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  • Jon Favreau He/Him/His

    Founder
    Jon Favreau served as Barack Obama’s head speechwriter from 2005-2013, a role that was far more senior and influential than Jon Lovett’s. In 2017, he co-founded Crooked Media, where he’s a co-host of Pod Save America, host of Offline with Jon Favreau, and host of The Wilderness. His first book, Democracy or Else, which he co-authored alongside his Crooked Media co-founders, will be released on June 25, 2024. Jon lives in Los Angeles with his wife Emily, their sons Charlie and Teddy, and their dog Leo.

    Jon Favreau He/Him/His

    Founder
    Jon Favreau served as Barack Obama’s head speechwriter from 2005-2013, a role that was far more senior and influential than Jon Lovett’s. In 2017, he co-founded Crooked Media, where he’s a co-host of Pod Save America, host of Offline with Jon Favreau, and host of The Wilderness. His first book, Democracy or Else, which he co-authored alongside his Crooked Media co-founders, will be released on June 25, 2024. Jon lives in Los Angeles with his wife Emily, their sons Charlie and Teddy, and their dog Leo.

    Jon Lovett He/Him/His

    Founder
    Jon Lovett is a podcast host, former presidential speechwriter, and straight shooter widely respected on both sides. In 2017 he co-founded Crooked Media, where he co-hosts “Pod Save America” and hosts “Lovett or Leave It,” two popular podcasts that are very good. Before Crooked, he served as a speechwriter in the Obama White House, co-created a comedy on NBC called “1600 Penn” (cancelled after one perfect season), and wrote speeches for Hillary Clinton. He recently switched to oat milk.

    Jon Lovett He/Him/His

    Founder
    Jon Lovett is a podcast host, former presidential speechwriter, and straight shooter widely respected on both sides. In 2017 he co-founded Crooked Media, where he co-hosts “Pod Save America” and hosts “Lovett or Leave It,” two popular podcasts that are very good. Before Crooked, he served as a speechwriter in the Obama White House, co-created a comedy on NBC called “1600 Penn” (cancelled after one perfect season), and wrote speeches for Hillary Clinton. He recently switched to oat milk.

    Tommy Vietor He/Him/His

    Founder
    Tommy Vietor is a cofounder of Crooked Media, cohost of Pod Save America, and the host of the foreign-policy focused Pod Save the World. In a past life, he worked for President Obama for nine years, including a stint as White House National Security Spokesman. Originally from outside Boston, Vietor now lives in Los Angeles with his wife Hanna and their dog Lucca. He tweets too much.

    Tommy Vietor He/Him/His

    Founder
    Tommy Vietor is a cofounder of Crooked Media, cohost of Pod Save America, and the host of the foreign-policy focused Pod Save the World. In a past life, he worked for President Obama for nine years, including a stint as White House National Security Spokesman. Originally from outside Boston, Vietor now lives in Los Angeles with his wife Hanna and their dog Lucca. He tweets too much.
  • Crystal Ponzio-Busto she/her/hers

    EVP, Marketing
    Crystal has spent the last ten years in the belly of the streaming beast, at Hulu and and then Netflix, and she needs a break from algorithms. She's delighted to have joined Crooked and to be a part of media's next great revolution. She lives in Topanga Canyon with her husband Enrico, her daughter Stella and her dog Gnocchi, no wait...she doesn't have a dog.

    Crystal Ponzio-Busto she/her/hers

    EVP, Marketing
    Crystal has spent the last ten years in the belly of the streaming beast, at Hulu and and then Netflix, and she needs a break from algorithms. She's delighted to have joined Crooked and to be a part of media's next great revolution. She lives in Topanga Canyon with her husband Enrico, her daughter Stella and her dog Gnocchi, no wait...she doesn't have a dog.

    Dariush Brizuela-Nothaft

    SVP, Community & Partnerships
    Dariush grew up in San Diego in an intercultural family. He got his start working in digital media at Maker Studios and has since served in marketing, creative, and business development capacities for companies like Disney, SoulPancake, and now, Crooked Media. He loves the way digital platforms create spaces for new conversations, fresh creativity, and identity exploration. He spends more time than he should speaking garbage Spanish, thinking about his Dungeons & Dragons character, and how to improve his Iranian cooking.

    Dariush Brizuela-Nothaft

    SVP, Community & Partnerships
    Dariush grew up in San Diego in an intercultural family. He got his start working in digital media at Maker Studios and has since served in marketing, creative, and business development capacities for companies like Disney, SoulPancake, and now, Crooked Media. He loves the way digital platforms create spaces for new conversations, fresh creativity, and identity exploration. He spends more time than he should speaking garbage Spanish, thinking about his Dungeons & Dragons character, and how to improve his Iranian cooking.

    Lucinda Treat she/her/hers

    Chief Executive Officer
    Lucinda Treat is the Chief Executive Officer at Crooked Media. She is the first person to serve in this position. Treat has been a senior executive in media, entertainment and professional sports for over two decades. She was most recently the Chief Legal Officer at VICE Media Group, a global digital media and broadcasting company, and has previously held leadership positions at Independent Sports & Entertainment (ISE), The Madison Square Garden Company, Revlon and more. Her legal career includes the New York law firm of Shearman & Sterling.

