At the turn of the 20th century, political activism in the United States reached a fever pitch.  In no other place was this more visible than the spirited policy debates between William Howard Taft and Theodore Roosevelt.  In April 1911, against this backdrop, thirty-two young men came together under the leadership of Benjamin M. Day, along with, Philip J. McCook, Lloyd Carpenter Griscom, Frederick Paul Keppel, Henry W. Goddard, Edward R. Finch, Alfred Conkling Coxe Jr., and Albert S. Bard to organize young Republicans in New York City.  They sought a forum where they could work within and for the Republican Party, yet be free to champion local candidates and criticize party policies when warranted.  To this end, these young men formed the New York Young Republican Club, as an offshoot of the earlier New York Young Men’s Republican Club which was founded in 1879, which itself was a descendant of the even earlier New York Young Men’s Republican Union founded in 1856.

The club grew quickly and in December 1911 held their first gala.  Senator William Edgar Borah was the keynote speaker at the gala for Guest of Honor, President of the United States William Howard Taft.  On February 19, 1912, the club formally incorporated as the New York Young Republican Club Inc. with the express purpose:

“To promote and maintain the principles of the Republican party; to foster within the Republican party and make practical in service of the municipality, state and nation, the idealism characteristic of youth, to correct in our own party that tendency of all parties to make organization an end rather than a means; to develop sound principle and public spirit in party politics, to promote honest and fair electoral methods, to the end that the expression of the popular will by whatever party or body, shall be as free, untrammelled and equal as possible, to resist and expose political corruption, to advocate merit rather than partisan service as entitling to public office, to watch legislation, to encourage public attention to and efficiently criticize the conduct of government.”

Since that day, the Club has worked diligently to further the mission entrusted to us by the founding members for over a century.  As stewards of a proud tradition of advocacy, we invite you to join us as we build the Club and prepare it for the next 100 years.

Meet our Executive Board

Our Executive Board is composed of all elected club officers.

Gavin M. Wax


Gavin Mario Wax is the 71st President of the New York Young Republican Club.

He was elected unanimously in April of 2019.

In addition to serving as President of the New York Young Republican Club, he also serves as the Chairman of the Association of Young Republican Clubs and as the Digital Director of the Young Republican National Federation.

Vish Burra

Vice President

Angela Van Buuren


Alice Huba

Corresponding Secretary

Jackie Dolinsky

Recording Secretary

Meet our Board of Governors

Our Board of Governors is composed of all appointed standing committee chairs.

  • Activism Chair: Gabriel Montalvo
  • Advisory Chair: Jose Freijo
  • Campaigns Chair: Zach Lountzis
  • Communications Chair: Stefano Forte
  • Design Chair: Jonathan Doucette
  • Events Chair: Kristi De Vita
  • Finance Chair: Vacant
  • Fundraising Chair: Lizzie Holland
  • Law Chair: Tyler Grant
  • Membership Chair: Ilana Marcus
  • Outreach Chair: Fernando Acosta
  • Philanthropy Chair: Vacant
  • Policy Chair: Iulia Lupse
  • Rules Chair: Nathan Berger

Meet our Board of Advisors

Our Board of Advisers is composed of influential minds in the conservative movement.

  • Joe Borelli
  • Eugene Garrett Bewkes IV
  • John Burnett
  • Ron Coleman
  • Raheem Kassam
  • Brendan Lantry
  • Rick Loughrey
  • Michelle Malkin
  • Chadwick Moore
  • Rabbi Yechezkel Moskowitz
  • Deroy Murdock
  • Jack Posobiec
  • Buck Sexton
  • Anthony Shaffer
  • M.A. Taylor
  • Matthew Tyrmand
  • Adam Weiss

Club Documents





Code of Conduct


Free Speech Policy


Sexual Harassment Policy


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