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Holy shit have we assembled an amazing group of contributors.

Journalists, activists, organizers, policy experts, campaign veterans and comedians – who bring a range of experiences and perspectives. I mean, look at these heavy hitters.

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Dan Pfeiffer

Host, Pod Save America
Despite several members of the Morning Joe panel calling for his firing, Dan Pfeiffer served President Obama for eight years as his Communications Director on both the 2008 Campaign and in the White House and finally as Senior Advisor to the President. 

He is a CNN Political Contributor and the author of Yes We (Still) Can: Politics in the Age of Obama, Twitter, and Trump. Dan was born in Delaware and has been banned from traveling to Russia by Donald Trump’s friend Vladimir Putin.

DeRay Mckesson

Host, Pod Save the People
DeRay Mckesson is a civil rights activist focused primarily on issues of innovation, equity and justice. Born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, he graduated from Bowdoin College and holds an honorary doctorate from The New School.

DeRay has advocated for issues related to children, youth, and families since he was a teen. As a leading voice in the Black Lives Matter Movement and the co-founder of Campaign Zero and OurStates.org, DeRay has worked to connect individuals with knowledge and tools, and provide citizens and policy makers with commonsense policies to ensure equity. Spurred by the death of Mike Brown and the subsequent protests in Ferguson, Missouri, DeRay has become a key voice in the effort to confront the systems and structures that have led to the mass incarceration and police killings of black and other minority populations. DeRay was named as one of the World’s Greatest Leaders by Fortune Magazine in 2015 and as one of the 30 Most Influential People On The Internet by Time Magazine in 2016.

Ana Marie Cox

Host, With Friends Like These
Ana Marie Cox is a political columnist and cultural critic. 

In addition to hosting “With Friends Like These,” on Crooked Media, she is also the host of “The Churn,” a podcast about The Expanse TV series. She was the senior political correspondent for MTV News from 2016 until they pivoted to video.

Ira Madison III

Host, Keep It
Ira Madison III is a cultural critic and writer whose work has been featured in GQ, The Daily Beast, and Vulture among others.

He has been named one of the “most reliably hilarious and incisive cultural critics writing now” by Nylon and recently dubbed a pop culture expert on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Madison is also a writer on the upcoming Netflix dramedy Daybreak.

Erin Ryan

Host, Hysteria
Erin is the host of Hysteria, a writer for It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, and an op-ed contributor to The Daily Beast. 

In the past, she’s appeared as a talking head on CNN, HLN, MSNBC, the BBC, and other lamestream media outlets as she patiently waits by the phone for her call from Fox News. Her voice has shown up on NPR, the CBC, the BBC, and other non-Hysteria podcasts like Pod Save America and Lovett or Leave It. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, Playboy, Runner’s World, and on Jezebel, where she was an editor and founded the site’s political blog called The Slot (marketing hated that name!). In 2018, she won a New York Press Club award for humor writing for her coverage of the women of Team Trump. Erin graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a degree in English. In high school, she was the Wisconsin State President of the Future Homemakers of America, a real club that existed with that name until after Y2K. She got her first writing job because an editor liked her contributions to a blog’s comment section and her first TV writing job because a guy who created a TV show thought she had a funny Twitter account, so let this be a lesson to all you kids out there: being a jackass online might not be a waste of your time! Originally from Frederic, Wisconsin, Erin currently lives in Los Angeles with her fiance, his dog, and her cat.

Akilah Hughes

Host, What A Day
Akilah Hughes is a writer, comedian and YouTuber, recently residing in Los Angeles, CA. 

She’s been a digital correspondent for MTV, HBO, Fusion, Comedy Central and more. A Sundance Labs and USC MacArthur Foundation Civic Media Fellow, Razorbill (an imprint of Penguin Random House) published a collection of her personal essays titled Obviously: Stories from my Timeline in the fall of 2019. Her comedic YouTube channel, “It’s Akilah, Obviously!” has amassed more than 150,000 subscribers.

Gideon Resnick

Host, What A Day
Gideon Resnick is a national political reporter. 

Previously he was a staff reporter at the Daily Beast covering politics, the Democrats and the Left. His work has also appeared in VICE, the New York Observer, and the Atlantic, amongst others.

Abdul El-Sayed

Host, America Dissected
Dr. Abdul El-Sayed gained national attention after leaving his post as the health commissioner of Detroit to run for governor in 2018 as a direct result of the public health crises’ sweeping across the United States. 

He ran a campaign that was backed by Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and his forthcoming book, “Moral Medicine” (Abrams Press) diagnoses our country’s epidemic of insecurity and the empathy politics we will need to treat it.

Rachel Bonnetta

Host, Hall of Shame
Rachel Bonnetta is the host of LOCK IT IN on Fox Sports, and an aspiring American citizen (sorry Canada, she drank the Kool-aid).

