Our Team

Julia Baumel
Julia Baumel
Senior Policy Analyst

During her time at The New Center, Julia has focused on infrastructure policy, social policy, and government reform. Her previous work experience ranges from lobbying to nonprofit law. Outside of the office, she enjoys playing tennis with friends, watching and performing stand-up comedy, and cooking. She spent four years on the women’s varsity lightweight rowing team at Harvard and graduated in 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in government and a secondary in psychology.

Governance, Social Policy, Economy
Zane Heflin
Zane Heflin
Policy Analyst

Zane is a policy analyst at The New Center, focusing on economic policy, foreign policy, and education. He previously worked in international economic policy research, event organizing, and local politics. Zane earned a bachelor’s degree in International Affairs and Economics from George Washington University. Outside of the office, he enjoys playing chess, studying Arabic, and cheering on the Chicago Bears.              

Economy, National Security
Peyton Lofton
Peyton Lofton
Policy Analyst

Peyton is a Policy Analyst at The New Center. He graduated from Tulane University where he studied political science and French and created a student-led think tank. His previous roles have been in policy research and outreach. Outside of the office, he enjoys cooking Cajun food, playing rugby, and rooting for his Tulane Green Wave.

Alex Varisco
Alex Varisco
Digital Strategist

Alex is a digital strategist and political marketer with experience spanning multiple state and national election cycles. Passionate about new media, emerging technology and keeping up with the blistering pace of today’s breaking news, Alex is always searching for the next big digital thing. When he is not optimizing user experiences or compulsively refreshing Twitter, Alex can be found hanging out with his dog Jennifer and his partner Whitney somewhere within the swampier parts of the D.C. area.

Avi Gulati
Avi Gulati
Policy Research Intern

Avi Gulati is a sophomore at Harvard University concentrating in Computer Science. Previously, he worked on public policy with a team at Harvard’s Institute for Quantitative Social Science by evaluating census data for the American Civil Liberties Union. Avi applied legal and quantitative analyses in the hopes of mitigating racial gerrymandering in Georgia. At the Harvard Institute of Politics, he facilitated civic discussions with Bill Kristol on the future of the Republican Party. Avi comes to the New Center with a passion for depolarizing America and helping shape the lasting values of the center.