Keli Goff is a popular blogger and commentator, and recognized for her ability to effortlessly traverse the worlds of politics and pop culture, covering subjects as diverse as the latest O.J. Simpson trial, to the presidential debates. She has appeared on a number of programs including: CNN’s “Paula Zahn Now,” “Showbiz Tonight,” and “Reliable Sources,” and FOX News Channel’s “The O’Reilly Factor” and “Hannity & Colmes” (among others).
She is the author of the forthcoming book Party Crashing: How the Hip-Hop Generation Declared Political Independence (Basic Books, February/March 2008). Party Crashing explores the cultural and political divide between black Americans of the civil rights generation and their children and grandchildren, known collectively as the hip-hop generation. Covering a diverse array of issues from hip-hop, to gay marriage, and the growing Independent voter movement among younger black Americans, “Party Crashing” is an in-depth look at how generational differences are impacting the 2008 presidential election, and future elections.
Keli’s extensive background in politics and media includes a number of high profile political and public relations campaigns. She served as Campaign Manager for Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney’s successful re-election in 2002 and was Deputy Campaign Manager for “Vote No On 3,” a campaign the New York Times labeled “hugely successful.” Spearheaded by a coalition that included unions and good government groups, “Vote No on 3,” was a campaign to defeat a ballot measure drafted to end party primaries in New York City. In spite of being outspent nearly 10 to 1, the initiative was soundly defeated 70% to 30%.
At Fenton Communications Keli served as the lead publicist on the launch of SheSource.org, an online media resource created to increase the presence of women experts on major networks. Since its inception, SheSource.org experts have been seen on numerous networks, including: ABC, BBC, CNN, FOX News Channel and many others.
She holds a B.A. from New York University and a Master’s degree in Strategic Communications from Columbia University. A native of Texas, Keli’s foray into politics began with an internship on Hillary Clinton’s 2000 Senate campaign.