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Guest Panelist

January 24, 2020

Shermichael Singleton

Writer, political consultant, and former CNN Political Commentator who now appears regularly on MSNBC.

He’s worked on three presidential campaigns, starting with former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich during his time as a student at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia. During that time, he worked to mobilize college students on behalf of the Gingrich campaign and assisted in developing the youth outreach and mobilization strategy.


He went on to work for former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney who became the Republican nominee. During his time on the Romney/Ryan campaign, he worked with Will Ritter, one of Governor Romney’s longtime aides in the department of advance and operations, where his role also expanded to working with various coalition groups during campaign stops. his work on the Romney campaign, Shermichael traveled back home to Texas where he ran his first campaign. As campaign manager, Shermichael guided an unknown candidate to victory, successfully defeating a 15-year incumbent. His work in politics took him back to Georgia where he was involved in various local races. His work then took him to Aventura, Florida where he served as a consultant for Lauren’s Kids, a non-profit that focuses on raising awareness about child sexual abuse.

After his stint with Lauren’s Kid’s where he was a part of a team that planned a statewide awareness campaign throughout Florida, he joined America Rising, LLC. At American Rising, he was a field opposition researcher, where he was a part of a team that created the first Republican national opposition database targeting Democratic candidates. His focus state was Virginia where he provided opposition research to the Ed Gillespie Senate Campaign. He also provided opposition research for two contested Republican congressional campaigns. Shermichael would go on to serve as the Coalitions Advisor for Dr. Ben Carson during his presidential campaign, where he worked in coordination with other key campaign strategists to build the faith outreach and mobilization strategy for the Carson Campaign that would propel Dr. Carson to the national forefront as a candidate. As a result, Dr. Carson became the only Republican presidential candidate to surpass then-candidate Donald Trump in the polls. When Dr. Carson ended his presidential bid, he appointed Shermichael as his director of communications, where he would manage all communications for the former presidential candidate. He would also manage Carson’s successful engagement group, “The Carson Ideas Forum.”

After the election of Donald Trump, Shermichael was appointed as Dr. Carson’s top aide during the presidential transition process. He played a pivotal role in successfully guiding Dr. Carson through the Senate confirmation process including co-writing Dr. Carson’s Senate hearing opening statement. Soon after, Shermichael was appointed to the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), where he was sworn in as the Deputy Chief of Staff, the youngest ever appointed to the role in the history of the agency. Getting acclimated to his role at HUD, Shermichael was later fired by the Trump Administration after an articled surfaced where Shermichael criticized then-candidate Trump.

After losing his position at HUD, Shermichael joined CNN as a Political Commentator. After a year with CNN, Shermichael began providing political analysis on MSNBC.


Outside of his TV commentary, he writes for The Hill and has also written for The Washington Post and CNBC online. He has been featured on panels at various colleges and universities across the United States including Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.

A native of New Orleans, Louisiana, Singleton studied Political Science at Morehouse College and Government and Politics at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and is a graduate of Southern New Hampshire University.

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