    Lucinda Treat she/her/hers

    Chief Executive Officer
    Lucinda Treat is the Chief Executive Officer at Crooked Media. She is the first person to serve in this position. Treat has been a senior executive in media, entertainment and professional sports for over two decades. She was most recently the Chief Legal Officer at VICE Media Group, a global digital media and broadcasting company, and has previously held leadership positions at Independent Sports & Entertainment (ISE), The Madison Square Garden Company, Revlon and more. Her legal career includes the New York law firm of Shearman & Sterling.

    Madeleine Haeringer She

    EVP, News & Programming
    Madeleine Haeringer is Crooked’s EVP & General Manager of News & Programming, responsible for leading the content development, expansion, and operations across the Crooked network. Prior to assuming this role, Haeringer served as Senior Vice President of Editorial for NBC News in charge of managing the editorial agenda and coordinating coverage across all broadcast, cable, streaming and digital platforms. She also led NBC’s growing audio business, which became a top five audio publisher under her leadership, and worked closely with NBC Studios on identifying and developing premium documentaries, series and scripted projects. Among the most awarded female broadcast journalists, Haeringer is respected among her peers for her instincts, tenacity and impeccable news judgment. Over the course of her career, she has earned every major journalism award, including twenty-two News & Documentary Emmy Awards, seven Edward R. Murrow Awards, four Peabody Awards, two Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards, and three Overseas Press Club Awards.

    Madeleine Haeringer She

    EVP, News & Programming
    Madeleine Haeringer is Crooked’s EVP & General Manager of News & Programming, responsible for leading the content development, expansion, and operations across the Crooked network. Prior to assuming this role, Haeringer served as Senior Vice President of Editorial for NBC News in charge of managing the editorial agenda and coordinating coverage across all broadcast, cable, streaming and digital platforms. She also led NBC’s growing audio business, which became a top five audio publisher under her leadership, and worked closely with NBC Studios on identifying and developing premium documentaries, series and scripted projects. Among the most awarded female broadcast journalists, Haeringer is respected among her peers for her instincts, tenacity and impeccable news judgment. Over the course of her career, she has earned every major journalism award, including twenty-two News & Documentary Emmy Awards, seven Edward R. Murrow Awards, four Peabody Awards, two Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards, and three Overseas Press Club Awards.

    Michele Rosette she/her/hers

    Chief Financial Officer
    Michele Rosette is the Chief Financial Officer at Crooked, overseeing all aspects of the company's financial management. She leads a team of finance professionals in strategic planning, financial reporting and analysis, accounting and internal controls, and compliance. As a strategic and operational partner to the executive team, Michele plays a pivotal role in executing the company’s growth strategy. Before joining Crooked, Michele served as the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer at Funny or Die, a producer of premium comedic content. She also held several senior finance positions at CORE Media Group, the award-winning producer of television shows such as American Idol and So You Think You Can Dance. In each role, Michele developed robust partnerships within the business, fostering collaboration to achieve financial objectives. Michele approaches all challenges with the company’s objectives in mind, always considering the impact on their most important resources—the people.

    Michele Rosette she/her/hers

    Chief Financial Officer
    Michele Rosette is the Chief Financial Officer at Crooked, overseeing all aspects of the company's financial management. She leads a team of finance professionals in strategic planning, financial reporting and analysis, accounting and internal controls, and compliance. As a strategic and operational partner to the executive team, Michele plays a pivotal role in executing the company’s growth strategy. Before joining Crooked, Michele served as the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer at Funny or Die, a producer of premium comedic content. She also held several senior finance positions at CORE Media Group, the award-winning producer of television shows such as American Idol and So You Think You Can Dance. In each role, Michele developed robust partnerships within the business, fostering collaboration to achieve financial objectives. Michele approaches all challenges with the company’s objectives in mind, always considering the impact on their most important resources—the people.

    Shaniqua McClendon she/her/hers

    VP, Political Strategy
    Shaniqua McClendon has spent a decade working in politics and is currently a fellow at the USC Center for the Political Future. She also serves as the Political Director for Crooked Media, home to the popular podcast, Pod Save America. In this role, Shaniqua led the creation of their voter engagement program, Vote Save America and volunteer engagement program, Adopt a State, which has educated millions of voters, recruited hundreds of thousands of volunteers and raised millions of dollars for progressive causes and candidates. Prior to Crooked Media, Shaniqua began her career as a White House Intern for President Barack Obama. She then went on to Capitol Hill, serving as a policy advisor to Senator Kay R. Hagan and Legislative Director to Congresswoman Alma S. Adams, where she spearheaded the creation of the first-ever Congressional Bipartisan HBCU Caucus. Shaniqua is originally from North Carolina and earned a B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communications and a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She also earned a Master in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, where she was awarded the Robert F. Kennedy Award for Excellence in Service. Shaniqua is also a Fund Her Board Member.

