Mayor Lovely Warren Press Release

May 15, 2018
Contact: Jonathon Dworkin, 202-660-1340 x5

Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren 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, Rochester, New York Mayor Lovely Warren 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.

Warren 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 Mayor Warren 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.

"When I took office in 2014, I immediately recognized that business as usual wasn't working anymore; we had to look past the status quo," said Mayor Warren. "Over the past four years our initiatives have been innovative, ambitious, and progressive. I'm proud that we are making progress on our goals of creating more jobs, safer neighborhoods, and better educational opportunities, and I will not rest until the job is done."

Serving in her second term after becoming the city’s first female mayor in 2014, Warren has pursued a pro-growth progressive agenda to increase job creation, build safer and more vibrant neighborhoods, and offer better educational opportunities. Her efforts to increase opportunity have include initiatives like the Market Driven Community Co-operative, which works to identify, launch, and oversee a network of worker-owned businesses capable of meeting the needs of regional anchor institutions such as hospital systems, colleges, and universities. Warren aims to continue to drive economic growth that is broadly earned and sustainable through second term priorities of increasing affordable housing, breaking down transportation barriers, and closing the skills gap.

About NewDEAL

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 other innovators 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 Mayor Lovely Warren and the NewDEAL at

The new class of NewDEAL Leaders includes:

Dorcey Applyrs, City Councilmember, New York, 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

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