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Culture   Community   Compassion

Kirk Franklin Fights for Education Equity in New Omaze Campaign

Care about our nation’s most vulnerable students? Join Kirk Franklin as we shine a light on education equity in America. By Abby Skeans Kirk Franklin is more than an amazing voice. He’s an advocate for justice and an incredible person. We’re so proud to be partner...
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Bono + Eugene Peterson Talk about the Psalms

 By Ashlynn Welker This 20-minute documentary looks at how the book of Psalms has been a basis for Bono and Peterson’s long-time friendship as well as how they have influenced Bono’s writing for his music in U2. Bono, leader singer for U2, activist, and...
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New Book from the Humane Society of the US

The Humane Economy: How Innovators and Enlightened Consumers Are Transforming the Lives of Animals describes a revolution in American business and public policy that is changing forever how we treat animals and conduct commerce. Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of the...
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Cave Pictures Releases Two Films

By Michael Leaser Cave Pictures, a film production company launched by More Partnerships president Mark Rodgers and Wedgwood member Dale Brown, released it’s first two films in April. Wildflower, co-produced with Faith Street Films, will be released on DVD...
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Named for a group of social justice reformers in the late 18th century in England that included William Wilberforce, who worked to abolish the slave trade in his country, The Clapham Group represents and consults clients working to address modern-day injustices and promote the common good. We operate in marketing, think-tank, and consultation spaces. Whether through social marketing, public relations, or political and policy consulting, The Clapham Group believes that renewing the culture, confronting injustice and promoting the common good must be undertaken together if anyone is to succeed in shaping the conversation and, ultimately, improving the lives of individuals and families.

 

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Executing Grace

Our friend, speaker and activist, Shane Claiborne, just released his new book Executing Grace. We invite you to check out his website where you can purchase the book!     Executing Grace isn’t just a book. It’s the beginning of a movement that has the...
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Mark Rodgers

Principal

Mark Rodgers is the Principal of The Clapham Group a company that seeks to influence culture upstream of the political arena.  Mark served as the third-ranking Republican leadership staffer in the U.S. Senate for six years overseeing strategic planning and strategic communications.  He also served as a high profile chief of staff to Senator Rick Santorum, working on Capitol Hill for a total of 16 years.  He was known on the Hill for his work on such issues as poverty alleviation and global AIDS, as well as protecting life at its most vulnerable stages.

Mark is a published writer and a speaker at large and small gatherings on the topics of faith and public life, culture and caring for the least of these.  His work over the years included an outreach to “culture creators,” and he has worked closely with artists such as Bono, Patty Heaton and The Fray.  He still collects pop culture artifacts, as the walls of his office attest.

Mark is a social entrepreneur, and enjoys finding ways to help people “do good while doing well.” In the 1980s, Mark worked at the Pittsburgh Leadership Foundation, a faith-based organization committed to addressing the social needs of Pittsburgh from a Christian perspective.  He also founded the National Institute of Lay Education (NILE), which developed adult education curriculum to encourage reflecting Christian involvement in public life.  He earned a bachelor’s degree in petroleum engineering from Penn State, and attended Trinity Episcopal School for ministry. He is currently a Policy Fellow with the American Conservative Union Foundation. Mark is married to Leanne, and the proud father of four children.

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Mark Rodgers

Mark Rodgers

Principal

Abby Skeans

Senior Associate

Abby Skeans, Esq. is an associate at The Clapham Group who is deeply committed to issues of justice. Particularly dedicated to advocating for the most vulnerable of society, her clients include The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Annie E. Casey Foundation, The College Board, and the Humane Society of the United States, among others.

Prior to The Clapham Group, Abby served with a juvenile justice organization based in Kampala, Uganda where she worked with the Government of Uganda, Church of Uganda, and various international and local civil society organizations to craft and contribute to systemic reforms on behalf of children in conflict with the law. In 2013, she was invited to Malawi and South Sudan to explore opportunities to participate in reforms in the juvenile systems of both countries and was able to create valuable relationships between Government institutions of both countries and American organizations.

Abby is a published writer and speaker, and currently serves as an editorial reviewer for the International Journal of Transitional Justice. Abby is a graduate of Calvin College where she studied international relations and art history. She received her law degree from Regent University School of Law, where she supported the development of a Masters in Law program and built a relationship between Regent Law and various officials and grassroots partners in Uganda and South Sudan.

Abby is a member of the Washington, D.C. Bar. She is also grateful to serve as a Policy Fellow with the American Conservative Union Foundation, an Executive Council Member for Global Unites (a global youth movement committed to long-term transformation of conflict and sustainable peace in post-conflict regions), and a member of the Ideas Council for the Values and Capitalism Project at the American Enterprise Institute.

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Abby Skeans

Abby Skeans

Senior Associate

Michael Leaser

Associate

Michael Leaser joined The Clapham Group in July 2010. He previously served as the managing editor of Mapping America for the Marriage and Religion Research Institute. He has also worked as the managing editor for Philanthropy magazine at The Philanthropy Roundtable and as the executive assistant for Michael Novak at the American Enterprise Institute. Michael has served as a male peer counselor at several crisis pregnancy centers. He earned a B.A. in English and History at Washington and Lee University and an M.A. in Theological and Religious Studies at Drew University.

Michael is the editor of FilmGrace, a website dedicated to highlighting artistically superior films that illustrate moral virtues. He also writes film reviews for World magazine.

Michael is an avid fan of the Philadelphia Phillies, C.S. Lewis, and his wife. He and his family live in Williamsburg, Virginia.

