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Nadine Maenza, Commissioner

Nadine Maenza is a noted speaker, writer, and policy expert with more than two decades of experience as an advocate for working families and a champion for international religious freedom.

Nadine is the founding Executive Director of Patriot Voices, where she has provided her expertise to shape the organization's special emphasis on public policies that help working families. Drawing on her extensive network and coalition-building experiences, she has helped build unique coalitions on issues such as paid family leave, health care, and tax reform. She also served as the Chairman of Hardwired Global, an organization working to stop religious oppression around the world. She has advised several major organizations on faith engagement, policy development, and strategic partnerships through The Clapham Group including The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, The College Board, The Anne E. Casey Foundation, and the Humane Society of the United States.

She was appointed by President Donald Trump to the Commission for International Religious Freedom in May 2018 and elected Vice Chair in June 2019. In addition to speaking at several conferences abroad on Freedom of Religion or Belief, she has also represented USCIRF in delegations to Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Myanmar, Bahrain, Indonesia, Iraq and Uzbekistan. She is most honored to have met with persecuted communities of various faiths from around the world.

She has served as a senior advisor to Rick Santorum and other presidential and U.S. Senate campaigns. She has decades of experience in fundraising and coalition building, having worked with presidential and U.S. Senate super PACs, served as the finance director for the Pennsylvania Republican Party, and as a consultant to the Republican National Committee. She worked on Capitol Hill in both the House of Representatives and then in the Senate for former Pennsylvania Senator John Heinz,

Nadine's writings on various policy topics have been published in several publications domestically and internationally. She attended Pennsylvania State University. She is married with three children and lives outside of Philadelphia in Chester County, Pennsylvania.