Christine Toretti’s personal story is one of adversity and achievement. Following the death of her father in 1990, Christine took over as Chairman and CEO of S.W. Jack Drilling Co. Under her leadership, the company founded by her great-grandfather became the largest privately held land-based drilling company in the United States.
As a young woman, her father told Christine that she would never run the family business. She wasn’t tough enough for the male-dominated energy industry. After proving her father wrong, Christine would later Chair the Committee of 200, an organization of the most influential female CEOs in the world.
While Christine was expanding her company’s operations, growing her workforce and acquiring a competitor, she was raising her three children. Her story illustrates the greatest challenge women face: balancing professional success with being a mother.
As her three boys got older, Christine found another passion: helping women to take center stage in the political world and influence the course of our nation. Christine founded the Anne Anstine Excellence in Public Service Series for the purpose of giving women “a seat at the political table.” Now in its 12th year, the Anstine Series is the nation’s most successful recruitment and training program for Republican women, having produced 107 candidates with a win rate of 85%.
Former Pennsylvania Governor and Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge called Toretti “the most powerful, non-elected woman in the GOP.” She is the RNC National Committeewoman from Pennsylvania and Pennsylvania Chairwoman for Speaker John Boehner’s Team Boehner. As RNC Finance Co-Chair in 2011-2012, Christine helped raise over $100 million to support the Romney for President campaign.
From the rough and tumble world of the energy industry to chairing The Andy Warhol Museum, from the Board of the Pittsburgh Federal Reserve to the ice hockey courts in western Pennsylvania, Christine exemplifies a true Renaissance woman, or, in contemporary terms, a woman of our era.
No success in her life could ever compare to the extraordinary young men Christine’s three boys have become.
For the past eight years Courtney Johnson has worked in many different aspects of the political arena, ranging from fundraising to coalition-building to operations management. A seasoned professional with expertise in creating and developing strategic outreach and fundraising operations from the ground up, Courtney has a proven track record in conceiving, developing and executing the strategies and initiatives that drive revenues, growth and public awareness.
Most recently Ms. Johnson served as Deputy Coalitions Director for Romney for President where she managed all operations relating to women’s outreach including Women for Mitt, large scale events, strategic outreach and messaging.
Prior to the Romney campaign Ms. Johnson was Director of Communications for Broad Strategy, a brand management firm, and previously she worked on former eBay CEO Meg Whitman’s campaign for Governor of California as the Statewide Director of her women’s coalition. Under Courtney’s management the coalition grew to more than 102,000 members across California.
At the National Republican Senatorial Committee, she was the Director of the Women’s Majority Network where she was responsible for the recruitment and maintenance of female donors to the Committee. Previously she worked for Fred Thompson’s 2008 Presidential Campaign as Chief-of-Staff to Mrs. Jeri Thompson. Prior to her campaign experience Courtney spent several years working on Capitol Hill for Congressman John Shadegg of Arizona where she served as both an Legislative Assistant and Scheduler.
A native of Santa Rosa, California, Courtney is a graduate of Baylor University with a degree in Political Science.