BPA Media Surrogates

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Dee Dee Bass Wilbon

Dee Dee Bass Wilbon is a partner at Bass Public Affairs and co-host of the podcast, Policy and Pound Cake.  Dee Dee is also a leader of AllLivesMatter.vote an organization dedicated to helping to reopen businesses destroyed by violence and looting.

Dee Dee is a contributing writer for the Heritage Foundation's "The Daily Signal."  She is frequently called on by national and international radio and television outlets to share her common-sense conservative point of view.

 

Dee Dee is a graduate of Fisk University one of the nation's premier Historically Black Colleges and Universities, a diamond life member of Detla Sigma Theta Sorrority, Inc. and an active participant of Jack and Jill of America.

Follow her on twitter @deedeewilbon and Instagram @policyandpoundcake

Deana Bass Williams

Deana Bass Williams is a partner at Bass Public Affairs and co-host of the podcast, Policy and Pound Cake.  She served as National Press Secretary for Dr. Ben Carson’s 2016 Presidential Campaign and Deputy Chief of Staff to Carson at The Department of Housing and Urban Development.  Her extensive background in communications includes serving as press secretary and spokesperson for U.S. Congressman Howard P. Buck McKeon), Director of Coalitions for U.S. Congresswoman Deborah Pryce and Deputy Director of Coalitions to RNC Chairman Ken Mehlman.  Bass also served as the first Executive Director of The Gloucester Institute founded by Charles and Kay Coles James.  Deana holds a B.A. in communications and international relations from Salem College and an M.F.A. in film production from Ohio University. Deana serves on the Board of Trustees of Salem Academy and College

 

Follow her on twitter @deana_basswms and Instagram @policyandpoundcake
 

Dr. Merlynn Carson

A physician by training, Dr. Merlynn Carson is the CEO of Myriddian a multimillion-dollar health/IT firm with over 100 employees.

Dr. Carson is an expert in healthcare, public policy and government affairs. She sits on the National Council for the White House Historical Association and is an advisory board member for Winning for Women, Women for Trump and co-chairs Indian Voices for Trump and Medical Professionals for Trump and was a Maryland delegate for the RNC.  

She is married to Ben Carson Jr. and the couple have two children.  She is also the  daughter-in-law of the Honorable Dr. Ben Carson

Sarah Elliott

Sarah Elliott is Chair of Republicans Overseas UK, representing Republican-supporting US citizens living in the United Kingdom. With over a thousand members, and branches in London, Scotland and Oxford, it is a prominent organization with a strong media-profile in the UK. Her background is in GOP politics in Washington, D.C., having worked for Grover Norquist at Americans for Tax Reform, Americans for Prosperity, and a veteran of many Republican political campaigns such as Bush/Cheney ‘04. In London, Sarah has served as managing director for the American European Business Association (AEBA). She received her B.A. in International Affairs from the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, VA, and she also studied abroad at the University of Pablo de Olavide in Seville, Spain. As Chair of Republicans Overseas, Sarah is the leading Republican spokesperson in the UK and is often sought after to defend and articulate the conservative and Republican message on radio and TV and in public debates. She is an experienced broadcaster having appeared on all the major news shows in the UK, as well as in many other European countries.

Sarah Elliott

Sarah Elliott is Chair of Republicans Overseas UK, representing Republican-supporting US citizens living in the United Kingdom. With over a thousand members, and branches in London, Scotland and Oxford, it is a prominent organization with a strong media-profile in the UK. Her background is in GOP politics in Washington, D.C., having worked for Grover Norquist at Americans for Tax Reform, Americans for Prosperity, and a veteran of many Republican political campaigns such as Bush/Cheney ‘04. In London, Sarah has served as managing director for the American European Business Association (AEBA). She received her B.A. in International Affairs from the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, VA, and she also studied abroad at the University of Pablo de Olavide in Seville, Spain. As Chair of Republicans Overseas, Sarah is the leading Republican spokesperson in the UK and is often sought after to defend and articulate the conservative and Republican message on radio and TV and in public debates. She is an experienced broadcaster having appeared on all the major news shows in the UK, as well as in many other European countries.

