New Leaders Council and NewDEAL to Partner on National Conversation on Innovative Progressive Policies

NLC to Develop Millennial Compact Governing Agenda; Policies from NewDEAL Innovative Ideas Contest to be Highlighted at September Conference


For Immediate Release
May 2, 2017

Media Contact
Dustin Robinson, NLC

Jonathon Dworkin, NewDEAL
202-660-1340 x5

WASHINGTON (May 2, 2017) – New Leaders Council and NewDEAL announced today that they have partnered to empower the progressive movement’s emerging leaders who are setting the path forward in 2017 and onward. In the process of developing its Millennial Compact governing agenda, NLC will be engaging with NewDEAL, which is made up of 152 pro-growth progressive state and local officeholders, about policy solutions that have worked for state and local Democrats who are having success across the country.

“We can no longer afford to wait. With Washington broken, it is imperative that progressive leaders outside the Beltway develop a positive and ideas-driven narrative that puts people first. NLC’s Millennial Compact is a governing agenda set by the new generation, and we are honored to highlight and receive input from NewDEAL’s membership both as we develop our compact and at our climatic national conversation among state and local progressive leaders at the end of the summer,” said Mark Riddle, President of New Leaders Council.

Debbie Cox Bultan, NewDEAL Executive Director, added “Teaming up to combine the energy and passion of NLC with our network is very exciting and our leaders have a lot to contribute to the important discussion of how we ensure public policies meet the challenges of the new economy. This National Conversation will showcase many ideas that our leader have shown can help Democrats govern effectively while earning broad public support.”

The National Conversation will be in Chicago on September 14-16. NLC and NewDEAL are also teaming up for regional policy events in Atlanta, Boston, Houston and Los Angeles. The NLC Millennial Compact is a series of achievable policies and movement action items written by Millennial leaders across the country.

New Leaders Council was founded in 2006 and has trained over 4,000 leaders in its 48 chapters across the country. NLC focuses on developing progressives in non-traditional areas and from a cross-cutting background. Its membership is 60% non-white minority and 55% female. Currently, the NLC Institute is training 960 fellows through the 2017 fellowship class. The NLC Millennial Compact with America is a governing agenda written for and by millennials focusing on innovating our economy, innovating our communities and innovating our democracy.

NewDEAL was founded in 2011 and brings together state and local progressive elected officials committed to pro-growth policies, helping them develop and spread innovative ideas to spur economic growth that is broadly-earned and sustainable. The organization facilitates the exchange of ideas among its 152 members from 46 states and connects them with other pro-growth progressive political, policy, and private sector leaders.

Follow New Leaders Council on Facebook and on Twitter. To learn more about the NLC, visit

Follow The NewDEAL on Facebook and on Twitter.


Spring ’17 New Leaders

We’re excited to introduce you to our Spring Class of NewDEAL Leaders, bringing the network of pro-growth progressives to 152 state and local elected leaders in 46 states and the U.S. Virgin Islands!

Announcing the group, NewDEAL Honorary Co-Chairs Senator Mark Warner (D-VA) and former Delaware Governor Jack Markell said, “We congratulate and applaud these terrific leaders, who have shown a dedication to developing pro-growth, progressive policies that increase economic opportunity for everyone.”

Mayor Pete Buttigieg from South Bend, IN, who joined the network in 2012 said, “It’s clear that we need new voices with fresh ideas and an ability to get things done to reinvigorate the Democratic Party and address the challenges that have the greatest impact on our constituents – in education, job creation, and more effective government services. I’m thrilled that this fantastic group will join this effort to keep our country moving forward.”

We hope you’ll take a moment today to welcome the NewDEAL Spring Class to the network on our Facebook page.

Thank you for your continued support and engagement as we work together to promote leaders and ideas working to grow the economy and expand opportunity for all!

Check out our Spring ’17 New Leaders as a PDF

97646733-1dc6-4fee-88e8-68e3463ef6c5.jpg 5080f652-4b85-432c-ab82-bc3f317295d6.jpg 8df8ddb1-3a39-4ffc-b3a6-18ce5c56bcb4.jpg
Loranne Ausley
(Tallahassee, FL)

Megan Barry
(Nashville, TN)

