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For Immediate Release: Tuesday, April 16, 2019

From the Office of Councilmember Will Jawando

Joins group of the most innovative state and local officials


ROCKVILLE, Md, April 16, 2019—Today Councilmember Will Jawando was selected as one of 20 leaders from across the country to join the NewDEAL (Developing Exceptional American Leaders), a selective national network of state and local elected officials led by Honorary Co-Chairs U.S. Senator Mark Warner and former Governor Jack Markell. Members of the 150-plus-person network, who are working to enact pro-growth progressive solutions in a diverse array of communities, have been chosen from among more than 1,500 nominations over its eight-year history.   

Councilmember Jawando and his 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. The work of these leaders will build on policy agendas that NewDEAL Leaders help to develop for state and local officials, including the release of a report from the NewDEAL Forum Future of Work Policy Group,  as well as The Way Forward, an agenda that addresses the most pressing issues facing Americans in the digital age. 

“While much of the political world is focused on the balance of power in D.C., we must also remember the tremendous impact that innovative state and local officials have on enacting policies that meet the demands of a changing world and expand opportunity for all,” said Senator Mark Warner and former Delaware Governor Jack Markell, honorary co-chairs of NewDEAL. “Supporting the rising leaders in the NewDEAL has never been more important. We look forward to promoting the work of Councilmember Jawando and giving him the opportunity to learn from other leaders as he joins a network with a proven track record of governing successfully in diverse communities.” 

“I’m excited to be a part of this new class of amazing leaders and to work with them and NewDEAL to expand opportunity in communities nationwide,” said Councilmember Jawando.  

Even before taking office in 2018, Jawando was committed to improving educational and economic outcomes for Maryland residents. He was selected to join NewDEAL in part because of his dedication to ensuring students are prepared to succeed in the new economy.  In addition to his work in the Obama White House and Department of Education, he also spearheaded Summer R.I.S.E., a summer job shadowing program that has placed hundreds of students in professional work experiences across the County.  

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.  

Today’s announcement brings the total number of NewDEAL members – statewide officials, legislators, mayors, councilmembers, and other local leaders – to 169 leaders from 45 states and the U.S. Virgin Islands.  Learn more about Councilmember Jawando here and the NewDEAL here 

The new class of NewDEAL Leaders includes:

  • Monte Hodges, State Representative, Blytheville, AR
  • Josh Fryday, City Councilmember, Novato, CA
  • Annette Taddeo, State Senator, Miami, FL
  • Jen Auer Jordan, State Senator, Atlanta, GA
  • Zach Wahls, State Senator, Coralville, IA
  • Stacey Walker, Linn County Supervisor, Linn County, IA
  • Ryan Fecteau, State Representative/Assistant Majority Leader, Biddeford, ME
  • Will Jawando, Council Member at Large, Montgomery County, MD
  • Will C. Smith, Jr, State Senator, Silver Spring, MD
  • Darrin Camilleri, State Representative, Brownstown, MI
  • Jocelyn Benson, Secretary of State, MI
  • Donna Lasinski, State Representative, Washtenaw County, MI
  • Anna Wishart, State Senator, Lincoln, NE
  • Jon Morgan, State Senator, Brentwood, NH
  • Erika Strassburger, City Councilmember, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Erin Healy, State Representative, Sioux Falls, SD
  • Devan Allen, County Commissioner, Tarrant County, TX
  • Elizabeth Bennett-Parker, City Councilmember, Alexandria, VA
  • Eric Pettigrew, State Representative, Seattle, WA
  • Kristine Reeves, State Representative, Federal Way, WA


Release ID: 19-130
Media Contact: Cecily Thorne 240-777-7972