The Heritage Foundation Board of Trustees this week approved the appointment of Dr. Charmaine Yoest as vice president of the Institute for Family, Community, and Opportunity. In this role, she will be responsible for providing strategic guidance in the domestic policy areas of health care, welfare, education, life, marriage, and religious liberty.

Yoest brings to Heritage years of experience in public policy and government. She most recently served in the Trump administration as an associate director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy. Prior to her White House role, Yoest was assistant secretary for public affairs at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

“We are excited to welcome such a talented leader, dedicated conservative, and policy scholar to our best-in-class team at Heritage,” said President Kay Coles James. “Charmaine joins our leadership team at a critical time for America. As we confront challenges and formulate policy solutions, she will be at the forefront of helping us make a tremendous impact.”

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Bob Lippelman - March 22, 2019

Congratulations on assuming a very important role at the esteemed Heritage Foundation.

It is a position that will give you tremendous opportunity and scholarly platform to address and have some impact of the multitude of serious public policy issues that are overflowing at this time.

We supporting witnesses of the Heritage Foundation appreciate the experience and wisdom you bring to the Foundation.

Bob Lippelman

Sydney Weimer - March 22, 2019

Welcome Dr. Yoest!
You could not have come to a better place than the Heritage Foundation! I believe you have been brought here precisely for such a time as this. What an asset you will be as this country grapples with the most insane rhetoric and proposals we and our fellow Americans have ever seen. Your cool, conservative values will enrich the HF and in turn benefit us all. God bless you!

Sydney Weimer

Joe S. Wheeler Jr. - March 22, 2019

Welcome please stand tall for our Constitution+ Bill of Rights!!!

Gracyn Robinson - March 22, 2019

Congratulations Dr. Yoest, on your new and impactful position at The Heritage Foundation.

Your presence on the panel at the Knafel Center at the Radcliffe Institute, “Righting the Record: Conservatism and the Archives” October 2016, I recall very clearly.

Attached is a link to the discussion that evening:

The panel session and Q&A following, was foretelling of where the Nation finds itself today.

I look forward to the insight and public policy experience you will bring to The Heritage Foundation.

Marian Jones - March 22, 2019

As a supporter of The Heritage Foundation and a fellow graduate of Wheaton College, I congratulate you on your new position at Heritage.

I pray that God will give you uncommon wisdom in you position.

Marian Jones

Rob Gallo - March 22, 2019

I wish you the very best in this new endeavor! Whatever you’re doing keep it up because it must be working to have been selected for this role. Never underestimate the radicals within our government, the private sector and those beyond our borders that look to do our country harm!

Ruthann Dawley - March 22, 2019

Congratulations on your new appointment and may the Lord bless you and your efforts there at Heritage.

My husband and I are very concerned about the news coming the House, namely that Speaker Pelosi is determined to see the Equality Act become law. As you probably know, this act, if it does become a bill and then a law, will greatly and perhaps thoroughly limit our religious liberty. If we date tell the Truth about marriage, gender, Islam, etc., we will be labeled with various names as is current practice, but it will go far beyond that. We may be prosecuted for our beliefs and perhaps jailed.

We trust that Heritage is on top of this situation and is advising President Trump and Vice President Pence, whom we support wholeheartedly.

Thank you for your time and best wishes.


James D. Mele - March 22, 2019

Welcome to Heritage. I am glad you decided to become an advisor to the greatest conservative think tank that this country has. These are the times for rational and experienced leaders to have an organization to turn to for expert advice and your contribution is critical.
Thank you for your contribution and expertise.

Peggy Shane - March 22, 2019

Thank you for becoming a part of Heritage Foundation. With your expertise and knowledge, I’m sure you will be an important part of Heritage Foundation.
Peggy Shane

Marianne Pearce - March 22, 2019

Welcome! Only the best at Heritage Foundation.

Eric S Arechavala - March 22, 2019

Happy to have you aboard for the ride, work, effort and for your abilities, ideas and the strength of ideals your bringing to the organization. Best regards!

Howard Teruo Kubota, Ph.D. - March 23, 2019

Welcome Dr. Yoest to the Heritage Foundation.
Howard Teruo Kubota, Ph.D.

Linann K Knodel-Duren - March 23, 2019

Thank you, Dr Yoast, for joining Heritage, and for all your past accomplishments based on Conservative beliefs.
Please, help save the unique Freedom loving America that should be ours.

Linann K Knodel-Duren - March 23, 2019

Thank you, Dr Yoest, for joining Heritage, and for all your past accomplishments based on Conservative beliefs.
Please, help save the unique Freedom loving America that should be ours.

Greg Lilly - March 23, 2019

Welcome aboard the U.S. Heritage Foundation! God be with you!

