New Politics reinvigorates our democracy by recruiting, developing, and electing servant leaders who exemplify courage, integrity, and empathy.

We believe that 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. These Americans are undaunted by our most pressing problems: they don’t see challenges as walls but instead as hurdles – not as constraints but as opportunities.


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.

To break down the significant barriers to running successfully for office, we support the whole leader every step of the way and at every level — from school board to Congress and on both sides of the aisle. In order to level the political playing field, New Politics recruits the most talented leaders, incubates campaigns, and advises candidates through Election Day. We disrupt the political ecosystem by injecting it with talented servant leaders and setting them up for success.

What we do


We’re building a deep servant leadership pipeline by recruiting talented service veterans to run for office through a rigorous selection process. For instance, this year, we recruited Dan McCready, Rep. Juana Matias, Dan Helmer, and others, to run for Congress.


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, and we supported her in her recent Congressional run.


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.


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.


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 PAC – encouraging more servant leaders to run for office.

I would not have run for Congress but for New Politics’ encouragement and support. Basic integrity has been lacking in our national politics for some time, and New Politics has helped me build the infrastructure to mount a credible campaign to help restore our democracy. Without this amazing team, no one but the political insiders who broke our system will ever have a chance, and our country will be the worse for it.
— Dan Helmer, former VA-10 congressional candidate

If you are considering running for office and seeking our support