Originally from Minnesota, Spencer first became involved in government and the Conservative Movement in high school, when he worked for a number of conservative causes. He spent his senior year interning in the district office of Congresswoman Michele Bachmann.
After high school, Spencer moved to Virginia Beach, Virginia, where he studied government and strategic communication at Regent University. As Spencer looked to continue his involvement within the Conservative Movement, he founded the Young Americans for Freedom chapter on campus in 2012.
Although he studied at a school ranked by the Foundation as a “Top Conservative College,” establishing a YAF chapter wasn’t without challenges. Spencer found many students were apathetic about what was going on in the world and especially about the principles of conservatism. During his time at Regent, Spencer oversaw the establishment of YAF activism events, including the 9/11: Never Forget Project and Freedom Week, to motivate other students to become involved in the Conservative Movement. Spencer is also an alumnus of Young America’s Foundation’s National Journalism Center (summer 2014), where he was placed at the Washington Examiner.
Spencer joined the headquarters team at Young America’s Foundation in 2015 as digital director, working to expand the reach of YAF’s conferences, campus lectures, and resources to students around the country, before becoming spokesman in 2017.
As part of his work to amplify the impact of Young America’s Foundation and the accomplishments of Young Americans for Freedom activists, Spencer routinely travels to colleges and universities to handle contentious situations that arise out of the Foundation’s campus lecture program and the work of bold YAF students around the country.
Spencer has appeared on Fox News, Fox Business, One America News, and CNN’s HLN, and he is an opinion contributor for The Hill. Spencer has been quoted by the Washington Post, New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, LA Times, Breitbart, and the Washington Examiner, among others.