Center for American Values

Sign up to hear from the Center for American Values

The core of American government is, as the Declaration of Independence states, “to secure these rights” — namely, “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” Today, a dizzying array of ideas and influences counter to foundational American Values threaten our inalienable rights and our democratic republic system of government. American First Policy Institute’s Center for American Values will advance messaging, policies, and litigation that respect and protect life, uphold God-given liberties, preserve freedoms of expression, and restore basic ideals and values that propel a prosperous society. In the same vein, the Center for American Values also features the “Second Chances Project,” which aims to address America’s incarceration problem through a faith-based lens and confront the root causes of crime: broken families and a lack of faith.


EXPERT INSIGHT: Groff v. DeJoy decision upholds religious freedom

Pastor Paula White-Cain and Matias Perttula

EXPERT INSIGHT: 303 Creative LLC v. Elenis

Pastor Paula White-Cain and Matias Perttula

Framing Religious Freedom Globally

STATEMENT: AFPI Lauds Supreme Court for Upholding Free Speech

ISSUE BRIEF: Securing Fathers’ Rights and Enforcing Their Responsibilities Could Help Prevent Abortion

Matias Perttula

Statement on the Respect for Marriage Act

Paula White

Speaker Series Livestream: The Fight for Life, an America First Analysis of Dobbs v. Jackson

AFPI 2022 Annual Policy Summit

White-Cain And Bondi: Here’s Why One Christian Coach’s Religious Freedom Case Is So Important To All Americans

Pastor Paula White-Cain and Pam Bondi

Happy First Birthday AFPI!

The Pro-Life Movement Is the Real Pro-Woman Movement

Brooke Rollins, Paula White-Cain, & Alveda King

Team Biden’s strategic plan to erase womanhood

Bethany Kozma and Lauren Baldwin

Biden’s HHS Undermines Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness

Lauren Baldwin

Free speech and the Bible on global trial

By Bethany Kozma and Lauren Baldwin

National Marriage Week

Lauren Baldwin

The Biden Administration has Given up on Black America and Our Dreams

Dr. Alveda King, Jack Brewer, and Ken Blackwell

BREWER And YATES: Putting America First Requires Resisting China’s Systemic Racism

Jack Brewer and Steve Yates

Promising to nominate a Black woman would be illegal in any other setting

Brooke Rollins

Vaccine Update: Religious Exemption Database

Garrison Grisedale

Op-Ed: A call to renew the Black-Jewish bond

Kiron Skinner & Paul Packer

Op-Ed: We should all be able to agree on equality

Brooke L. Rollins and Pastor Paula White-Cain

An Examination of the First Year of Biden’s Presidency

Op-Ed: The hard truths of abortion and the sanctity of human life

Paula White-Cain

On 400th anniversary of Thanksgiving, the Biden Administration attempts to destroy religious freedom

Bethany Kozma

Loudoun County is putting children in harm’s way

Bethany Kozma

Op-Ed: Woke Criminal Justice Reform Advocates Fail Inmates, Communities

Jack Brewer in Newsmax

Abi Dills Executive Assistant and Policy Analyst, Center for Opportunity Now and Center for American Values

Abi Dills is from Thousand Oaks, California, and serves as Executive Assistant to Chad Wolf and Policy Analyst, Center for Opportunity Now and Center for American Values at AFPI. Previously, she was an Executive Assistant at CURE and a Digital Strategist for Olympic Media. Dills also completed the White House Internship program and was a legal intern for the Federal Communications Commission. She enjoys public speaking and competed on Patrick Henry College’s varsity Moot Court team. After planning her own wedding, Dills realized she loves wedding planning, and in her free time, she now helps her friends coordinate and plan their big day. Dills and her husband Jacob live in Falls Church, Virginia, and she spends her weekends trying to cook like Julia Child, reading, and entertaining friends. 

“There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind.”

C.S. Lewis

Drake Franklin Southeastern Development Director & Policy Analyst, Center for American Values

Drake Franklin is from Gainesville, Georgia, and serves as AFPI’s Southeastern Development Director & Policy Analyst in the Center for American Values. Drake most recently served as the Executive Director of Evangelicals for Trump for the Trump-Pence 2020 presidential campaign. In this role, he managed 62 prominent advisory board members and numerous national surrogate relationships. He also worked closely with national and state-level GOP campaign staff to implement several initiatives, including a targeted voter contact program and a robust digital presence while managing and executing over eighty in-person and online events all across the nation. Franklin previously served as a White House Intern in the Presidential Correspondence Office, where he assisted the writer’s team in researching, drafting, and dispatching proclamations, greetings, and letters on behalf of the president. Franklin currently resides in Washington, D.C. When he’s not studying, he enjoys running, boxing, and spending time with friends.

“When the going gets tough, the tough get going.”

