Dena Espenscheid   -  Staff and Faculty at the Leadership Institute

Dena Espenscheid

Skydiving and politics are similar.  You have to have a plan, proper resources, good instructions, and clear communications.  When everything goes right, it is smooth sailing throughout the process.  When something goes wrong, it can be disastrous.  Dena Espenscheid survived her brush with death after falling out of an airplane, and now applies the principles she learned to her professional life in politics.

Dena Espenscheid has 24 years of experience in grassroots activism and politics.  She has held a variety of positions in public policy organizations, advertising agencies, and political campaigns.  Her professional placements include:  Coalition for a Strong America, Donald J. Trump for President, National Ballot Access, American Majority, Open and Clean Government, Vote Yes for Life, and the National Abstinence Clearinghouse.  Much of her work has been focused on grassroots organizing, and she often acts as a trainer for the volunteers whom she was directing.  She has extensive volunteer or paid experience on campaigns at the campus, city, district, statewide, and presidential levels.  


Espenscheid is well-versed in public policy, political communications, grassroots lobbying, and planning and executing political campaign strategies.  Her specialties include training grassroots activists, ballot access, and volunteer management.   


Dena is a graduate of Thomas More College in Northern Kentucky.  She is the Director of Grassroots Coalitions for the Leadership Institute.  She lives in Quantico, Virginia.