Our Experts

Penny Young Nance – CEO and President
Penny Young Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America (CWA), is a recognized national authority on cultural, children’s, and women’s issues. As the CEO and President of the nation’s largest public policy women’s organization, Nance oversees more than 500,000 participating CWA members across the country, over 450 Prayer/Action Chapters and Home teams, 23 Young Women for America (YWA) Chapters, and 600 trained leaders, and is also the president of Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee (CWALAC), serving as the principal spokesperson for both entities. Read Full Bio


?Kenda Bartlett – Executive Director
Kenda Bartlett, CWA’s Executive Director, has served in this capacity since February of 2012.  Kenda has been on staff at CWA for over 19 years. She previously served as National Field Director; a position she held since 2007. In this role, she oversees the work that CWA leaders are doing across this country, building state and area organizations and training new directors to make an impact for righteousness in their state. Read Full Bio


Mario Diaz, Esq. – General Counsel
Mario Díaz, Esq., serves as Concerned Women for America’s (CWA) Legal Counsel and leads CWA’s Legal Studies Department. Mr. Diaz is a Constitutional Law scholar who focuses on cases and legislation dealing with CWA’s core issues: religious liberty, the sanctity of human life, defense of the family, sexual exploitation, education, national sovereignty, and support for Israel. He also directs CWA’s amicus briefs and our work on judicial nominations and judicial activism. Read Full Bio


Dr. Shea Garrison -Vice President for International Affairs
Dr. Shea Garrison is Vice President for International Affairs for Concerned Women for America in Washington, D.C., focusing on U.S. foreign policy and aid, women’s economic and social empowerment, religious freedom, and human rights. She is also Affiliated Faculty and Policy Fellow at Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University. Read Full Bio


Doreen Denny – Senior Director of Government Relations
Doreen Denny is Senior Director of Government Relations for Concerned Women for America, the nation’s largest public policy women’s organization, where she oversees engagement with the legislative and executive branches of government to advance CWA’s seven core issues: religious liberty, the sanctity of human life, defense of the family, sexual exploitation, education, national sovereignty, and support for Israel. Read Full Bio


Jaime Ballew – Legislative Director
Jaime Ballew is the Legislative Director for Concerned Women for America and handles all legislation and regulatory matters that pertain to our seven core issues. Before joining the legislation department, Jaime served as the Online Communications Strategist for CWA and worked in Congressman Bob Goodlatte’s (R-VA) office. Jaime graduated Liberty University in 2015 with a degree in Government and Clinical Health Promotion where she also played volleyball. Jaime is a proud native of Staunton, Virginia and currently resides in Capitol Hill (D.C.) with her 7-year-old black Labrador named Savannah Grace.


Kelsey Good – Young Women for America National Coordinator
Kelsey was born and raised in Buffalo, New York. She lived in Costa Rica for one year, became fluent in the Spanish language, and then graduated from Liberty University. Kelsey joined and grew the Young Women for America chapter at Liberty University, interned in Concerned Women for America’s D.C. headquarters and now oversees the nation-wide YWA program. She travels to attend and speak at conferences, festivals and colleges around the country as a spokeswoman for the organization. Kelsey is passionate about Christian leadership and pressing-in to hard issues with the gospel. She lives with her husband, David, in Arlington, Virginia.


Annabelle Rutledge – Communications Coordinator
Annabelle Rutledge is the Communications Coordinator for Concerned Women for America. In this role, she does media interviews on behalf of CWA, handles incoming media requests and outgoing press statements. She also manages each of CWA’s social media platforms while serving as Executive Assistant to the CEO & President. Most recently, Annabelle has been producing CWA’s new once a month podcast, Use Your Voice. Annabelle was born and grew up in Sacramento, California and attended Grove City College in western Pennsylvania where she received a bachelor’s degree in History with an emphasis on Communications and Political Science. Annabelle’s areas of expertise include women’s rights in the Middle East and religious and geopolitical importance of Israel.






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