The SGLF Team

Matt Walter – Executive Director

Matt serves as Executive Director of SGLF. Matt also serves as President of the Republican State Leadership Committee, which in 2014 oversaw one of the most successful election cycles in the Republican Party’s history at the state level. Joining the RSLC in 2011 and SGLF in 2012, he has also served as RSLC Managing Director of Communications and Public Affairs, Political Director, and as SGLF’s Director of Issue Advocacy. Matt also worked for the New York State Republican Party in a variety of roles, including Executive Director, Director of Strategic Planning, and Communications Director. He spent 11 years in the Communications Department at the New York State Senate Majority, and since 1988, has worked on dozens of campaigns in all major capacities from volunteer to campaign manager for statewide office.

Micah Ketchel – Policy and Issue Advocacy Director

Micah serves as the Policy and Issue Advocacy Director to SGLF, where he manages the day-to-day operations of SGLF and oversees all issue advocacy expenditures and policy initiatives. In 2013, Micah joined the Republican State Leadership Committee as its In-House Counsel, a role in which he continues to serve. Prior to joining SGLF and RSLC, Micah worked at the National Republican Congressional Committee, where he served as a senior opposition researcher and legal analyst for its independent expenditure efforts. Before his time at the NRCC, Micah worked in the U.S. House of Representatives as a policy counsel, with a focus on matters pertaining to veterans issues, healthcare, sequestration, and the Budget Control Act. A Florida native, Micah graduated with honors from the Florida State University College of Law, studied abroad at Oxford University, and spent two legislative sessions working in the Florida House of Representatives.

Sarah Lenti – Senior Policy Advisor

Sarah serves as a Senior Advisor to SGLF. A graduate student of Stanford University in Russian & East European Studies, Sarah has a diverse and varied background, having previously served as a Director at the National Security Council under National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice from 2001-2005 at the White House. Sarah led the research for Governor Romney’s 2010 book, No Apology: The Case for American Greatness and is a frequent contributor to FOX News and The BBC World News Service. She is the CEO and founder of SML Advisory Partners.

Kuper Jones – Deputy Policy Director

Kuper is the Deputy Policy Director for SGLF. Prior to joining SGLF, Kuper was a policy analyst at Americans for Prosperity where he covered a wide variety of issues with a specialization in telecommunications and banking and finance policy.  He has been published in a number of national publications such as Forbes, The Hill, Roll Call, and The Washington Times. Kuper has also worked in the U.S. House of Representatives and on various congressional campaigns.

Ellie Hockenbury – Communications Director

Ellie Hockenbury is the Communications Director for the State Government Leadership Foundation. Wallace joined SGLF and the RSLC, where she also serves as Communications Director, from the Republican National Committee where she served as the Director of Media Affairs, overseeing the committee’s media booking and surrogate operation for the 2013-2014 election cycle. She also served as the Colorado Communications Director for the RNC’s 2012 Victory program and was Deputy Communications Director for Governor Phil Bryant’s successful 2011 gubernatorial campaign in her home state of Mississippi.

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