ABOUT THE 1848 PROJECT
In just two short years, the 1848 Project has already established itself as a premier organization for conservative ideas and action in the badger state. Founded by Wisconsin’s former lieutenant governor, Rebecca Kleefisch, 1848 started out on a simple mission: Listen, Learn, Lead. Our goal was to listen to people across the state, learn about the issues they faced every day, and then put forward sound policy proposals to improve our future. Over the course of our initial phase, we consulted experts and scholars and considered the experiences of other states alongside the dozens of town halls and roundtables we held with everyday Wisconsinites. The result is the Forward Agenda, a conservative blueprint for Wisconsin’s future.
In September 2021, Kleefisch stepped down from her role as president of 1848, and new leaders came forward to take the Forward Agenda out to the people. In particular, 1848 is rolling out a series of videos and policy papers that go deeper on the points in the Forward Agenda, and using social media to connect these policies to developments in the news.
Now Executive Director Bonnie Lee is expanding our impact with a new focus on equipping conservative candidates for policy leadership. As a former candidate herself, Lee knows that conservatives who are united behind a single, common purpose can have great momentum. She also knows that people are energized when they understand why leaders advance policies. Convinced that conservative principles are good, sound, economically empowering, and life-affirming, the organization will equip candidates with those principles through training sessions, policy papers, videos, social media, and online forums with state and local leaders.
As we look to the future, we are confident in Wisconsin because we have a boundless belief in the people of Wisconsin. And we’ll continue to listen to their stories and put what we learn into action as together we lead our state into the next decade. As our flag proclaims: Forward.