Ralph Reed

Ralph Reed is founder and chairman of the Faith & Freedom Coalition, a grassroots public policy organization with one million members and supporters with state affiliates in 32 states. In 2014 Faith & Freedom has distributed over 35 million pieces of voter education material through over 500,000 home visits by volunteers and through 140,000 churches. He is also chairman and CEO of Century Strategies, a public relations and public affairs firm that has advised some of the world’s leading corporations. Reed served as a senior advisor to George W. Bush’s 2000 and 2004 presidential campaigns and chaired the Southeast Region for Bush-Cheney in 2004. As chairman of the Georgia Republican Party, he helped elect the first GOP governor in 134 years and a U.S. Senator and gain control of the state Senate. Reed has worked on eight presidential campaigns and has advised 88 campaigns for Governor, U.S. Senate, and Congress. The Wall Street Journal called him “perhaps the finest political operative of his generation.” Reed was named one of the twenty most influential leaders of his generation by Lifemagazine and one of the 50 future leaders of America by Time magazine. As executive director of the Christian Coalition, he built one of nation's most effective grassroots public policy organizations, with over 2 million members. He is a written or edited six books and columns have appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and National Review. Reed serves on the Board of Visitors at the University of Georgia School of Public and International Affairs and the Executive Board of the Northeast Georgia Council of the Boy Scouts of America. He is a member of the Advisory Council of SafeHouse, a faith-based organization helping the poor and needy. Reed earned a B.A. from the University of Georgia and Ph.D. in history from Emory University.