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Institute Team

The Bill of Rights Institute is a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational organization that teaches civics and equips students and teachers to live the ideals of a free and just society.

Board of Directors

The Bill of Rights Institute is thankful for the support of its Board of Directors:

Mark Humphrey · Ryan Stowers · Todd Zywicki · Charles Widger · Kristina Arriaga

Institute Executive Team

Institute Staff

Adam Brickley

BRI Staff TeamManager, Civic Engagement Projects

Prior to joining BRI in 2021, Adam worked for eleven years as an events professional in the Heritage Foundation’s Lectures and Seminars department. He also helped launch several educational programs for interns, and authored a successful political blog during the 2008 presidential election. Adam holds a B.A. in political science with a focus on global politics from the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs and is passionate about civil discourse, international politics, and forging creative coalitions across political and ideological lines. Contact Adam at

Alicia Wu

Alicia Wu

BRI Staff TeamFinancial Analyst

Alicia joined the Bill of Rights Institute (BRI) in 2023 as a Financial Analyst, becoming a member of the Business Operations team. In her role, she is tasked with the responsibility of conducting financial modeling and analysis. Prior to joining BRI, Alicia gained valuable experience through internships in the fields of finance, banking, and the nonprofit sector. She holds a Master of Science degree in Economics from Georgetown University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Durham University in the United Kingdom.

Ally Silva

BRI Staff TeamManager, Development Operations and Donor Cultivation

Ally joined the BRI Development team in the fall of 2022 after ten years working in public history and museum education. She has created and delivered educational programming to bring history to life for all ages. She is especially enthusiastic about teaching K-12 students and providing them with experiences that leave a real and lasting impact.  Ally is now eager to help BRI expand its base of support to allow our organization to create outstanding resources and programs for America’s civics and history educators and their students. Ally looks forward to the new opportunities in fundraising at an organization whose mission is her passion. Contact Ally at

Amanda Cramer

BRI Staff TeamCreative Director

Amanda serves as the Creative Director at the Bill of Rights Institute, where she leads the in-house studio and collaborates with various teams to ensure the success of all video projects produced by BRI. Prior to joining the team in 2024, Amanda worked as a video producer in the field of online education, collaborating with academics from diverse disciplines to create video content for a wide range of programs. Additionally, she has contributed her video expertise within the nonprofit sector, serving as a producer at a government think tank and PBS. Amanda received her B.A. in Film – Video from Pennsylvania State University.

Becky Leakway

BRI Staff TeamManager, Donor Relations

Becky joined BRI as an intern in Fall 2020 and has now joined the Development team where she works on data organization, moves management organization, and gift acknowledgement. She is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University with an MA in Museum Studies and Certificate in Nonprofit Management, and of Millersville University of Pennsylvania with a BA in History and German. Prior to her role at BRI, Becky worked for 5 years in the title insurance industry. Contact Becky at

Christopher Janson

BRI Staff TeamManager, Outreach and Communications

Before joining BRI full time in February of 2017, Chris worked for seventeen years in sales and marketing for The Washington Post’s Newspaper in Education program. He has also done marketing, public relations, and fundraising for several small theater companies in Washington, D.C., has worked as an education aide and consultant for The Smithsonian Institution’s National Portrait Gallery and has written curriculum for the U.S. Fund for UNICEF’s TeachUNICEF program. Chris has a B.A. in History and Drama from Thomas More College in his native state of Kentucky, and an M.A. in Theater History, Literature, and Criticism from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. Contact Chris at

Cole Howerton

BRI Staff TeamDevelopment Associate

Cole joined the Bill of Rights Institute as an intern in 2023. The son of a K-12 librarian, Cole is thrilled to continue his work at the Institute, where he can pay forward his passions for education, history, and civil discourse. Cole is responsible for ensuring the Development team has the tools needed to expand funding for BRI’s growing number of programs and initiatives.   Cole is a recent graduate of Missouri State University’s Defense and Strategic Studies Master’s program, and earned his Bachelor’s with Distinction in History. He earned the university’s highest honor as a Citizen Scholar, spearheaded the creation of Missouri State’s History Club, volunteered as an intern for the United States Senate, and was a Graduate Fellow of the Rumsfeld Foundation.   

Danny Nunez

BRI Staff TeamWeb Developer

Danny became a part of the BRI team in Summer 2023. Prior to his association with BRI, he amassed over a decade of experience in web development. Holding several certifications in full-stack development, Danny is deeply committed to the craft of software engineering. He possesses an innate ability to navigate challenges and design optimal solutions. Beyond the realm of web development, Danny also brings to the table expertise in graphic design and interactive media production, showcasing his multifaceted skill set.

Dominque Hudson

BRI Staff TeamMarketing Coordinator

Dominque joined BRI in the Summer of 2023 as the Marketing Coordinator for Educator Engagement. She is a 2017 graduate of Howard University with a degree in marketing. Her experience comes with a wealth of knowledge in the digital marketing space, specifically in the life sciences and marketing consulting industries. Dominque has remained passionate about history throughout her life. She is excited to merge her interests in history and marketing, adding to BRI’s mission and value.

Erin Graybeal

BRI Staff TeamLearning Designer

Erin joined the BRI team in May of 2023 as a Learning Designer for K-8 curriculum. Prior to joining BRI, Erin worked as an elementary and middle grades educator in East Tennessee for 7 years. Although she has taught everything from Kindergarten to 8th grade Algebra, teaching History, Government, and Civics has been a constant part of Erin’s career. Erin has a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies with Minors in Elementary and Middle Grades education from King University in Bristol, Tennessee, and earned her M.S. in Curriculum and Instruction from Western Governor’s University. Erin completed an action research dissertation during her studies, focused on researching and implementing evidence-based practices for teaching map skills to upper elementary students.

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