Founder and President
Karin Agness | Karin Agness is the Founder and President of the Network of enlightened Women (NeW). She is a graduate of the University of Virginia and the University of Virginia School of Law. She has been interviewed on national television and radio shows, such as Fox and Friends, Hannity, C-SPAN’s Washington Journal, CNN American Morning, CNN Early Start, The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer, The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, The Laura Ingraham Radio Show and The Monica Crowley Radio Show. She regularly speaks on college campuses and at national conferences for conservative groups. She has had editorials published in The Washington Post, The Washington Times and The Richmond Times-Dispatch, and has been featured in Politico, Time Magazine Online and More Magazine. One of her stories appeared in the book Chicken Soup for the Soul: Campus Chronicles. In 2013, she was named to the Maverick PAC 40 under 40 list and to the Red Alert Politics 30 under 30 list. In 2012, she was selected for the Forbes 30 under 30 list for Law and Policy. In 2010, she was awarded a William F. Buckley Award from the Young Conservatives Coalition for her work in leading NeW. In 2008, she received the Richard and Helen DeVos Freedom Center Leadership Award from the Intercollegiate Studies Institute as one of its most exceptional graduate students. A proud Midwesterner, she now works in Washington, DC. By clicking the links, you can listen to her interview on the Monica Crowley Radio Show or see her on a Fox News segment. You can email Karin.
Director of Programs
Alyssa Condrey | Alyssa Condrey is the Director of Programs for NeW. Alyssa graduated from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA with a Bachelors of Business Administration. During her Junior year, she founded a NeW chapter at JMU and was President throughout her Senior year. In 2012, Alyssa won the Enlightened Woman of the Year Award at the NeW National Conference.
After graduating, Alyssa moved to DC to intern for the Heritage Foundation in the Young Leaders Program. There, she assisted with the internship program and coordination of internal briefings. After her internship, Alyssa served as the Career Services Coordinator and Intern Coordinator for the Leadership Institute in Arlington, VA. Her favorite book on the NeW book list is What Our Mothers Didn’t Tell Us: Why Happiness Eludes the Modern Woman by Danielle Crittenden, which is the first book the JMU chapter read. Alyssa’s hobbies include horse-back riding, yoga, and hiking. Feel free to reach out to Alyssa.
Lauren McDonald | Lauren McDonald, received her Bachelor of Arts in Politics and minor in Economics from Hillsdale College in Hillsdale, Michigan in 2014. After being accepted into the Koch Associate Program, she joined NeW as Development Associate. During her time at Hillsdale College she served as the Head Lifeguard with the Roche Sports Complex and was a member of and held leadership positions with the women’s fraternity, Chi Omega. In the summer of 2013, Lauren worked as the Legislative Aid in the State House for Michigan Representative, Rick Outman. This past summer, during an internship with the Leadership Institute in Arlington, VA, she learned valuable skills in Development through her work with donors from the Midwest. After a summer in Washington, D.C. she decided to return so she could use her newfound skills to help advance individual liberty and economic freedom. Lauren strongly admires NeW booklist author, Phyllis Schlafly, who has made great strides as a crusader for women in the conservative movement. Feel free to reach out to Lauren.
Director of NeW DC
Emily Goff | Emily is a graduate of the University of Georgia and moved to Washington, D.C. following graduation for a fall internship. It was then that Emily met NeW Founder and President, Karin Agness, and first learned about NeW. She quickly rose to become the Director of NeW DC. Emily was named NeW Woman of the Year in 2013 for her work leading NeW DC.
Previously, Emily interned in the offices of Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.) and Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue. She currently resides in Washington, D.C., where she works as a research associate at The Heritage Foundation.
NeW Alumnae Network
Danelle Gagliardi |Director| Danelle graduated from The Ohio State University in 2012 with a degree in history and psychology. While at OSU, she led the NeW chapter, regularly blogged on the national NeW website, and received the NeW Woman of the Year Award in 2011. Danelle is currently in her second year of law school at Washington University in St. Louis, and when she is not studying, she enjoys golfing, target shooting, boxing, and reading, of course!
Her favorite book on the NeW book list is Domestic Tranquility: A Brief against Feminism by F. Carolyn Graglia.
Elizabeth Libertini |Communications Director| Elizabeth is from Yorktown, Virginia and currently attends the Regent University School of Law. Before beginning her legal education, she received a Master of Public Policy and a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Virginia. During her time at UVA, she became involved with NeW and eventually served as president of the chapter.
Her favorite book on the NeW book list is The Flipside of Feminism by Suzanne Venker and Phyllis Schlafly.
Kara Bloomer |Communications Assistant| Kara grew up in Mesa, Arizona where she later attended Arizona State University and earned her Bachelors of Science in Chemical Engineering. During her time at ASU, she became a member of NeW and became very involved with the Gentlemen’s Showcase. She was then appointed the Event Coordinator at the ASU chapter. Currently she works as a Process Engineer for EVGroup, in Tempe, Arizona. She enjoys being a mom, playing the piano, and reading books!
Her favorite book on the NeW book list is The Politically Incorrect Guide To Women, Sex, and Feminism by Carrie L. Lukas.
Sarah-Gordon Goddard |Fundraising Director| Sarah-Gordon is from Richmond, Virginia and moved to New York City to attend The King’s College. While in New York, she interned for ABC News and The Glenn Beck Show at Fox News. She learned about NeW during a summer internship at The Heritage Foundation and started a chapter the following semester. NeW at King’s hosted several campus-wide events ranging in topics from the Missile Defense debate to the Legal-Cultural History of America. She currently works in digital advertising at Summit Media in Richmond, and is very involved in HYPE (Helping Young Professionals Engage), Richmond’s organization for young professionals.
Her favorite book on the NeW book list is Letters to a Young Conservative by Dinesh D’Souza.