Atlanta Young Republicans

Welcome to the Atlanta Young Republicans (AYR), an incredible group of fiscally conservative young professionals, ages 18 – 40, who come together to be politically engaged, network, and socialize.

We hold at least two events each month – meetings on the fourth Wednesday of the month and happy hours the second Thursday.  Our members benefit from club voting privileges, and discounts for AYR/other political events, and certain retail locations, and formal AYR name tags.

The AYR offers many different membership options.  Just click “Join,” or sign up at any AYR event.

Membership Levels: Individual Lifetime: $50 Individual Yearly: $30 Individual Yearly Renewal: $20 Couples Lifetime: $80 Couples Yearly: $50

For more information, please contact President Angelyn Dionysatos at staff@atlantayoungrepublicans.org.

Officers

Jake Evans, President

Jake Evans is the President of the Atlanta Young Republicans.  Jake was formerly AYR’s Executive VP, VP of Political Affairs, and Secretary.

As President, Jake has three principal goals:

(1) make AYR a relentless organization of action, including shaping and influencing political dialogue, enhancing the local community, and helping Republicans get elected;

(2) make it “cool” to be a young Republican and, in turn, to engage millennials throughout metro-Atlanta;

(3) make AYR an inclusive organization welcoming to people of diverse backgrounds, races, genders, professions, sexual orientations, and in innumerable other ways.

With these goals, AYR is an action-oriented organization focused on effectuating positive change and inclusive engagement through conservative principles.

Jake is a business litigation attorney in Thompson Hine LLP’s Atlanta office, where his practice focuses on complex business litigation and representation of emerging companies.  Jake is a graduate of the University of Georgia for both undergrad and law school.

Janelle Jones, Vice President of Political Affairs

Nick Carlson, Vice President of Organizational Outreach

Nick Carlson serves as vice president of outreach for the Atlanta Young Republicans; previously he served as outreach director.  He began coming out to Republican Party events after he returned to Atlanta in 2012 following college graduation. While a student at Rhodes College in Memphis, Nick was an officer in the College Republicans, serving as Party Coordinator.  Nick studied History and Economics and spent a semester abroad in Shanghai. Nick, who was born in Minnesota and moved to Atlanta at age 5, believes in Atlanta’s bright future.  “My goal is to help build a strong community of Young Republicans, and bring our ideas in compelling ways to the young people of Atlanta.” Nick works in the commercial real estate field as part of the team at SK Commercial, a local real estate firm.  There, he specializes in representing office buildings.  He currently lives in Buckhead and is very fond of old movies and television shows.  He enjoys skiing in the winter and relaxing in the sun in summer.

Gabe Hartwig, Vice President of Membership

Gabe graduated from the University of Illinois with a B.S. in Computer Engineering in 2010 and moved posthaste to Georgia where he enjoys both the climate and the political climate. Professionally he works for Rohde & Schwarz where he sells technical instrumentation to the US military and government agencies. Gabe has been active in politics since his time in college where he ran the Illinois Conservative Union and coordinated campaign volunteer efforts on campus. In addition to his activities with AYR he also holds an officer position with the Fulton County GOP and runs the Midtown Republican Breakfast along with Nick Carlson. Favorite activities include knocking on doors for Republican campaigns, exercising the Second Amendment, competing in amateur boxing and Brazilian jiu jitsu, and maintaining the lawn at Providence Church in Duluth.

Sam Meyer, Deputy VP of Membership

Sam Meyer is Deputy VP of Membership for the Atlanta Young Republicans. He began attending AYR in the fall of 2017. His primary desires are to realize AYR’s goal of including a wide and diverse set of members and to promote the soundness of Republican principles, especially among millennials.

“One of AYR’s goals is to reach people of all backgrounds, races, religions, and walks of life. I want to champion that effort.”

Sam graduated from Georgia Tech in 2014, completing his BS in Finance with Highest Honor. He now works as a client-facing Strategy Consultant for the telecommunications company, Ericsson. There he specializes in short-term projects dealing with M&A, go-to-market plans, and competitive positioning.

Sam actively manages his own stock portfolio and enjoys golf, tennis, and skiing in his free time.

