New Politics revitalizes our democracy by recruiting, developing, and electing servant leaders who exemplify courage, integrity, and empathy.
We support outstanding military veterans and national service leaders, alumni of programs like AmeriCorps and the Peace Corps, to step up and serve our country again, this time through politics. This year we were proud to be behind the movement of veterans who ran for office for the first time, and we have big plans to grow into the future.
We believe now more than ever our nation needs leaders who have served our country and know what it means to put others first. We need Americans who have put everything aside to serve our communities outside of politics to serve our country as political leaders.
New Politics was founded in 2013 by City Year alumna Emily Cherniack, who saw during her service and subsequent political experience both the lack of support for national service alumni trying to re-enter public service and the transformational impact they could have if elected.
Emily’s path to politics came when her boss and mentor, Alan Khazei, decided to run for the US Senate in 2009. Khazei asked Emily to become his Deputy Campaign Manager and, although he was defeated, Emily learned a great deal from his campaign and the power of political leaders who chose to serve country before self.
This experience led Emily to conclude that our current system for recruiting political talent is broken. The current talent pipeline is intentionally exclusive, and has significant barriers that prevent transformational leaders from successfully running for office; the only way to change that is to change the pipeline. New Politics was founded in 2013 to address exactly that.
New Politics is a bipartisan organization helping bring a new generation of leadership to politics by helping promising servant leaders run for public office.
We identify top talent, help them build a winning campaign infrastructure, and provide mentorship and support throughout their campaigns. In doing so, we help change the political landscape by bringing fresh, service-oriented perspectives to politics, from veterans in Congress to national service leaders in state houses around the country. We disrupt the political ecosystem by injecting it with talented servant leaders and setting them up for success.
What we do
Develop servant leaders
We continuously mentor our candidates as they think about running for office. In 2016, we supported Juana Matias when she ran for and won a state representative seat. We then supported her in her run for Congress.
Build winning campaigns
We incubate entire campaigns – from guiding the consultant- and staff-hiring processes to devising fundraising strategies and developing a compelling message. We recruited Ken Harbaugh’s staff and helped him set up his campaign for success.
Elect veterans & national service alumni
We continue to coach and assess the team as the campaign develops. In the 2016 cycle, New Politics ran now-Congressman Mike Gallagher’s GOTV push and raised more than $60,000 for his campaign, helping send another veteran to Congress.
Advise elected leaders
We advise our candidates as they become elected officials. We’ve worked closely with Rep. Moulton as he builds a national platform and movement with the Serve America Victory Fund – encouraging more servant leaders to run for office. This effort has been behind the large movement of veterans running for Congress this year.