Center for the American Worker

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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
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

Rachael Slobodien Senior Advisor & Director, Center for the American Worker

Rachael Seidenschnur Slobodien is originally from Little Rock, Arkansas, and serves as AFPI’s Senior Advisor and Director of the Center for the American Worker. 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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