On Thursday, we were joined by Army veteran and former teacher, former Minnesota congressional candidate, and New Politics Senior Fellow Dan Feehan for the latest #TwitterTakeover. Dan shared insights in leadership from his service career, which has taken him from the Army to the classroom, and from the Pentagon to the campaign trail. He had some great insights into what servant leadership is all about and what servant leaders should do before they run for office (hint: gain clarity, something our Answering the Call helps you do!), as well as a funny anecdote about the role of parades in politics. Check out the whole thing below the break!
For the third straight week, a New Politics Senior Fellow took over our twitter account! This time it was Air Force veteran, former member of the intelligence community, and former congressional candidate in TX-23, Gina Ortiz Jones. Gina spent the day talking about how her background shaped her view of politics, what she loved most about campaigning, and what advise she has for other servant leaders considering public service.
You can read all of Gina’s posts and answers below, or find them on Twitter under #ServantLeaderTakeover. As always, don’t forget to give us a follow to make sure you catch the second half of our Senior Fellow takeovers in coming weeks.
Following Senior Fellow Amy McGrath’s Twitter Takeover last week, on Thursday, March 14, we welcomed Marine veteran, former congressional candidate, and New Politics Senior Fellow Roger Dean “RD” Huffstetler to our twitter account, where he also spent the day answering some questions about lessons from his service in the Marines and time on the campaign trail life. We’re thankful for his service and for joining us!
If you missed it, don’t worry! You can read all of RD’s posts and answers below, or find them on twitter under #ServantLeaderTakeover. Don’t forget to give us a follow to make sure you catch the next Senior Fellow takeovers in the coming weeks!
On Thursday, March 7, we welcomed Marine veteran, former congressional candidate, and New Politics Senior Fellow Amy McGrath to our twitter account, where she spent all day answering some questions about lessons she’s learned from her life of service and nearly two years on the campaign trail. We’re thankful for her service and for joining us!
If you missed it, don’t worry! You can read all of her posts and answers below, or find them on twitter under #ServantLeaderTakeover. Don’t forget to give us a follow to make sure you catch the next Senior Fellow takeovers in the coming weeks!
Today, New Politics Leadership Academy is proud to unveil its new Fellows program, aimed at advancing the political leadership of military, national service, and intelligence veterans. The inaugural cohort of fellows are proven servant leaders who recently ran for office and will now spend the next four months reflecting on their experience on the campaign trail and conducting research to grow the movement of servant leaders running for office. The New Politics Leadership Academy 2019 fellows are Gina Ortiz Jones from Texas, Ken Harbaugh from Ohio, Juana Matias from Massachusetts, Dan Feehan from Minnesota, Amy McGrath from Kentucky, and Roger Dean “RD” Huffstetler from Virginia.
New Politics Leadership Academy recruits and trains military veterans and national service alumni to run for office, helping to revitalize our democracy and transform our politics. The Fellows program furthers this mission by supporting servant leaders who have run for office but came up short to reflect on their experience, mentor other future candidates, conduct new research, and grow as leaders.
“Campaigns often yield an incredible amount of knowledge, regardless of the result. Yet, we often see this knowledge lost as soon as voting ends,” Emily Cherniack, New Politics Founder and Executive Director, said. “This first group of New Politics Leadership Academy Fellows are some of the top examples of incredible servant leaders who stepped up in 2018 to run for office and are committed to putting country over party. They will have the opportunity to share their insights with the servant leader community, conduct new research, and grow as leaders.”
Through their fellowship, New Politics Leadership Academy Fellows will have the opportunity to reflect on lessons learned during their campaigns and share their learnings with the growing servant leader community.
“Our Fellows are thought leaders who inspire and enable the continued growth of New Politics Leadership Academy’s mission,” Emily continued. “In the four months of their Fellowship, they’ll publish, speak, advocate, and conduct policy research across an array of topics important to our democracy, including building bridges between rural and urban communities and how to engage more veterans in the political process.”
The inaugural Fellows group will explore a diverse set of topics during their NPLA Fellowships:
Gina Ortiz Jones is a national security expert and her career spans serving as a U.S. Air Force intelligence officer deployed to Iraq, to serving in the Executive Office of the President where she led a portfolio focused on U.S. economic and national security. Most recently, Gina was a candidate for Congress in Texas’ 23rd District. In her fellowship, Gina will continue to engage with communities throughout South and West Texas to research and highlight the ways in which domestic policies can potentially pose future national and economic security risks.
