Apryl Marie Fogel of Titusville, FL attended Florida State University where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Social Sciences in addition to an Undergraduate Certificate in Aging Studies from the Claude Pepper Institute. The topic of her certificate program research and practicum was “Providing for caregivers needs in families of Alzheimer’s patients.”
With a strong emphasis on field operations and media relations, Fogel has nearly a decade of experience working towards the advancement of a conservative policy agenda. Her prior work history includes working in in the External Affairs office for Florida Governor Jeb Bush, the Office of the Secretary at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, two campaign cycles working as an NRA-ILA field representative and serving in the offices of three members of congress.
According to Fogel, one of the most personally rewarding times in her professional career was the two years she spent with a statewide association representing over 70 non-profit community mental health centers throughout Florida. As the Director of Government and External Affairs she was able to grow and mobilize a grassroots network of over 5,000 individuals. During her tenure she successfully coordinated the first organized grassroots campaign of consumers, facility staff and concerned voters who wrote and called their elected officials to advocate for the continued funding of community based care and crisis service facilities. These facilities provide a much needed safety network for the uninsured who have severe and persistent mental illness while being the most fiscally conservative answer to a problem that is often ignored.
In late 2007, Fogel filed and ran in the Special Election for House District 32, an election held on the same day as the Presidential Primary election of 2008. She won the endorsements of the National Rifle Association PVF, the Orlando Sentinel, 13 members of the state legislature, the Brevard Association of Realtors, and the Orange County Medical Association. Fogel finished second of four in Brevard County for the primary and third overall receiving over 5,300 votes.
In 2010, Fogel led the efforts of a statewide grassroots organization dedicated to return our nation to the founding principles of the U.S. Constitution. As the State Director of Americans for Prosperity Florida, she reestablished a failed chapter making it one of the best in the nation. Her success included growing membership from just over 30k to just over 90k, building a network of dozens of tea party groups to partner with for events and advocacy, coordinating 2 statewide bus tours, several statewide fly-arounds and over 75 local grassroots events in 12-months.
She successfully designed and implemented a plan for voter education in the “November is Coming” project. This national project targeted 4 U.S. congressional districts in Florida with liberal incumbents, who with big spending big government voting histories were not representing their constituents best interest. Her comprehensive “November is Coming” plan included a direct mail program, phone banking, door-to-door canvassing, radio ads, billboards and television ads. The combined efforts of Fogel and her activists proved to be very successful. All four districts were won and in 2010 were represented by new members of Congress who pledged to rein in the size, scope and spending of the federal government.
In 2011, Fogel left American’s for Prosperity to return to a “slower pace” on Capitol Hill working for the most effective member in the historic 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.
This plan included an ongoing district wide “Jobs and Energy Tour”. Through this tour constituents were able to learn about conservative legislation being passing by the U.S. House of Representatives and to interact with their Congressman in ordinary day-to-day activities which included discussing gas and energy prices while the Congressman pumped gas and discussing jobs and the economy while he served meals at locally owned restaurants.
During her tenure in addition to highlighting conservative legislation and committee actions passed by the House, Fogel worked with dozens of media outlets to bring attention to the largely ignored Fast & Furious cover up and unprecedented lies and misrepresentations to Congress by Attorney General Eric Holder.
She continues to make guest appearances on conservative radio shows and is active in the Tea Party movement.