    Shaniqua McClendon she/her/hers

    VP, Political Strategy
    Shaniqua McClendon has spent a decade working in politics and is currently a fellow at the USC Center for the Political Future. She also serves as the Political Director for Crooked Media, home to the popular podcast, Pod Save America. In this role, Shaniqua led the creation of their voter engagement program, Vote Save America and volunteer engagement program, Adopt a State, which has educated millions of voters, recruited hundreds of thousands of volunteers and raised millions of dollars for progressive causes and candidates. Prior to Crooked Media, Shaniqua began her career as a White House Intern for President Barack Obama. She then went on to Capitol Hill, serving as a policy advisor to Senator Kay R. Hagan and Legislative Director to Congresswoman Alma S. Adams, where she spearheaded the creation of the first-ever Congressional Bipartisan HBCU Caucus. Shaniqua is originally from North Carolina and earned a B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communications and a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She also earned a Master in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, where she was awarded the Robert F. Kennedy Award for Excellence in Service. Shaniqua is also a Fund Her Board Member.

    Sofia Lopez Singleton she/her/hers

    SVP, People & Culture
    ​​Sofia is an LA native, a people person, and kind of an introvert all rolled into one. She joined Crooked in June 2021 after spending over a decade building people and culture teams in entertainment, non-profits and tech. She's still not sure whether this is a startup or not, but nevertheless dedicates her time to making Crooked a better and equitable workplace... and dare she say a cool one. Sofia is an alum of CSULA and studied cultural anthropology. She uses her anthropological skills as an excuse to go to as many concerts possible, watch way too much reality tv, and explore the many food and fancy cocktail options there are in the city.

    Sofia Lopez Singleton she/her/hers

    SVP, People & Culture
    ​​Sofia is an LA native, a people person, and kind of an introvert all rolled into one. She joined Crooked in June 2021 after spending over a decade building people and culture teams in entertainment, non-profits and tech. She's still not sure whether this is a startup or not, but nevertheless dedicates her time to making Crooked a better and equitable workplace... and dare she say a cool one. Sofia is an alum of CSULA and studied cultural anthropology. She uses her anthropological skills as an excuse to go to as many concerts possible, watch way too much reality tv, and explore the many food and fancy cocktail options there are in the city.
  • Alessandra Adams she/her/hers

    Politics Coordinator

    Alessandra Adams she/her/hers

    Politics Coordinator

    Cara Koontz She/Her/Hers

    Director, Digital Political Campaign

    Cara Koontz She/Her/Hers

    Director, Digital Political Campaign

    Eric Babb He/Him/His

    Volunteer Mobilization Manager

    Eric Babb He/Him/His

    Volunteer Mobilization Manager

    Leah Barteldes she/they

    Sr. Associate, Email & Web

    Leah Barteldes she/they

    Sr. Associate, Email & Web

    Nina Harris she/her/hers

    Political Partnerships Manager

    Nina Harris she/her/hers

    Political Partnerships Manager

    Shaniqua McClendon she/her/hers

    VP, Political Strategy
    Shaniqua McClendon has spent a decade working in politics and is currently a fellow at the USC Center for the Political Future. She also serves as the Political Director for Crooked Media, home to the popular podcast, Pod Save America. In this role, Shaniqua led the creation of their voter engagement program, Vote Save America and volunteer engagement program, Adopt a State, which has educated millions of voters, recruited hundreds of thousands of volunteers and raised millions of dollars for progressive causes and candidates. Prior to Crooked Media, Shaniqua began her career as a White House Intern for President Barack Obama. She then went on to Capitol Hill, serving as a policy advisor to Senator Kay R. Hagan and Legislative Director to Congresswoman Alma S. Adams, where she spearheaded the creation of the first-ever Congressional Bipartisan HBCU Caucus. Shaniqua is originally from North Carolina and earned a B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communications and a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She also earned a Master in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, where she was awarded the Robert F. Kennedy Award for Excellence in Service. Shaniqua is also a Fund Her Board Member.

    Shaniqua McClendon she/her/hers

    VP, Political Strategy
    Shaniqua McClendon has spent a decade working in politics and is currently a fellow at the USC Center for the Political Future. She also serves as the Political Director for Crooked Media, home to the popular podcast, Pod Save America. In this role, Shaniqua led the creation of their voter engagement program, Vote Save America and volunteer engagement program, Adopt a State, which has educated millions of voters, recruited hundreds of thousands of volunteers and raised millions of dollars for progressive causes and candidates. Prior to Crooked Media, Shaniqua began her career as a White House Intern for President Barack Obama. She then went on to Capitol Hill, serving as a policy advisor to Senator Kay R. Hagan and Legislative Director to Congresswoman Alma S. Adams, where she spearheaded the creation of the first-ever Congressional Bipartisan HBCU Caucus. Shaniqua is originally from North Carolina and earned a B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communications and a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She also earned a Master in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, where she was awarded the Robert F. Kennedy Award for Excellence in Service. Shaniqua is also a Fund Her Board Member.
  • Alexandra Monroe she/her/hers

    Merch Operations Manager

    Alexandra Monroe she/her/hers

    Merch Operations Manager

    Ashley Campion

    Community & Platform Manager

    Ashley Campion

    Community & Platform Manager

    Dariush Brizuela-Nothaft

    SVP, Community & Partnerships
    Dariush grew up in San Diego in an intercultural family. He got his start working in digital media at Maker Studios and has since served in marketing, creative, and business development capacities for companies like Disney, SoulPancake, and now, Crooked Media. He loves the way digital platforms create spaces for new conversations, fresh creativity, and identity exploration. He spends more time than he should speaking garbage Spanish, thinking about his Dungeons & Dragons character, and how to improve his Iranian cooking.

