DC CHApter leadership
Joel Griffith, DC Chapter President
Joel Griffith earned his juris doctor at the Chapman University Dale E. Fowler School of Law, with a dual emphasis in Alternative Dispute Resolution and Federal Income Taxation; he is currently a member of the State Bar of California. At Chapman, he was a charter board member and treasurer of the Investment Law Society, served as a charter member and vice-president of the Chapman chapter of the California Republican Lawyers Association, and competed on both the mock trial and mediation teams.
Following law school, Joel managed an equities trading account utilizing market neutral strategies. As an attorney, he worked with Heideman Nudelman Kalik, PC in Washington, D.C. During the 2012 presidential primary season, Joel worked for a campaign as MI state field director, OH state operations director, and WA parliamentarian/assistant delegate strategist. Joel is currently a research fellow for the Institute for Economic Freedom and Opportunity at The Heritage Foundation. Previously, he worked as a researcher for a former member of The Wall Street Journal editorial board. Joel also was Deputy Research Director at the National Association of Counties. Most recently he was Director of the Center for State Fiscal Reform at the American Legislative Exchange Council. Numerous media outlets have featured Joel’s written analysis, including The Hill, The Federalist, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes online, Investor’s Business Daily, The Washington Times, the Orange County Register, and Times of Israel. He also made appearances on Fox News, Fox Business News, and CNBC.
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Kayla Gubov , DC Chapter Vice President
Kayla Gubov recently started at Baron Public Affairs, LLC working directly with Principal Jonathan Baron as well as joining the business development, marketing and recruitment teams. She was recently appointed to Vice President of Young Jewish Conservatives in DC and is a current DC board member to multiple non-profits including Jewish National Fund. This past summer, Kayla participated in the YJC Summer Israel Trip where she met with top government and policy leaders shaping the Israel-American relationship. Before her time in the consulting world, Kayla worked for Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), fighting for free speech on college campuses. While pursuing her studies, Kayla interned for the Office of National Drug Control Policy at the White House, focusing on fighting the opioid crisis. She has previously been a research intern focusing on Iran and the Gulf States for multiple Middle East think tanks in DC. Kayla graduated from George Washington University with a B.A. in Middle East Studies and Political Science and hopes to stay in the city for the long term.