ACTA is an independent, non-profit organization committed to academic freedom, excellence, and accountability at America's colleges and universities.

ACTA is an independent, non-profit organization committed to academic freedom, excellence, and accountability at America's colleges and universities.

ACTA is an independent, non-profit organization committed to academic freedom, excellence, and accountability at America's colleges and universities.

  • Michael B Poliakoff

  • Karen Hyman

  • Douglas Sprei

  • Nicholas Barden

  • Megan Riethmiller

  • Joseph DeGraff

  • Alise Denman

  • Elliot Cole

  • Anne D Neal

  • Shaun Rieley, Program Officer Trustee & Legislative Affairs

    As Program Officer for Trustee & Legislative Affairs, Shaun works closely with the Vice President of Trustee & Legislative Affairs to assist with research, trustee communications and outreach, and production support for trustee publications. Before joining ACTA, he spent several years in veteran policy as a Policy Analyst and Special Projects Manager for Concerned Veterans for America, and prior to that as the Assistant Director of the National Legislative Division of The American Legion’s National Headquarters in Washington, DC. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Delaware, and a Master of Arts from St. John’s College in Annapolis, MD where he studied Philosophy, Political Theory, Classics, and Literature. He also holds a Master of Arts in Teaching in Social Studies from Wilmington University and a Master of Arts in Political Theory from the Catholic University of America. He is currently working toward a PhD in Political Theory and American Government from the Catholic University of America.

    He served as an infantryman in the Maryland Army National Guard’s 175th Infantry Regiment and 158th Cavalry Regiment for nine years, which included a tour in Iraq as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom and a tour in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, attaining the rank of Sergeant. He serves as Secretary of the Board of Directors for the National Civic Art Society, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the classical tradition in public art and architecture. His writing has appeared in a variety of outlets, including The Hill, Defense One, The Federalist, Independent Journal Review, and The Imaginative Conservative.

    A native of Delaware, he currently resides in Washington, DC with his wife Leigh.