Key Personnel

The National Center for Public Policy Research



Amy Moritz Ridenour

Amy Ridenour is chairman of The National Center for Public Policy Research. As the founding chief executive officer, she has since 1982 promoted the conservative perspective on U.S. domestic, foreign and defense policy issues. She frequently speaks on public policy issues and political organizing techniques and has done so across the U.S., in Central America and in Europe.

Her opinion/editorials have been nationally-syndicated. Her articles have also been independently published by USA Today, the Sacramento Bee, the Dallas Morning News, The Washington Times, the Los Angeles Daily News and many others.

Ridenour has served as a guest-host on the nationally-syndicated Michael Reagan Talk Show and is a popular guest on radio and television talk shows, appearing on such programs as Politically Incorrect and on several CNN and Fox programs, among others.

Ridenour also is a member of the board of directors of Black America's PAC, a political action committee that works to help elect more African-Americans to Congress and other elected offices.

Ridenour also served from 1993-1994 as co-host of Scoop, a public affairs show seen weekly on the public affairs television network National Empowerment Television (later known as America's Voice).

Ridenour has served as vice-chairman of the International Youth Year Commission of the U.S. (1985); as Deputy Director of the College Republican National Committee; as Regional Coordinator for the Reagan/Bush 1980 campaign; as Chairman of the Maryland Federation of College Republicans and on Maryland Republican State Central Committee.

Ridenour received the American Hero Award from the National Defense Council Foundation in 1988 and the William Paca Award from the Maryland Republican State Central Committee in 1979. A native of Pittsburgh, she studied economics at the University of Maryland at College Park and resides in Anne Arundel County, Maryland with her husband, David, and their three children.

Ridenour maintains the National Center Blog, where you can read her latest commentaries on numerous issues.


David A. Ridenour

David A. Ridenour is president of The National Center for Public Policy Research.

For twenty-five years before that, he served as vice president (1986-2011), through which he directed numerous public policy programs, particularly on environmental and regulatory issues and foreign affairs; managed policy staff; and served as The National Center’s development director and chief financial officer, responsible for institutional growth.

A frequent commentator on public policy issues, Ridenour has appeared on such shows as ABC’s Good Morning America, NBC Nightly News and CNN’s Earth Matters. Ridenour has also twice testified before special political commissions of the United Nations General Assembly and has testified before congressional committees.

He has served on the executive committees of the Grassroots ESA Coalition, Project Relief and the Property Rights First! coalition.

Ridenour’s articles have appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Investor’s Business Daily, Chicago Tribune, Atlanta Journal Constitution, Philadelphia Inquirer, Miami Herald, Detroit News, Dallas Morning News, San Francisco Chronicle, Seattle Times, Houston Chronicle, and many others.

Ridenour is co-author, with David Almasi, of the 1990 book Nicaragua’s Continuing Revolution (Signal Books).

Before joining The National Center, Ridenour served as Executive Director of the United States Youth Council, an international exchange foundation established in 1945 and funded by the U.S. Information Agency. He served as co-host of Scoop (1993-1994), a weekly public affairs program on National Empowerment Television, subsequently known as America’s Voice. Ridenour received a political science degree from the University of Oregon and was a member of the Phi Eta Sigma and Alpha Lambda Delta honoraries. He resides in Anne Arundel County, Maryland with his wife, Amy, and their three children.


David Almasi

David Almasi serves as The National Center's Executive Director. As executive director, directs The National Center's media relations; provides staff support to Project 21, and has significant management responsibilities. Prior to serving as executive director, Almasi served as director of media.

Almasi has served as director of media programs for Defenders of Property Rights, Putting People First and Accuracy in Academia. He is also an experienced writer. His commentaries have appeared in such publications as The Washington Post, The Houston Chronicle, The Detroit Free Press, The Miami Herald, The Philadelphia Inquirer and The Orlando Sentinel, among others.

Almasi is also co-author, with David Ridenour, of the 1990 book Nicaragua's Continuing Revolution (Signal Books).

Almasi is a 1989 graduate of Northwestern University, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science with a specialization in both American Government and Comparative Political Systems. He lives in Virginia with his wife, Nancy.



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