For years, Emily Seidel has played an important role in advancing the incredible grassroots impact of Americans for Prosperity. In 2011, she got her start in the fight for freedom supporting the launch of AFP’s partner organizations, the LIBRE Initiative, Concerned Veterans for America and Generation Opportunity. Since then, she’s played a major role in helping these groups flourish into the champions of economic freedom that they are today.
“I’ve always felt like I was part of the AFP team, and now I’m excited to be part of it in a different way,” Emily says.
In a farewell note to activists and staff, Luke Hilgemann had this to say about Emily:
During my time as CEO, I worked closely with Emily in her role as the Executive Vice President of Strategy at one of AFP’s closest free-market network partners, the Freedom Partners Chamber of Commerce. There, she played a pivotal role in evaluating the political landscape of this country and helping us develop smart, effective strategies to hold politicians accountable and advance liberty-minded policies. As I pass the torch to Emily, I’d encourage you to take some time to learn a little more about her. I know that with Emily joining the leadership team, the torch for freedom will burn brighter than ever before.
Emily moved to Washington D.C. to work for her hometown congressman from Minnesota. She then became the junior staff assistant in the Speaker’s Office in the U.S. House of Representatives and eventually worked her way up to become a senior staffer for House Republicans. “In 2010, when Republicans took back the House, I felt disappointed by the lack of vision on Capitol Hill,” she recalls. Shortly thereafter, Emily resolved to put her talents to use advancing freedom-oriented policies with Freedom Partners, a free-market chamber of commerce.
The best way to build on AFP’s success? Data-driven innovation
When it comes to advancing free-market principles, Emily is passionate about AFP’s commitment to testing different methods of grassroots outreach and integrating data collected from those efforts to identify how activists can have the biggest impact. “I think the key to our future is driving grassroots innovation that will bring us improvements in the way we operate and increase our impact in communities across the country,” Emily says.
Favorite pastime? Fly-fishing
“In the summer of 2001, I moved to Wyoming to become a fly fishing guide and almost never left.” Still today, Emily says the best fly fishing spot in the country is in her parents’ back yard along Wyoming’s Teton Creek.
Most random fact about yourself? “I once piloted a nuclear submarine off the coast of Florida.”
Favorite way to spend your free time? “With a glass of bourbon sitting by a campfire.”
Favorite music? Old-School Rock
“My husband would be proud that my daughters largely only request AC/DC or Queen to play in the car on the way home from school.”
Why you’re excited to lead AFP?
“Over the past couple of years, all of the grassroots teams have built up tremendous leadership in the states and here at HQ, and I am excited about this opportunity to be in a position to provide them with the tools they need to take grassroots activism and policy to the next level.”
What impresses you most about AFP’s activists?
“This summer, I had the pleasure of visiting field teams in Ohio, North Carolina and Florida, and in every place, I was blown away by the commitment and the passion of the teams, both as individuals, and then, also, to each other. It was really inspiring. That really infused in me a level of excitement about what we have in the states. I look forward to being able to travel around to meet more of the activists that are truly the heart of this organization.”