Chanel Prunier was elected Republican National Committeewoman for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in May 2013. She is Executive Director of the Coalition for Marriage and Family—a non-profit educational and advocacy group serving Massachusetts. At 31 years old, she has been involved in Republican politics for over a decade.
Ms. Prunier founded the MA Republican Municipal PAC in 2005 to support candidates for local office and build the Republican Farm Team. She believes the future of the Republican Party is in winning local and legislative races, to build the party from the ground up, with local candidates and committees.
She served in various leadership roles in state legislative races, including the successful race of former U.S. Senator Scott Brown’s run from State Representative to become a State Senator. She also played a role in his election to U.S. Senate in 2010 with her early organizational and fundraising support.
Ms. Prunier, in her GOP Municipal PAC, professional, and state Republican Party roles has supported over 80 municipal candidates and been involved in the elections of more than 20 legislators. It was her fundraising skills, strategic advice, and ground organization in these races that earned her the recognition to be elected Republican National Committeewoman.
She’s knocked on doors for candidates in dozens of different municipalities—from small Republican-leaning towns, to the bluest of cities, and wants to devote her time as National Committeewoman to improving the MA Republican Party’s ground game and organizational efforts.
She’s held leadership positions with the MA College Republicans, MA Federation of Young Republicans, and MA Republican Assembly.
Ms. Prunier is a graduate of Assumption College and resides in Shrewsbury, MA with her Labradoodle named “Sarah Palin.”
Ron Kaufman is a Senior Advisor in the Public Policy and Regulation practice at Dentons. He focuses on providing government affairs services to public and private sector clients nationwide.
Mr. Kaufman is a highly experienced political strategist who has served as a senior advisor to US Presidents, Governors, Members of Congress, and a host of elected and appointed officials at every level of government. After having helped lay the political foundation for his successful 1988 presidential campaign, Mr. Kaufman served in the Administration of President George H.W. Bush, initially as White House Personnel Director and then as Assistant to the President and the White House Political Director. Previously, Mr. Kaufman served President Ronald Reagan as Regional and then National Political Director of the Republican National Committee.
Most recently, Mr. Kaufman served as a senior advisor to Governor Mitt Romney during his 2012 presidential campaign. In addition to his distinguished public service career, Mr. Kaufman has served as chairman of a leading multidisciplinary government affairs firm in Washington, DC.
Mr. Kaufman also serves as elected Republican National Committeeman for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Chair of the RNC Budget committee, and as a member of the Rules Committee, Executive Committee, and Convention Site Selection Committee. He is also active with the Republican Governors Association, where he is the Co-Chair of the Finance Committee. Mr. Kaufman continues to serve as an advisor to former President Bush.
Ron is the proud father to daughter Carly and husband Richard, two grandchildren Orin and Paul, and daughter Katie and husband Will.
Charlie Baker was raised in Needham, Massachusetts. He graduated from Harvard College and earned an MBA from Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University. Baker served as secretary of administration and finance under Governor Bill Weld and Governor Paul Cellucci. He is the former chief executive officer of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care and has spent the past three years as an entrepreneur in residence at the venture capital firm General Catalyst Partners. Baker and his wife Lauren live in Swampscott and have three children, Charlie, AJ and Caroline.