Spencer Klene, Treasurer

Spencer Klene is serving as Treasurer for Atlanta Young Republicans. He has been involved in the club since 2015, assisting in events and media engagement prior to his first role as an officer.  He previously served as the Board’s secretary. He has also been involved in many campaigns through his life, including Senator David Perdue’s 2014 campaign and Governor Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign. Spencer works as a Consumer Analyst at a leading retail brokerage, JMK, headquartered in Atlanta. His expertise in food and beverage allows him to provide valuable insight on issues concerning labeling, nutrition requirements, labor, imported food products, GMO regulations, and more. Whether it’s for his consumers or for his fellow citizens, Spencer looks to ease the burden of big government so we can all live a little easier! Spencer has been a resident of Georgia for 7 years, and loves the state from Atlanta to Savannah! He enjoys flying planes recreationally, traveling as much as possible, fostering relationships and serving the community through Buckhead Church, and enjoying the outdoors!

Lauren Mills, Secretary

Harrison Fletcher, Director of Communications

Harrison Fletcher is AYR’s Director of Communications. Harrison is an Atlanta native who has a passion for developing creative communication strategies. Harrison is known for his specializations in media relations, digital marketing strategies, writing content, market research, and relationship building. He has experience running multifaceted public relations and communications campaigns for entertainment organizations, public affairs, non-profits, and small businesses for his previous Public Relations business (Fletcher Public Relations). He is currently a Digital Marketing Account Manager for a local agency.
As a Public Relations Consultant, Harrison is qualified in many areas of communications management and has proven success in achieving goals for various campaigns and marketing objectives with over six years of experience. He believes that a certain amount of creativity in marketing strategy, content, and imaging is required to “Aim your sights high” in brand development.
Harrison is also an accomplished public speaker. He is a former radio talk-show host from Kennesaw State University’s OWL Radio and ‘The Moby in the Morning Show’, he has done voice-overs for radio commercials and other media outlets, and is a DJ-MC. Currently, Harrison is a stand-up comedian and hosts the Well Crafted Comedy Show. The weekly show is one of a few shows under the Well Crafted Comedy Series, which is co-produced by Harrison.

Kevin Henderson, Vice President of Events

for Atlanta Young Republicans. He got involved with Atlanta Young Republicans two and a half years ago and has been active ever since. Kevin started off as the Secretary and is now the Vice President of Events. Kevin’s major goal for the club is to make being a Republican fun again and putting the party back in the Republican party since politics have become so serious over the last couple of years. Trying encourage people around his age to get involved and pay attention to policies that will affect our generation. Kevin grew up in the northern suburbs of Atlanta where he attended high school. He attended University of Georgia and Kennesaw State University for college where he obtained a BBA in MIS and Accounting. He currently works as an accountant in the real estate industry but has also worked in the finance department of a large Atlanta law firm before switching to the real estate industry. In his free time, he likes to explore the city of Atlanta with all the great activities the city has to offer especially Piedmont Park.

Michael Abramson, Deputy Vice President of Events

Michael Abramson is a lawyer and founder of Abramson Law Firm, Attorney-at-Law.  He is an Advisor on the National Diversity Coalition for Trump and a state chair for Georgia for Jews Choose Trump.  His book is entitled “A Playbook for Taking Back America:  Lessons from the 2012 Presidential Election.”  He has had articles in Breitbart, The Daily Caller, and The Washington Examiner.  His articles can be found at www.michaelbabramson.com.

History

The Atlanta Young Republicans would like to thank all of the men and women who have given their time and skills to lead this club as President. It is their dedication to the AYR that has helped build this club into Georgia’s largest and most active Young Republican organization.

Jake Evans – 2017 – Present

Angelyn Dionysatos – 2015 – 2017

John Bush – 2013 – 2015

Christopher Sanders – 2011 – 2013

Nicole Barry Fash – 2009 – 2011

Brandon Seigler – 2008 – 2009

Cameron Fash – 2006 – 2008

Jim Elgar – 2005 – 2006

R.J. Briscione – 2004 – 2005

Matt Molnar – 2003 – 2004

Chad Wingate – 2002 – 2003

Mike Kovachic – 2001 – 2002

Liz Dallas – 2000 – 2001

Julia Lang – 1999 – 2000

Winston Campbell – 1998 – 1999

Tricia Welsh – 1997 – 1998

Chris Meehan – 1995 – 1997

Ed Kelly – 1994 – 1995

Marty Dekom – 1992 – 1993