John Thomas, President & CEO
John Thomas is the founder and President of Thomas Partners Strategies, a full service media, strategy and crisis communications firm. He is actively involved in shaping the political landscape across the nation and specializes in strategy consulting and television creation for political campaigns, corporations, ballot measures, non-profits and universities. Integrated with his communications firm is Thomas Partners Research, a political and corporate polling company.
John has been a Chief Strategist for Republican candidates at nearly every level of office across the country, from County Supervisor to District Attorney to U.S. Senator. The Los Angeles Times has called him “Billy the Kid of Political Battles” for having created some of the most cutting-edge, compelling ads of the 2016 election cycle. John received the Campaign and Elections Magazine Rising Star Award in 2017 for his work as a Republican political strategist for clients across the country.
John is a well-known Southern California radio personality, providing political analysis in his weekly segment “This Week in Trump World” on KFI AM 640’s Bill Handel Show. He has been a highly sought-after on-air Television pundit and commentator on CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, Fox 11, NBC, and PBS, and in print in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, and Campaigns and Elections magazine. Thomas was an official CNN Political Commentator throughout the 2016 and 2018 cycles.
John received his bachelor’s degree in advertising from Southern Methodist University. In 2010 he received his Master of Public Policy from the Pepperdine School of Public Policy where he serves as a member of the School’s Board of Visitors. John was awarded Pepperdine’s School of Public Policy’s distinguished Alum of the year in 2017 and gave the keynote address at commencement. He regularly guest lectures at universities across the nation.
Among his philanthropic and community appointments, John sits on the Board of Directors of CalWatchdog, California’s leadinginvestigative-reporting watchdog group, and previously served as a trustee of the House Ear Institute. He is an active alumnus of his undergraduate alma mater, Southern Methodist University, serving as an interviewer for the Greater Los Angeles area, as a member of its Young Alumni Board (2008-2010), and president of the Los Angeles Alumni Chapter (2007-2012).
Kelly O’Toole, Vice President of Creative Development
Kelly O'Toole has over twelve years of experience in branding, print design, interactive technologies, usability, and user interface designs. Her expertise and passion for her work fuels TPS's strength in innovative design solutions. TPS views design and digital media as a collaborative process of discovery that takes patience, experience, and communication. Kelly works to ensure that TPS’s clients are involved in the process every step of the way, incorporating feedback at each stage until the design is finalized and implemented.
Prior to working at TPS, Kelly created business solutions for a multitude of companies and organizations, helping to craft various messages. Acclaimed for her creativity, expertise and technical proficiency Kelly’s experience in multi-faceted projects across a number of different industries has helped clients successfully reach their goals. Kelly holds a B.A. in English from Colby College and a M.S. in Advertising from the University of Boston.