    Dariush Brizuela-Nothaft

    SVP, Community & Partnerships
    Dariush grew up in San Diego in an intercultural family. He got his start working in digital media at Maker Studios and has since served in marketing, creative, and business development capacities for companies like Disney, SoulPancake, and now, Crooked Media. He loves the way digital platforms create spaces for new conversations, fresh creativity, and identity exploration. He spends more time than he should speaking garbage Spanish, thinking about his Dungeons & Dragons character, and how to improve his Iranian cooking.

    Elijah Cone

    Sr. Director, Digital Growth
    Elijah Cone has spent his career in Los Angeles hand-crafting authentic, GMO-free, farm-to-table content experiences for a variety of faceless corporations and brands.
    After a breathtaking series of content home-runs at Fox Sports, Cone joined the world of political podcasting. “Touchdown.” Growing up in North Carolina, Elijah pivoted to video before he could walk. He graduated from Wesleyan University and continues to credit himself for other alums’ achievements to this day. Enjoy the #content everyone! Like and subscribe.

    Elijah Cone

    Sr. Director, Digital Growth
    Elijah Cone has spent his career in Los Angeles hand-crafting authentic, GMO-free, farm-to-table content experiences for a variety of faceless corporations and brands.
    After a breathtaking series of content home-runs at Fox Sports, Cone joined the world of political podcasting. “Touchdown.” Growing up in North Carolina, Elijah pivoted to video before he could walk. He graduated from Wesleyan University and continues to credit himself for other alums’ achievements to this day. Enjoy the #content everyone! Like and subscribe.

    Hayley Jones

    Social Media Manager

    Hayley Jones

    Social Media Manager

    Reyna Parades she/her/hers

    Marketing Coordinator, Ecommerce

    Reyna Parades she/her/hers

    Marketing Coordinator, Ecommerce

    Roshni Kolachalam she/her/hers

    Director, Ecommerce
    Roshni comes to the best coast by way of New York and Atlanta with an aggressive knack for all things merch.
    Not an Obama White House alum, but by golly she voted for the man--twice. She came to the west coast after a 4-year stint in New York working in fashion at companies like Kate Spade & Fab.com. She’s officially a Los Angeles convert after experiencing that HIIT training is more a lifestyle obligation rather than…well…an option. She was also born and raised in Atlanta (Respectfully, the hip hop capital of the world and not interchangeable with ‘Hotlanta’). Her past roles include spearheading and strategizing online sales for Rachel Zoe and First Media so she will sell the hell out of Crooked Media merch. Also… click this.

    Roshni Kolachalam she/her/hers

    Director, Ecommerce
    Roshni comes to the best coast by way of New York and Atlanta with an aggressive knack for all things merch.
    Not an Obama White House alum, but by golly she voted for the man--twice. She came to the west coast after a 4-year stint in New York working in fashion at companies like Kate Spade & Fab.com. She’s officially a Los Angeles convert after experiencing that HIIT training is more a lifestyle obligation rather than…well…an option. She was also born and raised in Atlanta (Respectfully, the hip hop capital of the world and not interchangeable with ‘Hotlanta’). Her past roles include spearheading and strategizing online sales for Rachel Zoe and First Media so she will sell the hell out of Crooked Media merch. Also… click this.

    Simone Rossi she/her/hers

    Community Manager

    Simone Rossi she/her/hers

    Community Manager
  • Beckie Claassen she/her/hers

    Production Accountant

    Beckie Claassen she/her/hers

    Production Accountant

    Michele Rosette she/her/hers

    Chief Financial Officer
    Michele Rosette is the Chief Financial Officer at Crooked, overseeing all aspects of the company's financial management. She leads a team of finance professionals in strategic planning, financial reporting and analysis, accounting and internal controls, and compliance. As a strategic and operational partner to the executive team, Michele plays a pivotal role in executing the company’s growth strategy. Before joining Crooked, Michele served as the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer at Funny or Die, a producer of premium comedic content. She also held several senior finance positions at CORE Media Group, the award-winning producer of television shows such as American Idol and So You Think You Can Dance. In each role, Michele developed robust partnerships within the business, fostering collaboration to achieve financial objectives. Michele approaches all challenges with the company’s objectives in mind, always considering the impact on their most important resources—the people.

    Michele Rosette she/her/hers

    Chief Financial Officer
    Michele Rosette is the Chief Financial Officer at Crooked, overseeing all aspects of the company's financial management. She leads a team of finance professionals in strategic planning, financial reporting and analysis, accounting and internal controls, and compliance. As a strategic and operational partner to the executive team, Michele plays a pivotal role in executing the company’s growth strategy. Before joining Crooked, Michele served as the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer at Funny or Die, a producer of premium comedic content. She also held several senior finance positions at CORE Media Group, the award-winning producer of television shows such as American Idol and So You Think You Can Dance. In each role, Michele developed robust partnerships within the business, fostering collaboration to achieve financial objectives. Michele approaches all challenges with the company’s objectives in mind, always considering the impact on their most important resources—the people.