Joseph P. Kennedy

Margo Nicholas Policy Analyst, Center for American Values

Margo Nicholas is a native of Fredericksburg, Virginia, and serves as a Policy Analyst for the Center for American Values at AFPI. Nicholas most recently served Students for Life of America as Executive Assistant to the President and Executive Coordinator for the Alliance of Dedicated Cancer Centers. In these positions, she managed logistics and communication with stakeholders, coordinated podcast planning, and drafted blogs and one-pagers. She has also worked in policy research for the WallBuilders ProFamily Legislative Network, researching current issues threatening the foundation of America. Nicholas is especially passionate about protections for the unborn and ensuring the right to life is guaranteed for future generations both inside and outside the womb. Nicholas graduated as an Honors Scholar from James Madison University, where she majored in biology, and went on to graduate with highest honors from Liberty University with her Master’s in public policy. Nicholas is about to begin the fourth year of her Ph.D. in Public Policy at Liberty University, pursuing a dissertation studying the effect of telemedicine on abortion outcomes for rural and urban women. Nicholas loves spending time with her husband, little boy, and collie, plays violin in her church worship team, and enjoys breaking a sweat on the Peloton. She and her family are passionate about serving in the local church and pointing eyes to Christ in all that is said and done.

“Speak up for those who have no voice, for the justice of all who are dispossessed. Speak up, judge righteously, and defend the cause of the oppressed and needy.”

Proverbs 31:8–9

Matias Perttula Director, Center for American Values

Matias Perttula serves as the Director of the Center for American Values at AFPI. Previously, Perttula served as the Director of Advocacy for International Christian Concern (ICC), where he led the government relations efforts to inform the key legislators on global religious freedom challenges facing Christians and other religious minorities. During his time at ICC, he traveled to Nigeria and Pakistan, where he worked with government and civil society leaders to promote religious freedom. He chaired the Program Committee for the International Religious Freedom Summit in 2021 and 2022. Before serving at ICC, Perttula was an assistant at the Brookings Institution for the Vice President and Director of Foreign Policy. Perttula also worked as the Executive Director for the Office of the President at Southeastern University in Lakeland, Florida, where he oversaw the university’s government relations platform, administration for the president’s office, as well as communications and public relations. He also served as an adjunct faculty member in the university’s College of Business. Perttula completed his master’s in business administration in 2013 at Southeastern University and was named the most outstanding graduate of his class. Perttula previously completed his bachelor’s degree in political science and history at the University of California, Los Angeles. He also studied at the Harvard Extension School in International Security Studies. Perttula was born in Brisbane, Australia, in 1986 and spent his childhood in Finland. He moved with his family to Los Angeles in 1998. He is fluent in Finnish and English. Perttula is married to Barbarah Perttula, and they have one son, Lincoln, and another boy on the way. Perttula and Barbarah love being involved in the local church as well as cheering on their favorite NFL teams.

“You may choose to look the other way but you can never say again that you did not know.”

William Wilberforce

Javon Price Policy Analyst, Center for Opportunity Now; Center for American Values; and Center for American Security

Javon Price is from Fairfax, Virginia, and serves as a Policy Analyst in the Center for Opportunity Now, the Center for Second Chances, and the Center for American Security for AFPI. Price most recently worked in the United States House of Representatives as a Staff Assistant for Congressman Byron Donalds of Florida, Previously, Price interned for the White House Domestic Policy Council and the Office of American Innovation. He also interned for the Republican Governors Association and the Republican Attorneys General Association. Additionally, Price is a graduate of Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, where he studied International Politics with a focus on Security. Price is a veteran of the United States Air Force, having served in the Reserves from 2017-2020. He left the Air Force as a Senior Airman (E-4). When Price is not focused on politics or his studies, he enjoys watching the Dallas Cowboys compete every Sunday. Outside of football season, he is a huge fan of the Georgetown Hoyas Basketball Team and the Washington Nationals.

“The future is for those who prepare for it today.”

Malcolm X

Paula White-Cain Chair, Center for American Values

Paula White-Cain was born in Tupelo, Mississippi, and serves as the Chair of the Center for American Values at AFPI. Currently, White-Cain serves as Senior Pastor at City of Destiny. For the past 37 years, White-Cain has worked across the world in almost 200 countries, ministering, fighting for religious freedom and humanitarian rights, and advocating for the voiceless. White-Cain also served as an advisor to President Donald J. Trump in the Office of Public Liaison’s Faith and Opportunity Initiative. Prior to her work at the White House, she co-founded one of the fastest growing and largest churches in the nation, which currently has over 28,000 members. She served as pastor of this church for 22 years, and during that time, Paula White Ministries was launched and became a global media and outreach ministry. She is married to legendary singer/songwriter Jonathan Cain of the iconic Rock & Roll Hall of Fame band Journey and recites his daily motto of Don’t Stop Believin’ while riding horses and having the time of her life with her family.

“When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time.”

Maya Angelou

Join The

By providing your information, you become a member of America First Policy Institute and consent to receive emails. By checking the opt in box, you consent to receive recurring SMS/MMS messages. Message and data rates may apply. Message frequency varies. Text STOP to opt-out or HELP for help. SMS opt in will not be sold, rented, or shared. You can view our Privacy Policy and Mobile Terms of Service here.