Lauren Victoria Burke is an independent journalist, comms strategist and political analyst. She created Crewof42, which focuses on African American members of Congress, in 2009. Ms. Burke has written for NBC BLK, The Root, NNPA, The Hill and Politic365. As part of a career in politics and media, she has served as a congressional staffer for the U.S. Senate Democratic Policy Committee, as Communications Director for U.S. Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN) and as Director of Communications for Justin Fairfax during his historic 2017 statewide campaign. Ms. Burke was also a weekly guest on NewsOneNow with Roland Martin on TVOne from 2014 to 2017 and has appeared on MSNBC. Ms. Burke holds a B.A. in History from The American University. Email: LBurke007@gmail.com. Twitter: @LVBurke.