The Team

Tom Bowen founded New Chicago Consulting after more than a decade of experience in some of the top races across the country. He focuses primarily on management, communications, and public affairs.

He has managed six political campaigns ranging from the Chicago City Council to U.S. Senate, and has worked and consulted on dozens of federal and local races across the country, including the 2008 presidential campaign for Barack Obama.  In 2011, he served as Deputy Campaign Manager for Mayor Rahm Emanuel and later established and ran his Political Action Committee.

He also serves as a senior advisor to Mac Strategies Group where he handles public affairs projects.

Christina Nowinski Wurst established the development arm of New Chicago Consulting after spending five years in top political races for federal, state, and local offices.

She has worked high profile fundraising events with national clients such as Senators Al Franken, Patty Murray, and Harry Reid. Additionally, she has tremendous local experience working with Bill Daley for Governor, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin, State Senator Jeff Schoenberg; State Representative Elaine Nekritz, and Illinois Supreme Court Justice Mary Jane Theis. Christina also consults for groups including the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce PAC.

Prior to NCC, Christina served in a leadership role with Nancy Kohn Consulting.

Zach Martin is a Finance Associate for New Chicago Consulting. He is native of Crystal Lake, a northwest suburb of Chicago. Zach received his B.A. in Political Science from DePaul University in 2014.

Daniel Egan is a Research Associate for New Chicago Consulting. He is a recent graduate of Saint Norbert College (Green Bay, WI) where he graduated with degrees in both Economics and Political Science and played Division III football. He recently completed an internship with the U.S. Department of Commerce. 

Samantha Szpunar is a Finance Associate for New Chicago Consulting. She has worked in fundraising on numerous political races in Illinois and Michigan. Samantha is originally from the Detroit area and Graduated with a Degree in International and Comparative Politics from Western Michigan University.

Erika Harris is a Communications Associate for New Chicago Consulting. She has worked in communications for two presidential campaigns, a gubernatorial race and a Senate race, as well as in communications for NGOs and non-profits in the U.S. and internationally. She has a B.A. in both Communication and Political Science from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Ore., and a M.A. in Social Sciences from the University of Chicago. She has lived in Saudi Arabia, the United Kingdom, the Czech Republic and Tanzania.