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About the Team

It doesn't matter how big or small your race may be. We want to help. The NDTC offers free, interactive online training for Democratic candidates running for office. We aim to empower any Democrat who wants to be involved in local politics with the tools needed to be successful.

We believe by working with local candidates, we can accomplish three goals: improve the performance of every Democrat up and down the ticket, elect more Democrats to office, and create a deeper bench of qualified candidates for higher office.

Kelly spent eighteen years in Democratic politics working campaigns all across the country at every level of government. His specialty is new campaign creation, strategy and fundraising. After getting his start on a congressional campaign in Kansas in 1997, Kelly went on to work and advise dozens of candidates for U.S. House, Senate, governor, mayor and more. For several years he owned a national political consulting company with four partners and offices in Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia, Washington, DC and Kansas City. Building businesses and winning campaigns are his passions. For the fun "non-work" stuff, Kelly is a poker enthusiast, die-hard Kansas Jayhawk basketball fan, and avid movie buff.

Kelly DietrichFounder

Prior to joining NDTC, Rose was a National Coordinator at the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, where she managed the non-partisan Election Protection hotline, training and managing thousands of volunteers who answered tens of thousands of voters’ questions in the 2014 and 2016 elections. She organized state-level poll monitoring and election reform advocacy efforts in Pennsylvania, New York and Florida. Previously, Rose worked at the New Organizing Institute creating an online guide to election laws, served as deputy campaign manager on a Virginia gubernatorial primary campaign and was a regional field director on a Florida gubernatorial campaign. Rose has a Master in Public Policy from the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University and a Bachelor of Science in Public Relations from the University of Florida. She is a Chicago native and in her free time enjoys running, yoga, watching Top Chef, and trying new vegetarian recipes (and getting omnivores to try them!).

Rose CloustonDirector of Online Trainings

A proud Michigan native, Pavitra comes to NDTC with a background in grassroots organizing and training. She got her start as a field organizer on President Obama's re-election campaign in Ann Arbor, Michigan where she first fell in love with organizing. Since then, she has spent time with the National Organization for Women and People for the American Way working to expand their grassroots efforts to reach women of color across the country. Most recently during the 2016 election, she worked as Training Director for Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign in Iowa where she managed the statewide training program.

Pavitra is a graduate of the University of Michigan with a degree in political science, focusing on American politics and gender studies. In her spare time, she enjoys all reality television, attending the Lyric Opera, and cheering on Michigan sports. Go blue!

Pavitra AbrahamDirector of Live Training & Political Partnerships

A proud son of immigrants, Julio Daniel centers his family in everything he does. Before joining NDTC, he spent the better part of a decade organizing for federal electoral candidates and issue-based campaigns across the country. It was these opportunities to learn from different communities that reinforced Julio's commitment to a more fair and just society where everyone is valued and has the opportunity to thrive. At New Organizing Institute he learned the ropes to run great, holistic trainings that give organizers the tools to maximize their skills.

Julio Daniel grew up in Pilsen on the south side of Chicago. He's been known to hit up karaoke spots and dance a good Cumbia. Otherwise, watching 90s reruns is his thing.

Julio Daniel DiazOperations Manager

Collyn Warner has had a career spanning outreach, communications, and rhetorical instruction. Before joining NDTC, Collyn worked in higher education programming, and previously worked on event coordination, communication efforts, and office logistics at the International Monetary Fund, as well as membership development with Business Forward and organizing with political campaigns. She has over five years of experience with working in communications and outreach (including digital organizing and social media strategy) in non-profit, political, and human rights advocacy capacities for the Campaign for Southern Equality, Neighbors for Equality (a grassroots LGBTQ rights group based in rural North Carolina), Amnesty International, and higher education institutions. Additionally, she has taught composition and digital communication rhetorical strategy courses at various higher education institutions and currently works with small businesses on communication and outreach efforts. She completed her M.A. in English (Composition and Rhetoric) at The University of Alabama, where she was awarded funding to research the digital tools of community organizing within social movements.

Collyn WarnerDeputy Live Training Director

Jauwan Hall is a native Chicagoan and comes to NDTC after more than 10 years in government and public service. Immediately after high school, Jauwan joined the United States Marine Corps where he served three tours overseas as an Aviation Maintenance Administration Clerk and Aviation Data Analyst. He returned to Chicago in 2011 as a Marine Corps recruiter before transitioning from active duty service, and completed his undergraduate studies in Political Science and History at the University of Illinois at Chicago. While at UIC Jauwan served as the Student Member of the University Board of Trustees and completed federal fellowships with the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Regional Office in Chicago, and the United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Illinois. After graduation, Jauwan worked as a Legal Assistant in the Civil Division for the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Jauwan is an active member of multiple community based and professional organizations and currently chairs the Board of Directors for Chicago Votes; a non-profit youth advocacy organization that works to empower young people through voter registration and voter education.

Jauwan HallDeputy Political Director

Before running head first into local politics, Joel was a music teacher, curriculum developer, and trainer working in public schools and on research funded by the National Science Foundation. After an unprecedented number of Democrats stepped up to run in 2017’s consolidated elections, Joel worked to elect the first democrats ever to serve in the history of his local township.

In his free time Joel serves on his local library board, works with local progressives on a zine (though he hates the word "zine"), and composes music for odd assortments of wind instruments.

Joel StudebakerOnline Trainings Associate

Jacob is the Communications Associate for NDTC. Jacob was initially an intern for NDTC in 2016 before moving on to work for both a Chicago Alderman and an Illinois State Representative. After working in Parliament in the Republic of Ireland, Jacob joined NDTC in April of 2018. Jacob is a graduate of DePaul University with a degree in Political Science. Outside of politics, Jacob tries to forget the Chicago Cub's century of losing while enjoying their recent success.