Kate Bolz
(Lincoln, NE)
 2cc84f70-9e1d-4231-8b2f-2644f3d8aff6.jpg  1b16fc80-b114-41ad-b8c2-cbd857c447eb.jpg 9210ac5b-e16a-4525-b51d-49c90326a5c9.jpg
Jeff Bridges
(Greenwood Village, CO)
Liz Brown
City Councilmember
(Columbus, OH)
 Christopher Cabaldon
(West Sacramento, CA)
 38e99149-50f0-462f-abc7-b3ec5ea6dfae.jpg  b907b7ed-909e-40a5-ba9d-0aac621e513d.jpg d1ea30e8-9524-458b-9c2d-aa761d1a65e7.jpg

Anthony Daniels
(Huntsville, AL)

Jorge Elorza
(Providence, RI)

Mat Erpelding
House Minority Leader
(Boise, ID)

 61c9a4bd-11df-490f-b815-d92c19fd661c.jpg  0a102eb9-1e50-4aae-bc87-5105d380cb85.jpg  d7b26df4-9eb1-42ae-88a4-20475847dbea.jpg

Ed Lee
(San Francisco, CA)

Jon Mitchell
(New Bedford, MA)

Levar Stoney
(Richmond, VA)
31cac563-578a-4171-8a4c-63f24cf21e66.jpg  ed11d4cb-d070-4503-ad87-96fffc1cf022.jpg

Michael Tubbs
(Stockton, CA)

Brian Turner
(Asheville, NC)

 To nominate a state or local pro-growth progressive elected official
for our Fall ’17 class, please click here.

NewDEAL Expands: Announcing New Leadership and Staff

Recognizing that it has never been more important to promote rising pro-growth progressives at the state and local levels across the country, NewDEAL is growing!

We are thrilled to announce Congresswoman Kathleen Rice (NY-04) as a new Vice Chair, and to welcome Anne Slaughter Andrew, former U.S. Ambassador to Costa Rica, as a new Board member!

Additionally, NewDEAL welcomes two new team members — Communications Director Jonathon Dworkin and Development Director Brittany Wise — who will help us expand our support for the 139 NewDEAL Leaders across the country and help them develop and spread innovative ideas that create progress for all Americans.

Thank you for your continued support, and stay tuned for updates on our work, including with our upcoming New Ideas Challenge and Ideas Summit in May!

New Leadership

New Honorary Vice Chair

Congresswoman Kathleen Rice is in her second term representing communities in Nassau County, New York after first winning her competitive district in 2014 despite a challenging year for Democrats. In Congress, Kathleen has emerged as a leading Democratic voice on national security issues and a fierce advocate for veterans. Her other priorities have included making college more affordable, supporting small businesses, and enhancing public safety by combating gun violence and drunk driving.  Kathleen built her career as an outstanding prosecutor, including as the first woman elected District Attorney in Long Island history. In that position, she won national acclaim for her efforts to crack down on drunk driving and help overhaul New York’s DWI laws, and her public corruption investigations led to the convictions of dozens of officials from both parties who violated the public’s trust.

New Member of the Board

Anne Slaughter Andrew was appointed by President Obama to serve as the first woman U.S. Ambassador to Costa Rica (2010-2013). Since leaving the State Department, former Ambassador Andrew is serving as Chairman of TerViva, LLC, an agro-technology company developing environmentally sustainable crops for food and fuel. In addition, former Ambassador Andrew serves on the Board of Directors of Ad Astra Rocket Company in Houston, Texas and as an advisor to a number of start-up clean energy businesses. In addition to serving on the Board of Directors of Earth University, former Ambassador Andrew also serves on the Board of the Natural Resources Defense Counsel (NRDC), Purdue University – Global Affairs Strategic Advisory Council and the Telluride Foundation (Colorado). Former Ambassador Andrew is an active member of the Council of American Ambassadors.

New Staff

Jonathon Dworkin comes to NewDEAL as Communications Director having worked to advance the policy and political agendas of leading Democratic officials, most recently as Director of Communications and lead speechwriter for Delaware Governor Jack Markell, an honorary NewDEAL co-chair. 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. He has also led communications efforts for two Members of Congress, including for their campaigns.

Brittany Wise, NewDEAL’s new Development Director, has extensive experience in finance and political operations in campaigns at the local, state, and national levels. Prior to joining NewDEAL, she served three years as Finance Director for Congresswoman Rice. She previously worked for New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, on the Obama for America political team in Pennsylvania during the 2012 presidential election, and in Kentucky for the state Democratic Party as well as Governor Steve Beshear’s reelection campaign.

Proud of NewDEAL Leaders Pete Buttigieg, Michael Blake, and Karen Carter Peterson!

