amber hegseth - administrator
phil hegseth - ra

Amber grew up in Odenton, Maryland as the only child of parents in the Army. She studied Political Science and National Security at Coastal Carolina University where she graduated in 2013. After college, Amber dove into operations in the non-profit world before becoming the Operations Coordinator at The Heritage Foundation and the Administrator for Intern Housing, LLC. At heart, Amber is a foodie with a passion for anything and everything worth tasting! So, if you ever need a recommendation for a good meal in D.C., you know where to go.

Phil was born and raised in the cold north of Minnesota, where he attended college at the University of St. Thomas studying Communications and Journalism. He has since worked for communications shops in D.C. finding interests in social media, web development and audio & video production. He is currently the Technical Manager at the Hudson Institute, a non-profit think tank in D.C. focused on promoting American leadership and global engagement. Phil is a self-proclaimed “techy,” and a mediocre “DIY” experimenter, who enjoys anything with a power button or gearbox.

In our personal time, we love trying new restaurants around the DMV or spending afternoons at festivals, but we firmly believe few things beat a baseball game and a hot dog on a summer night.

Our favorite thing about D.C. is that everyone here has a different story. Everyone is from somewhere new, is interested in something unique, and has dreams we can identify with. We are so excited not only to hear the stories of our interns, but to come alongside them and jumpstart their futures in any way we can.

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Wes and Betsy Coopersmith - RA

Wesley grew up in the Philadelphia suburbs into a large family of seven. A graduate of Grove City College, he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Biblical and Religious Studies. Wesley has resided in Washington, D.C. since 2013 and currently serves as Deputy Director of Government Relations at Heritage Action for America with a focus on Senate relations. When he isn’t walking the halls of Congress, Wesley enjoys running marathons, following Philadelphia sports, and attending Church of the Resurrection on Capitol Hill.

 A native of northeast Ohio, Betsy is a graduate of Grove City College where she studied religion and psychology. She got her start in Washington D.C. as a Heritage Intern. She has worked in events and strategic operations in the non-profit community. Currently she serves as Director of Administration at Church of the Resurrection. She loves checking out new restaurants in D.C., taking yoga classes, and occasionally doing floral designs for friends’ weddings.

 Wesley and Betsy were college sweethearts and have been married for over 4 years. By far their favorite role is being parents to John Paul, their son who was born in August of 2018. They consider themselves coffee connoisseurs and Enneagram enthusiasts.

 Wesley and Betsy are passionate about mentoring young professionals in a highly competitive and demanding city that too often values accolades over character. They desire to help young professionals find a healthy and holistic community that enables them to grow spiritually, personally, and professionally.

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Michael and elinor werner - RA

Michael hails from the most “southern” part of Florida, North Florida. He grew up in Jacksonville, and earned his undergraduate degree in Economics just down the road at Florida State University. Michael currently works as a major gift fundraiser for The Heritage Foundation. Before coming to Heritage full time in 2014, Michael spent time working with the James Madison Institute, the Charles Koch Institute, and the Republican Party of Florida. Michael is a diehard sports fan, and a lover of the outdoors. He is an alum of The Heritage Foundation’s Young Leaders Program, and an Eagle Scout.

Elinor Werner grew up outsides Boston, Massachusetts. She attended Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas; where she studied history and political science. Elinor moved to DC in the summer of 2013, and still loves playing tourist. Elinor works as the Special Assistant to the Secretary at the Department of the Interior. Previously, Elinor worked at The Heritage Foundation for almost five years, starting as an intern in communications. She also worked in development, operations, and research, before joining the Young Leaders Program. As the Assistant Director for the Young Leaders Program, Elinor had the privilege of working with over 500 interns. When she is not working, Elinor enjoys gardening, reading, attending a play, or exploring DC.

We met as Fall 2012 interns, and have been married for almost three years. We joke that we’ve made our home in the middle, neither up North nor down south, and we look forward to sharing it with the new interns. We love being able to give back to a program and an institution that changed our lives in so many ways.


Charles and kelly Adams - RA

Charles Adams was born and raised in Montvale, New Jersey, a small town 45 minutes northwest of New York City. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Advertising and Public Relations from Liberty University, and is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Strategic Communication from Regent University. Charles works in the United States Senate as the Legislative Director to Senator James E. Risch of Idaho, covering a portfolio of issues including banking, transportation, and tax reform. Outside of work, Charles is an Eagle Scout and enjoys the great outdoors through camping, hiking, and boating. Additionally, Charles helps coach the Idaho Lucky Spuds, a summer Senate softball team, and is a big New York Giants and New York Yankees fan. 

Kelly Adams was born in Washington, D.C., and grew up in Damascus, MD. She earned a Bachelor of Arts from Hood College, and a Master of Science from The Johns Hopkins University. Kelly began working at The Heritage Foundation in October 2014, and is currently a Senior Personnel Manager. In her free time, you can find Kelly at the gym, or at any of the local ice rinks. She was previously a competitive figure skater in the fast-growing synchronized skating discipline. She has competed at the regional, sectional, and national level, and has won two consecutive U.S. Championships in synchronized skating.

Our favorite part of living in DC is being able to experience all of the incredible history located just steps from our front door. We enjoy running, walking, or biking to visit historical landmarks and monuments across the city, and always find ourselves both inspired and humbled by how blessed we are to live in such a great country!

 We love interacting with young conservatives who are excited to spend a semester in D.C.! Coming to the big city can be both inspiring and intimidating, and we look forward to providing guidance and cultivating an incredible experience to all of our residents.