The Team

Tom Bowen 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 action committee. Over the course of his career, Tom has managed more than $12 million dollars.

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 on politics.  He has provided commentary and analysis for the New York TimesWall Street JournalNational JournalPOLITICO
Newsweek, and the NY Daily News.

Christina Nowinski Wurst established the fundraising services of New Chicago Consulting after spending five years in development for non-profit work and political races for federal, state and local offices. At NCC, she helps manage finance operations for clients and has overseen more than $10 million of funds raised.

She has tremendous local experience on the efforts of Bill Daley for Governor, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin, and IL Supreme Court Justice Mary Jane Theis. Additionally, she has worked with national clients on high profile fundraising trips.

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 most recently worked as a Senior Advisor at Progressive Turnout Project, a PAC that runs independent field programs in targeted national races. In 2015-16, she worked at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee as a Regional Candidate Fundraising Director, helping top-tier races in the Midwest launch, staff up, and reach fundraising goals, as well as coordinating national surrogate travel for these races. Previously, she worked on the fundraising staff of four multi-million dollar campaigns in northern Illinois and Chicago, including as the Finance Director on Congressman Brad Schneider's winning 2012 campaign and his record-setting 2014 campaign – raising a total of more than $7 million in those two races.

Dan Egan is a Research and Communications Associate for New Chicago Consulting. He has conducted research for a number of clients in the 2016 and 2018 election cycles. In 2017 he took on a role as a communications associate, handing media for numerous clients in Chicago and Illinois. He joined New Chicago Consulting after graduating from St. Norbert College with degrees in Economics and Political Science.

Amanda Latty is a Finance Associate for New Chicago Consulting. She 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.

Lauryn Solana Schmelzer is a Finance Associate for New Chicago Consulting. Lauryn’s political experience includes working with EMILY’s List, Organizing for Action, The Democratic Party of Evanston, and The Chicago District Office of United States Senator Tammy Duckworth. Lauryn also worked as an organizing fellow for the 2016 Clinton Campaign in Central Florida. Lauryn graduated Cum Laude from Northwestern University with degrees in Dance and Political Science. In her spare time, Lauryn enjoys musical theater and going for long runs along the Chicago lakefront.

David Evers is a Finance Associate for New Chicago Consulting. Since 2014, he has worked for political campaigns and organizations in the Upper Midwest and Illinois. David was raised in rural North Dakota and is a recent graduate of Loyola University Chicago, where he received his degree in Political Science.

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