Debbie Cox Bultan has twenty-five years of experience in center-left politics, public policy and non-profit leadership. As CEO 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 Dworkin, Communications & Policy Director
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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.
Kellee Wicker, Engagement Director
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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 8 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 engagement with NewDEAL Leaders and the broader NewDEAL community.
Brittany Wise, Development Director
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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.