We are proud to congratulate

NewDEAL Leader
South Bend, IN Mayor Pete Buttigieg

on his inspiring and well-run race for Chair of the Democratic National Committee.

We applaud Mayor Buttigieg for stepping up to run for this important post at such a defining time in our nation’s history, and for elevating the role that state and local officials from across America need to play in providing solutions for our party and our country.

We are also proud to congratulate

NewDEAL Leader
New York Assemblymember Michael Blake

 on his election as Democratic National Committee Vice Chair, and

NewDEAL Leader
Louisiana Senator Karen Carter Peterson

on her election as Vice Chair of Civic Engagement and Voter Participation!

Their commitment to innovative leadership and service will serve the Democratic Party well as it works to advocate for policies that benefit Americans across the nation.

Congratulations to new DNC Chair Tom Perez, and to the whole new DNC Leadership Team!

NewDEAL Announces 8 New Leaders to Join Growing Network

Pro-growth Progressive Elected Officials Recognized for Policy Innovation

See this release as a PDF

Today, NewDEAL Honorary Co-Chairs Governor Jack Markell of Delaware and U.S. Senator Mark Warner of Virginia announced that eight state and local elected officials from across the country have been selected as the next group of NewDEAL Leaders.

The NewDEAL is a national network committed to highlighting pro-growth progressive state and local elected leaders from across the country with innovative ideas to build broadly-earned, sustainable economic growth. Since its launch in 2011, the network has grown from 10 leaders to over 150 state and local leaders, and launched an interactive ideas portal highlighting dozens of state and local ideas to grow the economy, expand opportunity for all and make government work better.

“I congratulate this group of eight NewDEAL leaders who have been chosen for their pro-growth policy solutions from the front-lines of government. We are proud to highlight these leaders from across the country with innovative ideas to make government more efficient and effective,” said Senator Warner, Honorary Co-Chair of the NewDEAL.

“Year after year, the NewDEAL identifies remarkable state and local leaders who have a proven-track record of innovative solutions. These eight elected officials have fresh ideas about how we can meet the challenges of the 21st Century. I’m glad they’ve been given the distinction and the support that the NewDEAL network provides,” said Governor Markell, Honorary Co-Chair of the NewDEAL.

The NewDEAL is recognizing eight leaders who hail from diverse regions of the country: Lawrence (KS) District Attorney Charles Branson, Denver (CO) City Council President Albus Brooks, Raleigh (NC) Senator Jay Chaudhuri, Helena (MT) Representative Jenny Eck, Dallas County (TX) County Judge Clay Jenkins, Norfolk (VA) City Councilmember Andria McClellan, Atlanta (GA) Senator Elena Parent, and Boston (MA) City Council President Michelle Wu.

The NewDEAL is committed to helping pro-growth progressive leaders share their innovative ideas, which are available on its interactive website, The public is encouraged to nominate other state and local elected leaders on the network’s website and stay connected as the NewDEAL highlights more pro-growth progressive leaders and ideas.


NewDEAL in PHL The 2016 Democratic National Convention


The 2016 Democratic National Convention

What a whirlwind week we had in Philadelphia! NewDEAL Leaders were out in force, participating in a wide range of events and speaking at the Democratic National Convention. Check out this OZY piece that includes perspectives from a number of NewDEAL Leaders about the future of the party and the country.

The NewDEAL kicked off this week with a roundtable on Smart Cities Monday morning, where over 50 participants discussed how to use technology to make government work better — from open data initiatives to modernizing infrastructure to boosting citizen innovation and engagement. A big thank you to moderator NewDEAL Honorary Co-Chair Governor Jack Markell, Congresswoman Suzan DelBene, NewDEAL Mayors and other Leaders, and thoughtful experts from the private sector who joined us to share their knowledge and experience.

On Wednesday, we were thrilled to be joined by more than a hundred NewDEAL Leaders, supporters and friends for our “Toast to the Future” reception, where we celebrated the impact NewDEAL Leaders are currently having around the country, and the bright future they represent!  A special thank you to NewDEAL Leader Lincoln, NE Councilmember Leirion Gaylor Baird, who shared her experiences of connecting and collaborating with other NewDEAL Leaders on innovative ideas that can help her city, and reminded us all of the importance of supporting this dynamic network of state and local pro-growth progressive leaders who are championing ideas to grow the economy, expand opportunity, and make government work better.

Thanks to everyone who joined us in PHL, and we look forward to continuing our work together to promote pro-growth progressive leaders and ideas that move our country forward.

–Team NewDEAL