U.S. Sen. Warner to Keynote Seattle Convening of Rising State & Local Democrats

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For Immediate Release:
May 18, 2018
Contact: Jonathon Dworkin (NewDEAL), 202-660-1340 x5,

NewDEAL Ideas Summit to address future of trade, climate change, and education in Trump era


U.S. Senator Mark Warner, an honorary co-chair of NewDEAL (Developing Exceptional American Leaders) will provide keynote remarks at the NewDEAL Ideas Summit (May 29 - 30) in Seattle, where rising pro-growth progressive leaders from across the country will gather to address how to approach the biggest public policy issues facing the country. Warner, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee and a leader on tech policy, will focus his comments on how the country must adapt to prepare Americans for the future of work. A former technology entrepreneur who co-founded Nextel, Warner has led the debate on and proposed policy solutions for expanding opportunity for workers and businesses in the new economy.

With Democrats seeking to boost their influence in state and local governments this November, the two-day Ideas Summit, hosted by Lt. Governor and NewDEAL member Cyrus Habib, will address how Democrats should approach the biggest public policy issues to improve the quality of life of Americans across the country. About 30 of these state and local officials, along will other innovators from the public and private sectors, will address key issues on which progress is being threatened by the Trump Administration, including trade, climate change, and education.

Warner’s address will be preceded by a panel on the Future of Trade amid controversial policy decisions by President Trump, including tariffs that could affect Washington State industries. The panel will feature Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01). Agenda highlights are pasted below.

About NewDEAL

Co-chaired by U.S. Senator Mark Warner (VA) and former Delaware Governor Jack Markell, the NewDEAL is a network of 158 pro-growth progressive state and local officeholders in 46 states, and was founded to support innovative, rising leaders in developing and spreading policies that spur economic growth that is broadly-earned and sustainable. In addition to facilitating the exchange of ideas among its members and with other political, policy, and private sector leaders, NewDEAL promotes a pro-growth progressive policy agenda to address the nation's biggest issues.

Conference Agenda

**Events take place at the Seattle Chamber of Commerce, 1301 5th Ave, Seattle, WA 98101**

Tuesday, May 29

12:00 p.m. Opening Session Remarks
NewDEAL Leader Washington Lt. Governor Cyrus Habib
Nick Hanauer, Co-Founder, Second Avenue Partners

1:00 p.m. The Future of Trade
Speakers include: Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01); Damien Levie, Head of Trade and Agriculture at the Embassy of the European Union; Lori Otto Punke, President of the Washington Council on International Trade; Ben Shobert, Managing Director of Rubicon Strategy Group; and NewDEAL Alumna Marilyn Strickland, Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce President and CEO

2:00 p.m. Keynote Remarks by U.S. Senator Mark Warner

2:30 p.m. Battling Climate Change in the Trump Era
Speakers include: Anne Slaughter Andrew, Social Entrepreneur/Consultant; Brian Janous, General Manager of Energy Strategy at Microsoft; NewDEAL Leader Washington State Senator Kevin Ranker; Spencer Reeder, Director of Climate & Energy at Vulcan; and Prodipto Roy, Program Manager, Buildings & Industry at ClimateWorks

Wednesday, May 30

10:00 a.m. Adapting Education & Skills for the 21st Century
A presentation by former Ambassador Suzi LeVine and Eric LeVine
Followed by panel to include: Broderick Johnson, Path Forward Coalition and Greg Nelson, The Aspen Institute’s Future of Work Initiative

1:15 p.m. Closing Session