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

  • Douglas Sprei

  • Nicholas Barden

  • Megan Riethmiller

  • Joseph DeGraff

  • Elliot Cole

  • Anne D Neal

  • Shaun Rieley, Program Officer for Trustee & Government Relations

    As Program Officer for Trustee & Government Relations, Shaun manages ACTA’s trustee communications and outreach, coalitions relations, and government relations at both the federal and state level. Before joining ACTA, he spent several years in veteran policy, serving 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 in Liberal 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 from Wilmington University, a Master of Arts in Political Theory from the Catholic University of America, and an Executive Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Georgetown University. He is currently a PhD candidate in Political Theory and American Government at the Catholic University of America, where he has also taught classes on politics.  His dissertation focuses on the political theory of Thomas More.

    He served as an infantryman in the Maryland Army National Guard’s 175th Infantry Regiment and 158th Cavalry Regiment for nine years, attaining the rank of Sergeant.  His military service included a tour in Iraq as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom and a tour in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. He serves as Secretary of the Board of Directors for the National Civic Art Society, a nonprofit 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 Maryland with his wife Leigh and daughter Amelia.