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The spirit of the American worker is the very foundation of our Nation. There is no force more potent — when left to be free, to prosper, and to flourish. From 2017 to 2020, the American workforce experienced one of the greatest and most robust economies in U.S. history. In this period, the skills-gap crisis and seismic shift in work challenged the “college or bust” mentality which propelled policymakers to promote a full range of career and education opportunities and to prepare our workforce for the changing nature of work. The America First Policy Institute (AFPI) will advance policies to promote a full range of career opportunities and prepare our workforce for the industries of the future. As we work to rebuild our economy and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, the AFPI is prioritizing our Nation’s most critical asset, the American worker. AFPI will help restore American workers to their proper place, which is at the center of governance and policy alike. The class of Americans who made our Republic the greatest Nation on Earth deserves to be heard, valued — and in charge.


  • Workforce Development Modernization and the Creation of Multiple Pathways to Family-Sustaining Careers
  • Destigmatize Vocational Education
  • Engage the Private Sector
  • Increase Data Transparency

Op-Ed: This Black Friday, Remember Your Local Small Businesses

Linda McMahon

Issue Brief: Childcare to Support the American Worker

Rachael Slobodien


Brooke Rollins

Letter from AFPI Chair Linda McMahon to House Leadership regarding Concerns with the Inflation Reduction Act

Linda McMahon

The Big Government Spending Package Shrinks American Wages and Attacks Small Businesses

Josh Orlaski

What Can Be Done to Help America’s Small Businesses

AFPI 2022 Annual Policy Summit

Linda McMahon joined Neil Cavuto to discuss record inflation and small businesses

Happy First Birthday AFPI!

Pro-Worker, Pro-Family Policies Are Pro-Women

Rachael Slobodien

The Wages of Tax Reform Went to America’s Workers — and that’s why Trump’s Tax Cuts Should be Made Permanent

Linda McMahon

An Examination of the First Year of Biden’s Presidency

The President that Stole Christmas

Josh Orlaski

Another Month of Disappointing Jobs Growth Delivers a Lump of Coal to America’s Workers

Linda McMahon joined Fox Business Tonight to discuss the supply chain crisis and rising inflation

Op-Ed: The anti-American agenda of President Biden’s nominees

Linda McMahon

VIDEO: Linda McMahon joined Dana Loesch

Invasive IRS Provision in the Big Government Socialism Bill: Six Problems for American Families

Supporting Working Parents, Not Providing Free Income, Is the Way to Help Families Get Ahead

Op-Ed: House tax bill subsidizes union political campaigns

James Sherk & Vinnie Vernuccio in Washington Examiner

Op-Ed: Reconciliation Bill Makes Small Businesses an Offer They Can’t Refuse

Linda McMahon in Real Clear Policy

Op-Ed: Washington Times: Charting the small business comeback

Linda McMahon in Real Clear Policy

The Honorable Linda McMahon Chair of the Board and Chair, Center for the American Worker

Linda McMahon is originally from New Bern, North Carolina, and serves as Chair of the Board and Chair of the Center for the American Worker for AFPI. McMahon served in President Donald Trump’s Cabinet as Administrator of the Small Business Administration. At SBA, McMahon re-imagined the organization, focusing on rural development and championing women entrepreneurs and military veterans. She oversaw natural disaster recovery efforts and helped improve the way the SBA connected small businesses to capital, counseling, and government contracts. After her service in the Trump Administration, she served as Chair of the America First Action SuperPAC, and America First Policy, LLC. Prior to her career in public service, McMahon was the President and later CEO of WWE, INC., which she and her husband, Vince, grew from a small regional corporation to a multinational public company.

“If you want something done, give it to a busy woman to do it.”

Lucille Ball


Joshua Orlaski is from Temecula, California, and serves as a Policy Analyst in the Center for the American Worker and the Center for Education Opportunity at AFPI. Prior to joining AFPI, Orlaski served in the Trump administration as the Confidential Assistant and Briefing Book Coordinator for Secretary Ben Carson at the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development. In addition, Orlaski spent several years in the private sector working in sales and business development, and he previously interned on Capitol Hill for Congressman Tom McClintock of California. He is a graduate of Hillsdale College in Michigan, where he majored in Financial Management. Orlaski currently resides in Arlington, Virginia, and he enjoys playing the guitar, baseball, and being involved in his church. 

