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Audrey Henson Founder and CEO, University of South Florida

Audrey Henson founded College to Congress to ensure that other students would not have to endure the financial hardships she faced while breaking into the political arena in Washington D.C. As a junior at the University of South Florida she began pursuing her passion to work in politics and sought out an internship on Capitol Hill for the summer. She went on to complete internships in the House of Representatives, in the Senate for Senator Marco Rubio, and the 2012 Republican National Convention. During her time on The Hill Audrey noticed that the financial strains taken on from an unpaid internship led to a lack of socioeconomic diversity in Congressional interns. 

 

Applying her experiences, Audrey brings a broad base of knowledge from across the political spectrum in her role as C2C’s President and CEO.  During the 2016 election cycle, Audrey temporarily moved to Upstate New York to serve as Deputy Campaign Manager for a highly contested yet successfully congressional race. New York’s 22nd Congressional district, a three-way race, was considered one of the most competitive House races around the nation by Cook Political Report. Although the campaign was outspent $6 to $1, they won by 5 points. 

 

In the 2014 midterm elections, Audrey worked for Strategic Partners and Media (SPM), a Republican Advertising and Strategic messaging firm. SPM’s final tally included wins in five competitive Governor's races, one Senate seat, two historic House seats, an Attorney General race, and multiple Independent Expenditures. SPM proudly aided, Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (R-NY) in her first successful campaign to become the youngest female ever elected to Congress as well as electing Governor Larry Hogan to serve as the second Republican Governor of Maryland in over 45 years. The Washington Post called Larry Hogan’s gubernatorial win in Maryland the “most stunning upset of the night”. 

 

In addition to Audrey’s campaign experience she has worked for The 58th Presidential Inaugural Committee for President Donald J. Trump, the 2016 & 2012 Republican National Convention, and Congressman Bill Johnson (R-OH).

 

Audrey grew up in St. Petersburg, Florida and graduated from the University of South Florida. She earned a BA in Political Science and a BA in Theatre Performance while working full time. She currently resides in Washington, D.C. with her beagle, Cooper.