Baynard Woods founded Democracy in Crisis. He is editor at large at the Baltimore City Paper. His work has also appeared in the Guardian, the New York Times, the Washington Post, Vox, Salon, McSweeney's, Virginia Quarterly Review, and many others. He is the author of the book "Coffin Point: The Strange Cases of Ed McTeer, Witchdoctor Sheriff," about a white sheriff who used hoodoo to govern a largely black county for 37 years. He earned a Ph.D. in philosophy, focusing on ethics and tyranny and became a reporter in an attempt to live like Socrates. He wrote the libretto for Rhymes with Opera's climate-change opera film "Adam's Run." 

Brandon Soderberg is the Chief Advisor and editor at large for Democracy in Crisis. He helps determine the general direction of the coverage and specific areas of focus and devises the site’s web and social media strategies. An early hip-hop and politics blog led to a job as a contributing writer for Spin Magazine. Since then, Brandon has written for numerous alt-weeklies and other publications. He is currently the interim editor-in-chief at the Baltimore City Paper.

Mary Finn, public school administrator and former Obama campaign organizer (2008), is the
FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) Manager. Mary is studying to be an archivist and librarian
and she interned at the Clinton Presidential Archive, where she learned the FOIA process in-
depth. Mary runs our robust investigative program, filing and managing numerous open records
requests each week, while also communicating with the subscribing papers on local FOIA leads.