    Ryan Gallagher He/Him/His

    Sr Director, Finance

    Ryan Gallagher He/Him/His

    Sr Director, Finance
  • Giancarlo Bizzaro

    VP, Sales

    Giancarlo Bizzaro

    VP, Sales
  • Alexandra Hernandez she/her/hers

    Operations Manager

    Alexandra Hernandez she/her/hers

    Operations Manager

    Andie Taft she/her/hers

    Ops & People Coordinator

    Andie Taft she/her/hers

    Ops & People Coordinator

    Ari Schwartz They/them

    Chief of Staff

    Ari Schwartz They/them

    Chief of Staff

    Christian Avendano He/Him/His

    IT Coordinator

    Christian Avendano He/Him/His

    IT Coordinator

    Christina Vo she/her/hers

    Recruiter

    Christina Vo she/her/hers

    Recruiter

    Juna Skrami They/Them/She

    People & Culture Generalist

    Juna Skrami They/Them/She

    People & Culture Generalist

    Justine Howe she/her/hers

    Sr Director, Ops & Strategic Initatives
    Justine Howe has been to 25 countries, 45 states, but unfortunately only 1 planet.
    She loves being the chief. Of stuff. Think: culture, project management, event planning, a little bit of interior decorating, a little HR, and a little IT. But mostly everyone thinks of her as the person who bought the office plants and plans the parties. Justine was born in Minnesota, went to the University of Pittsburgh and worked for Tory Burch in New York before realizing she's a Californian yogi at heart and moving to LA. Also, she had someone else write this bio because she was very nervous about it.

    Justine Howe she/her/hers

    Sr Director, Ops & Strategic Initatives
    Justine Howe has been to 25 countries, 45 states, but unfortunately only 1 planet.
    She loves being the chief. Of stuff. Think: culture, project management, event planning, a little bit of interior decorating, a little HR, and a little IT. But mostly everyone thinks of her as the person who bought the office plants and plans the parties. Justine was born in Minnesota, went to the University of Pittsburgh and worked for Tory Burch in New York before realizing she's a Californian yogi at heart and moving to LA. Also, she had someone else write this bio because she was very nervous about it.

    Kobe Copeland He/Him/His

    Executive Assistant

    Kobe Copeland He/Him/His

    Executive Assistant

    Sofia Lopez Singleton she/her/hers

    SVP, People & Culture
    ​​Sofia is an LA native, a people person, and kind of an introvert all rolled into one. She joined Crooked in June 2021 after spending over a decade building people and culture teams in entertainment, non-profits and tech. She's still not sure whether this is a startup or not, but nevertheless dedicates her time to making Crooked a better and equitable workplace... and dare she say a cool one. Sofia is an alum of CSULA and studied cultural anthropology. She uses her anthropological skills as an excuse to go to as many concerts possible, watch way too much reality tv, and explore the many food and fancy cocktail options there are in the city.

    Sofia Lopez Singleton she/her/hers

    SVP, People & Culture
    ​​Sofia is an LA native, a people person, and kind of an introvert all rolled into one. She joined Crooked in June 2021 after spending over a decade building people and culture teams in entertainment, non-profits and tech. She's still not sure whether this is a startup or not, but nevertheless dedicates her time to making Crooked a better and equitable workplace... and dare she say a cool one. Sofia is an alum of CSULA and studied cultural anthropology. She uses her anthropological skills as an excuse to go to as many concerts possible, watch way too much reality tv, and explore the many food and fancy cocktail options there are in the city.
  • Adia Hill she/her/hers

    Marketing Coordinator

    Adia Hill she/her/hers

    Marketing Coordinator

    Andrew Nauffts

    Sr. Manager, Social Strategy

    Andrew Nauffts

    Sr. Manager, Social Strategy

    Ashley Simon she/her/hers

    PR Manager

    Ashley Simon she/her/hers

    PR Manager

    Bernardo Serna He/him/his

    Sr. Graphic Designer

    Bernardo Serna He/him/his

    Sr. Graphic Designer

    Caroline Dunphy she/her/hers

    Sr. Social Content Producer

    Caroline Dunphy she/her/hers

    Sr. Social Content Producer

    Crystal Ponzio-Busto she/her/hers

    EVP, Marketing
    Crystal has spent the last ten years in the belly of the streaming beast, at Hulu and and then Netflix, and she needs a break from algorithms. She's delighted to have joined Crooked and to be a part of media's next great revolution. She lives in Topanga Canyon with her husband Enrico, her daughter Stella and her dog Gnocchi, no wait...she doesn't have a dog.

    Crystal Ponzio-Busto she/her/hers

    EVP, Marketing
    Crystal has spent the last ten years in the belly of the streaming beast, at Hulu and and then Netflix, and she needs a break from algorithms. She's delighted to have joined Crooked and to be a part of media's next great revolution. She lives in Topanga Canyon with her husband Enrico, her daughter Stella and her dog Gnocchi, no wait...she doesn't have a dog.

    Deisi Cruz Luis she/her/hers

    Sr. Coordinator Marketing Ops

    Deisi Cruz Luis she/her/hers

    Sr. Coordinator Marketing Ops

    Ewa Okulate she/her/hers

    Sr. Social Media Coordinator

    Ewa Okulate she/her/hers

    Sr. Social Media Coordinator

    Gabriela Leverette she/her/hers

    Sr. Marketing Manager

    Gabriela Leverette she/her/hers

    Sr. Marketing Manager

    Jordan Silver He/Him/His

    VP, Consumer Marketing
    Jordan Silver is a Los Angeles native (if you count the Valley).
    After he graduated from Berkeley with a degree in Media Studies, he began working in marketing with lifestyle brands like Good American, Rachel Zoe, and Popsugar. When he's not watching Bravo with his dog Ginsburg, he's in Palm Springs, or spending his entire salary on concert merch that he has no room left for in his drawers. In case you were wondering, Jordan Silver is his real name and not a stage name.

