Debbie Cox Bultan has twenty-five years of experience in center-left politics, public policy and non-profit leadership. As CEO of NewDEAL, she oversees both strategy and day to day operations for the organization.
Debbie previously served as Executive Director for the Civic Leadership Foundation, a Chicago-based non-profit that prepares underserved youth for college, career and civic life. Prior to helping launch NewDEAL, Debbie spent fifteen years at the Democratic Leadership Council (DLC) where she served in a number of capacities, including National Political Director and Chief of Staff. Among her accomplishments at the DLC was developing a network of, and policy tools for, state and local elected officials across the country.
Debbie is also a veteran of numerous political campaigns in California.
Chief Operating Officer
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Kellee Wicker has been with the NewDEAL since 2016, working to engage NewDEAL Leaders & the broader NewDEAL community and support the spread of innovative policy solutions, while also bolstering digital and visual communications across the wide range of content the organization produces.
Her background is in public policy, specializing in education and Latin American affairs. She holds a master’s in global policy from the LBJ School of Public Affairs and a master’s in Latin American studies, both from the University of Texas. Her research and published works have covered topics ranging from the economics of education in Brazil, trilateral aid among developing nations, and climate change. Kellee has also worked as a graphic designer for over 10 years, and has drawn on her training as a quantitative analyst to create infographics and data visualizations.
Vice President of Communications & Policy
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Jonathon Dworkin has built his career promoting, developing messaging, and advancing the policy and political agendas of leading Democratic elected officials at the state and federal levels.
Most recently, Jonathon worked as Communications Director for Delaware Governor Jack Markell. In that role, he led all aspects of communications with local and national media, including managing cabinet agency communications and coordinating significant events and announcements, and served as lead speechwriter. Across all his work, Jonathon was responsible for advocating for pro-growth policies in a range of areas, such as economic development, education, civil rights, and the environment. Prior to working for the Governor, Jonathon led communications efforts of Congressmen Jim Langevin and Joe Sestak, including in their campaigns in Rhode Island and Pennsylvania. His efforts on Rep. Sestak’s 2010 U.S. Senate campaign earned Jonathon recognition as one of Pennsylvania’s top young politicos.
Director, Equity Initiative
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Karlton A. Laster is the Director of the Equity Initiative for the NewDEAL. In this capacity, Karlton works to engage NewDEAL Leaders & the broader NewDEAL community and support the integration of comprehensive diversity, equity, & inclusion within all NewDEAL policy solutions, programming, and events. Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Karlton has graduated Cum Laude with a B.A. in English from The Ohio State University and a M.A. in Public Policy & Administration from Northwestern University.
His background is in public policy and government relations having been a registered lobbyist in Ohio. Previously, he served as the Cleveland Metro Director of the Ohio Environmental Council where he leads the local advocacy and policy efforts on matters of water, energy, public land, and democracy— notably the creation of the Cleveland Comprehensive Environmental Policy Platform and his Kitchen Table Talks webseries. Also, he worked as the Assistant Director of Government & Community Relations for Case Western Reserve University and as the Special Assistant for Regional Collaboration for Cuyahoga County. With over 6 years of professional experience, Karlton is a skilled advocate and policy analyst with a diversity, equity, and inclusion mindset and has a positive reputation with various community partners, organizations, and individuals locally and statewide.
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Sierra Canham is the Development Coordinator for NewDEAL, her role includes managing databases, scheduling, coordinating between multiple outreach channels within the organization and donor relations. She is originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota but attended college in Boca Raton, Florida where she graduated Summa Cum Laude with her B.A. in Political Science from Florida Atlantic University.
Before coming to NewDEAL, she worked as a fundraiser for both state and federal campaigns. Most recently, she worked on the finance team for President Biden’s historic campaign, which broke the fundraising records of any presidential campaign in history. She is interested in women’s rights, social justice and the fight against climate change. In her free time, she enjoys reading and hiking Minnesota’s many trails.
