Rick Barry lives and works in Washington, DC. An art school graduate with a degree in creative writing, he has worked for numerous political campaigns and non-profits, initially directing grass-roots voter contact before moving into marketing and communications. He loves to think about politics, culture and God, and the surest way to keep him in a conversation is to weave together any two of those topics.

He has written about art and pop culture for national and international magazines, and serves as managing editor of The Body Politic. He currently directs communications for the Grace DC network and serves on the boards for the Anacostia Gracious Arts Program and Pepperdine University's Institute for Public Service and Policy Development.

A former competitive martial artist, he won three bronze medals in the Wide World of Sports tournament, was invited to represent the United States in the 2000 millennial games and once chopped a watermelon in half with his bare hand. That last one is by far his proudest accomplishment.