Adapting to the Future of Work

Ideas Challenge Winners Announced

Creating Portable Benefits through a competitive grant program to encourage employers and organizations to innovate and experiment with benefits systems that are especially designed to serve workers outside of traditional full-time positions.


  • Securing our Communities and our Planet: Councilmember Andria McClellan (Norfolk, VA)
    Resilient Zoning Code for a Coastal Community to create the most resilient zoning code in the nation to reduce future risks to the built environment. The new zoning code includes elevated building requirements, additional landscaping and open space, and a Resilient Quotient — a point-based system for new development to mitigate risk and support sustainable practices.
  • Empowering Disadvantaged Populations: Mayor Christopher Cabaldon (West Sacramento, CA)
    West Sacramento On-Demand: Mobility for All, which established a first-of-its-kind microtransit service that fills the gap between ride-sharing and traditional bus service to serve all members of his community, including youth, seniors, and the disabled, at a low, flat rate.
  • Rebuilding Community: Councilmember Nirva LaFortune (Providence, RI)
    The Transit Corridor Opportunity Program (TCOP), which recognizes the need for systemic solutions to revitalizing neighborhoods by addressing access to reliable transportation, affordable housing production, employment opportunity, and a ready workforce.

Introducing the 2019 Class of NewDEAL Leaders

The NewDEAL was proud to announce the Fall 2019 class of NewDEAL Leaders this week, with 15 elected officials hailing from 15 different states officially joining the network. The announcement was covered by local news, including mentions for Montevallo, AL Mayor Hollie Cost; Exeter, NH Select Board Vice Chair Molly Cowan, and Colorado Representative Chris Hansen. Take a moment to see the newest members of the NewDEAL here, and join us in welcoming them on our Twitter or Facebook!

Secretaries of State Get Voters Registered

Two NewDEAL Leaders are hard at work ensuring that American voters are registered and ready to exercise their rights in the 2019 and 2020 elections. Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson announced the official launch of automatic voter registration this week, as well as the rollout of online voter registration following the November 2019 election. In California, Secretary of State Alex Padilla’s program to pre-register eligible 16- and 17-year-old residents has been in operation for three years, pre-registering more than 400,000 teens. In an interview with Teen Vogue, Secretary Padilla said that turnout for this group has been high so far – of the 100,000 pre-registered voters who were 18 in time for the midterms, 55,000 cast a ballot. Check out the links to read more about these important moves to strengthen democracy.

NewDEAL Leaders Working to Empower Voters

In addition to the NewDEAL Leaders on the front lines of redistricting battles, many NewDEALers are working in other ways to mobilize and empower voters. Andrew Gillum’s work in Florida is investing heavily in registering new voters, while Stacey Abrams battles voter suppression nationwide with her new organization Fair Fight Action. Some NewDEAL Leaders are working to mobilize younger voters, like through California Secretary of State Alex Padilla’s pre-registration drive for 16- and 17-year-olds, which pre-registered 200,000 Californian teens last year. Legislation pushed by Nevada House Speaker Jason Frierson includes provisions like same-day voter registration, and Hawaii has moved to statewide all-mail voting as the result of legislation sponsored by House Speaker Scott Saiki. Maricopa County Recorder, Adrian Fontes, is streamlining the process to get citizens registered to vote in local and statewide elections.

Diversity in City Procurement

NewDEAL Leader Councilmember Derek Green’s city of Philadelphia was recently announced as the latest member of the City Accelerator, a program in partnership with Living Cities and Citi Foundation to promote the spread of promising innovative policies that will have a significant impact on residents’ lives. Philadelphia’s City Accelerator project will build on work Councilmember Green started earlier this year to enhance diversity in city procurement and use city purchasing power to build up businesses owned by people of color. Learn more about the plans to promote women and minority-owned companies.

Women Leading in Colorado

NewDEAL Leaders Senators Kerry Donovan and Brittany Pettersen were profiled by NBC News this week as part the “Fab Five”, five female friends who all won Colorado Senate seats in November, helped flip the chamber and are now part of the country’s first female-led majority caucus. The Senators discussed how their support for one another was key to their individual successes, their policy priorities for the session, and how they hope they inspire other women to run for office. Read more about these dynamic women and the leadership they are providing for their state.