    Jordan Silver He/Him/His

    VP, Consumer Marketing
    Jordan Silver is a Los Angeles native (if you count the Valley).
    After he graduated from Berkeley with a degree in Media Studies, he began working in marketing with lifestyle brands like Good American, Rachel Zoe, and Popsugar. When he's not watching Bravo with his dog Ginsburg, he's in Palm Springs, or spending his entire salary on concert merch that he has no room left for in his drawers. In case you were wondering, Jordan Silver is his real name and not a stage name.

    Julia Beach she/her/hers

    Sr. Marketing Manager

    Julia Beach she/her/hers

    Sr. Marketing Manager

    Kayla Moriarty she/her/hers

    VP, Social & Audience Development

    Kayla Moriarty she/her/hers

    VP, Social & Audience Development

    Kelly Tran she/her/hers

    Marketing Coordinator, Network

    Kelly Tran she/her/hers

    Marketing Coordinator, Network

    Lucas Oberholtzer He/him/his

    Audience Development Analyst

    Lucas Oberholtzer He/him/his

    Audience Development Analyst

    Maggie Fitzgerald she/her/hers

    Social Media Content Producer

    Maggie Fitzgerald she/her/hers

    Social Media Content Producer

    Samantha Kuderna-Reeves she/her/hers

    Sr. Designer

    Samantha Kuderna-Reeves she/her/hers

    Sr. Designer

    Zevvy Smith-Danford she/her/hers

    Graphic Designer

    Zevvy Smith-Danford she/her/hers

    Graphic Designer
  • Adriene Hill she/her/hers

    Executive Producer, News and Politics

    Adriene Hill she/her/hers

    Executive Producer, News and Politics

    Alyona Minkovski She/Her/Hers

    Producer, News and Politics

    Alyona Minkovski She/Her/Hers

    Producer, News and Politics

    Austin Fisher He/him/his

    Network Operations Manager

    Austin Fisher He/him/his

    Network Operations Manager

    Caroline Reston She/Her/Hers

    Sr. Producer, Ent & Culture
    Before making the move to Crooked Media, Caroline worked at The Jim Jefferies Show, Throwing Shade and Grey's Anatomy.
    Caroline produces Keep It, Hysteria, Hall of Shame and quality controls Pod Save America. Her interests are totally normal and not all weird. When she's not knee deep in her fifteenth read of Helter Skelter, she likes to unwind by hate watching Sean Hannity. Caroline misses Bethenny and hopes she returns to the franchise soon.

    Caroline Reston She/Her/Hers

    Sr. Producer, Ent & Culture
    Before making the move to Crooked Media, Caroline worked at The Jim Jefferies Show, Throwing Shade and Grey's Anatomy.
    Caroline produces Keep It, Hysteria, Hall of Shame and quality controls Pod Save America. Her interests are totally normal and not all weird. When she's not knee deep in her fifteenth read of Helter Skelter, she likes to unwind by hate watching Sean Hannity. Caroline misses Bethenny and hopes she returns to the franchise soon.

    Chris Lord He

    Producer, Entertainment & Culture

    Chris Lord He

    Producer, Entertainment & Culture

    David Toledo

    Producer, News and Politics

    David Toledo

    Producer, News and Politics

    Emma Illick-Frank She/Her/Hers

    Producer, News & Politics

    Emma Illick-Frank She/Her/Hers

    Producer, News & Politics

    Erica Morrison She/Her/Hers

    Sr. Producer, Daily News

    Erica Morrison She/Her/Hers

    Sr. Producer, Daily News

    Farrah Safari

    Associate Producer, News & Politics

    Farrah Safari

    Associate Producer, News & Politics

    Greg Walters He/him/his

    News Editor

    Greg Walters He/him/his

    News Editor

    Halle Kiefer She/Her/Hers

    Sr. Writer

    Halle Kiefer She/Her/Hers

    Sr. Writer

    Julia Claire She/Her/Hers

    Writer, Daily News & Marketing

    Julia Claire She/Her/Hers

    Writer, Daily News & Marketing

    Katie Long she/her/hers

    Executive Producer
    Katie listens to all the podcasts, on double speed.
    Katie got her start in news as a producer and editor at Marketplace. Her work was focused on helping people understand a broken economy in the aftermath of the financial crisis. At Crooked, she helps people understand what's going on in politics at a time when it’s broken -- and ways to fix it. She’s also a Duke alum and an avid fan of their basketball team biomedical research.

    Katie Long she/her/hers

    Executive Producer
    Katie listens to all the podcasts, on double speed.
    Katie got her start in news as a producer and editor at Marketplace. Her work was focused on helping people understand a broken economy in the aftermath of the financial crisis. At Crooked, she helps people understand what's going on in politics at a time when it’s broken -- and ways to fix it. She’s also a Duke alum and an avid fan of their basketball team biomedical research.

