In this rapidly changing world, America is fundamentally at a crossroads. The pace of change in our economy and nearly every facet of our lives is accelerating due to unstoppable forces: globalization and technological innovation. These forces have left many Americans behind and will continue to stifle opportunity unless we adapt. Progress in policymaking at the state and local levels is critical to promoting and advancing an economic agenda that expands opportunity for everyone.
The NewDEAL Forum is a Washington-DC based non-profit organization which identifies and promotes innovative, future-oriented state and local pro-growth progressive policies that can improve the lives of all Americans. By facilitating the identification and spread of policy ideas, the NewDEAL Forum seeks to foster economic growth, reduce barriers to opportunity and promote good government in communities, cities and states throughout the country.
Chief Operating Officer
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Kellee Wicker has been with the NewDEAL and NewDEAL Forum since 2016, working to engage NewDEAL Leaders & the broader NewDEAL community in support of the spread of innovative policy solutions, while also bolstering digital and visual communications across the wide range of content the organization produces.
Her 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. Kellee has also worked as a graphic designer for over 10 years, and has drawn on her training as a quantitative analyst to create infographics and data visualizations.
Vice President of Communications & Policy
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Deputy Director of Policy
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Estevan Ginsburg works with the NewDEAL and NewDEAL Forum as the Deputy Policy Director. He supports the team with identifying policy trends and coordinating with policy partners to advance pro-growth ideas. Originally from California, he holds a Master’s in Education from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and earned a Bachelor of Arts from Cornell University, majoring in Government.
Most recently, Estevan worked in the California State Senate, serving as a Legislative Director. He led efforts to implement innovative policies addressing issues on juvenile justice reform, promoting public transportation, affordable housing construction, and expanded opportunities for foster youth in higher education institutions. Prior to his work in the legislature, Estevan taught 5th grade for two years in North Las Vegas as part of the Teach For America program.