Masoners - March 23, 2019

Welcome and thanks!

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Gloria Ludwich - March 23, 2019

Congratulations and prayers for your continued success! Thank you for your service and commitment to our extraordinary form of government and we the people who defend our right to live here by Almighty God’s Strong Arm. May His wisdom continue to flow through you into your new position. Sincerely, Gloria Ludwick

Beverly Buckner - March 23, 2019

Congrats on your new role at Heritage! You have worked for people I have admired for years. Good to have someone on board with your knowledge.

J Nat Prince - March 23, 2019

Welcome to the best conservative think tank team in the world. I look for great things to happen under your watch.
God Bless

Catherine Young - March 23, 2019

Welcome! Thanks for joining the team
to help keep our Country free.
Blessings and prayers.

judie klaas - March 23, 2019

Welcome to Heritage Foundation’s family. You have a huge task ahead of you. May you receive many blessings for your willingness to share your talents and experience to help protect our nation from those who wish to destroy it.

Susan - March 23, 2019

Welcome Dr. Yoest & God bless you & your service at Heritage Foundation. We depend on this institution for their common sense. Look forward to hearing what you have to tell us too.

Rose Rodano - March 24, 2019

My dear Dr.Yoest.
Great news for the Heritage Foundation!
Great news for our country! We are fortunate that you accepted this position;and with all your experience you
fit this position
Good Luck
God bless you and God bless the Great
United States of America

Mary Lynn Cox - March 24, 2019

Dr. Yoest,

Welcome to this work. I pray God’s blessings on you and your family in this endeavor. Sincerely, Mary Lynn Cox

Jay E Shulsinger - March 25, 2019

Welcome to Heritage Foundation and good luck engaging the hearts and minds of all policy and other decision makers to help the United States the safest for all of the citizens.

Jane Haden - March 25, 2019

Thanks be to our God for people like you who stand ready with common since and education and love for this country as our founders saw it to be.
A great big hug. Welcome to Heritage.

Anonymous - March 25, 2019

With regards to “Righting the Record: Conservatism and the Archives”, October, 2016.

Attached is the video link from that evening, for those interested in listening to the full session- from beginning, all the way through the final question- which is important as it pertains to the radical R.O.E. Act in Massachusetts: which skirts Roe v Wade, and goes beyond RHA.

If moderate Republican Governor Charlie Baker signs The R.O.E. Act into law- in the state of our Revolutionary War, for which our Minutemen prevailed but many of whom, clawed their way to the steps of their homes off our Nation’s Battle Green, and died at the feet of their loved ones- who valiantly fought for our civic and religious freedom and the right to free speech now under assault…it will be a stain on our Country and a grave error.

Isn’t it ironic, that Hollywood has rated “Unplanned” (R), when Planned Parenthood, meanwhile, is pushing the limits of their extent, younger and younger- infiltrating our public schools at age 12; yet the funders of their coffers (Hollywood’s elite, Soros, etc)- don’t want these young girls to see the abject horrors of abortion from a first-hand account, because they know full well (R), is implicit of violence, and so too is abortion.
Physically and mentally.

Women’s Health does not equal, Abortion.

william childers - March 27, 2019


Shirley Ann Wurman - March 28, 2019

Welcome! I hope this is a good fit for you .

Kathy Finnegan - April 5, 2019

Dear Charmaine,

Congratulations on your appointment at Heritage!

You may remember us, Greg and Kathy Finnegan. Back in the early 1990’s, you came to Flemington, N.J. and spoke at a breakfast supporting the de-funding of Planned Parenthood. I was active in CWA at the time and you were newly pregnant with your first child – the first of five I now learn!
We have lived in Maryland for 25 years and are the grandparents of five as one might expect as time moves on.
Anyway, just wanted to reach out, say
“Hi” and wish you all the best in your new position. It was nice to see your name again which brought back happy memories.

Wishing you all the best,
Greg & Kathryn Finnegan

Joel Pinter - April 28, 2019

Dr. Charmaine Yoest, Welcome and Congratulations!
Do you think you could help revamp public policies that may be tearing families apart in our country? A family used to have children playing in the back yard, the father doing yardwork, and the mother watching over the children; however, something changed. The father no longer lives there, but he does show up to fix things or mow the grass. Could the mom be qualified for government assistance as a single mom now that the dad is not living at home? Is this a common problem that the government through its funding policies could be encouraging the breakup of a family. (The mother may have had another baby even though there is no father at home.) Please check to see if the scenario of providing such government funding for single moms is being promoted be government policy, and if so, please work to correct such laws to promote the unity of the traditional family. Thanks. Sincerely, Joel

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