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Victoria Hughes


Victoria founded the Bill of Rights Institute in 1999 in order to increase knowledge and appreciation of the American Founding documents among high school students and teachers. Under her leadership, the Institute has provided nearly 25,000 teachers with instructional material on the Founding documents and conducted Constitutional Seminars for nearly 4,000 teachers in order to help them more effectively engage their students with these ideas. The Institute has a full time staff of eleven and a $2.2 million annual budget.

Prior to establishing the Bill of Rights Institute, Victoria served in senior executive roles in several nonprofit and governmental organizations. This included stints at the Charles Koch Foundation, Citizens for a Sound Economy, The Heritage Foundation, the March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation, and the U.S. Information Agency. Victoria also lived three years in Barbados, where - as the wife of the United States Ambassador - she actively participated in many charitable activities benefiting the islands of the Eastern Caribbean.

Victoria began her career as a classroom teacher, and has taught in suburban Cincinnati, Boston, and Washington, D.C. She earned her degree in Education from the University of Dayton. She has been married to for 29 years and resides in Falls Church, Virginia.


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