Kelsey Meehan

Director of Communications and Membership Services

Kelsey Meehan handles member and media relations, and manages Grassroot’s social media accounts. Prior to joining Grassroot, Kelsey was involved in donor communications and research at several non- profits in the Philadelphia, PA region. She graduated from Villanova University with a Political Science degree in 2015, and moved to Hawaii shortly after.

Zachary Cox

Graduated from Hawaii Pacific University with a Bachelors in Economics. He is currently working towards a Masters in Marketing, and is on the development team at the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii. He has his pilot’s license and hopes to follow in his parents’ footsteps of becoming an airline pilot one day.

Joe Kent

Is the Vice President of Research and Development at the Grassroot Institute. He grew up on the Big Island, and studied at Minnesota State, and the University of Hawaii Hilo. He was also a public school teacher for eight years, and was a summer fellow at the Foundation for Economic Education.

Hiram Ruiz

Is a Summer 2016 intern, he is a senior at Haverford College where he studies economics and mathematics. He was born and raised in Puerto Rico.

Matthew Reade

Is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of The Restore America Project, a source for thoughtful political analysis and commentary on current events issues. A student at Pomona College, he is also the associate editor of the Claremont Independent, a journal of campus affairs and political thought for the colleges of the Claremont Consortium.

Andy Slaven

Is a Summer 2016 intern at the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii. He first got involved with the libertarian movement his undergrad in earthand political science at Northern Michigan University. during Ron Paul’s 2012 campaign and has since been active in Young Americans for Liberty and Students for Liberty.

Aaron Lief

Aaron served in the Air Force for 4 years before starting nursing school at Hawaii Pacific University.