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.
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.
Deputy Director of Policy
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Estevan Ginsburg works with the NewDEAL as the Deputy Policy Director. He supports the team with identifying policy trends and coordinating with policy partners to advance pro-growth ideas. Originally from California, he holds a Master’s in Education from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and earned a Bachelor of Arts from Cornell University majoring in Government.
Most recently Estevan worked in the California State Senate, serving as a Legislative Director. He led efforts to implement innovative policies addressing issues on juvenile justice reform, promoting public transportation, affordable housing construction, and expanded opportunities for foster youth in higher education institutions. Prior to his work in the legislature, Estevan taught 5th grade for two years in North Las Vegas as part of the Teach For America program.
Director of Leader Engagement
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Ben Moore works with the NewDEAL as its Member Services Coordinator. 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.
Ben is currently living in New York City, where he is enrolled in graduate school at Columbia University.
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Casey Pollard works with the NewDEAL as its Development Coordinator. Originally from Northern Virginia, Casey recently graduated from the University of South Carolina with a double major in Political Science and Sociology.
In her work with the NewDEAL, Casey contributes to fundraising efforts, database management, donor relations, and event coordination. Before joining the NewDEAL team, Casey assisted Democratic offices at the local, state, and federal levels. Casey has developed a strong background in both campaign and non-profit experience, previously serving in field, development, public affairs, finance, and research positions.
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Andrea Cruz Hernandez
Executive & Office Assistant
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Andrea Cruz Hernandez works with the NewDEAL as an office assistant. She is originally from the Bay Area, where she attended Las Positas Community College and received her Associate of Arts in Political Science. She transferred to the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she recently graduated with honors with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a concentration in American Politics and a minor in Spanish.
During her education, she was a senator for Student Government and an intern for The California Public Interest Research Group as the Co-coordinator for the Open Textbooks Alliance Grasstops. Andrea has experience with management and leadership skills and is bilingual. She hopes to attend Law School and practice Immigration Law from Latin and Central American countries and believes that pro-growth progressive leaders/policies are the only way we can find solutions to this modern day.
Fall 2022 Fellow
Mariam Kargbo works with the NewDEAL as a Fellow. She is a recent graduate from Virginia Commonwealth University where she obtained a degree in International Studies with minors in Political Science and Business. During her school years, she became active in many organizations including Democracy Matters, Leadership for Women of Color and the United Nations Children Fund.
During her undergraduate studies Mariam worked with a political consulting firm as a deputy political intern. Through this experience, she was able to work closely on numerous political campaigns, engaging in research, public relations, and community engagement. During weekends, her time was spent volunteering at a local non-profit organization, Save The Youth VA, where she mentors high students and participates in event planning and fundraising. Mariam has since returned to Maryland and plans to continue on with her graduate studies in the spring.
Fall 2022 Fellow
Zarah Reeves works with the NewDEAL as a Fellow. Rising CEO, entrepreneur, and researcher from the great state of Maryland. She currently attends the illustrious Howard University, where she is planning to graduate with her B.S in Health Science. Upon graduation, Zarah plans to pursue her Masters in Public Health and spread awareness to the various racial and socio economic issues that plague Washington, D.C through policy innovation. Zarah is also very involved in her community, working with over 5 community service organizations, churches, and local food banks. With all of her amazing accomplishments, she still finds time to read and study the latest trends worldwide. This is what eventually sparked her interest in the modeling industry. She also happens to be one of eight founders of Girls Next Door, an organization of 8 entrepreneurs and influential Maryland women that specialize in cultivating a “fun” and positive environment within the community through activities and donations to local churches and women’s shelters.