She has written and performed sketch comedy on tv, in LA’s finest empty comedy rooms and in front of her dog who she considers her manager. Rachel is also a huge sports fan and covered just about every sport under the sun including The Westminster Dog Show (they were all very good boys and girls if you ask me). Her first love was Vince Carter and her last love will be the Browns because that team will surely kill her.

Rachna Fruchbom

Host, Hall of Shame
Rachna Fruchbom is a mom, writer and person whose bio is pretty short. She previously wrote on Parks and Recreation and most recently on Fresh Off The Boat until the end of its run. 

In between shows, she works on developing her own ideas [researching trails in Los Angeles she’d like to hike but isn’t going to]. Rachna is a native of Cleveland, where her deep love of sports was cultivated and destroyed, and born again and crushed and you get it….eventually it led to her co-hosting Crooked’s newest podcast Hall of Shame with Rachel Bonnetta.

Crooked Team

Louis Virtel

Co-Host, Keep It
Louis Virtel is a writer, comic, and pop culture commentator who recently hosted The Oscars All Access: Red Carpet Live, the official pre-Oscars interview show. 

As a journalist, his commentary has appeared in TIME, Vulture, and Paper Magazine. He has also written for Billy On The Street, Match Game, and TVLand’s Throwing Shade.

Aida Osman

Co-host, Keep It
Aida Osman is a comedian, actress, and writer. She was a staff writer and can be seen on the Complex Media sketch show Group Therapy. 

Prior to that she was a cast member on MTV’s Wild N’ Out. She has also done warm up comedy for Vice Live, was a panelist on MTV’s Need to Know and can be seen in the Comedy Central digital sketches You Didn’t Wanna Know and They Follow. Originally from Lincoln, NE,  Aida spends way too much time on Twitter where she has swiftly built up a fanbase due to her observational musings, comedy and rap videos and the occasional mental breakdown.

Ben Rhodes

Co-host, Pod Save the World
Ben Rhodes is the author of the New York Times bestseller The World As It Is; co-host of Pod Save the World; a contributor for NBC News and MSNBC; the co-chair of National Security Action; and an advisor to former President Barack Obama. 

From 2009-2017, Rhodes  served as a Deputy National Security Advisor to President Obama. In that capacity, he participated in nearly all of President Obama’s key decisions, and oversaw the President’s national security communications, speechwriting, public diplomacy and global engagement programming. He also led the secret negotiations with the Cuban government which resulted in the effort to normalize relations between the United States and Cuba, and supported the negotiations to conclude the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) with Iran. Prior to joining the Administration, he was a Senior Speechwriter and foreign policy advisor to the Obama campaign. From 2002-2007, he worked for former Congressman Lee Hamilton, supporting his work on the 9/11 Commission and Iraq Study Group. A native New Yorker, Mr. Rhodes has a B.A. from Rice University and an M.F.A from New York University.

Brittany Packnett Cunningham

Co-host, Pod Save The People
Known as @MsPackyetti on social media, Brittany is a Director’s Leader at Harvard’s Institute of Politics, an education executive, and author of the forthcoming book, We Are Like Those Who Dream.  

Brittany is Co-Founder of Campaign Zero, a and founder of Love & Power, a platform to inspire and outfit people for justice.  Her TED Talk, “How to Build your Confidence- and Spark it in Others” was viewed nearly 3 million times worldwide in its first 5 months of release. As an activist and protestor, Brittany sat on both the Ferguson Commission and President Barack Obama’s 21st Century Policing Task Force. She speaks worldwide, writes for multiple publications, and has graced the cover of Essence Magazine. Brittany has been named one of TIME Magazine’s 12 New Faces of Black Leadership, one of Marie Claire’s Most Powerful Women, received the Peter Jennings Award for Civic Leadership and shares the number 3 spot on Politico’s 2016 Most Influential list.  She sits on the Gucci Changemaker Council, is a Sephora Equity Advisor, and on the boards of Rise to Run and Erase the Hate.

Samuel Sinyangwe

Co-host, Pod Save The People
Samuel Sinyangwe, 26, is a policy analyst and data scientist who works with communities of color to fight systemic racism through cutting-edge policies and strategies.

Samuel co-founded Mapping Police Violence to support activists across the country to collect and use data to fight police violence and co-founded Campaign Zero to advocate for local, state, and federal policy solutions to end police violence. Samuel has been featured on MSNBC, CNN, BBC, LA Times, the Forbes 30 under 30 and The Root 100. Previously, Samuel worked at PolicyLink to support a national network of 61 Promise Neighborhoods communities to build cradle-to-career systems of support for low-income families. He grew up in Orlando, FL and graduated from Stanford University in 2012, where he studied how race and racism impact the U.S. political system.

Clint Smith 

Co-host, Pod Save The People
Clint Smith is a doctoral candidate at Harvard University and an Emerson Fellow at New America. 

