology from Liberty University
Bio: Alison is the Director of Alliance Relations at Alliance Defending Freedom, a Christian legal non-profit working to keep the door open for the spread of the Gospel. Alison most recently served as Communications Director for Concerned Women for America, the nation’s largest public policy women’s organization. She has been featured on Fox News, ABC, NPR, The Christian Broadcasting Network, and other media outlets and her work has been published in National Review Online, World Magazine, Red Alert Politics, Townhall, and The Blaze. She was formerly Executive Assistant to Concerned Women for America CEO and President Penny Nance and led CWA’s Washington, D.C.-based Ronald Reagan Memorial Internship Program. Prior to joining CWA, Alison interned at Fox News and worked as a sideline sports reporter for the Flames Sports Network in Virginia. Howard was a founding member of the “Young Women for America” Chapter at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, Alison was recently named to the RNC’s list of “Rising Stars” as well as Red Alert Politics “30 under 30” list and Christianity Today’s Reader’s Choice “33 under 33.” You can follow her on Twitter: @alisonhoward1.
Personal passions: Inner city ministry/traveling/reading/snowboarding
Areas of expertise: Religious freedom, sanctity of life issues, defense of family, campus activism, women in the workforce
- “Being pro-life in a society that doesn’t like to take sides”
- “Christianity in an ever changing culture – how can YWA lead on campus?”
- “How to Get the Most Out of Your Internship/First Job”
- “What does Religious Freedom mean in today’s world?”
- “Can I disagree with you on marriage but find a common ground in protecting rights of conscience and free speech?”
- “Why we can’t Support Planned Parenthood”
Name: Ashley Pratte
Where are you from: Native of Manchester, New Hampshire; transplant in Washington, D.C.
Education: Bachelor of Arts in Politics, Minor in Communication
Bio: Ashley Pratte is the Director of Media and Public Affairs for the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). Previously she served as the Director of Media Relations and consultant for Better For America. Prior to consulting for Better For America she was a Senior Political Reporter at LifeZette covering the 2016 presidential election and before that was the Vice President of Communications at FP1 Strategies.
She previously served as spokeswoman for Young America’s Foundation (YAF) the largest youth conservative organization in the country. Prior to working for YAF, Ashley served as executive director for Cornerstone Policy Research & Cornerstone Action, a prominent political action group in New Hampshire. Before her work at Cornerstone, Ashley served as project director and press assistant, and interim communications director to Congressman Frank Guinta (R-NH). She also worked on his congressional campaign in 2010.
Ashley has made frequent appearances on The O’Reilly Factor, Hannity, CNN Newsroom, Fox & Friends, Varney & Co., Your World, and America’s Newsroom. She is also a columnist on Townhall.com, and has been published in The Washington Times, Washington Examiner, National Review and The Hill. She was named as one of Red Alert Politics’ 30 Under 30 in 2014 for her extensive work in media relations and the field of communications.
Persoal Passions: Areas of expertise: War on Women, Free speech, Campus activism, Millennials and politics
- “Combating The Left on Campus”
- “Debunking the War on Women”
- “Why Young People are the Future of the GOP and How to Win Them Over”
- “All Spaces Should be Free Speech Zones”
- How To Message Effectively”