FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 15, 2018
Contact: Jonathon Dworkin, 202-660-1340 x5
Albany Councilmember Dorcey Applyrs Selected as One of Nation’s Top Pro-Growth Progressive Leaders
Joins group of 150 of the most innovative Democratic state and local officials
Washington, D.C. - Today, Albany City Councilmember Dorcey Applyrs was selected as one of nine leaders from across the country to join the NewDEAL (Developing Exceptional American Leaders), a selective national network of state and local leaders led by Honorary Co-Chairs U.S. Senator Mark Warner and former Governor Jack Markell. Members of the 150-person network, who are working to enact pro-growth progressive solutions in a diverse array of communities, have been chosen from among more than 1000 nominations.
Applyrs and her peers in the new class of leaders (listed below) were recognized for their unwavering commitment to expanding opportunity, as they work to move their communities forward in the new economy and reject the idea that policymakers can or should want to turn the clock back to a prior era. These leaders’ work will help build on NewDEAL’s The Way Forward, a policy agenda released last fall with innovative ideas to address the most pressing issues facing Americans in the digital age.
"Anyone wondering where to look for a bench of talented rising Democrats should take note of the NewDEAL's innovative network of results-oriented and forward-thinking leaders,” said Senator Warner (D-VA) and Governor Markell. “We are excited to welcome Councilmember Applyrs as part of another class of innovative pro-growth progressives from throughout the country who are committed to meeting the demands of a changing world and rebuilding trust in government. We look forward to promoting her work as part of NewDEAL's policy agendas, while giving her the chance to learn from other leaders and work with them to set a vision for the future."
NewDEAL Leaders have found broad support for their work, with 98 percent of members winning elections in 2016 and 2017, across red, blue, and purple states, including ten elected to higher office. Four members were elevated to statewide office, including in the swing states of Pennsylvania and North Carolina.
“I am excited to be part of NewDEAL’s impressive network of public servants across the nation dedicated to expanding opportunity for everyone in the new economy while making government work more equitably and effectively,” said Applyrs. “Joining this organization presents both a great way to discover policies that are working across the country and an opportunity to share the lessons we have learned in Albany with other leaders looking to improve their communities.”
Applyrs has committed her professional career to the City of Albany and improving the quality of life for residents in the First Ward. First elected in 2013, and re-elected last year, Applyrs focuses on a variety of issues, including health disparities, public and environmental safety, and other quality of life issues. She has been instrumental in the start-up of new economic development projects and growth happening in the First Ward, while also hosting several economic summits focused on empowering women to become entrepreneurs and leaders in their field. In addition, Applyrs took the lead in advocating for the inclusion of an affordable housing requirement in the City of Albany's rezone legislation. She was named 40 Under 40 by the Albany Business Review, Young Alumni of Excellence by the University of Albany, and 2017 Women and Girls Ambassador by Girls Inc. of the Capital Region.
The NewDEAL brings together leaders focused on expanding opportunity, helping them develop and spread innovative ideas to spur economic growth that is broadly-earned and sustainable. Most importantly, the organization facilitates the exchange of ideas among its members and connects them with other pro-growth progressive political, policy, and private sector leaders.
One of the organization’s signature events, the Ideas Summit, will take place May 29-30 in Seattle, WA, where about 30 Leaders will join participants from the public and private sectors to discuss the path forward on key issues on which progress is being threatened, including trade, climate change, and education. In addition to panels and breakouts sessions, speakers will include NewDEAL Honorary Co-chair U.S. Senator Mark Warner as well as entrepreneur and venture capitalist Nick Hanauer.
Today’s announcement brings the total number of NewDEAL members – statewide officials, legislators, mayors, councilmembers, and other local leaders – to 158 leaders from 46 states and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Learn more about Councilmember Applyrs and the NewDEAL at http://www.newdealleaders.org/leaders.
The new class of NewDEAL Leaders includes:
Dr. Dorcey Applyrs, City Councilmember, Albany, NY
Adrian Fontes, County Recorder, Maricopa County, AZ
Vin Gopal, Senator, Monmouth County, NJ
Adam Gray, Assemblymember, Merced, California
Steven L. Reed, Probate Judge, Montgomery County, AL
Andy Schor, Mayor, Lansing, MI
Anne Sung, Independent School District Board Member, Houston, TX
Lovely Warren, Mayor, Rochester, NY
Randall L. Woodfin, Mayor, Birmingham, AL