A.J. Johnston comes to ColdSpark after a life as a musician and a scholar of the Middle East. He has experience in politics from his work with Tom Smith’s upset win in the Republican Senate primary in Pennsylvania, to his role as a key player in Guy Reschenthaler’s successful bid to win back Pennsylvania’s 37th Senate District after a decade of Democratic incumbency. Along with work as a political advisor to Pennsylvania House Speaker Mike Turzai, A.J. holds a degree in international affairs from Slippery Rock University and recently returned from the Middle East where he was a Gilman Scholar with the U.S. Department of State.