Jindal nonprofit expands staff

Gov. Bobby Jindal’s Washington, D.C., nonprofit, America Next, just doubled its staff.

The governor’s longtime political adviser Curt Anderson, of OnMessage Inc., confirmed Monday that Chris Jacobs is joining the nonprofit’s staff as a policy director.

Jacobs comes to America Next from The Heritage Foundation, a conservative research thinktank.

Jacobs’ hiring gives America Next two staff members. Jill Neunaber already heads the organization as executive director.

In an email, Jacobs notified colleagues of his job change.

“While this opportunity was as sudden as it was unexpected, it was simply too good to pass up. In my new role, I’ll be working on crafting conservative policy solutions on issues ranging from health care to energy to education and more. I will still be living and working in the D.C. area, so I will hopefully still see and work with many of you, albeit in a different role,” Jacobs wrote.

The governor founded America Next in October to deliver solutions on national issues such as health care, energy and education. Jindal said he wants to develop detailed policies that go beyond 30-second ads and bumper stickers.

Neunaber worked on Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s campaign. Jacobs worked for Jim DeMint, a U.S. senator from South Carolina who now runs The Heritage Foundation.