Caleb Crosby

President and CEO

Caleb Crosby

President and CEO

Caleb Crosby serves as President and CEO of the Alabama Policy Institute.

A native of Jackson Alabama and the oldest of six children, Caleb spent most of his childhood outdoors and developed a love for nature, hunting, and the game of baseball.  Caleb received a baseball scholarship to a prestigious junior college in Florida known for its pitching instruction, and is currently the single season and career record holder for the most saves at Chipola College.  

From Chipola, Caleb was drafted by the Texas Rangers in the 2000 MLB Draft, and then he accepted a baseball scholarship to USA under Coach Steve Kittrell. During his third game at USA, Caleb tore his elbow and underwent reconstructive surgery, but continued to help the team to 3 Sunbelt Conference championships. Caleb had an overall 9-3 record while at USA, and had a 1.40 ERA prior to his injury. Each year during his undergraduate career, Caleb was named among the Academic All-Conference and was awarded the Alabama Banking Association Scholastic Achievement Award in 2003. In May of 2003, Caleb graduated cum laude with his Bachelor of Finance.   

Caleb’s career began with the Bush-Cheney 2004 reelection campaign. He then served in the George W. Bush Administration, first at the Environmental Protection Agency supporting projects within the Office of the CFO and serving as a Congressional Liaison, and later at the White House. During his time serving at the Executive Office of the President, Caleb managed the event and travel budget for the President and First Lady, provided guidance on financial and accounting policy, traveled with the President and was awarded the Director’s Team Recognition Award. 

Caleb began at the U.S. Department of Treasury under Secretary Hank Paulson in 2007 as the Director of Travel Operations. In this role, Caleb managed the travel office, formulated and executed the Departmental Offices’ travel budgets, and prepared quarterly travel reports for Congress. He also worked as a Finance Consultant for John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign. 

In 2008, he was named Chief Financial Officer for the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC), after they discovered their previous CFC had embezzled roughly $750k. Caleb managed a $100 million annual budget, reduced operating costs by 30% within two months, and revitalized the foundation of the organization, positioning it for historic wins in 2010.  

From the NRCC, he returned to his home state of Alabama to assume the role of Vice President at the Alabama Policy Institute. As Vice President, he set three consecutive records for fundraising in a fiscal year and was at the forefront of unprecedented growth for API.  

Now, as President and CEO, Caleb’s foremost goal is to see Alabama reach its full potential. He spends his time building intentional relationships with partners, serving as a reliable source for the leaders of the community and state, and hosting events throughout Alabama featuring conservative leaders from around the country. Caleb is a regular on radio stations and the written press discussing relevant policy issues and the most prevalent matters facing Alabama. He also serves as President of the Crosby Ottenhoff Group., where he is highly sought out by some of the largest and most influential organizations around the country to provide strategic financial management, compliance, and operational guidance. Caleb was named by Yellowhammer News as one of 2015’s “50 Most Powerful and Influential People in Alabama”, which is a list composed annually to recognize the most prominent players in the political and business worlds. He currently serves on the advisory board of the National Christian Foundation, the advisory board for the United Way, and has been a member of the Birmingham Rotary Club for five years.

Caleb is a Lifetime Alumni Member of the University of South Alabama. He and his wife, Destin, a USA alumna, currently reside in Mountain Brook, Alabama. Caleb proposed to Destin on Stanky Field before his last game as a Jaguar.  They have three children, Noah, Eden, and Naomi.   

Publications by Caleb Crosby

Superintendent Sentance Deserves a Fair Shot

Though his career at Alabama began with a mediocre 6-6 record and, perhaps more notably to fans, a loss to Auburn, football coach Nick Saban was not fired after his first year—and good thing he wasn’t. Today, Saban is considered by many to be perhaps the greatest college football coach of all time. We give […]

Faith and Fiction

Many politicians in Alabama and much of the Bible Belt present their Christian faith as a political virtue. For some, it is merely a passing mention. Others, however, go further and discuss their belief that God has called them to hold a certain political office. All too frequently, this talk of faith and calling is […]

In Alabama Politics, the Easiest—Not the Best—Road Is Often Taken

Developing sound public policy is complicated, and we need leaders willing to admit as much. That’s a heavy ask when the consequences for conceding complexity are often severe. When President Trump spoke to governors visiting the White House earlier this year, he announced, “Nobody knew that health care could be so complicated.” It was a […]