The Conservative Playbook for the First 100 Days of the Trump Administration

The Conservative Playbook for the First 100 Days of the Trump Administration
December 13, 2016 12:00 ET

"The Conservative Playbook for the First 100 Days of the Trump Administration"

David Christensen, Jeanne Mancini, Mandi Ancalle

The 2016 Presidential Election brought an unexpected result that shocked people on both sides of the political aisle, but it also opened a window of opportunity to accomplish a host of policy initiatives that would repair some of the damage done to the sanctity of life, natural marriage, and religious liberty through eight years of the Obama administration's liberal elite special interests. We are now at a critical juncture. Each presidential administration has the opportunity to impact everyday Americans in significant ways by issuing executive orders, agency regulations, and administrative guidance through memoranda, letters, and other internal documents issued by the agencies and departments of the Executive Branch, as well as making judicial appointments.

Join government affairs experts at Family Research Council along with March for Life president Jeanne Mancini for this panel discussion that will lay out a game plan for executive actions and judicial appointments that the Trump Administration can do in its first 100 days to advance religious liberty and the dignity of human life.

David Christensen serves as the Family Research Council's Vice President for Government Affairs overseeing policy work on life, marriage, religious freedom and family issues. Previously he served as Senior Director for Congressional Affairs, responsible for advocating public policy to Congress on life, bioethics, stem cell research, religious freedom, abstinence education and conscience rights. He previously worked as a Legislative Assistant for former Representative Dave Weldon (R-FL). In that position, David handled legislation on issues related to bioethics, such as human cloning, as well as pro-life issues and foreign policy. Before moving to Washington, David worked as an Education Manager and Assistant Editor at The Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity in Illinois where he worked on issues related to end-of-life care, human cloning and biotechnology. He holds a Master of Arts in Philosophy from Trinity International University in Illinois and a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies from Liberty University.

Jeanne Mancini is the President of the March for Life Education and Defense Fund. In this capacity she proudly directs the small non-profit organization committed to restoring a culture of life in the United States, most notably through the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C., held on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade.

Previously Jeanne worked with the Family Research Council (FRC), where she focused on issues related to the inherent dignity of the human person, including abortion, women's health, and end-of-life issues. Prior to FRC Jeanne worked for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in the Office of the Secretary. Her federal government experience includes global health policy, as well as domestic and international health care issues. Before working in public policy, Jeanne worked for the Catholic Church in a variety of positions involving educating on life issues, human sexuality, marriage, and family.

Jeanne has made frequent media appearances including interviews on MSNBC, CNN, FOX, ABC, CBS, and others. Jeanne's writings have appeared in The New York Times, U.S. News and World Report, USA Today, the Washington Post and numerous others publications.

Jeanne holds an undergraduate degree in psychology from James Madison University and a Master's degree in the theology of marriage and family from the Pope John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family. Jeanne resides in northern Virginia with her husband, David.

Mandi Ancalle is General Counsel for Government Affairs at Family Research Council, where she is responsible for analyzing the constitutionality and legality of pending legislation, regulations, and executive orders, and lobbies on various issues including family values and religious liberty.

A military brat, Mandi grew up traveling the world, but was born in Georgia and attended college there, at Augusta State University, where she received her Bachelor of Business Administration with an emphasis in Management. Following her undergraduate work, Mandi moved to Lynchburg, Va., to attend Liberty University School of Law, where she was an Intercollegiate Moot Court Competitor. Mandi obtained her Juris Doctor from Liberty University School of Law in 2009 and was thereafter admitted to practice law in the state of Georgia.

Directly after completing the Bar Exam, Mandi relocated to Washington, D.C., to serve as Legal Director for the Liberty Center for Law and Policy (LCLP), a partnership between Liberty Counsel and the Liberty University School of Law. During her time with LCLP, Mandi simultaneously served as the Director of Public Policy for Liberty Counsel Action, and in March of 2013, Mandi returned to Lynchburg to join Liberty Counsel's constitutional litigation team.

Mandi married in 2014 and, with her husband, relocated to New York City while serving as an Adjunct Professor for Paralegal Studies for Liberty University, teaching Foundations of Law for Paralegals. She also taught Logical Reasoning for a Community College in New York City before she and her husband returned to the Washington, D.C. area.

Mandi is passionate about biblical values and their intersection with public policy, and has both written and spoken about those values in various venues. Mandi's first Law Review article, Reviving a Culture of Life in America, was published in the Liberty University Law Review in 2012, and she has also written for news publications, like The Daily Caller, spoken at events, like The Awakening, and provided interviews for various webcasts and radio broadcasts.

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