He has previously received fellowships from the Art For Justice Fund, Cave Canem, and the National Science Foundation and his writing has been published in The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic, Poetry Magazine, The Paris Review and elsewhere. His first full-length collection of poetry, Counting Descent, was published in 2016, and won the 2017 Literary Award for Best Poetry Book from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association in addition to being a finalist for an NAACP Image Award. He currently teaches writing and literature in the DC Central Detention Center and his debut nonfiction book, How the Word Is Passed, is forthcoming from Little, Brown. 

Alyssa Mastromonaco

Co-host, Hysteria
Alyssa Mastromonaco’s recent book, Who Thought This Was a Good Idea about her time working for President Obama and being a short woman with gastrointestinal issues and an advocate for free tampons was a New York Times Best Seller and she is very proud of that.

She loves pinot noir, persian rescue cats, jambands generally, the Grateful Dead specifically and if she could have lunch with one person it would either be Stevie Nicks or Jennifer Aniston. DM her if you want to know why.


Lenny Letter: To Bro or Not to Bro?

Broadly, VICE Media: A Letter to Young Women: How We Will All Move Forward Together Now

Washington Post: Opinions – Being informed and fashionable is natural for women

Julissa Arce

Author of My (Underground) American Dream
Julissa Arce is a truly great speaker, writer and author of My (Underground) American Dream. She was named one of People en Español’s 25 Most Powerful Women of 2017, super fancy. 

Her book is being developed as a television series at FOX with producer America Ferrera. She doesn’t know when it will air. Julissa immigrated to America from Mexico at the age of 11 and was undocumented for almost 15 years, some of them spent rising to prominence on Wall Street at Goldman Sachs and Merrill Lynch. Julissa co-founded the Ascend Educational Fund (AEF). She serves on the board of directors of the National Immigration Law Center and CollegeSpring.  She became an American citizen in 2014.  She lives in Los Angeles with her two awesome cats and her fiancé. Julissa is working on her second book, Someone Like Me, and has many thousands of words left to write.


CNN: Ivanka Trump once loved the story of an undocumented immigrant

CNBC: Here’s the myth about being an undocumented immigrant that drives me crazy

BOLD: Is CCA Helping the Criminal Justice System or Just Rebranding?

Kara Brown

Kara Brown is a writer currently staffed on Freeform’s Black-ish spinoff, Grown-ish.

Previously, she was a senior writer for Jezebel where she covered pop culture, race, television and all things Real Housewives. Her work has also appeared in Glamour Magazine, Billboard and New York Magazine’s The Cut. She is also a contributor to Shonda Rhimes’ lifestyle site, Shondaland.com, and maintains FancyPastaBitch.com, a blog about her adventures making fresh pasta. Kara was featured as one of Forbes Magazine’s 30 Under 30 in Hollywood and entertainment, class of 2018.

Jason Kander

Host, Majority54
A husband, a father, a former Army Captain who served in Afghanistan, and Missouri’s former Secretary of State, Jason Kander is the president of Let America Vote.

Jason – who POLITICO called “the hottest star in Democratic politics” this summer – was the first millennial in the country to be elected to statewide office. He started Let America Vote in February 2017 to fight back against proposals across the country that make it harder for eligible voters to exercise their constitutional right to cast a ballot. In 2016, Jason ran for U.S. Senate in Missouri in one of the most competitive races in the country, and at over $75 million, the most expensive race in state history. Jason’s campaign was bolstered by his viral gun control ad that showed him assembling a rifle blindfolded while making the case for expanded background checks. Jason lost by one of the closest margins in the country, over performing the presidential ticket by nearly 16 points.

Missourians elected Jason as Secretary of State in 2012, when he over performed the presidential ticket by nearly 10 points on his way to becoming the youngest statewide elected official in the country. Before that, Jason volunteered to serve as a military intelligence officer in Afghanistan. After his deployment, Jason came home to Missouri, becoming a leadership instructor in the Missouri Army National Guard’s Officer Candidate School.

Jason is a graduate of American University and Georgetown Law School. He lives in Kansas City with his wife, Diana, an entrepreneur, and their four-year-old son, True.

Rebecca Nagle

Host, This Land
Rebecca Nagle is an award winning advocate and writer focused on advancing Native rights and ending violence against Native women. 

Nagle is a citizen of Cherokee Nation and a two spirit/ queer woman.  You can find her views on issues of Native representation and tribal sovereignty in Washington Post, USA Today, Teen Vogue, the Huffington Post and more. In 2016, Nagle was named one of the National Center American Indian Enterprise Development’s Native American 40 Under 40 for her work to support Native American survivors of rape and abuse. Nagle lives in Tahlequah, OK where she works for her tribe on language revitalization by day and does freelance writing by night.