Karen Maria Alston

Affectionately known as The Advertising Diva, Karen Maria Alston is a branding and marketing expert. In 2002, Karen stepped out on faith, left her job at America Online to follow her passion and create Alston Marketing Group now d/b/a, AM+G Marketing Communications.

Alston Marketing Group based in Washington, DC has a large roster of current and former clients and created several notable advertising campaigns in the Washington, DC area including the red bikes known as Capital Bikeshare. In 2015, Karen founded the innovative women’s empowerment and professional development organization, The Spectrum Circle.

Because of her illustrious profession and business acumen, she has been featured in several print and online publications, radio, internet webinars and TV shows. She is also a sought after speaker for many marketing industry conferences on a range of topics such as digital media, traditional marketing, government contracting, and her favorite topic the “burdens of the superwoman” which was the pre-cursor to The Spectrum Circle.

Areas of Expertise:

Women's Empowerment
Entrepreneurship

STEM and Innovation

Derek McCoy

Rev. Derek McCoy serves as the Executive Vice President leading Cure's efforts to fight poverty and restore dignity through the message of faith, freedom and personal responsibility. Cure addresses issues of race, poverty and culture via policy, media, and a National CURE clergy network. McCoy has an extensive background in policy, political strategy, and advocacy on critical cultural issues including race, poverty, life, marriage, and religion.
 

He has been featured on NBC, CBS, FOX, ABC, NPR, FOX Business, EWTN, Gospel Today, and Family News in Focus, WYPR, KKLA, WAVA, EWTN, KQED, and KJLH. In addition, he is also in publications such as the Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, New American Media, LA Sentinel, and The Washington Times, and The Wall Street Journal. 

Areas of Expertise:

The intersection of faith and politics

Social Conservative Policy

Criminal Justice Reform

President Trump Administration

Dr. Christopher Metzler

Dr. Christopher Metzler is the author of Divided We Stand Search for America's Soul and The Construction and Rearticulation of Race in a "post-racial America." He has taught at  Cornell University and Georgetown University. Dr. Metzler has provided insight to national media outlets including CNN, ABC, MSNBC, Fox News, Al Jazeera, HLN, BBC, TV ONE and News One. 

He is the host of the podcast Metzler on the Mic.

Areas of Expertise:

Coronavirus Testing and monitoring (Owner of Testing Lab)

Constitutional Law

Conservative Policy 

President Trump Administration

Opportunity Zones

Travis Steffens

I was blessed to be born on an operating cattle ranch in Monte Vista, CO, along with my three amazing sisters, to an incredible, multi-generational ranching family.   We lived at the base of the mountains and had over 1,000 head of cattle and approached 2,000 head of sheep, which created an intense, 24-hour a day, working lifestyle I was homeschooled until the 8th grade. Every minute that I was not working the ranch, I was off building forts, hunting, fishing and daydreaming with the wildest of imaginations. As a kid, I did not know that this fairytale childhood would empower me with an important blessing and gift, the ability to chase my dreams with passion and certainty.  As long as I can remember, my incredible parents encouraged us to pursue our dreams, letting nothing hold us back from the life we desired.

Areas of Expertise:

#ConsciousCapitalism - Economic Empowerment

Entrepreneurship

President Trump Administration

Social Impact Investing

Opportunity Zones

Xavier Underwood

Xavier Underwood is a millennial business entrepreneur.  He is the Head of Production at Howard Stirk Holdings one of the largest minority-owned media firms in the nation.  He served as the Deputy Director of Advance for Dr. Benjamin Carson's Presidential campaign - Carson America. He has also held varying positions such as Management Consultant for the Graham Williams Group,  Chief Design Editor for The Washington Times' online publication American CurrentSee and owner of X.B. Underwood, LLC, a private consulting firm specializing in brand development and social marketing. Xavier brings over 15 years of experience in business, marketing, and advertising having previously studied Homeland Security & Anthropology at Virginia Commonwealth University and the University of The District of Columbia. 

Underwood is able to address issues of digital innovation, entrepreneurship, millennial engagement and strategic marketing.

Areas of Expertise:

Entrepreneurship

Innovation in business

The intersection of faith and politics

Economic Empowerment

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