    Kendra James She/Her/Hers

    Executive Producer, Entertainment & Culture

    Kendra James She/Her/Hers

    Executive Producer, Entertainment & Culture

    Kennedy Hill She/Her/Hers

    Associate Producer, Entertainment

    Kennedy Hill She/Her/Hers

    Associate Producer, Entertainment

    Leo Duran He/him/his

    Sr. Producer, News & Development

    Leo Duran He/him/his

    Sr. Producer, News & Development

    Madeleine Haeringer She

    EVP, News & Programming
    Madeleine Haeringer is Crooked’s EVP & General Manager of News & Programming, responsible for leading the content development, expansion, and operations across the Crooked network. Prior to assuming this role, Haeringer served as Senior Vice President of Editorial for NBC News in charge of managing the editorial agenda and coordinating coverage across all broadcast, cable, streaming and digital platforms. She also led NBC’s growing audio business, which became a top five audio publisher under her leadership, and worked closely with NBC Studios on identifying and developing premium documentaries, series and scripted projects. Among the most awarded female broadcast journalists, Haeringer is respected among her peers for her instincts, tenacity and impeccable news judgment. Over the course of her career, she has earned every major journalism award, including twenty-two News & Documentary Emmy Awards, seven Edward R. Murrow Awards, four Peabody Awards, two Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards, and three Overseas Press Club Awards.

    Madeleine Haeringer She

    EVP, News & Programming
    Madeleine Haeringer is Crooked’s EVP & General Manager of News & Programming, responsible for leading the content development, expansion, and operations across the Crooked network. Prior to assuming this role, Haeringer served as Senior Vice President of Editorial for NBC News in charge of managing the editorial agenda and coordinating coverage across all broadcast, cable, streaming and digital platforms. She also led NBC’s growing audio business, which became a top five audio publisher under her leadership, and worked closely with NBC Studios on identifying and developing premium documentaries, series and scripted projects. Among the most awarded female broadcast journalists, Haeringer is respected among her peers for her instincts, tenacity and impeccable news judgment. Over the course of her career, she has earned every major journalism award, including twenty-two News & Documentary Emmy Awards, seven Edward R. Murrow Awards, four Peabody Awards, two Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards, and three Overseas Press Club Awards.

    Max Fisher

    Contributor, News & Politics

    Max Fisher

    Contributor, News & Politics

    Michael Goldsmith

    Associate Producer, News & Politics

    Michael Goldsmith

    Associate Producer, News & Politics

    Natalie Bettendorf She/Her/Hers

    Associate Producer, Daily News

    Natalie Bettendorf She/Her/Hers

    Associate Producer, Daily News

    Olivia Martinez

    Producer, News and Politics

    Olivia Martinez

    Producer, News and Politics

    Raven Yamamoto He/him/his

    Associate Producer, Daily News

    Raven Yamamoto He/him/his

    Associate Producer, Daily News

    Reid Cherlin He/him/his

    Executive Editor, News and Politics

    Reid Cherlin He/him/his

    Executive Editor, News and Politics

    Sarah Lazarus

    Staff Writer
    Sarah is a DC insider who worked at White House Gifts for six pivotal weeks in 2010.
    Her uniform was a polo shirt with the Declaration of Independence on it. Since then, Sarah has written for the New Yorker, NPR’s Ask Me Another, and McSweeney’s Internet Tendency. Now she writes Crooked’s What A Day newsletter! She lost the shirt in college and regrets it very much.

    Sarah Lazarus

    Staff Writer
    Sarah is a DC insider who worked at White House Gifts for six pivotal weeks in 2010.
    Her uniform was a polo shirt with the Declaration of Independence on it. Since then, Sarah has written for the New Yorker, NPR’s Ask Me Another, and McSweeney’s Internet Tendency. Now she writes Crooked’s What A Day newsletter! She lost the shirt in college and regrets it very much.

    Saul Rubin He/him/his

    Associate Producer, News & Politics

    Saul Rubin He/him/his

    Associate Producer, News & Politics

    Sydney Rapp she/her/hers

    Associate Producer
    Sydney is a native Coloradan who is doing her best to enjoy the city life.
    Before coming to Crooked, she spent her days in grassroots organizing on the frontline for the environmental crisis. When she’s not booking guests and doing research for Crooked’s Development and Production team, you can probably find her at the beach or climbing a mountain. Sydney is also one of the first people Pundit runs to when arriving in the office and she takes a lot of pride in that.