Member Services Coordinator
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Ben Moore works with the NewDEAL as its Member Services Coordinator and Office Assistant. Originally from Richmond, VA, Ben recently graduated from the University of Virginia with a double major in Foreign Affairs and English.
In his work with the NewDEAL, Ben serves as the primary liaison between the NewDEAL team and the NewDEAL Leaders across the country, coordinating with them and their teams on events, programming, and other Leader needs. Additionally, Ben organizes the NewDEAL Leader recruitment process, reviews nominations, and helps with selections. Previously, Ben worked with Forbes Tate Partners, a bipartisan, full-service lobbying and public affairs consultancy. In that role, Ben contributed to the research needs, messaging strategy, and content generation of several clients in the healthcare, transportation, and education industries.
Assistant to the CEO & Office Assistant
Jordan Smith works with the NewDEAL as the Assistant to the CEO and Office Assistant. Originally from Richmond, VA, Jordan graduated in 2018 from Emory & Henry College with a double major in Political Science and Civic Innovation. He is currently enrolled in the Political Management master’s program at George Washington University.
In his work with the NewDEAL, Jordan supports the team with scheduling, event coordination, database oversight, and maintenance, drafting correspondence and other writing assignments, social media support, and research. Before joining the NewDEAL team, Jordan worked on various political campaigns in Virginia and North & South Carolina in both field and finance operations. In these different roles, Jordan helped build field strategy, execute fundraising plans, and conduct constituent research.
William Flores is an undergraduate student at the University of California, Davis working towards a double major in International Relations and Sociology, as well as pursuing a minor in Human Rights Studies. Originally from Nayarit, Mexico, William migrated to Oakland, California when he was five years old. Upon graduating, he hopes to continue advocating for civil justice and human rights as he works to become an attorney.
Prior to joining the NewDEAL, William worked to advocate, protect, and advance immigrant rights as an intern at Centro Legal de La Raza in Oakland, California and as a research assistant for the UC Davis Department of Sociology. Additionally, William has worked to advocate for the needs of students at his home campus as an ambassador for both the University of California Advocacy Network (UCAN) and the UC Davis AB 540 & Undocumented Student Center.
Peri Munter is an undergraduate student in her third year at American University where she is double majoring in Philosophy and Law & Society, with a focus on political theory and Black feminist philosophy. After graduating, she hopes to continue her education with an MA in Philosophy while pursuing a career in progressive advocacy.
Prior to joining the NewDEAL, Peri was a fellow at Swing Left, conducted research with an American University faculty member investigating Bob Dylan’s impact on US common law, and shared her passion for political engagement through her work as a teaching assistant in American University’s Department of Government. Peri is also the research chair of American University Students Against Human Trafficking, and was the 2020 recipient of American University’s Philosophy and Social Justice Award for her work utilizing Black feminist philosophy to reimagine community-building in the face and aftermath of collective crisis.
Olivia is a senior at the University of California, Davis and is majoring in Political Science-Public Service, with a focus in social policy and policy process and interpretation. She is also pursuing a minor in Community and Regional Development. Olivia is originally from San Diego, CA and her own community has developed her passion for ensuring that communities nationwide are afforded equitable access to success. Post-graduation, Olivia hopes to attend law school and provide legal representation to those who cannot afford their own.
Prior to her involvement in the NewDEAL, Olivia has served as academic chair for Pilipinx in Business and Law (PIBL), an organization at her university aimed toward bridging the gap between members of the AAPI community and post-graduate school, such as business or law school. This organization highlights Olivia’s desire to best benefit her community by providing guidance and resources toward success, similar to the NewDEAL’s support for progressive politics to benefit underserved communities. Olivia also works within Undergraduate Admissions of UC Davis, serving as a student ambassador, communications team member, and as head of the recruitment team. In this job, she has realized her passion for connecting with individuals from diverse backgrounds and that this is something she wishes to continue in the future.