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.
Member Services Coordinator
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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.
Assistant to the CEO & Office Assistant
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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.
Fall 2021 Fellow
Kariel Bennett is a Junior at Georgetown University. She currently majors in Government, with a minor in Education, Inquiry, and Justice. At her university, she has served as a Senator for the Georgetown University Student Association, Treasurer for the Women of Color Association, as well as founder of a traditional dance team, Hoya Blue Diamonds. Kariel has a passion for transformative education and social change and hopes to pursue a career in education policy.