Jacob VurpillatCommunications Associate
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Kelly spent eighteen years in Democratic politics working campaigns all across the country at every level of government. His specialty is new campaign creation, strategy and fundraising. After getting his start on a congressional campaign in Kansas in 1997, Kelly went on to work and advise dozens of candidates for U.S. House, Senate, governor, mayor and more. For several years he owned a national political consulting company with four partners and offices in Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia, Washington, DC and Kansas City. Building businesses and winning campaigns are his passions. For the fun "non-work" stuff, Kelly is a poker enthusiast, die-hard Kansas Jayhawk basketball fan, and avid movie buff.

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Rose CloustonDirector of Online Trainings[email protected]

Prior to joining NDTC, Rose was a National Coordinator at the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, where she managed the non-partisan Election Protection hotline, training and managing thousands of volunteers who answered tens of thousands of voters’ questions in the 2014 and 2016 elections. She organized state-level poll monitoring and election reform advocacy efforts in Pennsylvania, New York and Florida. Previously, Rose worked at the New Organizing Institute creating an online guide to election laws, served as deputy campaign manager on a Virginia gubernatorial primary campaign and was a regional field director on a Florida gubernatorial campaign. Rose has a Master in Public Policy from the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University and a Bachelor of Science in Public Relations from the University of Florida. She is a Chicago native and in her free time enjoys running, yoga, watching Top Chef, and trying new vegetarian recipes (and getting omnivores to try them!).

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Pavitra AbrahamDirector of Live Training & Political Partnerships[email protected]

A proud Michigan native, Pavitra comes to NDTC with a background in grassroots organizing and training. She got her start as a field organizer on President Obama's re-election campaign in Ann Arbor, Michigan where she first fell in love with organizing. Since then, she has spent time with the National Organization for Women and People for the American Way working to expand their grassroots efforts to reach women of color across the country. Most recently during the 2016 election, she worked as Training Director for Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign in Iowa where she managed the statewide training program.

Pavitra is a graduate of the University of Michigan with a degree in political science, focusing on American politics and gender studies. In her spare time, she enjoys all reality television, attending the Lyric Opera, and cheering on Michigan sports. Go blue!

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A proud son of immigrants, Julio Daniel centers his family in everything he does. Before joining NDTC, he spent the better part of a decade organizing for federal electoral candidates and issue-based campaigns across the country. It was these opportunities to learn from different communities that reinforced Julio's commitment to a more fair and just society where everyone is valued and has the opportunity to thrive. At New Organizing Institute he learned the ropes to run great, holistic trainings that give organizers the tools to maximize their skills.

Julio Daniel grew up in Pilsen on the south side of Chicago. He's been known to hit up karaoke spots and dance a good Cumbia. Otherwise, watching 90s reruns is his thing.

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Collyn WarnerDeputy Live Training Director

Collyn Warner has had a career spanning outreach, communications, and rhetorical instruction. Before joining NDTC, Collyn worked in higher education programming, and previously worked on event coordination, communication efforts, and office logistics at the International Monetary Fund, as well as membership development with Business Forward and organizing with political campaigns. She has over five years of experience with working in communications and outreach (including digital organizing and social media strategy) in non-profit, political, and human rights advocacy capacities for the Campaign for Southern Equality, Neighbors for Equality (a grassroots LGBTQ rights group based in rural North Carolina), Amnesty International, and higher education institutions. Additionally, she has taught composition and digital communication rhetorical strategy courses at various higher education institutions and currently works with small businesses on communication and outreach efforts. She completed her M.A. in English (Composition and Rhetoric) at The University of Alabama, where she was awarded funding to research the digital tools of community organizing within social movements.

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Jauwan HallDeputy Political Director[email protected]

Jauwan Hall is a native Chicagoan and comes to NDTC after more than 10 years in government and public service. Immediately after high school, Jauwan joined the United States Marine Corps where he served three tours overseas as an Aviation Maintenance Administration Clerk and Aviation Data Analyst. He returned to Chicago in 2011 as a Marine Corps recruiter before transitioning from active duty service, and completed his undergraduate studies in Political Science and History at the University of Illinois at Chicago. While at UIC Jauwan served as the Student Member of the University Board of Trustees and completed federal fellowships with the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Regional Office in Chicago, and the United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Illinois. After graduation, Jauwan worked as a Legal Assistant in the Civil Division for the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Jauwan is an active member of multiple community based and professional organizations and currently chairs the Board of Directors for Chicago Votes; a non-profit youth advocacy organization that works to empower young people through voter registration and voter education.

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Joel StudebakerOnline Trainings Associate[email protected]

Before running head first into local politics, Joel was a music teacher, curriculum developer, and trainer working in public schools and on research funded by the National Science Foundation. After an unprecedented number of Democrats stepped up to run in 2017’s consolidated elections, Joel worked to elect the first democrats ever to serve in the history of his local township.

In his free time Joel serves on his local library board, works with local progressives on a zine (though he hates the word "zine"), and composes music for odd assortments of wind instruments.

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Jacob VurpillatCommunications Associate[email protected]

Jacob is the Communications Associate for NDTC. Jacob was initially an intern for NDTC in 2016 before moving on to work for both a Chicago Alderman and an Illinois State Representative. After working in Parliament in the Republic of Ireland, Jacob joined NDTC in April of 2018. Jacob is a graduate of DePaul University with a degree in Political Science. Outside of politics, Jacob tries to forget the Chicago Cub's century of losing while enjoying their recent success.