“If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.”

Mark Twain

Stacey Schieffelin Senior Advisor, Center for the American Worker

Stacey Schieffelin grew up in the cattle industry on her families’ ranches in Florida and currently serves as a Senior Advisor to the Center for the American Worker at AFPI. A successful entrepreneur for over 40 years, Schieffelin is considered one of the top six Star Entrepreneurs in the electronic retail TV shopping industry and has a 28-year global record of success through owning and supporting multiple brands on TV networks in 28 countries. Schieffelin has channeled her expansive entrepreneurial career in sourcing, manufacturing, financing, and distribution toward the empowerment of our Nation’s workforce and the spirit of the American Worker. Schieffelin began her career as a prominent international FORD model then quickly grew into a widely recognizable brand and market leader in the $500B beauty industry. As an award-winning business curator, she also serves as a Senior Advisor to Skylab, an innovative tech platform factory, where she strives to bring more transparent options to the technology and communication space that will advance society, uphold constitutional protections, and increase opportunity across the entire economic spectrum. Schieffelin and her husband, David, a Harvard graduate, are the proud parents of daughters Lou and Knox. The family enjoys traveling together, supporting local government, and volunteering with multiple non-profits.

“We have it in our power to begin the world over again.”

Thomas Paine

Carrie Sheffield Director, Center for American Values & Center for the American Worker

Carrie Sheffield serves as the Director of the Center for the American Worker and the Center for American Values at AFPI. Sheffield managed municipal credit risk at Goldman Sachs and rated bonds at Moody’s Investors Service. She researched for American Enterprise Institute economics scholar Edward Conard and served as Warren Brookes Journalism Fellow at Competitive Enterprise Institute. She covered Congress for The Hill and POLITICO. Sheffield won a Robert Novak Journalism Fellowship, contributed on political economy at Forbes, and wrote editorials for The Washington Times under Tony Blankley. She published in The Wall Street Journal, TIME, USA Today, CNN Opinion, The New York Times, The Washington Post, CNBC, National Review, Washington Examiner, and Newsweek. As founder of Bold TV, a digital news network, Sheffield’s work is recognized in profiles by The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Entrepreneur Magazine, Harvard University, CNN, Columbia Journalism Review, and Sirius XM. Sheffield is a 2018 winner of the William F. Buckley Award by America’s Future Foundation and was named a Most Inspiring New Yorker by Bumble. Sheffield earned a master’s in public policy from Harvard University, concentrating in business policy, and is a member of the Harvard Christian Alumni Society. She earned a B.A. in communications at Brigham Young University and completed a Fulbright fellowship in Berlin. In her free time, you will find Sheffield traveling. She visited every continent (including Antarctica) before turning 30, celebrating her 30th birthday in Sydney, Australia. 

“The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is.”

Winston Churchill

Rachael Slobodien Senior Advisor, Center for the American Worker

Rachael Seidenschnur Slobodien is originally from Little Rock, Arkansas, and serves a Senior Advisor to the Center for the American Worker at AFPI. Slobodien most recently served as the Chief of Staff for the Council of Economic Advisers (CEA) under President Donald J. Trump. Prior to joining CEA, Slobodien served as Communications Director for U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX). She also worked at The Heritage Foundation, where she led communications strategy for Heritage’s Institute for Economic Freedom and Opportunity. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Washington and Lee University, where she graduated cum laude and with honors. Slobodien also earned a Juris Doctor from the George Washington University Law School, where she graduated with honors and served as Editor-in-Chief of The Federal Communications Law Journal. A classically trained ballerina, Slobodien values precision and promptitude. She also enjoys spending time with her family and their beautiful Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Miss Winston Churchill.

“The best way to predict your future is to create it.”

Abraham Lincoln

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