Fought holds a Master of Divinity degree from Saint John’s School of Theology and Seminary in Collegeville, Minnesota. He recently began studies in the Doctor of Ministry in Preaching program at Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis.
A nationally recognized political and communications strategist, he has over 20 years of experience working in electoral politics, issue advocacy, nonprofit management and public affairs. In 2006, he joined the staff of the Democratic National Committee, part of the 50 State Strategy of former DNC chair Governor Howard Dean. In his role with the DNC, Fought assisted state Democratic parties with their communications strategy and served as communications director of both the Minnesota and Nebraska state parties. He has also served as campaign manager of a targeted statewide U.S. Senate campaign, and as advisor to members of Congress throughout the country.
In 2012, Fought served as communications director for Our Vote Our Future, the official statewide campaign to defeat the Voter ID amendment in Minnesota. He also served as communications director of Minnesotans for a Fair Economy, a coalition of labor, community and faith-based organizations working to bring about racial and economic justice in the state.
He attended the University of Minnesota, where his undergraduate major was in Religious Studies, with the specific interest areas of pluralism, American Indian spiritual practice and the intersection between faith and politics.
Because of his unique professional background and extensive theological scholarship, Fought is a regular commentator on issues related to the convergence of politics and faith in American culture and travels extensively as a retreat facilitator, workshop presenter and keynote speaker.