Who We Are
The NewDEAL is a selective national network of exceptional, rising, pro-growth progressive state and local elected leaders. We support them in developing, sharing, and spreading innovative ideas to adapt to our rapidly changing world and to expand economic opportunity for all Americans. NewDEALers connect with each other, as well as with other pro-growth progressive political, policy, and private sector leaders, through our events and virtual convenings.
NewDEAL Honorary Co-Chairs
U.S. Senator Chris Coons
U.S. Congresswoman Marilyn Strickland
Mayor Steve Benjamin
Pro-Growth Progressive Leaders And Ideas
For a year and a half, Wisconsin Lieutenant Governor Mandela Barnes has led his state’s Climate Change Task Force as it conducted public listening tours and generated policy recommendations. Now, with the announcement of Gov. Evers’ latest budget, Barnes is seeing his hard work pay off with the inclusion of $60 million in spending for nearly three dozen climate recommendations in the budget proposal.
California’s governor signed NewDEAL Leader Senator Ben Allen’s California Creative Workforce Act into law, one of the first pieces of legislation to focus on workforce development for the creative arts. This act aims to alleviate the detrimental effects of COVID-19 suffered by California’s arts and culture workforce by offering grants for apprenticeships, job training opportunities, and the ability to earn a living wage through employment.
Host and NewDEAL CEO Debbie Cox Bultan talks with Connecticut State Senator Will Haskell about his new book 100,000 First Bosses: My Unlikely Path As a 22-Year-Old Lawmaker, highlighting his journey from college graduate to being elected as the youngest state senator in Connecticut history. He also discusses his work to make community college free, making elections accessible, and an infrastructure plan for Connecticut.