Ken Harbaugh is a former Navy pilot and president of Team Rubicon Global, a disaster-relief organization that has helped retrain 80,000 military veterans to redeploy as emergency responders. In 2018, he was a candidate for Congress in Ohio’s 7th district. As a New Politics Leadership Academy Fellow, Ken will explore the implications of our failing two-party system. The problems often pointed to by political commentators, such as gerrymandering, media partisanship, and donor tribalism, are symptoms of our ossified party structures. But the inflexibility of that system has created openings for post-partisan disruptors that are now challenging the ingrained orthodoxies.
Juana Matias is the outgoing State Representative for Massachusetts’ 16th Essex District, a former candidate for Massachusetts’ 3rd Congressional District, and an AmeriCorps member. Her commitment and passion lies in working to eradicate racial, social, and economic inequities to ensure that every person has an opportunity to achieve the American Dream. As a New Politics Leadership Academy Fellow, Juana will focus on examining methods that foster civic and electoral participation within the US Latinx community. She will also develop policy recommendations in the area of immigration reform, particularly focusing on compromise legislative language and strategies that can be utilized during this upcoming Congressional session.
Dan Feehan was a candidate for Congress in Minnesota's 1st District. Dan is a former acting Assistant Secretary of Defense for Military Readiness, having served previously as an active-duty Army officer during two combat tours in Iraq. Dan also served as a middle school math teacher through Teach for America. As a New Politics Leadership Academy Fellow, Dan will examine the nature of today's political engagement with rural voters, drawing on his recent campaign experiences in Minnesota. From this, he will demonstrate the methods of communication, meeting, and organizing that ultimately are able to influence voters in an otherwise polarizing political environment.
Amy McGrath is a retired Marine Lieutenant Colonel serving 20 years and three combat tours as an F/A-18 fighter pilot and weapons systems officer in Iraq, and Afghanistan. Amy earned a Master’s degree in Global Security and she served tours in the Pentagon, Capitol Hill, and instructing at the US Naval Academy. Most recently, Amy was a candidate for Congress in Kentucky's 6th District. As a fellow with New Politics Leadership Academy, Amy will continue to lead and work with the people of Kentucky regarding national issues that affect them. She will conduct research on how to further close the rural-urban political gap in Kentucky, with a focus on tactics and strategies for breaking down partisanship in our communities.
Roger Dean “RD” Huffstetler is a Marine veteran and former Congressional candidate in Virginia's 5th District, stretching from the North Carolina state line to Northern Virginia. Previously, he served as Congressman Seth Moulton’s Chief of Staff and worked at Twilio, then an early-stage technology startup. As a New Politics Leadership Academy Fellow, RD will continue to mentor service-oriented leaders who are considering running for office and will develop innovative technology platforms and approaches to help them succeed.
New Politics Leadership Academy released a new video touting the experiences and breakthroughs of alumni and why we need servant leaders in our politics. The video featured Founder and Executive Director Emily Cherniack, Congressman Seth Moulton (R-MA-06), Congressman Mike Gallagher (R-WI-08) and NPLA Alumni Robert Watson, Bria Price, Dan Moy, and State Rep.-elect Nika Elugardo.
How should we develop aspiring politicians so that they are powerfully prepared to transform our current political culture?
As an organization dedicated to recruiting and supporting service program alumni—both military veterans and alumni of civilian service programs like Peace Corps and AmeriCorps—this is a question we grapple with on a daily basis. Our organization takes a comprehensive and holistic approach to developing leaders: In addition to trainings related to technical skills and knowledge, we also focus on how to create an intentional, positive and productive campaign team culture, and challenge future candidates to get crystal clear about their own personal values and mission.
On Tuesday, September 4th, New Politics Leadership Academy Founder and Executive Director Emily Cherniack was named to Politico Magazine's 2018 Politico 50, which honors the "visionaries, thinkers, and doers" driving American politics today. Emily was honored because of the impact that servant leaders are having on our politics and the potential they have to revitalize our democracy and positively shape our nation's future.
Our political system is in tough shape. At a moment when we face urgent public problems that we can only effectively address with collaboration, compromise, and ingenuity, we are polarized and seemingly incapable of working together.
Are you a military veteran or an alumnus of a civilian service program like AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, or a related experience? At this critical moment for our democracy, are you wondering if you might feel called to seek political office as a next step in your personal service journey?
We’ve never had fewer service alumni in Congress in our nation’s history. And our current Congress is among the least productive ever.