2023 Ideas Challenge

The Ideas Challenge is a biennial policy competition open to NewDEAL Leaders, accepting policy submissions at any stage, from ideas to fully implemented policies. Leaders may submit more than one idea. These ideas are rated by a panel of judges based on potential and/or actual impact and inventiveness. For our sixth Ideas Challenge, we aim to highlight policies that demonstrate how government can work effectively to solve problems and deliver results on the biggest issues facing your communities.

Submissions for the 2023 Ideas Challenge have officially closed and finalists will be announced soon. Winners will be announced later this fall and featured in GOVERNING Magazine. (See the 2021 Challenge Winners Feature here.) Find more information about this year’s challenge and submission guidelines here.

Meet the 2023 Judges Panel

Kate Burns

Executive Director, MetroLab Network

Frank DiGiammarino

Executive Vice President, Booz Allen Hamilton

Jorge Elorza

CEO, Democrats for Education Reform

Karen Freeman-Wilson

President & CEO, Chicago Urban League

Patrick Gaspard

President & CEO, Center for American Progress

Ann McLane Kuster

U.S. Representative, NH-2 & Chair, New Democrat Coalition

Andi Phillips

Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Maycomb Capital

Mary Ellen Wiederwohl

President & CEO, Accelerator for America