Forge Hires Forge Alumna Grace Barron as Director of Marketing and Student Recruitment

“I’ve experienced firsthand how Forge’s mission impacts people’s lives”

As Forge celebrates six years of serving and growing young leaders, we mark another milestone in our own growth with the hire of Grace Barron.

Grace is a Forge alumna who participated in the 2018 Forge Summit and was a standout member and graduate of the 2018-2019 Mentorship Academy.

This role represents a major advancement in our ability to advance the mission of Forge. Grace’s addition to the team allows us to reach more talented young prospective students, serve more young conservatives, and help launch more careers!

Reflecting on her hire, Grace said:

“I am very excited to join the Forge team and help them expand the great work of training leaders in the public and private arena. As a Forge Alumna, I’ve experienced firsthand how Forge’s mission impacts people’s lives and I am honored to be a part of such a great team.”

Before joining Forge, Grace was a Youth Outreach Coordinator with a New England Congressional campaign where she developed an active intern program responsible for tens of thousands of voter contacts.


Grace and her fellow Academy members visiting the Supreme Court during Forge DC

Grace attended Grove City College graduating in three years with a degree in History and a minor in Biblical and Religious Studies. Active on her campus, she was Editor-in-Chief of The Collegian, College Republicans Secretary, American Enterprise Institute Executive Council Member, and a Residential Assistant.

Before attending college, Grace moved to D.C. for a gap year to intern and then work for The Leadership Institute.

Grace is a 13th generation Mainer who grew up lobstering with her family. She is currently living in Maine and is recently engaged.

We are excited to welcome Grace to the team and are grateful for the ways Forge continues to grow and advance the mission of equipping the next generation of conservative leaders.

The generosity of our supporters makes possible the Forge mission to train and mentor the next generation of conservative leaders in the public square. Would you make a donation to help us continue that mission?



Adam Josefczyk
Forge Leadership Network
Co-Founder & President

P.S. Grace is taking the lead in our efforts to recruit the next class of conservative young leaders to the 2021 Forge Leadership Summit. Do you know a talented student or young professional (ages 18-25) who should attend Forge? You can recommend them here or contact Grace directly at [email protected].

Adam is passionate about investing his future in the future of students who will become the next innovators in the marketplace, champions of free enterprise, inspiring educators, shapers of culture, and statesmen and stateswomen in government.

Joseph Backholm is Senior Fellow for Biblical Worldview and Strategic Engagement at Family Research Council. He combines extensive legal, political, and policy experience with a love for the way biblical truth cultivates human flourishing.