Meet our Advisory Team!
Our advisory board for the Arizona Young Republicans serves as a diverse and experienced group of individuals who offer strategic guidance, mentorship, and expertise to the organization. Committed to fostering the growth and development of young conservative leaders, this board plays a pivotal role in shaping the future of the Arizona Republican Party by providing valuable insights, support, and direction to the next generation of Republican activists and leaders. Their collective wisdom and guidance help ensure that the Arizona Young Republicans remain a strong and influential force in advancing conservative principles and values in the state.
RNC Arizona National Committeeman
Tyler Bowyer is a 7th-generation Arizonan and conservative activist. He got his start in politics after returning from missionary service to Russia, igniting a strong desire to combat Marxist-Leninist philosophy from entering the American political mainstream. Tyler immediately joined College Republicans where he served as President of one of the largest chapters in the US. Following that, he was tapped by Governor Jan Brewer to serve on the Arizona Board of Regents.
Tyler has served as Precinct Committeeman, Congressional Advisory Chairman, Legislative District Chairman, County Chairman of the largest Republican-held County in America and helped organize and host the first “Trump Rally” in July of 2015.
Tyler joined Charlie Kirk at Turning Point USA in 2015 later becoming Chief Operating Officer overseeing the nation’s largest and most impactful field program, organizing some of the nation’s largest activist events and reaching hundreds of millions in digital initiatives. In 2019, he took on the role of COO of Turning Point Action the 501(c)(4) organization.
State Senator Legislative District 15
Jake is currently serving the people of Arizona as an elected member of the Arizona House of Representatives, including as the Vice Chair of the House Committee on Government and Elections and member of the House Committee on Appropriations.
Previously, Jake has served his community and state on the Higley School Board, the Queen Creek Town Council, as chairman of the largest local Republican Party in Arizona, delegate to the 2016 and 2020 Republican National Conventions, including as a member of the Credentials Committee for the RNC in 2020, as a member of the Fifth Congressional District’s Education Advisory Council.
Professionally, Jake is the President and CEO of multiple public policy, technology, marketing and communications strategy-focused small businesses. His nationally recognized work has given him the opportunity to advise elected officials, including members of Congress, the Senate, and a U.S. President, among countless corporate leaders, non-profits and policy-oriented organizations.
Former AZGOP Chair
Dr. Kelli Ward entered politics in 2012 when she was elected to the Arizona State Senate. While serving two terms in office, she continued to practice medicine in emergency departments in Lake Havasu City and Kingman, Arizona.
Dr. Ward was one the most effective leaders in the Arizona Senate during her final year in office, getting 19 separate bills through the legislature and to the governor’s desk. In July 2015, Dr. Ward announced her candidacy for the United States Senate, challenging 34-year incumbent Sen. John McCain in the Republican primary in the 2016 election. Despite being outspent 10-to-1, Dr. Ward held Sen. McCain to his lowest historical primary total ever at 51 percent.
In 2019, Kelli was elected as only the second woman to lead the Republican Party of Arizona as Chairman and looks forward to helping bring consistent leadership that grows our party. In 2021, with the endorsement of President Donald J. Trump, Dr. Ward was re-elected as Chairman and continues to work to lead our state party, looking for victories up and down the ballot in 2022.
State Representative Congressional District 4
Matt Gress is a former public school teacher, school board member and an active member of the local community. He is passionate about public service and solving problems. As our state representative, Matt will work with both sides – Republicans and Democrats – to find solutions to issues such as reducing the cost of living, increasing teacher pay, reducing crime and addressing Arizona’s water crisis.
From 2017 to 2021, Matt served as a Governing Board Member in the Madison Elementary School District. While on the board, Matt fought to keep schools open during COVID-19, supported increased school choice and advocated for parents and taxpayers to have a seat at the table in curriculum, hiring decisions and budgeting, including expensive procurement contracts.
Matt is a proud Rotarian and past president of the Phoenix-Arcadia Rotary Club, a Flinn-Brown Civic Leadership Academy Fellow, a former board member of the Madison Education Foundation, and previously served as a commissioner on the Maricopa County Planning and Zoning Commission.