Dan Schneider has been the Executive Director of the American Conservative Union (ACU) for nearly five years. He is passionate about conservatism, which he defines as “the political philosophy that sovereignty resides in the person.” Mr. Schneider began his career in Washington as chief of staff to then-Congressman Jim Ryun of Kansas. He later held key positions in the George W. Bush Administration at the Department of Labor, the White House Office of Presidential Personnel, and the Department of Health and Human Services. Prior to joining ACU, he served as personnel advisor to U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, selecting 300 conservatives to serve on various bipartisan boards and commissions in the executive branch during the Obama administration. Dan graduated from Columbia University School of Law and practiced law in New York before beginning his policy career in Washington. He graduated with honors from the University of Kansas with a BA in Economics and a minor in Chinese. Dan and his wife of 25 years have three boys and live in Virginia.