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Michael Leaser

Michael Leaser

Associate

Molly Connolly

Associate

Molly Connolly is an Associate at The Clapham Group whose work currently revolves around project development, community outreach and event planning for clients such as the College Board, Humane Society of the United States and the Annie E. Casey Foundation, among others.

Molly graduated magna cum laude from Gordon College where she double majored in Linguistics and Spanish. She took part in a great books honors program and spent a semester living in Alicante, Spain improving her language skills and exploring the Iberian Peninsula, where she hopes to return one day to complete the rest of the Camino de Santiago.

Molly cares about people and sustainable food and is most joyful when the two are combined. She has other various passions including yoga, film and photography and also moonlights as a touring member of the Cleveland, OH based band The Lighthouse and the Whaler, where she plays violin and keyboard.

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Molly Connolly

Molly Connolly

Associate

Ashlynn Welker

Associate
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Ashlynn Welker

Ashlynn Welker

Associate

Caroline Lucas

Associate
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Caroline Lucas

Caroline Lucas

Associate

Branden Polk

Associate

Branden S. Polk, MSW, LGSW is the CEO and Founder of Arrowhead Advising, LLC, a
passionate personal coaching, leadership development, and consulting business that helps leaders and
organizations exact the most beneficial and transformative influence on society and culture.
Branden is committed to being an advocate for the most vulnerable through his work as a licensed
social worker, counselor, personal and organizational leadership coach, and as a creative
performing artist.

Before founding Arrowhead Advising, Branden served with a community-based
nonprofit organization that provided behavioral health, mental health, case management, and advocacy
services to underserved children, adolescents, and families. He spent most of his time providing
therapeutic services to children and families who had been impacted by traumatizing experiences
and advocating for behavioral services in the realms of juvenile justice, education, and child
welfare. Prior to working with the Clapham Group, Branden provided consulting services to Child Welfare
Information Gateway, a service of the Children’s Bureau and Health and Human Services, in the areas of
public health, adoption, foster care, and child abuse neglect prevention.

Branden received his undergraduate degrees in Psychology and Theater from the College of
William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. He is also a graduate of George Mason University
where he received his master’s degree in Social Work. During that time he founded a mentoring and professional
group for men, The Arrowhead Society, that focuses on developing leaders and creative movements.

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Branden Polk

Branden Polk

Associate

Brian Klotz

Associate

Prior to joining the Clapham Group Brian spent over four years on Capitol Hill focusing on communications and legislative policy for Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA). Brian completed his MBA in 2014 from George Mason University with an emphasis in International Business. In addition, Brian serves as an Administrative & Communications Coordinator for The Falls Church Anglican.

Prior to working on Capitol Hill, Brian was a director for the Youth HIV/AIDS Awareness Program in Jos, Nigeria.  He organized small business training for HIV+ clients and managed proposal development for federal and private funding. Brian has significant knowledge of sub-Sahara Africa from spending many of his formative years living in Nigeria, Liberia, Eritrea and Kenya.

Brian and his wife, Sarah along with their three boys live in Northern Virginia.

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Brian Klotz

Brian Klotz

Associate

Sarah Klotz

Associate

Sarah has spent over seven years on Capitol Hill working for Senator James Inhofe (OK). During her time in the United States Senate, she supported the Senator in his position on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee along with his frequent trips to Africa and relationships on the continent.

Prior to joining The Clapham Group, Sarah founded Sagely Consulting in 2012. Sagely Consulting focuses on providing government relations, strategic communications, fundraising services for individuals and organizations in the faith-based and development community. Previously, she served as the Executive Director of Hamlin Fistula USA, an NGO supporting maternal health in Ethiopia.

Sarah has lived and worked in North Africa and loves to travel and write.

Sarah enjoys trying to keep up with her energetic three boys.

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Sarah Klotz

Sarah Klotz

Associate

Benjamin Kafferlin

Associate

Currently residing in rural Western Pennsylvania, Benjamin Kafferlin landed at The Clapham Group in June, 2012, after a stint in northern Ohio. He got his start working up the ranks of various election campaigns. To date, he has managed a regional campaign and worked on a 2012 presidential campaign.

Previously he served in various levels of small manufacturing companies in the carbon/graphite and steel industries. After a lay-off, he shifted focus and co-founded a software development and consulting firm with the vision of building a user-friendly cloud-based statistical program, primarily for local governments. He then went on to author, edit, or project manage several books.

A <em>magna cum laude </em>graduate of Ashland University, Benjamin studied Economics, Political Science, Business Administration, and History. He was a Scholar at the Ashbrook Center for Public Affairs, a Student Scholar for Rick Santorum at The Ethics and Public Policy Center, and an intern for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in the Executive Policy Office. Currently, Benjamin is studying Project Management on the side – his academic interests remain rather broad (though tend to exclude anything related to speculative mathematics). A 2011 graduate of Lifework Leadership Program at Ashland Theological Seminary, Benjamin is now enrolled in the Centurions Program at The Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview.

Benjamin spends time reading and writing op-eds, having co-founded the crowd-source think-tank Right Progress, where he remains the part-time Operations Director. On the personal side, Ben especially enjoys the outdoors, which is manifest in regular hiking and camping trips, landscape photography, and occasionally re-enacting as a Civil War artillery soldier.

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Benjamin Kafferlin

Benjamin Kafferlin

Associate

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The Clapham Group
5272 Lyngate Court, Suite 200
Burke, VA, 22015
Phone: +1 (703) 425 2404
Fax: +1 (703) 896 3046
Email: info@claphamgroup.com

 

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