Krystal Ball is an author, activist, social media innovator, and recovering Congressional candidate. She is best known as the co-host of the MSNBC program “The Cycle”, and for hundreds of television appearances on shows as diverse as “The O’Reilly Factor” and “Real Time with Bill Maher”. She has been a featured speaker at Columbia, Princeton, Harvard, and George Washington University, and a guest lecturer at the New School in New York City.
Her writing has appeared in publications such as US News and World Report, The Atlantic, The Huffington Post, and Politico, and she is central to Glamour magazine’s political coverage, where she concentrates on issues important to women. Her new book, Reversing the Apocalypse: Hijacking the Democratic Party to Save the World, is a courageous manifesto calling for change in the leadership and focus of the Democratic Party.
Following her 2010 Congressional campaign, Forbes magazine named her one of the Most Powerful Women in the Mid-Term Elections, and The Week designated her as one of the Top Eight Political Stars of 2010, along with Marco Rubio, Scott Brown and Chris Christie.
She commutes between Washington and her home in Louisville, Kentucky, where she lives with her husband, Jonathon, and their three adorably willful children.
John Moffett has an extensive political and public affairs background both inside Washington and on multiple Federal, state and local campaigns around the country.
After working for a non-profit in Beirut, Lebanon after college, then for a government affairs firm in DC, John took a position on Barack Obama’s 2012 reelection campaign and subsequently took a role with the 2013 Presidential Inaugural Committee. John then turned his focus to the 2014 midterms, working in senior staff roles on numerous House campaigns, including as Don Beyer’s Finance and Political Director in Virginia, then Congressman Nick Rahall’s Deputy Campaign Manager in West Virginia’s 3rd Congressional District.
Since the 2014 cycle, John has managed a County Executives race in 2015 in Ulster County, NY, and has worked in different public affairs roles in DC, most recently serving as a Senior Associate in the Grassroots practice at Dewey Square Group.
John is a true believer in the working class as the backbone of our country and believes that as such, our country is at its best when working-class voices are heard and well-represented.
John is an avid fisherman, cheeseburger enthusiast, and firmly believes each year that the Redskins are going to win the Super Bowl.
Kelsey Hayes Coots
Kelsey Hayes Coots is a career educator and political operative. After graduating the University of Kentucky with a degree in Political Science, she was a member of the Teach for America Corps, for two years teaching 8th grade Language Arts in Houston.
She was an Obama for America fellow, interned for the 2010 Conway for Kentucky campaign, has been a finance consultant to the Kentucky House Democratic Caucus, and has worked with many State House and State Senate campaigns. She also is a 2018 graduate of the Emerge Kentucky program.
She teaches 8th grade Language Arts in the Jefferson County, Kentucky, public schools and is actively engaged in lobbying state government for more funding for public education.
She, her husband, and their dog Charley live in Louisville, Kentucky.
Tom Johnson is a writer and communications consultant based in Louisville, Kentucky. He has written or produced more than 100 television documentaries and published an equal number of magazine articles; played a key role in four venture capital-funded start-ups; and provided communications consulting services in a dozen different industries.
He has written or co-written business plans that have raised over $100 million in venture capital and, for a short, lamentable period in his youth, made a living writing jokes.
He holds an advanced certification from the Wine and Spirits Education Trust in London, is a trained facilitator of strategic development processes, and was recognized by the American Legion for his contribution to the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the end of World War II.