With a strong emphasis on field operations and media relations, Titusville, Fla. native Apryl Marie Fogel has more than a decade of experience working for the advancement of a conservative policy agenda and conservative candidates. Fogel, has worked in the offices of three members of the U.S. Congress, for the Office of the Secretary at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, in the external affairs office for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and spent two campaign cycles as an NRA-ILA field representative.
She is currently the state director for the Alabama chapter of 60 Plus Association residing in Birmingham, Alabama. Her main goal is advocating for policies on the state and federal levels that would improve the lives of seniors and ensure a better future for future generations.
Fogel continues to make guest appearances on conservative radio shows throughout the nation and is active in the Tea Party movement in Alabama and Florida. She is also a contributing blogger on AL.Com.
One of the most personally rewarding times in Fogel’s career was the two years she spent with a statewide association representing more than 70 nonprofit community mental health centers throughout Florida. As the organization’s director of government and external affairs, she was able to grow and mobilize a grassroots network of more than 5,000 individuals. Another significant success came during her time as state director of Americans for Prosperity Florida, when Fogel reestablished a failed chapter, growing membership from 30,000 to 90,000 and hosting more than 75 events in one year. Fogel ran in the 2008 special election for Florida House District 32. She won the endorsements of the National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund, the Orlando Sentinel, 13 members of the state legislature, the Brevard Association of Realtors and the Orange County Medical Association. Although she did not win the race, Fogel received more than 5,300 votes.
In mid-2011, Fogel left Americans for Prosperity to return to a “slower pace” on Capitol Hill, where she worked for Rep. Paul Gosar, the most effective member in the historic 2010 freshman class. As his communications director and deputy chief of staff, she coordinated a media strategy for the congressman and a long term external affairs plan in one of the largest districts in the nation.
Fogel earned a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary social sciences from Florida State University and an undergraduate certificate in aging studies from the Claude Pepper Institute.