Repairing America’s Broken Democracy: Bridge Alliance Members Take Action – Stephen N. Perkins, VP of Grassroots Engagement – American Conservation Coalition

As part of a new series on citybiz, Repairing America’s Broken Democracy: Bridge Alliance Members Take Action, each month David H. Nevins, president & CEO of Nevins & Associates, will interview leaders from different Bridge Alliance member organizations doing work to support and protect our democracy around the country. The Bridge Alliance is a coalition of more than 100 organizations working together as active stewards of our democratic republic. Bridge Alliance member organizations span the ideological spectrum, but are unified to work efficiently, outside arbitrarily defined political lines. The Bridge Alliance supports the democracy ecosystem and advances the healthy self-governance movement. The Bridge Alliance nurtures consistent and open communications between its members, developing a foundation of trust to foster collaboration. For more information, visit

Stephen Perkins is a conservative strategist and activist who builds movements and develops the leaders that advance them.

As the American Conservation Coalition’s Vice President of Grassroots Strategy, Stephen manages the organization’s grassroots programming, strategy, and growth, while empowering the field team, staff, and local activists to grow as leaders in the environmental movement.

Prior to joining ACC, Stephen served as a Partner of a conservative digital marketing agency, helping clients grow their online communities. And prior to that, he provided marketing consulting, advocacy training, and leadership coaching to national political and education organizations.

Originally from the Houston area, Stephen graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington with a B.A. in Political Science and currently resides in Dallas, TX.

Interview questions:

Q1: Why was ACC created and how has the organization evolved over the past four years?

Q2: Why is it important to have conservatives – especially young conservatives – in the climate change conversation?

Q3: Does ACC only work on climate change or other environmental issues too?

Q4: What are ACC branches and what do they do?

Q5: What are some of ACC’s biggest wins this year so far?

Q6: Looking forward, what do you hope ACC accomplishes in the future?

Q7: How can someone get involved with ACC? Where can we follow your work?

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ABOUT ACC: The American Conservation Coalition (ACC) is a 501(c)(4) nonprofit organization dedicated to mobilizing young people around environmental action through common-sense, market-based, and limited-government ideals. ACC was founded in June 2017 by a group of Millennials who saw an ideological gap in the environmental movement preventing necessary bipartisan action.

The Bridge Alliance is a coalition of over 90 organizations dedicated to rejuvenating America. With each organization focusing on a different sector of the movement, our members represent a combined three million supporters in the burgeoning field of civic reform and civil discourse. In addition, more than one billion dollars has been invested towards improving government effectiveness nationwide.

The Bridge Alliance acts as a hub of information and connectivity for over 90 civic action organizations.

We provide the infrastructure for our members to expand individually, collaborate on shared goals, and inform others that are invested in democracy revitalization. This generates a collective impact for greater than any one group could make alone.

David Nevins is president & CEO of Nevins & Associates, a highly regarded strategic communications company and proactive public relations partner. The firm’s regional and national client base is a unique mix of organizations across a variety of industries including: healthcare, professional service firms, finance, not-for-profits, distributors, state agencies, national media companies, technology, political and grassroots campaigns, real estate development, sporting events, and more.

With more than 30 years of experience in marketing, public relations, and community and government relations, David is a talented and seasoned executive. Prior to founding Nevins & Associates in 1983, David served as the Director of Marketing for both Towson University and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. In 2001, he was tapped by the CEO of Comcast to employ his marketing expertise as President of the company’s regional sports network, Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic. David is a Past President of the Board of Governors for the Center Club and is a former Chairman of the Board of Regents for the University System of Maryland, a position to which he was appointed by the Governor of Maryland. David has chaired the Maryland Public Broadcasting Commission and the Maryland Higher Education Loan Corporation, served as President of both the Jewish National Fund and the Towson Business Association and was a member of the PNC Bank board.

David is highly involved in the business, civic, and political communities, and his many years of active leadership in numerous organizations have built a network of contacts that he regularly puts to use for the firm’s clients. For more information, visit