April Ponnuru is a senior advisor at the Conservative Reform Network, where she focuses on developing and promoting conservative policy reforms. Previously she was an advisor to Jeb Bush’s presidential campaign.
Shortly after joining CRN (then YG Network), Ponnuru directed the publication of Room to Grow: Conservative Reforms for a Limited Government and a Thriving Middle Class, which David Brooks has called “the most coherent and compelling policy agenda the American right has produced this century.” Her work as a promoter of cutting-edge conservative ideas and their authors was profiled in The New York Times Magazine’s cover story, “Can the G.O.P. be a Party of Ideas?” In the fall of 2015, Ponnuru was included in the prestigious Politico 50, a list of the top thinkers, doers, and visionaries transforming American politics. The Independent Women’s Forum also profiled her as part of their “Modern Feminist” series. She speaks frequently about a conservative reform agenda, participating in panel discussions at venues including Harvard’s Institute of Politics, the University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics, and National Public Radio. Her essays have been published by National Review, The Weekly Standard, The Federalist, Forbes, and The Hill, among other publications.
Ponnuru has extensive experience on Capitol Hill, where she has served in House and Senate leadership offices as a senior advisor to Senate Republican Conference Vice Chairman Roy Blunt (R-MO), and as a senior policy advisor to Blunt in his previous capacity as House Majority Whip. Ponnuru is the former Executive Director of the non-profit National Review Institute, founded by William F. Buckley, Jr., and was National Review magazine’s Vice President. She has been awarded a number of professional fellowships, including serving as a member of the inaugural class of the Leadership Network at the American Enterprise Institute, a Lincoln Fellowship at the Claremont Institute, and a Madison Fellowship at the Heritage Foundation. Ponnuru holds a master’s degree in Legal and Political Theory from the University of London (UCL), grew up in Scottsdale, Arizona, and lives with her husband and their two daughters in Alexandria, Virginia.