American Urban Strategies was formed to provide campaign management, communication and messaging consulting, and grassroots mobilization for conservative organizations, Republican candidates, community groups, and public speakers, specializing in urban markets. American Urban Strategies was founded by internet radio host and social media political pundit Wayne Bradley. After working with many national and statewide campaigns scheduling for his radio show, he saw the best of campaigns and the worst of campaigns. Social media, organization, consistent messaging, and of course funding makes the difference. There is a glaring need to bridge conservative values, the Republican Party, and conservative leaders in urban areas within both in African American and Latino communities. American Urban Strategies looks to provide the plan, provide proper messaging, and help with the execution of strategy that will begin to responsibly bring the communities in need of a conservative message to the people best to serve them as elected officials and community leaders. Wayne Bradley, a Detroit native, and Michigan State graduate is currently the State Director of African American Engagement of the MI Republican Party and has held this position since September 2013 coming from the Republican National Committee as part of the Growth and Opportunity Project. He was recently awarded the 2015 Political Advocate of the Year by the Michigan Black Chamber of Commerce. The project is a year-round, long-term commitment to building relationships in communities and getting more African Americans involved with the Republican Party. The MI Republican opened the first Victory Center in Detroit with the goal being community engagement. The office opening received national attention because Senator Rand Paul attended the office opening. Throughout the year national leaders and state elected leaders held roundtable meetings with members of the community. The engagement efforts looked to be effective with all state wide elections receiving a larger amount of votes in the Detroit area. Wayne also participated in the historical Senate runoff election in Louisiana, helping to insure a victory for Senator Bill Cassidy and restoring the Republican led majority in the Senate.
AYSHIA R.J. CONNORS
Often identified as a “rising star” in the Republican party, Ayshia R.J. Connors is the all-star policy developer. Born and raised in Utah, Ayshia’s interest in government began while attending the University of Arizona, where she pursued a triple major in business communications, public policy and public service, and global politics.
After graduating from Arizona State University in 2015, Ayshia quickly began making a name for herself across Washington and throughout the halls of Congress, crafting policy for several members, including Congresswoman Mia Love (R-UT), Rob Woodall (R-GA) and Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA) as a Senior Policy Advisor with responsibilities that cover Homeland Security Committee issues, defense, technology, telecommunications and internet, transportation and infrastructure and other major policy areas.
Ayshia prides herself in bringing forth meaningful legislative ideas and solutions that benefit the American people. This work ethic is often recognized by senior level officials from across the Republican party platform. In 2016, Ayshia served as the director of African-American engagement and media for the Republican National Committee (RNC), offering extensive outreach to African-American voters in battleground states while simultaneously assisting several congressional races nationwide. In addition to time served at the RNC, Ayshia served on the 58th Presidential Inaugural Committee (PIC) as deputy director of strategic media (spokeswoman), assisting the media with their messaging and coverage of the inauguration.
While serving communities across the United States from the halls of Congress, Ayshia selflessly commits time to several boards and committees including the New Solutions Advisory Board and 20/20 Leaders of America. She also serves as the president of the Black Republican Congressional Staff Association for both the House and Senate.
Creative Director Christina Barr
An award-winning videographer, Christina Barr is known as a powerhouse in the political world for her creativity and arsenal of talents in writing, design, editing, and music as the Creative Director for the Michigan Republican Party.
Born and raised in the city of Pontiac, Christina was brought up with an understanding of how important it was to be an active member in her community and in her father’s church. Aside from being a minister and engaging in local outreach, she has traveled on the mission field with her family.
As a young author of ten published books and founder of Ninja Dust Publishing, Christina has traveled the country and given talks at churches and schools to encourage entrepreneurship, particularly in the African American community.
In 2009, Christina co-founded a popular web show, The Gorgeous Geeks. During that time, she and her two older sisters traveled the country, interviewing the hottest pop culture celebrities and icons, while garnering the attention of mainstream media sites like Time Magazine.
In 2014, Christina ran for State Representative and Congress in Michigan’s 14th District. In August of 2015, Christina was hired by the Michigan Republican Party to be their Creative Director. Her responsibility was to develop concepts for graphics and videos and create them. One of her most iconic videos is “Hillary 50 Reasons”, which has over 875,000 views on Facebook. In 2016—an election only won by 10,000 votes—it drew in donations and volunteers, on top of being highly persuasive.
Christina currently serves as the Coalitions Vice-Chair of the Michigan Republican Party and is working on her goal of completing 30 books by her 30th birthday.