WASHINGTON (March 1, 2016) – The R Street Institute today welcomed two new staffers in its communications and outreach departments. Ben Carnes will assume the role of communications manager and Caroline Kitchens joins as outreach associate.

Carnes previously was communications director both for the Office of Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., and for Rep. Trent Franks, R-Ariz. Before working on Capitol Hill, Ben was legislative director for a conservative nonprofit and worked on grassroots efforts in South Carolina for the presidential campaign of Gov. Sam Brownback. He is a graduate of North Greenville University in South Carolina.

Kitchens joins R Street from the American Enterprise Institute, where she was a senior research associate in social and cultural studies. At AEI, she co-hosted a popular video blog, The Factual Feminist, with Christina Hoff Sommers and was the editor of AEI’s Free-Market Feminist, a newsletter focused on issues facing women in the modern world. She also managed the book launch of bestselling author Charles Murray’s “By the People: Rebuilding Liberty Without Permission.

“As R Street continues to grow, we’re thrilled to bring on Caroline and Ben to help manage the ever-expanding portfolio of our issues,” R Street President Eli Lehrer said. “Our communications and outreach teams will be stronger than ever before and I’m proud to welcome them on board.”

“I’m excited about R Street’s brand of pragmatic libertarianism and I look forward to working with the outreach team to bring our research to new audiences,” Kitchens said. “R Street has an innovative and results-oriented approach that is unique in the right-of-center think tank community, and I’m thrilled to work in such a high-energy environment.”

“In a city known for constant gridlock, R Street has become a very visible model of how to build broad coalitions without sacrificing principles,” said Carnes. “R Street’s fact-based, rapid-response approach has allowed it consistently to be ahead of the curve, and to have a decisive impact on emerging issues before others have had time to formulate their carefully worded talking points.”

Carnes and Kitchens are the second and third new hires R Street has announced this week, after announcing the addition of Western Region Director Steven Greenhut on Monday.


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