Our Team

dcoxbultan_small_edit.jpgDebbie Cox Bultan, Executive Director
debbie@newdealleaders.org | 202-660-1340 ext. 1

Debbie Cox Bultan has twenty-five years of experience in center-left politics, public policy and non-profit leadership. As Executive Director 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.


Jonathon DworkinJonathon Dworkin, Communications Director
jonathon@newdealleaders.org  |  202-660-1340 ext. 5

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.

Aaron_Simpson_small_Headshot.jpgAaron Simpson, 
Political Director
aaron@newdealleaders.org | 202-660-1340 ext. 2

Aaron Simpson hails from a background in political communications and campaign strategy with an emphasis on advancing pragmatic Democratic leadership across the country.

Prior to joining the NewDEAL, Aaron served in the Office of Congressman Mike McIntyre, where he developed and executed a nuanced communications strategy for one of the most conservative districts in the country represented by a Democrat at the time. After his time on Capitol Hill, Aaron went on to advise numerous state and local Democratic campaigns, helping candidates target crucial independent and conservative voting blocs and preparing rapid responses to hot-button political issues from the Affordable Care Act to the Iranian Nuclear Deal. Outside the political arena, Aaron has worked closely with non-profits and grassroots leaders in his home state of North Carolina to help engage and empower communities impacted by environmental crises like coal ash contamination and mountain-top removal.


Brittany WiseBrittany Wise, Development Director
brittany@newdealleaders.org  |  202-660-1340 ext. 4

Brittany has worked in politics for the past seven years at the state, local, and national level. As the Development Director she oversees the fundraising operation for the organization.

Prior to joining the NewDEAL, Brittany served from 2014-2017 as Congresswoman Kathleen Rice's Finance Director. She has previously worked as a fundraiser for Mayor Bill de Blasio, as the Deputy Political Director in Pennsylvania for Obama for America, as the Deputy Finance Director on former Governor Steve Beshear's re-election campaign, and as a fundraiser and event coordinator at the Kentucky Democratic Party. Brittany is a native of Louisville, KY and graduated from the University of Kentucky in 2009.


kw_headshot.jpgKellee Wicker. Outreach & Special Projects Coordinator
kellee@newdealleaders.org | 202-660-1340 ext. 3

Kellee Wicker's 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.  She has also published extensively with the Baines Report, an online policy magazine.  

Kellee has also worked as a graphic designer for over 6 years, and has drawn on her training as a quantitative analyst to create infographics and data visualizations.  

She brings both talents to her work with NewDEAL overseeing outreach to NewDEAL Leaders and the broader NewDEAL community.

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