CPI Announces New Hires

February 6th, 2024

WASHINGTON – On Monday, the Conservative Partnership Institute (CPI) announced six new hires and three promotions that will be integral to the operations of the organization as it continues its mission to build and support the conservative movement in Washington and around the nation.

“CPI continues to put an emphasis on finding the best staff in Washington to work together to build and support the conservative movement, and we couldn’t be more excited about this team,” said CPI President Ed Corrigan. “With the launch of Conservative Partnership Academy and the growth of our career development programs, we are proud to be identifying and preparing the next generation of conservative leaders to save America for future generations.” 

Rachel Bovard, who helped found CPI in 2017, will return as the Vice President of Programs at CPI. In her new role, she will guide the training and coalitions programs while managing the government relations and Conservative Partnership Academy teams. Bovard spent over a decade on Capitol Hill in various capacities in the House and Senate, including as Legislative Director to Sen. Rand Paul. She most recently served as the Executive Director of the Senate Steering Committee, the caucus of conservative senators, chaired by Sen. Mike Lee. In 2013, Rachel was named to National Journal‘s list of the 35 Most Influential Women in Washington under 35. In 2023, she was named to The Hill‘s list of the 25 Staffers Who Make Capitol Hill Run. She is also the recipient of The American Conservative Magazine’s Conservative Mind award.

Rachel’s policy analysis and punditry have appeared widely on print and television, including in The Federalist, the New York Times, Fox News, MSNBC, and the New York Post, among other outlets. Along with CPI’s Chairman, Jim DeMint, she is the co-author of Conservative: Knowing What To Keep. She serves on the advisory board of American Moment and on the board of The American Conservative Magazine.

Phil Reboli will be Senior Director of Government Relations. A returning member of the CPI team, Phil will oversee outreach to Capitol Hill and the conservative movement for training, career development, and coalition building. Most recently, Phil served as the Legislative Director for Senator Mike Lee (UT). Phil has nearly 15 years of experience on Capitol Hill, cultivating relationships and successful projects with congressional offices as well as nonprofit organizations. He is uniquely skilled in parliamentary procedure, which proved a valuable asset in his contributions to the first implementation of the War Powers Act since its creation in 1973. He is also apt at breaking down the nuances of parliamentary procedure, congressional rules, and common playbook tactics. Phil utilized this knowhow to support the successful development and launch of YouTube channels and member engagement for 2nd Amendment nonprofits.

Sean McAndrews will be Deputy Director of the Conservative Partnership Academy, helping manage the new training program, including three new 10-month fellowships that launched this year with intensive education on policy, communications, and leadership. McAndrews has five years of experience working for conservative leaders on Capitol Hill. He most recently served as Legislative Director for Josh Brecheen. Previously, he served as Legislative Assistant for Congressman Chip Roy and was on the congressional staff of former Chief of Staff to President Trump, Mark Meadows.

Adrien Borovina will be a Senior Advisor on the development team at CPI focusing on building partner relationships in the Northeast. Borovina has over a decade of experience serving the needs of donors and clients in faith-based development and in the estate and financial planning sectors. Prior to joining CPI, Borovina worked as Regional Director of Development at Wheaton College before assuming the role of Director of Annual and Reunion Giving.

Alexandra Knowles will be a Senior Advisor on the development team at CPI, where she will generate new partner relationships across the U.S. Prior to joining the team, Alexandra worked at the Leadership Institute as their Senior Partnership Advisor. She also worked in youth engagement at the Republican National Committee.

Jeffrey Seraphine will be a Senior Advisor on the development team at CPI focusing on building partner relationships in the Midwest. Prior to joining the CPI Team, Jeffrey worked at Turning Point USA as a Major Gifts Officer for two years. He has also worked in the offices of Senator Bill Haggerty (TN) and Governor Bill Lee (TN). 

Additionally, CPI is announcing a number of promotions within the organization. 

Hugh Fike has been promoted to be the Senior Director of the Conservative Partnership Academy. Hugh was previously CPI’s Government Relations Director. He has over a decade of experience in the conservative movement, having most recently served as Chief of Staff for Congressman Michael Cloud (R-TX) in Washington, D.C. Fike is a 2020 Hillsdale College “Madison Fellow”, and a 2022 Claremont Institute “Lincoln Fellow”. Fike previously served in various roles at Heritage Action for America, former Congressman Dave Brat (R-VA), former Congressman Raul Labrador (R-ID), and at the Office of Management & Budget (OMB) in the Trump Administration. 

AJ Swinson has been promoted to Senior Government Relations Coordinator. AJ was previously Government Relations Communications Coordinator. She previously worked in the office of former Congressman Louie Gohmert (R-TX), where she was the communications director and worked on education and financial services issues. She also worked as the Chief of Staff for New Journey PAC, founded by James “Bo Snerdley” Golden, and as the communications director for Star Parker at the Center for Urban Renewal and Education. 

Sophia Murray has been promoted to Partner Relations Coordinator. She was previously Executive Assistant. Prior to CPI, she previously worked for U.S. Rep. Alex Mooney (WV) as campaign manager, and Rep. Mike Johnson (R-LA) where she was integral to streamlining office management and operations.