Chairman Emeritus, California Republican Party
Chairman Emeritus, RNC State Chairmen's Committee
Former State and Local Government Official
National and International Lecturer and Trainer
Ron Nehring is a veteran conservative leader who served until just recently as the Chairman of the California Republican Party, responsible for the direction and management of the largest state Republican Party in the nation. The acuity and focus he brings to this role is the result of over twenty years of domestic and foreign policy and political experience serving public policy, political, non-profit, and government organizations.
Under his leadership, the California Republican Party raised over $73 million, permanently retired over $4 million in debt, and instituted a wide array of professional management and financial reforms.
Prior to his election to positions of leadership in the California Republican Party, Ron served as Chairman of the Republican Party of San Diego County (2001 - 2007), one of America's largest counties with a population exceeding more than a dozen states. During his chairmanship, fundraising increased more than twenty-fold, support for local candidates surged, and the party pioneered the largest ongoing Republican voter turnout program in California. He inherited a committee long in debt, and through a combination of strong fundraising and solid financial management, left it with large cash reserves and no debt.
ADVANCING REPUBLICAN IDEAS IN GOVERNMENT
In 2004, Ron became a Governing Board Member of the Grossmont Union High School District (annual budget: $170M, student population: over 24,000) and served as Chairman of the District's Audit Committee, overseeing the District's annual audit and the implementation of recommendations for strengthening district financial management and practices. He is a strong advocate for charter schools and providing parents with options and alternatives in education. He proposed a bold plan for transforming all of the district’s 11 high schools into charter schools managed by boards elected by parents of the children attending each school. He is a 2010 graduate of the FBI's Citizens Academy program in San Diego.
His international experience includes serving as senior consultant in Central American elections; providing governance training to the Parliament in Iraq; serving as an International Election Observer in Kenya; providing campaign training for candidates in Serbia, the West Bank, Haiti and Egypt; serving as member of the first U.S.-sponsored delegation into Pakistan and India following the death of Osama Bin Laden in 2011; serving as a member of various missions/delegations to the Middle East and Gulf regions.
In Berlin, Ron has lectured three times before the prestigious Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (Foundation) on American government, communications and politics, and twice at the annual St. Gallen Symposium of world business and government leaders in Switzerland.
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