John Hart

John Hart, an award-winning writer and journalist, and a contributor at Opportunity Lives. Previously, Hart served as U.S. Senator Tom Coburn’s longtime communications director. Hart co-authored two books with Coburn – Breach of Trust: How Washington Turns Outsiders into Insiders

Carrie Sheffield
Senior Contributor

Carrie is a contributor with Opportunity Lives based in Manhattan, where she tells stories on entrepreneurship, innovation and poverty solutions. She is also founder of Bold, a Millennial-focused, news & cultural platform centered on ideals of personal responsibility and
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Gillum Ferguson

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Israel Ortega

Israel Ortega is a nationally recognized political commentator and a contributor for Opportunity Lives, where he focuses on immigration, education, and other policy areas. He is a frequent guest on Telemundo and Univision, including “Al Punto” with Jorge Ramos, and

Ellen Carmichael
Senior Writer

Ellen Carmichael is a contributor for Opportunity Lives and is the president of The Lafayette Company, a political communications firm based in Washington, D.C. She served as the communications director of Herman Cain's presidential campaign, as well as the spokeswoman
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Shoshana Weissmann

Shoshana Weissmann has been involved in politics for a decade. Her social media strategy has been featured in numerous publications, including The New York Times. Previously, Shoshana managed social media for The Weekly Standard and managed digital for America Rising

Evan Smith

Evan Smith is a staff writer and radio producer from Ohio who has spent more than five years covering local and national news for a variety of publications. Before joining OL, he served as an investigative reporter for the