John Heubusch '21 Contributor Since 2021

Executive Director | The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute


John Heubusch’s career has spanned politics, public service, philanthropy, and the Fortune 500.

Prior to his role as Executive Director of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute, Mr. Heubusch served as the COO of Avalon Capital Group, Inc., a wholly owned private investment company with over $1 billion in assets and diverse interests in technology, energy, finance and entertainment. While at Avalon Capital, he also served as President of The Waitt Family Foundation where he oversaw the organization’s charitable programs.

Before joining Avalon, Mr. Heubusch was the Chief Administrative Officer of Gateway, Inc., the Fortune 500 computer icon, responsible for managing its Strategy, Human Resources, Facilities, Legal and Government Relations departments.

Previous to his work with Gateway, he was the Executive Director of the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) during the 1995-1996 election cycle. Under his leadership, two more seats were added to the Republican column in the Senate, bringing the number to 55.

Prior to his appointment to the NRSC, Mr. Heubusch served Elizabeth Dole as the Vice President of Communications for the American Red Cross, one of the largest non-profit humanitarian organizations in the world, from 1991-1994. In this capacity, he was accountable for all internal and external communication activities for the organization, including advertising, media relations, and public affairs.

During the Bush (41) Administration, Mr. Heubusch was Chief of Staff to Secretary of Labor Elizabeth Dole from 1989 to 1991. At the Labor Department, he served as a senior advisor to the Secretary, with responsibility for assisting in operations of the department.

Mr. Heubusch also worked on Capitol Hill and was on the staff of Representative Denny Smith (R-OR) from 1981-1988. He served as Chief of Staff to Representative Smith, Staff Director for the Congressional Military Reform Caucus, and Associate Staff Member of the Committee on the Budget. From 1980-1981, he was a Research Analyst with the Office of the Secretary, Department of the U.S. Air Force, at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C.

Mr. Heubusch has earned a Master’s degree in National Security Studies from Georgetown University and Bachelor’s degrees in Political Science and English from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

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