    Sydney Rapp she/her/hers

    Associate Producer
    Sydney is a native Coloradan who is doing her best to enjoy the city life.
    Before coming to Crooked, she spent her days in grassroots organizing on the frontline for the environmental crisis. When she’s not booking guests and doing research for Crooked’s Development and Production team, you can probably find her at the beach or climbing a mountain. Sydney is also one of the first people Pundit runs to when arriving in the office and she takes a lot of pride in that.
  • Ben Hethcoat He/him/his

    Sr. Video Producer

    Ben Hethcoat He/him/his

    Sr. Video Producer

    Ben Zacuto He/him/his

    Ad Ops Coordinator

    Ben Zacuto He/him/his

    Ad Ops Coordinator

    Charlotte Landes They/them

    Sr. Audio Engineer

    Charlotte Landes They/them

    Sr. Audio Engineer

    Claudia Sheng

    Associate Video Producer

    Claudia Sheng

    Associate Video Producer

    David Toles He/him/his

    Studio Technician

    David Toles He/him/his

    Studio Technician

    Delon Villanueva He/him/his

    Video Producer

    Delon Villanueva He/him/his

    Video Producer

    Evan Sutton He/him/his

    Audio Engineer

    Evan Sutton He/him/his

    Audio Engineer

    Jordan Cantor she/her

    Sr. Audio Engineer

    Jordan Cantor she/her

    Sr. Audio Engineer

    Joseph Dutra

    Video Editor

    Joseph Dutra

    Video Editor

    Kiril Palaveev He/him/his

    Associate Video Producer

    Kiril Palaveev He/him/his

    Associate Video Producer

    Kyle Seglin

    Director, Audio
    Kyle, like all audio engineers, is a former psychotherapist. And like all former psychotherapists, Kyle loves to listen. You could say that’s what inspired him to study sound.
    You’d be wrong though. It was early 2000s Long Island punk music that did it. (Obviously.) Kyle got his undergrad at UVA and his masters at Hunter College in NYC. He soon began working as a full-time psychotherapist while simultaneously recording bands in his Brooklyn-based recording studio. From there, he mixed for various TV shows, recorded and produced bands, post-mixed films and Internet media, and sound designed as a freelancer and staff engineer in both NYC and LA. In 2016 Kyle moved to the west coast to become a full time Californian. Kyle is also an avid TV-watcher, news-reader, dog-haver, and, totally without bragging, has a lot of plants.

    Kyle Seglin

    Director, Audio
    Kyle, like all audio engineers, is a former psychotherapist. And like all former psychotherapists, Kyle loves to listen. You could say that’s what inspired him to study sound.
    You’d be wrong though. It was early 2000s Long Island punk music that did it. (Obviously.) Kyle got his undergrad at UVA and his masters at Hunter College in NYC. He soon began working as a full-time psychotherapist while simultaneously recording bands in his Brooklyn-based recording studio. From there, he mixed for various TV shows, recorded and produced bands, post-mixed films and Internet media, and sound designed as a freelancer and staff engineer in both NYC and LA. In 2016 Kyle moved to the west coast to become a full time Californian. Kyle is also an avid TV-watcher, news-reader, dog-haver, and, totally without bragging, has a lot of plants.

    Matt DeGroot He/him/his

    VP, Production
    Matt combines his love of cinema and politics to bring you video content—allowing the Crooked hosts to prove they’re more than just a pretty voice.

    After surviving childhood in the Steve King district of Iowa and five years in D.C.—where he became as comfortable producing an animated short about civil service reform as he was being shoved into a broom closet with Oliva Newton-John by secret service escorting Laura Bush through the Kennedy Center—he escaped to Los Angeles, where he spent the next five years at Buzzfeed trying on rompers, convincing Rob Lowe to be a TV court judge, and traveling the world meeting Olympians and eating ridiculously expensive food. To counteract the hours spent watching movies with his husband, Patrick, he gets his heart racing by hiking with his dog, Jolene; playing on a Hogwarts-themed dodgeball team; and watching far too much MSNBC.

    Matt DeGroot He/him/his

    VP, Production
    Matt combines his love of cinema and politics to bring you video content—allowing the Crooked hosts to prove they’re more than just a pretty voice.

    After surviving childhood in the Steve King district of Iowa and five years in D.C.—where he became as comfortable producing an animated short about civil service reform as he was being shoved into a broom closet with Oliva Newton-John by secret service escorting Laura Bush through the Kennedy Center—he escaped to Los Angeles, where he spent the next five years at Buzzfeed trying on rompers, convincing Rob Lowe to be a TV court judge, and traveling the world meeting Olympians and eating ridiculously expensive food. To counteract the hours spent watching movies with his husband, Patrick, he gets his heart racing by hiking with his dog, Jolene; playing on a Hogwarts-themed dodgeball team; and watching far too much MSNBC.

    Megan Patsel She/Her/Hers

    Video Producer

    Megan Patsel She/Her/Hers

    Video Producer

    Mia Kellman She/Her/Hers

    Video Editor

    Mia Kellman She/Her/Hers

    Video Editor

    Michelle Bocanegra She/Her/Hers

    Sr. Ad Ops Manager

    Michelle Bocanegra She/Her/Hers

    Sr. Ad Ops Manager

    Molly Lobell She/Her/Hers

    Social Video Editor

    Molly Lobell She/Her/Hers

    Social Video Editor

    Peter Molinaro He/him/his

    Campaign Coordinator

    Peter Molinaro He/him/his

    Campaign Coordinator

    Phoebe Bradford She/Her/Hers

    Sr. Video Producer

    Phoebe Bradford She/Her/Hers

    Sr. Video Producer

    Rachel Gaewski She/Her/Hers

    Sr. Video Producer

    Rachel Gaewski She/Her/Hers

    Sr. Video Producer

    Vasilis Fotopoulos He/him/his

    Engineer & Composer

    Vasilis Fotopoulos He/him/his

    Engineer & Composer

    William Jones

    Video Optimization Specialist

    William Jones

    Video Optimization Specialist