The Team

Tom Bowen, Principal and Co-Founder, started New Chicago Consulting after a decade of experience in some of the top races across the country. He focuses on all aspects of successful organizations including management, self-assessments, communications, and public affairs.

He has managed six campaigns ranging from Chicago City Council to U.S. Senate and has worked and consulted on more than 75 local and federal races across the country, including the 2008 presidential campaign for Barack Obama. In 2011, Tom was the deputy campaign manager for Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Chicago’s first new mayor in 22 years. He later established and managed his leadership political campaign committee. In 2019, he served as a senior member of the campaign for Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot.

Tom regularly provides commentary as an expert source on political issues for Chicago-based media organizations and is often quoted in national publications for his expertise in politics. He has provided commentary and analysis for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, National Journal, POLITICO, Newsweek, and the NY Daily News.

He lives in Oak Park, Illinois with his wife Aviva their daughter.

Christina Nowinski Wurst, Principal and Co-Founder, established the fundraising services of New Chicago Consulting in 2014. Christina has spent a decade focusing on development for nonprofits and political races for federal, state and local offices. She manages finance operations for clients raising funds in Chicago, Illinois and throughout the country.

Some of her most notable projects include Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, Chicago Treasurer Melissa Conyears-Ervin, and Congressman Mike Quigley. She’s also worked on projects including U.S. Senator Dick Durbin and Illinois Supreme Court Justice Mary Jane Theis previous to her time with NCC.

Christina also serves as the Executive Director of the Illinois Women's Institute for Leadership Training Academy with the New Chicago team.Prior to her independent work, Christina served in a leadership role with Nancy Kohn Consulting, a national fundraising firm headquartered in Chicago. She proudly serves on the Future Voices Council of Personal PAC, Illinois’ leading pro-choice organization.

Tracy Mayfield, Principal, has spearheaded a variety of high profile fundraising projects for NCC. She was a key advisor during the effort of Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s stunning victory in the 2019 runoff election, led the 2018 Attorney General finance operation of Illinois Deputy Governor Jesse Ruiz, and coordinated the 2018 Chicago City Council Latino Caucus Foundation Gala.

Prior to joining NCC in 2017, Tracy served as a Senior Advisor at Progressive Turnout Project. In the 2015-16 cycle, she worked at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee as a Regional Candidate Fundraising Director. In this role, she helped top-tier congressional races in the Midwest launch, staff up, and reach fundraising goals, as well as coordinated national surrogate travel.

Before that, she worked on the fundraising staff of four multi-million dollar campaigns in northern Illinois, including as the Finance Director on Congressman Brad Schneider's winning 2012 campaign and his record-setting 2014 campaign – a total of more than $7 million.

Amanda Latty, Senior Finance Director, started working in fundraising in 2012, raising funds for leading democratic and non-profit organizations including the DCCC, DSCC, Emily's List and Planned Parenthood. Amanda moved to Chicago after leading the fundraising efforts at the Missouri Democratic Party during the 2014 and 2016 cycles. She enjoys traveling and spending time outdoors and studied Political Science at the University of Missouri.

Joey Slater, Finance Associate, is originally from Deerfield, Illinois and has worked on various campaigns in the state of Illinois. He graduated from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign in 2018 with degrees in both Political Science and Communication.

Ally Sledz, Communications and Research Associate, graduated from DePaul University in 2019 with a BA in Political Science and a BA in English. She started at New Chicago as a Research Fellow in January of 2018 and officially became a part of the team as a Research and Communications Associate in March 2019. She is originally from the northern suburbs of Chicago and currently lives in Wrigleyville.

Katherine Miles, Operations Manager and Finance Associate, graduated from Carleton College in 2018 with a BA in Political Science.  She worked on multiple campaigns after graduation and joined New Chicago in September of 2018.  She played basketball and volleyball at Carleton, and currently coaches Junior Varsity volleyball at Maine South High School.

Katherine Scotty, Program Director for IWIL Training Academy, is from the Chicago suburbs and got involved with politics after spending time working with nonprofits in her early years. Before graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a BA in Political Science and a Certificate in Business Administration and Management, she worked with IWIL Training Academy as an intern. She also gained experience working for Senator Tammy Baldwin's re-election campaign and the Sierra Club.

Rachael Hardiek, Finance Associate, is originally from Lemont, Illinois. She graduated from Villanova University in May of 2019 with a BA in Political Science and English. She gained experience in the political world working on campaigns during college. She joined New Chicago Consulting in January of 2020 and is excited to continue working as part of the team.