Co-Founder & Executive Director
Adam Josefczyk is the executive director of Forge Leadership Network, an organization that he co-founded with Justin Powell. Forge mentors, trains, and connects young conservatives to lead in politics, culture, and business.
Prior to launching Forge, Adam served, at the age of 24, as a vice president of a leading public policy organization in Ohio. In 2013, he also co-founded Ohio Conservative Review, a web platform for conservative ideas to be discussed, debated, and promoted in the Buckeye State. In 2012, while teaching public speaking and current events at a high school, Adam led grassroots efforts for conservative causes in the presidential election. His regional phone banks led the nation with over 500,000 phone calls made.
Adam graduated summa cum laude from the University of Dayton in 2011, earning honors as the top student in both the history and political science departments. Adam was a fellow at the 2017 Acton University, and he was the first-ever recipient of the Timothy Award from Citizens for Community Values in 2017. He was chosen as one of the 2017 Buckley Award winners, presented nationally by America’s Future Foundation to 5 young professionals for their “above-and-beyond service to the liberty movement.”
Adam and his wife Jessica, his college sweetheart, are proud to call Dayton home and are members of Apex Community Church. He is a competitive amateur golfer and long-suffering, die-hard fan of his hometown Cincinnati Bengals.
Director of Operations
Jennie Simunek is the Director of Operations for Forge Leadership Network. Having a wealth of experience in organizational growth and development, Jennie brings structural leadership to Forge as she executes logistics for all programming and establishes scalable operations systems.
Jennie’s calling into education began as a founding board member for a private Christian academy in Cincinnati. During her tenure there she also served as an executive assistant to the elementary and high school principals, both during times of increased growth and expansion for the school. Having been invited by the principal to teach history, Jennie embarked on an adventure that grew into a love of teaching middle and high school students in history, comparative worldviews, and government.
A graduate of Miami University, Jennie holds a multidisciplinary degree in International Studies with focuses on Europe and the Middle East. As an undergraduate, Jennie spent a year in Luxembourg studying international relations and economics, and traveling throughout Europe, the Soviet Union, and Saudi Arabia. This experience equipped her to later serve as an analyst for the Central Intelligence Agency during the Reagan administration.
Jennie is a member of Faith Christian Fellowship Church, and she and her husband, Jim, live in Cincinnati. They have three grown daughters, who all live in Chicago, allowing Jennie to return often to where she grew up.