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Americans must provide the next generation with the resources and understanding necessary for their own journey as citizens. The America First Policy Institute (AFPI) will advance policies to promote the social, emotional, and physical health of children. From improving our Nation’s foster care system to addressing neonatal abstinence syndrome, to incorporating character education and social emotional learning, AFPI will not fail our next generation and will provide a guiding light for a brighter future!

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Catharine Cypher Chief of Staff, Constitutional Litigation Partnership and Advisor, Center for the American Child

Catharine Cypher is a Hilton Head Island, South Carolina native, but calls Fenton, Michigan, home and serves as Chief of Staff for the Constitutional Litigation Partnership and Advisor for the Center for the American Child at AFPI. Cypher most recently worked for First Lady Melania Trump as Special Assistant to the President and Director of Media Affairs. Cypher also spearheaded many policy projects, including the First Lady’s 19th Amendment Centennial Anniversary engagements and her “Be Best” policy engagements within the issue areas of foster care, opioids/neonatal abstinence syndrome, and children’s well-being. Previously, Cypher worked for Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway, where she served as Special Assistant to the President and Director of External Affairs. Cypher also worked at the law firm Hogan Lovells, for U.S. Senator David Perdue, and served as the National Political Director at the College Republican National Committee. Cypher graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies from Grand Valley State University. Growing up, Cypher was a top-3 nationally ranked equestrian and a member of a multi-national championship water ski team. She has carried on those passions into adulthood and enjoys spending her free time riding horses and spending time with her family on the lake in Michigan.

“There Comes A Time When One Must Take A Position That Is Neither Safe, Nor Politic, Nor Popular, But He Must Take It Because Conscience Tells Him It Is Right.”

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Lynn Johnson Senior Advisor, Center for the American Child

Lynn Johnson is from Lakewood, Colorado, and serves as a Senior Advisor in the Center for the American Child at AFPI. Lynn is the founder of ALL IN Fostering Futures, a non-profit focused on driving a cultural change throughout the country to combat the crisis of children aging out of the foster care system, adoption, poverty, and human trafficking. She brings determination, passion, and a strong belief in the dignity of all people no matter the challenge before them. This passion is driven by her deep faith and her belief in caring for all people all the time. Johnson was appointed by President Donald J. Trump as the Assistant Secretary for the Administration for Children and Families under the Department of Health and Human Services. As the Executive Director of Jefferson County Department of Human Services in Colorado, she used a comprehensive lens to provide dignity and respect for the most vulnerable to end poverty, abuse, and neglect and stop the trafficking of children. Johnson has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Northern Colorado and a master’s degree in social work from Arizona State University. Johnson lives in Lakewood, Colorado, with her husband of 37 years,  has three amazing adult children, and an incredible daughter-in-law. Those close to her know she loves completing sprint triathlons and has finished 18 over the years. 

“We must be the change we wish to see in the World.”

Mahatma Gandhi

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