Amy Ridenour is President and Chairman of The National Center for Public Policy Research. As the founding chief executive officer, she has since 1982 promoted the conservative and free market perspective on U.S. domestic, foreign and defense policy issues. She frequently speaks on public policy issues and political organizing techniques and has done so across the U.S., in Central America and in Europe. Since 1997, her op/eds have been syndicated by Knight-Ridder. Her articles have been published hundreds of times, including by by USA Today, the Sacramento Bee, the Dallas Morning News, The Washington Times, The Houston Chronicle, The Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel, The Los Angeles Daily News and many others. She has also served as a guest-host on the nationally-syndicated Michael Reagan Talk Show and is a popular guest on radio and television talk shows, appearing on such programs as Politically Incorrect and on the Fox News Channel, CNN, CNBC and MSNBC.
Amy Ridenour also is a member of the board of directors of Black America's PAC, a political action committee that works to help elect more African-Americans to Congress and other elected offices, and she served as the chairman of several of the conservative movement's strategy meetings, including the Stanton meeting (foreign affairs and defense issues) and the Family Forum meeting (social policy issues).
Amy Ridenour also served from 1993-1994 as co-host of Scoop, a public affairs show seen weekly on the public affairs television network National Empowerment Television (subsequently known as America's Voice).
Amy Ridenour has served as Vice-Chairman of the International Youth Year Commission of the U.S. (1985); as Deputy Director of the College Republican National Committee; as Regional Coordinator for the Reagan/Bush 1980 campaign; as Chairman of the Maryland Federation of College Republicans and on Maryland Republican State Central Committee.
Ridenour received the American Hero Award from the National Defense Council Foundation in 1988 and the William Paca Award from the Maryland Republican State Central Committee in 1979. A native of Pittsburgh where she was born in 1959, she studied Economics at the University of Maryland at College Park.
Amy Ridenour lives with her husband, David, and three children.